Amma, is that Hip Hop You're Doing?

Published: 11th May 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Mommies that boogie. It’s not every day you hear a line like that. Come next weekend though, The Verb School of Dance will present on stage their very first Mother’s batch to hit the floor. And no, it has nothing to do with Mother’s Day, Vinu John, the man behind their moves confirms.

“It actually started off when a few of the moms were waiting for their kids to finish class over our summer workshop,” he recalls. And during this time, he discovered that while some were just psyched to shake a leg with their little ones, for a few others, performing on stage had in fact been a lifelong dream. And that’s how the ‘mommy batch’ of students found its inception.

Practising their twists and lifts for styles as varied as Jazz funk and Bollywood — the dance instructor laugh as he tells us he’s on more than one occasion heard his tiny tot students reverse roles and switch to bossy instructors with their mamas now in the mix.

While the kids got to turn the tables on their moms for once, Vinu remembers with a laugh that he received his fair share of ‘parenting’ with plenty of moms telling him to ‘eat more’ and even bringing homemade goodies to class.

The summer showcase titled ‘Hot Steps,’ which is in its fifth edition, will feature an age group as broad as three to 50 plus this time around. And one of the highlights of the show, we’re told, will be a mother performing a jive number with her eight-year-old!

Talk about a partner age difference. When it comes to moving and grooving though — we say this — if you can match the tempo, it don’t matter if you’re three feet high or five-foot-three baby.

The show will take place on May 15 at the Kamaraj Arangam auditorium, at 7.15 pm.

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