SD Squad: From college competitions to Instagram stardom

However, their popularity surpassed the inter-collegiate competitions and the team started getting opportunities for performing in many public events.
Team SD squad
Team SD squad

KOCHI: A group of 16 talented girls from Sacred Hearts College, Chalakudy, known as the SD Squad, have been making waves not only in college dance competitions but also on Instagram and other social media platforms. Led by a dedicated choreographer, the team has stolen millions of hearts with captivating performances.

Their journey began very simply — participating in inter-college dance competitions. Soon, they gained recognition for their dynamic performances. After winning third prize for their folk dance at Calicut University Kalolsavam’s Thrissur zonal competition, they clinched the first prize at an Independence Day dance competition at Christ College, Irinjalakuda.

However, their popularity surpassed the inter-collegiate competitions and the team started getting opportunities for performing in many public events.

With choreographer Abhijith Mohanan N, the group comprising Athulya Manoj, Akshara Unnikrishnan, Adithya Sasi, Ardra V, Athira Santosh, Alisha Shaji, Lakshmi Sunil, Chithra M, Devika Shivanad, Anagha V R, Ananya M, Thulasi I S, Devika Nishanth, Feviya F K, I S Ardra and Aavani N J , continued to shine at the Rashtra Deepika Dance Fest, where they proudly took home the fourth prize after competing with 32 teams. The event marked a significant milestone in their dancing career. “We are not professional dancers. Though a few of us had basic lessons in classical dance, we were never formally trained,” says Athulya.

The turning point for the squad came when they got the opportunity to participate in a reality show called ‘Kidilam’. Their performance titled ‘Poothapattu’, a specially choreographed contemporary piece resonated deeply with the audience and judges.

The dance showcased the poignant story of a mother’s love, and her grief over the loss of her son to a spirit. The choreography also highlighted prevalent issues of child abuse and harassment in Indian society.

“In January, we got to perform in front of actor Prithviraj at the show ‘Aadujeevitham Survivor’s Meet’. It was a dream come true moment for us,” says Akshara.

And their popularity is not limited to stages, they shine on social media too. Their first foray into Instagram reel, a transformation video, went viral within days. Soon, dance videos asserted their presence online. “We used to shoot dance clips on our campus. These reels are choreographed, shot, and edited by Abhijith. Most of these reels have garnered millions of likes on Instagram,” says Adithya.

Now, the group is dreaming high, becoming a professional dance group and performing across the country and maybe even the world.  

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