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Delhi University students are armed with moves to charm and baffle you. With dance styles ranging from ballet, contemporary and jazz to Indian classical and "bollywood" numbers, DU's western dance and choreography societies have carved a niche for themselves in Delhi's close knit dance circuit.

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2011 23:08 IST
Mallica Joshi

Delhi University students are armed with moves to charm and baffle you. With dance styles ranging from ballet, contemporary and jazz to Indian classical and "bollywood" numbers, DU's western dance and choreography societies have carved a niche for themselves in Delhi's close knit dance circuit.

The dance societies in DU are broadly divided into two, western dance and choreography. While the western dance society, ironically, usually performs on bollywood numbers, choreography does ballet, contemporary western, Indian classical, and jazz.

One of the most versatile societies in the university till date, the societies dabble in almost all forms of dance. The performers, therefore, have to be versatile too.

"We don't expect to get trained dancers so we look for people with a passion for dance and a body that can be worked on and that can learn," said Vidhi Gupta, president of the choreography team at Hansraj College.

Indian classical dance forms, however, are seen less frequently on stage. It is only when a choreography team decides to do something completely different that one gets to see a Kathak or Odissi recital.

So how difficult is it for someone trained in Indian Classical dance to adapt to western dance?

"It depends from person to person. But is usually takes some effort to get away from one form and move into another," said Ishkia Mookerjee, a trained kathak dancer, who is the president of the dance society at Lady Shri Ram College.

While some dancers do choose to pursue dance as a career and become instructors or choreographers, most want it to remain a hobby as it is not a very lucrative job till the time you reach the top.