OCO Sophomore Prepares for Solo Dance Debut

radhika arangetram2016newspaperartRadhika Bhuckory has been studying since September to perform in her three hour dance debut in the classical Indian dance tradition of Bharatanatyam.

Westlake Village, CA – March 30, 2016 Radhika Bhuckory is a sophomore at Oaks Christian Online School (OCO), as part of the acclaimed Oaks Christian campus in Westlake Village, CA. Radhika attends online school partially to give her time to explore the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam. She has been dancing this form for ten years but has been focusing since September on preparing for her three hour, graduation-style solo dance debut, also known as Arangetram. Radhika has been building stamina and trying new choreography in order to complete the 9 required dances and to show her personal style and love of the dance. “I’ll be able to experience dance in a new way after this feat,” she says. Radhika performs at the Shakti Dance Company and School which is known as one of the oldest Bharatanatyam dance schools in Southern California. The dance company performs throughout the US and internationally, and Radhika has been selected to participate in their production of Mara at the Ford Theater in July. This artistic sophomore also studies classical, South Indian Carnatic music and hopes to sing in a solo concert in 2017 after her dance debut.

Radhika has many interests and a love of business. She plans to study business in college – either through entrepreneurship or corporate business – and is targeting schools such as USC, Claremont McKenna, UCLA, UCSB or Occidental. She has even begun her own jewelry business on the side. When asked how going to Oaks Christian Online School impacts her college chances, Radhika says, “The academics at OCO are very strong, and you’re getting a solid education. I feel that I’m going to a real and well-rounded school. I’m taking Physics, Pre-calculus, World History, Bible, Rhetoric and even Photography. With student council, advisory and science labs, I never feel like I’m not in real school.” Radhika also comments on being in a Christian school environment, “I love learning about religion and free-will. The teachers are welcoming and open minded. My favorite book has been Revelation; we’ve gone deep.”

Director of Spiritual Life, Mrs. Samantha Farinacci, sums up how OCO feels about Radhika when she says, “Radhika is an exciting student to teach because I know that she is going to truly care about what she’s learning and try her very best to engage each topic meaningfully. She has a unique sense of responsibility over the tasks and ideas she encounters that produces a positive and genuine wisdom in her thoughts and character.”

The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. One of the nation's finest accredited online schools, Oaks Christian Online High School provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college-preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website http://online.oakschristian.org to R.S.V.P.

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