Let DU bring back the spring in your step!

  • Radhika Chugh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2016 17:47 IST

The extracurricular societies of Delhi University are a portal for students to remain in touch with their passion while pursuing an education. The strongest of friendships are fostered in such societies, strengthened by a mutual appreciation for the art.

Extracurricular societies thus become an inextricable part of campus life in Delhi University. For all the students who can’t stop tapping their foot as the right tunes hit their ears, the dance societies of Delhi University is the place to be. These societies are known to provide its students with the necessary platform to explore the art form extensively. We give you a low down on the popular dance societies of DU:

Members of Zeal, the dance society of Maitreyi College. (Lovebug Robin photography )

1) Zeal, Maitreyi College

Comprising a team of 14 spirited dancers, Zeal is known for the energy that it brings on stage. Freshers have to go through three rigorous rounds of audition to be a part of the team. Relentless in their pursuit to be the best, the members of Zeal practise for 5 hours daily. “Zeal is known for its originality, versatility and coordination. We bring Zeal to stage, quite literally!” says Vibhuti Chokra, a member of the society.

Members of Enliven, the dance society of Gargi College, during a performance. (Sagar Hasija )

2) Enliven, Gargi College

about dancing and desirous of growing, in order to be a member of Enliven, the dance society of Gargi College. Having swept a number of awards in the previous session, including the Delhi region winners’ title for Hip Hop Inter-Nation Competition, the members of the society want to outdo themselves with each performance. “We pride ourselves in being one big family, and always have each others’ back. This sets us apart from the rest of the societies in DU,” says Harleen, a member of the society.

Members of Afroza, the dance society of Indraprastha College for Women. (Waseem Gashroo/ Hindustan Times)

3) Afroza, Indraprastha College for Women

With 17 to 20 members every year, Afroza has carved a niche for itself in the DU dance circuit. Freshers desirous of being a part of the society have to clear two rounds of auditions, which test their knowledge in terms of dancing as well as ability to learn dance steps. The members of Afroza practise for 5-6 hours daily. “Being an all-girl team is our strength. Contrary to audience expectations, we also perform stunts and lifts. Last year we introduced the concept of B-girling, to break the hold that males have on B-boying,” says Shruti Soin, a member of the society.

Members of Enigma, the dance society of Kamala Nehru College, during a performance. (Sagar Hasija )

4) Enigma, Kamala Nehru College

KNC is now synonymous with the achievements of Enigma. Owing to the overwhelming number of applications, only the uber-talented make it to the society. The dancers practise for 8 hours every day when the fest season comes near. “Enigma can sweep the audiences off their feet with just a move. We are the most passionate set of dancers that you will ever meet,” says Akshara, a member of Enigma.

Members of Mudra, the dance society of Jesus and Mary College. (Waseem Gashroo/ Hindustan Times)

5) Mudra, Jesus and Mary College

Mudra is lauded as one of the best dance societies in DU. Applicants seeking to be a part of the society are tested on their technique, style, confidence and passion. Moksha’s practise sessions last for 6-8 hours per day. For the members, competition is an incentive for improvement. “Mudra has been built with a lot of hard work, and is now one of DU’s top dance societies. We wish to carry forward this legacy,” says Sanya Thomas, a member.

Members of Panache, the dance society of Shri Ram College of commerce, during a performance.

6) Panache, Shri Ram College of Commerce

Driven by a team of 20 impassioned members, Panache is known for the versatility that it brings to the stage. The society holds practise sessions for 5-6 hours daily, and considers Zeal, the dance society of Maitreyi College as its biggest competitor. “Apart from excelling in academics, we devote equal time todancing. Our ability to balance both these spheres of college life sets us apart from the other societies in Delhi University,” says Mayank, a member of Panache.

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Students of Dance Society, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, during a performance.

7) Dance Society, Lady Shri Ram College for Women

With 14 vivacious dancers for its members, the dance society of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) for Women has won many an accolade in the last academic session. Only the best make it to the society, after going through a weeklong audition process. To strike a balance between dance and academics, the members practise for 3 hours on weekdays, while devoting a minimum of 7 hours on weekends. “It’s not the competition that excites us. The prospect of dancing to display our pure happiness, and putting up a brilliant show, is what enthralls us,” says Ankita Goswami, a member of the society.

Members of Misba during a performance.

8) Misba, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce

Misba’s 21 members have an unceasing determination to be the at the top. A three-round audition tests the confidence, grasping power and body language of the applicants. The group practises for a minimum of 6-7 hours daily. “Do full justice to the performance, regardless of the dance form you choose. We swear by this commandment,” says Jasneet Kaur, the president of Misba.

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