Tomorrow is World Dance Day, and Delhi’s dancers have their best shoes on. From ballet to balle balle, the Capital is known to be great at shaking leg, and has been a breeding ground for many Indian dances as well as international dance forms of late.
Dancers perform in the Bolero ballet, composed by Maurice Ravel at the 48th International Festival of Carthage at the Roman theatre in Carthage. AFP PHOTO/ FETHI BELAID
“An art so important definitely deserves a World Dance Day, and this occasion is grandly celebrated all over the world,” says Nikolina Nikoleski, a free-style contemporary dancer based in the city. “The main aim of celebrating such a day is to celebrate dance and bring together people who speak the common language of dance,” she adds.
And, she is not the only one preparing for the occasion. Dance expert Tulsi Badrinath will be launching her book ‘Author, Master of art- A life in Dance’ on April 29. “Dancers celebrate dance everyday. We celebrate life everyday when we dance. My book celebrates dance as well,” she says.
On being asked about the spirit of Delhi on this day, Bharatanatayam exponent Geeta Chandran says, “I have been performing in Delhi since the time I was born. The audience is always so very inquisitive. It is indeed very overwhelming.” And it’s not just traditional Indian dances that the city is celebrating. While Bollywood-style moves rule discs and clubs in the Capital without occasion, other globally popular styles such as Salsa, Zouk and belly dancing have also found their place under Delhi’s sun. “The youth is seen getting engaged in a lot of popular international dance forms like salsa, meringue and jazz,” says Shalu Chopra, director Mundo Latino, a GK-based dance school.
Catch it here
What: International Dance Day Celebrations
When: From April 29 to May 5
Timings: 7 pm onwards
Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
NEAREST METRO STATION: Jor Bagh on the Yellow Line