Do the boogie woogie...

killer moves

Do the boogie woogie...

This group of 11, has members ranging from freshers to super seniors but when it comes to dance, they all become one. This group started out four years ago and some of the original founder members, like fourth year students Praveen Kumar Jain and Smruthi M, are still a part of the group. These two also deal with additional issues like deciding themes for a dance performance and selecting new members for the group each year.  Dance was a passion for all of them, something they couldn’t do otherwise. But their entry into college provided them an opportunity to take up the art a little more seriously. “None of us have had any formal dance training as such,” says Smruthi. “We only do this out of our interest in dance,” says Roopa, a first year student.

So how exactly has this group kept going over the last four years? “We take auditions at the beginning of each year for students who are interested in dance and select people for the group,” says Praveen, the oldest member of the group. “We have been changing our name every year, but this time around, its Serial Killers,” says Venkatesh G M, a group member. And Praveen, who is also the choreographer for the group, makes sure they have the most innovative moves to awe the audience and justify the name of the group.

While these students get together only to perform at college festivals together, they do take dance pretty seriously. “We start practising a month in advance if we are participating anywhere,” says Kusuma K N, a first year student. And what kind of dance styles do they prefer? “We try to use everything, from Bollywood dance moves to hip-hop to contemporary and Western,” says Suman.

And how and where do they find the time to practice especially with their studies? “We mostly practice in classrooms because there is no other place we can get together but we need to take the permission of the principal to do that,” says Praveen. Since the academic year is coming to an end, soon the group will see a few of its members leaving the college. Are the Serial Killers going to continue the tradition or is the group going to be left hanging in the middle? “We plan to continue everything, the auditions, the practices and the performances,” says Sneha N R, a member. And any plans of doing something special for the senior group members who will be leaving soon? “We can’t let you know now or the surprise will be ruined,” say the juniors in unison.
Sonal Sher

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