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Zest – as the name of the event suggests, so was the performance of the dancers. More than 200 students, in all age groups, tiny three-year-olds to enthusiastic sextagenarians set the stage on fire with their perfect dance moves.

They knew they had to be perfect in their act, had to remain in sync with their partners, show their best grooves and so they did everything to present a wonderful act at the annual summer show of the dance academy, Kanhai Institute of Performing Arts (KIPA).

Students and aspiring professional dancers of the academy recently wowed a 700-plus audience at the Air Force Auditorium, with their amazing performance that was a medley of different dance forms ranging from Indian classical, pop, hip-hop, street and Western classical. 

Dancers opened the show with a six minute Hanuman Chalisa act. Thereafter, there was no stopping. Students in the two-hour long programme presented contemporary, hip-hop, locking-popping and other forms of western dance on Indian as well as international tunes leaving the audience amazed. 

Ten-year old Muskaan, part of the Hanuman Chalisa act says, “I have learnt so much from Madhav Sir and Kanhai Sir and I feel really proud to have performed on stage in front of an audience of 700 people, and my parents and family. I am much more flexible, more confident and love the energy within me. I felt like a rock star on stage!”

Dancers also established a connect with the audience by inviting them on the stage to dance. Madhav, CEO KIPA Dance Academy, celebrated Father’s Day by inviting all fathers present in the audience to come on stage to shake a leg with him. 

“Zest 2014 is the coming together of people from various backgrounds, educational qualifications and ages for the sake of dance – that is the most brilliant tribute that can be given to this performing art. Each one here is an amateur dancer – and the spirit with which they have performed on stage has truly set the stage on fire,” said Madhav. 

The show ended on an energetic note when trained dancers presented an act on a medley of popular Bollywood tracks. 

Speaking to Metrolife, Kanhai, creative director of the academy said, “Dance is not only a passion, but a way of life. We thrive on the thrill and happiness of the students’ dancing ability and the parents’ pride at the end of such a fabulous dance performance by these talented children.”

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