Lincoln Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Balanchine’s Jewels

Balanchine's Jewels pic
Balanchine’s Jewels
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Asha Pabla managed quality control for businesses such as Miliken & Company, and later worked as a fashion designer for Liz Clairborne. During her free time, Asha Pabla enjoys taking in new shows and performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Based in New York City, the Lincoln Center leads the world in presenting high-quality artistic programs, including theater and ballet. The center also serves to educate the public in the performing arts and manages its Lincoln Center Campus.

The Lincoln Center announced its 2017 festival will commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels. The ballet focuses on three different styles, with the first act, Emeralds, highlighting French; second act, Rubies, focusing on the American Jazz Age; and closing act, Diamonds, dedicated to the grand beauty opulence of Russia. The Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet will dance to represent each of their countries. Performances will take place July 20-23, 2017.

Play Tennis More Aggressively Using Topspin

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Tennis
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A fashion and textile design professional, Asha Pabla maintains an active lifestyle outside of work. One of Asha Pabla’s favorite pastimes remains tennis, which she plays enthusiastically.

While aggressive tennis involves more risk than playing defensively, it also provides more opportunities for scoring points. One of the least risky ways of playing more aggressively involves hitting with more topspin. Players who hit with topspin send a less predictable ball to the opponent. Balls hit with topspin rather than flatly will lose less speed during a bounce and arrive with greater velocity. Also, balls with topspin have a tendency to bounce higher than the opponent is comfortable hitting.

The key to hitting with topspin lies in a low-to-high motion. Players should think of their rackets almost like a windshield wiper. The swing starts below the ball but then ends higher than the ball’s starting position. This motion brushes the ball upwards through the swing and causes it to spin.

Hitting with topspin involves the risk of mis-hitting the ball since the stroke involves more technique than hitting the ball flatly. Players need to keep in mind that generating less topspin than intended typically results in hitting long.

American India Foundation’s LAMP Program

 

American India Foundation (AIF) Image: aif.org
American India Foundation (AIF)
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A former fabric and textiles manager at Pressman Gutman Company, Inc., Asha Pabla attended Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University). Despite having studied in the United States, Asha Pabla remains faithful to her roots by supporting organizations such as the American India Foundation (AIF).

AIF has been addressing the underlying causes of poverty in India since its inception in 2001, when former President Bill Clinton and India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee recognized the need for a philanthropy platform in response to the devastation wreaked by the Gujarat earthquake.

One of AIF’s initiatives, the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), recognizes the effects of migration on children. Laborers from rural areas often uproot their families and migrate to hazardous sites, such as salt pans, in search of better financial opportunities. During the migration period, which can last up to 8 months, children are forced to stop school, thus creating an educational gap. LAMP works in these remote regions to provide children with access to education and residential hostels for a safe environment.