Ganeshotsav may just have concluded with much pomp and show in the city but the festive fervour is all but over for Mumbaikars. With Navrati just two weeks away, most regulars at the annual garba dances may have already started practising their moves. From swift and energetic steps to more leisurely moves, garba has something to offer to every age group.
“Kids and teenagers can try faster, more lively steps which include bending, bouncing. Middle-aged groups can enjoy the experience equally, by practising slower and more graceful steps,” says Jigar Soni, garba instructor at Soni’s School of Garba Dance, Kandivali (W) Here’s a lowdown on popular garba steps. Choose the ones that work for you:
Basic garba: Comprises simple bends, claps and twirls. (Suggested for men and women across ages)
Chal: Includes walking steps
Chal with double back jump: Involves a high jump after every three to four steps.
Matukadi: Involves ladies dancingaround the holy pot (Suggested for women of all ages).
Popat: Comprises three steps forward and two backward.
Dodhiyu: Involves fast and rigorous movements. (Suggested for younger age groups).
Traan taadi (3 claps): Involves graceful movements and doesn’t need a lot of energy. (Suggested for women above 45).
Heech: Performed in pairs and involves bouncing and clapping.
Hudo: Involves rotations and revolution.
Basic dandiya: Includes twirls and bends.
Kutchi thekda: Performed in a circular fashion.
Learn it here
Soni’s School of Garba Dance, Kandivali (W).
Groove Unstoppable, Borivali (W).
Step N Style Dance Studio, Thane (W).
Morya Academy Of Dance, Kandivali (E)
Natraj Dance Classes, Vile Parle (E)
Prerana Nartan Kala Kendra, Kemps Corner
Swing 2 Salsa, Malad (W)
Firoz Dance Academy, Navi Mumbai
Dancing Passions, Navi Mumbai
Fida Dance Institute, Charni Road
Bhaumik Dance Academy, Andheri (W)
Verve Dance Academy, Grant Road
Omkar Dance Institute, Vile Parle (W)
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