Swinging to the beats

Swinging to the beats

getting it right Bindu and Aatish. Dh photos by DINESH s k

The passion for salsa is unparalleled; rich, overflowing, mad — and quickly becoming one of the most organised and professional street dances in the world,” says Lourd Vijay one of the promoters of the fourth India National Salsa Congress which was held in the City
recently. With 28 instructors from nine different countries, the weekend was packed with a series of workshops, performances and demonstrations revolving around the Latin American dance form which has become popular around the world.

Some of the instructors included Alex Lee and Kim from the USA, Sneha Kapoor and Richard Tholoor, participants at India’s Got Talent and Giancarlo and Masha from New Zealand and Kaytee Namgyal, the founder of Salsa India dance school, a chain of salsa studios in the country. Bindu and Aatish walked away with this year’s championship, competing with teams from different cities and dance schools.

Glittering costumes, plenty of sizzle and energy along with an action packed dance programme had performers doing their their best to raise the bar in terms of technical skill, creativity and that wow factor.

“With salsa becoming one of the most popular social dance forms cutting across boundaries and cultures, the average salsa enthusiast can go to any major City in the world and find a salsa club or community to participate in. Ideally, a good salsa dancer should be capable in both social dancing and performance. Social dancing allows you to develop lead and follow skills, strengthen reflexes, improvise and increase attentiveness to the music. Choreography, on the other hand, trains stage presence, sharpness, technique and ability to handle pressure. Depending on what your interests are, you can enrol in a social dancing programme and then move on to performance based learning,” said Kaytee.

   Lourd Vijay, who introduced salsa to Bangalore as early as 1997, and runs his own dance academy in the City is gearing up to organise the Salsa World Cup in Macau next year. “Performance is an accomplishment for the student and a test of confidence. It has way more drama and showmanship giving one an opportunity to really shine in ways that may not be appropriate on a social floor, like doing flips and lifts and dramatic dips.At events like these there is no limit to the creativity and talent that can be showcased on stage,” he adds.

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