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Wings on my feet

Canadian dance champions Tara-Jean Popowich and Vincent Desjardins will be conducting classes in the city for enthusiasts

art and culture Updated: May 12, 2010 02:24 IST
Tara-Jean Popowich

Get set to learn some sizzling dance moves this month. Tara-Jean Popowich and Vincent Desjardins, the winners of the 2009 season of the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance, will be conducting dance classes in the city. All thanks to a member of Shiamak Davar’s Institute Of Performing Arts, who convinced them to take time off and fly down to India.

According to Davar, Popowich and Vincent are excellent and he really wanted them to teach some moves to dance aficionados in India. “I think they are fantastic performers. Their body language, style and the overall presentation are unmatched. And at every given opportunity, I’d like my students to be exposed to as much international talent as possible. It just makes them rounded performers,” asserts Davar.

Popowich, who has worked with Indian choreographer Longines Fernandes, says, “I’ll be learning Bollywood moves from the best choreographer here. I have little knowledge about Bollywood dancing. I love their beautiful, bright costumes and the high-energy numbers. I’d love to see some live shows.”

Popowich will be taking classes in contemporary and Salsa forms, while Desjardins will be taking classes in Hip-hop and Salsa.
“I really like to think that ballroom (which is one of my favourite styles) and Bollywood can make a great mix. They are two really different styles. But Hip-hop and Bollywood are great together for sure. Hip-hop can always be fused with everything,” says Desjardins.

Classes will take place between May 17-28 and are open to all in Delhi. Visit a Shiamak Davar institute to register.

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