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So, you think you can dance?

Salsa and jive are passé.. move it with some new dance forms, says Chesta Wadhwani as she swings in a new groove.

art and culture Updated: May 16, 2009 18:14 IST
Chesta Wadhwani
Chesta Wadhwani
Hindustan Times

Reality TV has got the couch potatoes stirring and stepping out. Night clubs across the city have set the mood to boogie woogie with their regular salsa and jive nights. Bollywood jhatkas continue to have takers but it’s the tough-to-crack flamenco, old- school jazz, lindy hop, tango and b-boying that are the flavour of the season.

“It’s all about experimenting and moving beyond the obvious,” agrees choreographer Remo D’souza. So, what are you waiting for? Get, set, groove.. here’s how:

Rope Mallakhamb
Remember Isha Sherwani hanging from a rope and swinging gracefully in mid-air, Tarzan or rather Jane like, in Kisna and more recently, Luck by Chance? That’s rope mallakhamb, a gymnastic dance form born in the villages of Maharashtra. Mangesh Vijay Vaykul, 28, an instructor, asserts that this rope dance is not just easy on the eyes but keeps the body agile too. Got your rassi ready?
Where: There are classes all over the city
Call: Mangesh Vaykul on 9892619975

A solo dance form, it’s all about hand clapping, rhythmic feet stomping and sweeping arm movements. Flamenco has its roots in Indian, Arabic and Spanish cultures and a gypsy twist too, that expresses itself in layered skirts, ruffled peasant blouses and trailing scarves.

“The aggressive combines with the sensual.. there’s a sense of toughness as well as a delicate feminine appeal,” explains Aanchal Gupta, founder Arts in Motion Dance Studio.
Where: Arts in Motion Dance Studio, Sion
Call: 9820183231

Modern contemporary dancing
There are no rules here, just free flowing movements. So, it’s no surprise that stories are told through this super expressive and emotive dance form — which has no set definitions. The dance form is often an amalgamation of jazz, kathak, freestyle, kathakali and more. So, go for those edgy moves.

Where: Terrence Lewis Academy, Khar Danda Road
Call: 6238651.6040144
Where:Shamak Davar’s Institute for Performing Arts, across

Call: 3537930, 3537931

American street dancing
Years ago, when waltz and ballroom dancing belonged to the elite, the commoners took to the roads with krumping, locking, popping and b-boying to vent out their frustrations.

Krumping: High on energy, with a rebellious streak, it has the arms, legs, chest and even the head moving. It’s a major part of the hip-hop culture.

Popping: Remember Janet Jackson’s All right or closer home, Harman Baweja’s robotic moves in Love Story 2050. The slow, jerky movements is all about attitude.. and some serious dancing.

B-boying: Break loose with this street dance with varied freezes. You are expected to stand on your head and move with ease. It’s cool!

Where: Simon Talukdar, Organised Chaos Studios, Prarameshwar Bhavan building, 14th Road, Khar.
Call: 9870315001
Old school jazz

With classic moves it takes you back to the basics and is ideal for beginners who have an eye for classic moves.
Where: Rahul Saxena Dancing Academy, Matunga, Andheri, Bandra and Kandivli
Call: 9769383210

First Published: May 16, 2009 17:47 IST