Mumbai dance academy's tribute to Michael Jackson

  • Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jan 08, 2013 16:56 IST
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    Jackson made his debut on the music scene as a child, performing with his brothers as the group The Jackson Five.

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    Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995), and his 1982 Thriller are the world's best-selling records.

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    In the early 1980s, he became the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV.

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    Videos such as Black or White and Scream made Michael Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s.

Spreading awareness about social issues can be a lot of fun when packaged with a generous dose of entertainment. At their annual event, city-based Split-Sole Dance Academy (SSDA) will aim to not only showcase its students’ expertise in various dance forms but also send out a positive message to people.

“This year, our event called Show Off will offer a visual treat to its viewers by presenting its ace style — jazz funk —and other genres such as lyrical, contemporary, old school jazz, hip hop and a very special Michael Jackson tribute,” says Mrigakshi Jaiswal, a senior instructor.  She adds, “Some of our senior students will showcase the after-effects of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki through lyrical contemporary choreography while others will perform a jazz-funk routine that takes a stance against smoking and drugs.”

The event will be held on January 10 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra (W). Over 130 students will perform a range of dance styles rehearsed over the past two months. Recently, a  few students from the academy shot and uploaded a parody video of ‘Gangnam style’ featuring a Psy lookalike. The video has received close to 4,000 views over the fortnight.

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