Of all the forms of creative art, dance is probably something that saps all energy while providing one of the best forms of visual delight.
The exuberance and energy of dance was recreated by the students of Big Dance Centre who showcased their talent and expertise in the field of dance.
This is the third edition of the annual performance by students of the academy which took place at the Kamani Auditorium recently and gave the viewers a visual treat.
It was overall a well-choreographed show which charmed the audience with all genres of dance. From salsa to contemporary, hip hop to Bollywood, jazz and kathak — there was something for everyone. The evening started with Shivoham, a classical Kathak performance which was an ode to Shiva. It was a fusion of spirituality and art.
There were also some fun freestyle performances by kids. One of the highlights of the evening was a unique fusion of Odissi and belly dance. This Indian and Middle-eastern fusion was choreographed by Meher Malik. It was one of the most spectacular performances of the evening. The mix of classical and sensuous movements enthralled the crowd.
‘This idea was conceptualised a year back and I joined a special Odissi dance class for a month to understand if this concept was possible. Lot of body language, especially Tribhangi and isolation in Odissi dance matched the movements of belly dance,’ said Malik.
‘Creating a fusion is not easy. People generally perform two forms and that is what they call fusion but to decide which movement of Odissi could go with belly dance was quite a task. The song Aisha was chosen because it defined women in all the various roles she plays and it went in sync with our fusion as well,’ explained the choreographer.
A street dance sequence called Overloaded was a power-packed performance with amazing
choreography. The evening had other sequences of hip hop choreographed by Max and the sensuous salsa choreographed by Ravi Rastogi.
The event also had performances by the Akanksha Art Initiative and Navjyoti students trained by the Big Dance choreographers.
‘We wanted to create an institute that provided training in all forms of dance. The idea is to provide a
platform to our students to showcase their talent on stage,’ said Atul Jindal of Big Dance Centre.
The evening concluded with a tribute to the King of Pop — Michael Jackson — in a performance by the Professional Dance Study Program students of the academy.