In my previous post about dance we were acquainted with the Classical Dances of India. Beautiful as those forms are they require an appreciation for ancient customs and age old Indian traditions which many find tedious. If ghungroos don't jingle to the tune of your heart, then maybe you'd prefer point shoes and leotards. Piroutte your way to a ballet, jazz or contemporary dance class.
Jazz and Contemporary Jazz evolved alongside the music genre. Modern jazz, and is an amalgamation of traditional afro-jazz and western ballet. Post World War II, Jazz moved into dance studios, where it became a well established genre of dance that was used in Broadway musicals. Contemporary dance merges elements from ballet, jazz and several other regional forms. It is generally associated with free lyrical movements, extended limbs and story telling. In Mumbai there are quite a few dance companies that offer courses in both Jazz and Contemporary.
Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts Foundation was founded in 2007 and offers dance classes in several locations in the city. Founder Sumeet Nagdev is a modern dance exponent with a passion for dance education. The foundation even offers a one year Dance Arts Diploma. Productions choreographed by Sumeet at performed at several dance festivals in India and abroad.
T.R. Dance Company aims at making “refined dancing a preferred lifestyle in India” and welcomes beginners, amateurs and professionals to “dance healthy”. They conduct classes in Jazz, Ballet, Compteporary and Hiphop. The company is run by Tanushree Dhaundiyal and Rahul D'lima.
Split Sole Dance Comany conducts Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet classes in Khar West. This school aims at making you fall in love with dance, so that you can enjoy fitness benefits while being introduced to an art; bringing fun and discipline together, to give you the perfect balance.
Besides these the two bigwigs of the Mumbai dance scene Terence Lewis and Shiamak Davar conduct classes in several locations all over the city. Terence's motto 'ABCD' an acronym for 'Any body can dance' and Shiamak's 'Have feet, will dance' encourage people from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels to come explore the art form and the joy it can bring.
Which is your favorite dance form?