A good stage is all that a dancer needs

A good stage is all that a dancer needs

Dance competition

Dance Explosion… B Fab!!!’   a first of its kind dance competition in Delhi promotes promising young talent that usually goes unrecognised. Choreography teams of Delhi University will participate, along with other individual groups.

“The individual groups happen to come from very humble backgrounds. They have learnt and practised on their own. The dance competition aims to provide performing artistes with a ‘good’ stage, where not only the floor, but lights, music and also your judges matter,” says Bhavini Misra, the artistic Director of Urshilla Dance Company.

Performances by Sadhya Unit of Performing Arts and internationally acclaimed contemporary dancer Rahul Goswami will also be staged. “Our judges are eminent dance directors like Mandeep Raikhy, the founder of Gati Dance Forum, renowned aerial and Chhau artiste Brandy Leary and Amith Kumar from Dance Works. We shall also have talks by choreographer Santosh Nair,” she adds.

Categories like, solo, duet and group are conceptualised in a way to enable underprivileged children to fit in the act easily. “Anyone can participate. The whole focus is to wipe the status bar and develop mutual respect and appreciation for artistes, whether he is from an affluent family or from a humble background,” says Misra. NGO dance teams like Baalak Trust, Vicki (an adopted orphan from Urshilla Dance Company) Aarushi, Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust will also present their choreographies in the competition.

Misra criticises the status of performing arts in India saying, “Most of these youth manage to save funds to build on their competition out of their own initiative. Even though the level of dancing is of international standards the facilities are not.”A ‘Free Style’ performance by the reputed dance company Brooklyn Academy of Dance and Arts will open the show.
“Dance Explosion is an initiative to help youth feel empowered so that they can approach us. In other countries, colleges are adopted by corporate houses and sports brands, but in India that is not the case. And we want to kick-start something like that in the forthcoming years,” added Misra.
Entry will be free to all college students, based on their college ID cards. All others will have to buy a donor pass at Rs 100/- in case they are not college students. The event is scheduled for April 2, 9.30 am onwards at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg.

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