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Aye, hip hopper!

entertainment Updated: Feb 06, 2011 01:22 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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Did you know the multi-faceted Delhi University has a hip hop dance group? This newly formed group of Kirori Mal College, goes by the name V R Singlzzzz, and is the first ever hip hop dance troupe of the varsity. The group is not yet registered with the college but has plans to club with the dance society of the college.

This all-boys group was started by students Gagan Singh Chauhan and Anant Verma, about two weeks ago. Chauhan, who is now the president of the troupe, shares that the group germinated from a casual discussion. “While participating in the college’s flash mob (on January 27 at Rajiv chowk), we thought why not start an individual hip hop group of our own,” he says.

If you’re thinking the members are all trained dancers, that’s not the case. All they have in common, is the love for this form of dance that includes styles like popping, locking, hitting, breaking, B-boying, robotics and the basic hip hop style. “Each of us is good at a particular style. We just got together and realised we are a fairly balanced group,” says Verma.

But what’s with their name? “Fortunately or unfortunately we all are singles, hence the name,” says Sidharth Patani, a member.
Though in its nascent stage as of now, the group is well organised. “Proper auditions were held and about 50 students showed up,” says Chauhan, who is a trained dancer in Jazz and contemporary style of dancing.

These young members of the “gang” (as they like to call themselves), share a strong bonding and hang out a lot together. “We prefer to be together even after the rehearsal sessions. We started like members of a dance group but have become the best of friends now,” says member Raj Gautam.

This freshly-formed group is all set to make its mark and is busy rehearsing for the auditions for MTV’s show Gang Next. Also, the troupe plans to audition for the next season of the dance show, Dance India Dance.

Name: Siddharth Pathani
Course: Bcom (Programme), second year
Dance to me is: the best way to express yourself
hobby: only dance

Name: Anant Verma
Course: Bcom (Honours), second year
Dance to me is: all about attitude
hobby: playing football

Name: Raj Gautam
Course: Bsc (Programme), first year
Dance to me is: setting yourself free
hobby: singing

Name: Gagan Singh Chauhan
Course: Bcom (Programme), third year
Dance to me is: my passion
hobby: playing football

Name: Sandy Singh
Course: Bsc Botany (Honours), first year Dance to me is: doing each step with grace
hobby: playing
cricket

Few places to learn hip hop from...
Delhi Dance Academy
Where: Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar
Tel: 9213322015

Balajee Academy of Talents,
Where: 4C/13, Old Rajendra Nagar
Tel: 9911868645

ArtTree Academy of Music & Performing Arts
Where: 38, Bunglow road (Behind KMC College, Delhi University),
Tel: 9811798602

What is hip hop dancing?
Usually danced to hip hop music, this
dance style evolved from the hip hop culture. The first dance associated with
hip hop was breakdancing. While
breakdancing consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground, the majority of hip hop moves are done standing up.

Your hip hop dance wear
For men: The male hip hop dancers wear baggy pants, polo shirts, hooded jackets and loads of golden and silver jewellery. These basic things are paired with sneakers or large boots and caps.
For women: They wear slim pants, short skirts, harem pants or leggings. These clothes are often paired with heavy make up which emphasize the lips.