• Dasaratha Rama

Personalize Practice with the Managing Moments Journal

Ananth and I have been using our Managing Moments journal to keep track of dance practice since April 2020. Now, we are able to define precise goals and track progress. We started building the journal a few thorts in Thortspace at a time.


Building the journal incrementally made it possible to sustain effort on this journal. Now, we have a reusable template and reusable content that makes it easy to update and use the journal. Evolving a personalized practice plan became doable as we gradually added more information to our journal in Thortspace.



Now, it is possible for us to maintain the journal and practice plan as a Word document. However, it was much easier to build the journal one thort at a time in Thortspace. When Ananth's Arangetram performance was postponed due to COVID 19 situation, he had learned all his arangetram pieces. So making a list of doable micro-projects for practice was an easy first step. This list has now become the fourth section of the journal. Other pieces were gradually added to the Thortspace sphere. Thortspace provides an environment where we can toss in information as it evolves with our situation knowing that re-organizing, categorizing, and presenting is easy!



1. Record moments 03-17-2020: Ananth's Arangetram postponed due to COVID 19.

04-01-2020: Back to basics: Work on foundations while waiting for classes to resume

06-04-2020: Defined Workflow for Daily Practice 2. Respond to Propelling Questions Review moments, doable micro-projects list, and the previous week's practice plan and respond to the propelling questions: 1. Is this practice plan right for me? 2. Is this daily practice plan doable for me? 3. What should I focus on this week? 4. What do I practice daily? 5. How am I doing? 6. Who can I talk to about my dance practice? 3. Awareness: List ideas for improving dance performance Back to Basics

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Concentration Discipline Mindful Practice Mental Rehearsal Targeted improvements SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-framed) goals 4. Discovery: List doable micro-projects Pushpanjali ( Arangetram piece) Alaripu ( Arangetram piece) Jathiswaram ( Arangetram piece) Varnam ( Arangetram piece) Jaganmohanane ( Arangetram piece) Himagiri thanaye ( Arangetram piece) Pazhani Shanmuga ( Arangetram piece) Thillana ( Arangetram piece) Mangalam ( Arangetram piece) thattaduvu (Aduvus) nattaduvu (Aduvus) kuditthu mettu (Aduvus) thath thai tham ( Aduvus) thath thai tha ha (Aduvus) single hand gestures (Aduvus) araimandi (Body Position/Posture ) muzhu mandi (Body Position/Posture ) walk (Body Position/Posture ) feet together (Body Position/Posture) 5a. Direction: List weekly goals: Week of 05-31-2020: Varnam goals 1. Walk: short steps, lift heels, bounce 2. Walk: Entry Walk, back/front 3. Head position, no tilting 4. Araimandi 5. side bending 6. feet together at rest, namaskar hand position 7. stage presence 5b. Direction: List weekly goals: Week of 05-31-2020: Himagiri thanaye goals 1. Walk: short steps, lift heels, bounce 2. Walk: Entry Walk, back/front, 8 walk 3. Head position, no tilting 4. Araimandi (esp. thatu mithu and side walk) 5. side bending 6. feet together at rest, namaskar hand position 7. stage presence 8. hand gesture "Himagiri thanaye": closer to body 6. Track Daily Activities: June 2020 06-01-2020: Targeted practice: Nattaduvu, Varnam, and Himagiri 06-02-2020: Targeted practice: Nattaduvu, Varnam, and Himagiri 06-03-2020: Targeted practice: Nattaduvu, Varnam, and Himagiri 06-04--2020: Targeted practice: Nattaduvu, Varnam, and Himagiri 7. Track progress Able to maintain araimandi longer, better body and head position, head/hand movements at third speed in Nattaduvu 8.Together: Connections Professor Kalakshetra Mohanan Family

View Ananth's practice plan as a thortspace journey below. You can also view the journey here.


The Managing Moments journaling experience with Thortspace has paved the way to the development of our first workbook!




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