When it comes to reality shows in India, forget singing, dancing is the new in-thing. A country that is home to many classical forms like Kathak, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam, shows like Boogie Woogie and Dance India Dance have created a new-found interest in western forms too.
Bringing this passion to the city is Stepz Dance Academy who will be organising a dance workshop at their Banjara Hills and Secunderabad locations. To conduct the workshop, the academy has invited New York-based dancer Lauren Cox.
Explaining that people have begun to take dancing more seriously and as a career than just a hobby, Artistic Director, Prithvi Raj shares that the workshop aims at giving budding dancers a taste of contemporary, hip hop and jazz as well.
Being held from today onwards, the workshop, that is open to everybody who is 14 years of age and above, will be conducted over the weekends till February 28. The sessions will culminate in a show by the participants on March 1. A fee of `1500, inclusive of costumes for the show, is being charged.
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Though a contemporary, jazz and hip hop are her strong points, Lauren Cox is also proficient in disciplines of ballet, samba and even traditional African dance routines.
Coming to India, for the time, Lauren is quite excited and is looking forward to the experience.
“It nearly took us a year to make this workshop happen and as this is my first trip to India. So, I needed my own preparations. This meant trying to understand Indian culture.” The dancer has in fact, held small sessions with local dancer to get a feel for the Indian style of dancing.
Starting her career at the age of three with ballet dance, Lauren says that the craft is a life long commitment. “I have danced all my life and I have seen the bad times that one comes in this career. One has to stick to it to experience the real beauty of it.”
So what can her students expect over the course of the workshop? “To become a dancer one has to get attached to it both physically and emotionally; that is when they can understand the minutest of details. The dance moves I would like to include would be very close to ballet, grooves, stretches and modern techniques, giving students a wider platform to experience,” she explains.
And while students walk away richer with the knowledge she’s imparting, we ask Lauren what’s in it for her.
“I have travelled across many countries and learnt samba, street jazz, ballet, African and Asian traditional dances as I wanted to be an unique dancer who can showcase different dance forms with different variations. This will give me a chance to understand the Indian dance moves and gain a lot of knowledge. I would also like to learn Kathak,” she shares.
Open to anyone with two left feet, those interested may contact 040 6668 1230 or 92462 71230 for further details. The workshop begins at 9 am.