Groove your body to Latin beats

Learn samba, get an opportunity to compete in contests and witness performances by experts at a five-day workshop in the city

art and culture Updated: Sep 17, 2012 18:58 IST
Soumya Vajpayee
Soumya Vajpayee
Hindustan Times

If you’re fascinated by Latin dance forms and have harboured a desire to learn them, it’s time to take your interest to another level. City-based dance school DanceSport India is hosting a boot camp for samba, called Samba De Janeiro, where beginners as well as advanced-level students can learn the dance from experts in the field. Dancer Mansi Amin, a UK-based athlete and trainer will be conducting the classes.

The five-day workshop will include four days of training followed by competitions and performances by participants on the fifth day. “There will be three categories: master samba, for people who have some base in the dance; samba for beginners, where the basics of the dance form will be taught to newcomers in four days; and samba performance batch, which will comprise trained dancers who will perform on the final day, in addition to competitions,” says Priti Gupta, co-founder, DanceSport India.

Ask Amin if it is possible to pick up the basics of samba in just four days, and she says, “Technically, samba is the hardest amongst all the Latin dances. So besides teaching samba, I’ll also give a lot of information about the dance form. I don’t the participants to implement all the information immediately. But the basic guidelines will help them whenever they do the samba again,” says Amin. Adds Gupta, “This is our first samba boot camp in Mumbai. We have conducted camps in smaller cities of Maharashtra and students were able to pick up the steps with the entire choreography during the one-hour sessions in four days.”

On the final day of the boot camp, the first half will be dedicated to various competitions and performances by partipants. The second half will feature performances by professional dancers among other dances such as salsa, rumba, bachata and paso doble. “It will be like a party where the spectators will not only get to see performances but also get a chance to participate,” says Gupta.

The bootcamp will be held on September 17, 18, 19 and 21 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Birla Kreeda Kendra, Chowpatty. The Samba performances and competitions will be on September 22 between 7 pm and 10.30pm at the Yacht Club, Colaba.

Call 99200 53329 for more details.

First Published: Sep 17, 2012 15:12 IST