November, 2015

The 2015 Nepal earthquakes caused a lot of children to lose their parents and the NECO Orphanage expressed to us that they wanted the children there to engage in some fun activities. Dance had always shed happiness in our lives, and in an attempt to share that, we set out to teach Odissi dance to the orphans of the NECO Orphanage in Nepal. Both boys and girls participated and danced through the day and night. Even the power outages didn't stop us from continuing the fun. For many of these kids, it was the first time they'd ever seen Indian dance, let alone tried it themselves. 

As per Lauren Herrmann of NECO, “the children were blessed by a week of instruction and performances of Jessika. For many children it was the first time to witness the art. The performances included music and storytelling. During the first session the children had fun trying to dance themselves.”