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Hit the garba floor

art and culture Updated: Oct 01, 2012 16:26 IST
Soumya Vajpayee
Soumya Vajpayee
Hindustan Times
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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).
Call 9920187776

Groove Unstoppable, Borivali (W).
Call 49174384

Step N Style Dance Studio, Thane (W).
Call 61632427

Morya Academy Of Dance, Kandivali (E)
Call 67306429

Natraj Dance Classes, Vile Parle (E)
Call 61636553

Prerana Nartan Kala Kendra, Kemps Corner
Call 61612133

Swing 2 Salsa, Malad (W)
Call 61611329

Firoz Dance Academy, Navi Mumbai
Call 61611728

Dancing Passions, Navi Mumbai
Call 61614278

Fida Dance Institute, Charni Road
Call 61631049

Bhaumik Dance Academy, Andheri (W)
Call 61637787

Verve Dance Academy, Grant Road
Call 9820839618

Omkar Dance Institute, Vile Parle (W)
Call 26713417

Ravi personal trainer:
Call 9076962906