Splash 2020: Canceled due to COVID-19


NU Splash Biography

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SONAL RANGNEKAR, NU Graduate Student in Materials Science




College: Northwestern University

Major: MSE

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Sonal Rangnekar

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Sonal studied Bharatanatyam under Dr. Malini Krishnamurti in Southern California. She was a founding dancer on Natya at Berkeley, UC Berkeley's premiere Bharatanatyam dance troupe that competes in the Indian Classical Dance collegiate circuit. At Northwestern, Sonal has performed with NU Anubhav and NU Nithya.

When she's not dancing, Sonal does research in the Hersam group. She works on the assembly of 2D nanomaterials.



Past Classes

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A418: Intro to Bollywood (Indian Film) Dance in Splash 2019 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Hindi film dance, also known as Bollywood dance, is a style that draws from classical Indian dance, folk dance, hip hop, and Western dance. In this class, students will learn a one-minute piece to a song from an Indian movie. The moves will be simple and fun to allow students from all types of backgrounds and abilities to participate. After the class, you'll get a video of your performance, which you can continue to perfect and perform for your family and friends! Still not sure what Bollywood dance is? Check out "Chammak Challo", a Bollywood song/dance with vocals by Akon. This dance is representative of what we'll be learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4EZHGFK-1c.


X420: Writing Personal Statements for College Apps and more in Splash 2019 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Personal statements are an essential part of applications to colleges, job, scholarships, and more. Writing a statement that is unique, persuasive, and reflects your strengths takes a lot of time and practice. In this class, you will learn the characteristics of compelling personal statements, critique personal statements written by students applying to college, and practice writing about yourself. While the emphasis of this class will be on personal statements for college applications using prompts from the Common App, students of all grades can benefit from strengthening their personal essay writing skills. Bring your laptop or a notebook to this class to take notes and practice writing. Loose-leaf papers and pencils will be provided if you forget.


A345: Intro to Bollywood (Indian Film) Dance in Splash 2018 (Apr. 07, 2018)
Hindi film dance, also known as Bollywood dance, is a style that draws from classical Indian dance, folk dance, hip hop, and Western dance. In this class, students will learn a one-minute piece to a song from an Indian movie. The moves will be simple and fun to allow students from all types of backgrounds and abilities to participate. After the class, you'll get a video of your performance, which you can continue to perfect and perform for your family and friends! Still not sure what Bollywood dance is? Check out "Chammak Challo", a Bollywood song/dance with vocals by Akon. This dance is representative of what we'll be learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4EZHGFK-1c.


A294: Taka-Dhimi: An Introduction to Bharatanatyam in Splash 2017 (Apr. 29, 2017)
Originating in the temples of South India, Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance form that combines rhythm, athleticism, storytelling, and grace. Photo: https://goo.gl/8qXoAq In this short course, students will learn the building blocks of Bharatanatyam and then perform a 2 minute dance choreographed by the instructors. Wear comfortable clothes to dance in (eg. tshirt and yoga pants) and bring water! Please bring a scarf that can be tied around your waist.