Like a cluster of shining stars from the sky, appeared on stage the ethereal looking men and women, moving gracefully with their partners to the rhythm of mellifluous music. In groups and pairs they narrated many a story with their lithe movements that almost seemed dreamlike.
The men smartly dressed in tuxedos and women in their dashing gowns and sparkling jewellery was indeed a visual treat.
The group of 17 young men and women gave the viewers a delightful night to remember at the AKG center, capital city, the other day. The ballroom dancing programme by the Rhythm dance group all the way from Russia was organised by the Russian cultural centre as part the Russian year of culture.
Before arriving the venue, the group had put up performances in Delhi and Mumbai as well. Though they did not get much time to explore the cities Maria a member of the group says they would definitely be back.
The members of the dance group who are all between 16 to 28 years-of-age are all students in schools and colleges who study dance as hobby. Dance is part of our culture says Ilya another member of the group who works with youth. “Dance is a historic art in Russian culture and we plan to carry on the art in our journeys. Russian dancing is very popular internationally and there are many known Russian dancers on the world stage,” says Ilya.
The stage was set to resemble the Winter Palace of the St Petersburg, Russia. The dancers presented before a mesmerized audience the European and Latin American versions of ballroom dancing. There was the waltz, samba, tango, foxtrot, cha-cha-cha, Viennese waltz, quickstep, jive, rumba and many more. The show that lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes had the men and women waltzing, sashaying and tapping before our eyes like their bodies had no mass. Sometimes there was a lover’s tiff, or there was the delightful cowboy dance, or a persistent young lad trying to give life to a statue and much more. For each form of dance that the group presented on stage they came out in dazzling set of costumes, each one different and unique from the other.
One is often left to wonder how the svelte young ladies move so rapidly and with confidence not lacking in grace in their stilettos which for a common man may seem scary and an almost impossible feat.
The group did not forget to give an Indian touch to the performance either and this was the highlight of the performance. The song ‘Roshini Se’ from the film Asoka was beautifully recreated on stage in a new light.
The group was accompanied on their tour by their leader Olga Zaporoshetz who is also the director of the dance school where the dancers study. The group travels internationally every year and has also participated in many competitions where they have bagged prizes as well.