India and its obsession for Dance

Be it movies, music or dance; India has a die-hard obsession for Bollywood and to rock the charts all you need to own is good-looks and know dance (Just kidding). But the truth be told, Indians love to dance on its Bollywood Beats. Not only is their dance beautiful, but the art they make is also beautiful like the necklaces of flowers they make. Bollywood music and dance has evolved drastically in the past two decades. Dance in India was initiated as a form of art to dedicate worship to gods, kings and the most superior amongst all.
The Disco Era not only influenced other countries but also India. Hence, Disco dance was lucratively introduced to India by Mithun Chakraborty (An Indian Movie Actor). With Govinda, Sri Devi and Madhuri Dixit taking the step ahead; Bollywood was introduced to the new world of line dance, street dance and step dance forms. From Thumkas and Ghoomar to Sufi and Freestyle; Bollwood has seen it all.
With modern time cinema taking a turn for the better; Indian dancers have developed a fascination for foreign dance forms like Locking and Popping, Wacking, Street Dance, Krumping, Contemporary and many more. Contemporary Dance form has evolved tremendously – thanks to the famous Contemporary Indian Choreographer – Terence Lewis.
What India needs to know; While Indians boast of knowing foreign dance forms; they have lacked in understanding their own rich culture. Indian classical dance form is an umbrella term for the codified form of art rooted in Sacred Hindu musical theatre style. India has seen the best of evolution in the field of dance. The traditional Indian dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and others are recognized on an International Platform.
Other dance forms like Bihu from Assam, Koli dance from Maharashtra, Garba from Gujarat and Bhangra from Punjab are also some of the most popular Indian dance forms enjoyed and practiced by the Indians.
A number of dance crews like Fictitious Crew, 13.13 Crew, Sharpshooterz, Guidance India and others have positively used dance as a platform to share their expression / message and a sign of awareness.
The latest trends of 2014 brought in Flash Mobs on the streets of Mumbai. DGMC – A media college in Mumbai lately performed a flash mob during the Equal Streets festival by TOI to promote their college festival across Mumbai. Similarly, dancers have performed Flash mobs in memory of martyrs, social awareness messages, celebration of anniversary of the company and similar other occasions.
India has also shown a high rise in the number of street style dance crews emerging in the last 5 years; one of which recently bagged the bronze medal at the World Hip Hop Championship 2015.
Truly, India is a land of dancers and has most of the times managed to match up to the International standards of dancing, making a mark to prove their worth in the industry. Though, dance as a profession involves a lot of struggle in India; Indians have seen a huge success rate in emerging dancers with high potential and efforts.
Clearly, one can understand the utmost desire to learn dance and the obsession Indians possess for this eternally beautiful art form of expression.

Top 5 Ballroom Dances

Dance as an art has been practiced since ages. It’s not only about performing on the beats of the music and in rhythm but also offers a beautiful form of expression in itself. Ballroom dance is one of the most exotic and romantic forms of dance and is in most of the cases a couple/partner/duo dance style. Know the most coveted ballroom dance forms performed all across the globe with this list of Ultra-chic ballrooms.
⦁    West Coast Swing: It’s all about extension and compression with West Coast Swing; one needs to learn the very same technique to master this simply awe-inspiring ballroom dance. It is characterized by its sheer and distinctive elastic look. Alternative names of the dance steps or patterns in WCS are namely, sugar push, left side pass, right side pass, tuck turn and whip. WCS is usually ended with its iconic Anchor step.

⦁    Paso Doble : Pasodoble or Paso Doble (Literal Spanish meaning : Double Step) is a Spanish light music. Clearly famous for its introduction in Bullfights n the 19th century, Paso Doble has won hearts all across Spain and the world. This traditional dance form originated in France which was later adopted by Spain and Portugal.

⦁    Salsa : Salsa is one of the most practiced social dance forms in the world, which originated in Cuba and Puerto Rico, with successful influence in Latin America. Dance Moves or steps in Salsa are highly inspired by dance forms like Cha Cha Cha, Cuban Son, Mambo and many others. New Yorkers named this dance style as Salsa in the 70s. One of the most striking features of Salsa is its dance movement; while the dancers gracefully move their feet and have weight shifts; one can hardly see any affect of the same on the upper body.

⦁    Tango: Former called as Tango Criollo, The Tango has its origin dated back to 1890s and was initiated along the borders of Argentina and Uruguay – The River Plate which soon spread happily across the rest of the world. In today’s world, one may find a variety in the forms of Tango; one that closely associates to the originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay is the Authentic Tango. Tango highly influences the European and African culture.

⦁    Jive: While other ball room dance forms successfully stay on the tables of Top 5; Jive has distinctively kept pace with others. Originated in the United States back in the 1913; Jive is considered as one of the five International Dance form. Many of its techniques are similar to East Coast Swing and is also considered as a candid variant of the Jitterbug.

Ballroom dance forms are a series of partner dances recognized as a social dance form and as well as practiced on international platforms. These dance forms are available in abundance and people across the globe can surely catch an eye on one of the dance studios and find one of the aforementioned dance forms being practiced; for the eager-diggers – you can surely register yourself to learn and practice this dance form and create a sense of rhythm, grace and style within.

Five Iconic Dances of the 70s

The 70s brought in new dance styles that created a huge wave and has been performed ever since.  Shake that leg and dance your way out while you tag along these amazing dances of the Disco Era. Our list consists of the five best hand-picked Iconic dance moves, a.k.a., signature steps you would surely enjoy. So, dance it out.
⦁    The Bus Stop – Line Dance:
For those that don’t know how to step up with the beat and can start with “THE BUS STOP” dance groove. All you got to be is a beginner in the making to enjoy this simple signature step. Face the audience with your feet together in a line. Start with the right foot as you step back thrice. On the third step, tap your left foot against your right and clap. Now, repeat the sequence going forward. When continuing the sequence forward start with your left foot and right foot for the backward steps sequence. Yay! You are now a pro Bus Stop Line Dancer.

⦁    The YMCA Dance:
The YMCA Dance was formed for a particular song and has been the iconic dance step ever since. The Song named YMCA was performed by THE VILLAGE and released in 1978. For those that wish to learn the dance, all you need to do is spread your arms to form Y, M, C and A whenever they appear in the lyrics. Tadaa! Easy as a pie and fun to do as well!

⦁    Do the Hustle:
Singer – Van Mcgoy got everyone on the dance floor to “DO THE HUSTLE” dated 1975. Experts call this as a mix of Swing and Latin which was performed to a 70s disco beat.  Do the Hustle gained fame when it was performed in the movie “Saturday Night Fever”. Also check out Travolta’s freestyle dance, considered as a better freestyle from than do the hustle.

⦁    Funky Chicken Dance:
No this is not the funny “Chicken Dance” you do at the weddings; this is one of the most uncanny dance style performed in the 70s. The Funky Chicken had nothing to do but imitate the jerky movements of the chicken. The Dance routines also had names like “Chicken Wings” and “Chicken Legs”.

⦁    The Bump Dance:
One of the easiest of the 70s dance and did not require to learn complicated dance steps or moves. As the name suggests, all you have to do sway besides your partner and bump your hips to one another (or other body parts for that matter too)

So, now that you have learned the very basics of getting back to the 70s; why don’t you introduce the same with your peers and enjoy a quick Disco Theme dance party. Grab a partner, get into a group and work your way out with these easy, fun and all-time evergreen dance styles of the 1970s Disco Era. Happy Dancing !

5 Things you need to know before getting into dance professionally

Dancing is not just a sport or activity; it is a form of art; a form of expression and one of the most popular choices of professions with the younger minds. But, before you act upon the same, you need to understand the following 5 steps to getting into this profession:

⦁    Make up your mind: Never ever give up once you make up your mind. Dance is a passion and it needs a lot of dedication and efforts too without which many fail. You should know that there is a lot of struggle standing right in front of you and you have to be dedicated enough to leave behind all the checkpoints and pave your way up to the milestone.

⦁    Know your form: Be it belly dance, popping or contemporary; if you have decided over the form, make sure that you know the A-Z of it. You shouldn’t be on half-minds; all your knowledge about the form you practice is going to be put to use when you convert this cute little hobby of yours into passion-driven profession. So, get yourself certified with Dance majors in your specialized dance form while in the process of stepping in this field.

⦁    Guidance is significant: For those that believe in “I Know everything” scheme fail miserably. Seeking guidance from an expert will never put you through harm. Look out for dance music, videos and other dancers practicing the same style as you. Meet new people, share your knowledge and learn from others too. Dance instruction books are a good way to work too. Read as many as it interests you.

⦁    Ideal and Implement: Learning a dance form will have limitations too. For example, learning Salsa will teach you the mere basics of three steps. Here’s where you need to get creative. Try to incorporate distinctive and varied routines in your dance to stand out. Do not add too much to look extra-ordinary, sometimes the little extra can turn a beauty into bizarre.

⦁    Exercise and eat healthy: For a dancer, one needs to stay fit and healthy, both mentally as well as physically. A regular exercise and workout routine inclusive of stretches will help boost your strength and flexibility. Join a gym, walk, jog and run. Exercise an alternate routine of hop, skip and jump with the help of skip rope. Cardio: Run, Run and Run. It helps you to tone up your calf muscles, perfect enough to execute any potential dance leg routine.

⦁    Face the difficulties: As a dancer, you need to know that dance is a vigorous form of exercise and overdoing can cause physical sickness. Balance your work life and dance life so as to not exhaust yourself. Do not skip out on your dance rehearsals. Remember; the more you practice, the higher is the chance for you to get in the limelight, yet take adequate precautions so as to not exert yourself and/or fall ill.

Dancing requires a lot of efforts; stay focused and dedicated at all times. Never give up or loose hopes. Practice regularly and don’t forget to register in dance competitions (Just to know where you stand in this race)

Happy Dancing to you 🙂

Dance!!!

Dancing is an important tradition to many cultures. Dance is also very special to people because it helps those individuals get though rough times. I’m here today to tell you about dance and how people celebrate this art. Tune in soon to get the details.