Sallauddin Pasha has achieved international recognition for his
pioneering dance and movement therapy for people with special needs.
his first visit to region, Pasha shared his unique magic with the
pupils and staff of Gibside School, Gateshead.
gets a chance to dance
School has a commitment to offer pupils a range of multicultural
activities as part of the curriculum. This has included projects
on the major religions of the world, ethnic food, people and their
children with varying learning and physical disabilities enjoyed
an exhilarating activity session based on traditional Indian Dance
movements and rhythm.
tinkling ankle bells attract attention
devised his pioneering education programme after studying the sensory
responses of people with special needs to movement and music.
enchants the children from the instance he appears with his distinct,
mischievous smile and bright traditional dress. He dances in bare
feet with 100’s of tinkling, twinkling bells adorning his ankles.
the fabled Pied Piper of Hamelin, Pasha has the ability to tap into
the psyche and of these very special children, and the effects appear
to be mutual. By stimulating their psychological and physical capabilities,
children become more responsive to the myriad of colours and sounds
We are amazed to see the whole of the school so stimulated,
yet relaxed. It has been a breakthrough in behaviour.
opens the workshop with shouting, singing, stamping and jumping
activities backed by traditional Indian beats. Gibside staff looked
on with astonishment.
We are amazed to see the whole of the school so stimulated, yet
relaxed. It has been a breakthrough in behaviour. The children were
focussed, following simple instructions from Pasha. It was obvious
by their faces that were enjoying themselves".
relaxation session ends a great day
globe trotting Guru’s next stop is Finland to premier ‘Ramayana’,
a Therapy Theatre Production as part of an International Festival.
to popular demand, Pasha will be back in the region later this year,
with even more surprises. Watch BBC Tyne
event was promoted by GEM Arts
(Gateshead Ethnic Minority Arts)