It was Graduation Day for the 3rd year batch of Terrence Lewis’ TLDFST (Terrence Lewis Dance Foundation Scholarship Trust) on Friday. It was celebrated with a dance show, titled, Catch-22.
For Terrence Lewis it is an immensely proud moment to see TLDFST reach its third year. “From just 9 students in the first year, and 7 in the second, this batch has 22 gifted individuals hence the name,” he says emphatically. “In contrast to the last two years, this year they have brought to the audience duo's, trios and even quintets!”
On Contemporary Dance in India
'Initially the Indian audience was very skeptical about Contemporary dance. However, with
Dance India Dance
, an emotional connection was made between people and the Contemporary dance form, says Lewis.
Along with Terrence Lewis and the Company members, Michel Casanova, a teacher and choreographer from France who specializes in Contemporary dance has coached and mentored this year's batch for the duration of the three years. He will continue as a mentor for the next batch too.
Michel states, “The batch of 2007-2010 has grown from strength to strength and their quality of movement has become finer and richer. I wish them the best of success!”
On where his dancers stand internationally, Terrence Lewis in confident they have already reached the highest standards and will continue to. "With our professional and versatile training we will ensure our students have a longer shelf-life in this industry," he promises.
Twenty-two dancers performed solo to narrate a spate of stories that were interwoven with each other. An excited Terence Lewis appealed to the youth against considering dance as a hobby but rather as a career. Michel Casanovas – a teacher and choreographer of international repute from France was specially invited to add few words for this batch and actively contribute towards the synthesis of the show. The evening ended on a high note with Terence Lewis conferring the graduates with their hard earned degrees and hats, amidst claps!