Freya Park, 5, Jeeya Prasad, 6, and Sonia Torres, 5, pose at the end of a dance at The Heights of Tyler May 12, 2016. Several children involved in the Indian Association of East Texas performed for the senior citizens at The Heights. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

By Augusta Robinson | Tyler Morning Telegraph

Dressed in vibrant colors, children from the Indian Association of East Texas performed a variety of Bollywood dances -as well as classical Indian dances -for residents of assisted-living community The Heights of Tyler on Thursday evening.

The children have received training from the Arya Dance Academy and were eager to display what they’ve learned.

“We do complex moves,” said dancer Aryan Patel, 12.

The group of performers said they enjoyed the experience and learning the dances. The event was just one of many ways the group, and the Indian Association of East Texas, have chosen to give back to the community.

The group of performers said they enjoyed the experience and learning the dances. The event was just one of many ways the group, and the Indian Association of East Texas, have chosen to give back to the community.

Smita Prasad, a board member of the association, grew up learning Indian dances and her children, Shaan Prasad, 13, and Jeeya Prasad, 6, are now learning and were a part of the performance.

She said she was glad the children and teens could learn give back through dancing, which also helps them learn more about their heritage.

“To me, it’s an art form and something that helps me hold on to my Indian culture and something that I want our kids to learn to appreciate,” Mrs. Prasad said. “It is a way for (them) to be involved in Indian culture and learn about Indian culture through being exposed to these different types of dances.”

For more information about the dance classes or other events held by Indian Association of East Texas, visit the group’s Facebook page or go to  www.iaetx.org .