DANCE is one of my hobbies which I cherish the most. I can dance anywhere and at anytimes- sad, happy, angry or tensed, as dance helps me overcome my bad moods. So, here I go with my dance journey…..
Reminiscing my childhood, I remember me and my brother were send to take dance lessons at a play school when I was 6 years old. The journey started with the song ”Chandu Ke Chacha”. These classes ended up in just a month. My mother says, from this point of time, I started showing a keen interest in dance.
After this there was a deferred period of 3 years. Then I with my childhood best friend went to take dance lessons at ”Dance Planet”, which was in a close vicinity to my home. My teacher, Meenakshi ma’am used to teach me and later there were many more teachers according to different dance styles. I had taken the course for a month, which due to my zeal, enthusiasm and passion extended up to more than a year. The style I used to learn there, was mainly ”Bollywood”. The batches were according to age groups, but out of curiosity, I used to stay late and sometimes tried imitating dance steps from other batches. Rest of the batches included several other dance forms like jazz, salsa, and many more. But, I learnt only some simple steps from Bollywood style.
This ceased for another year when I again forced my mother to take me to the dance classes. She argued that ”Do something useful in dance, that helps you in your career. For instance, take a degree or a diploma.” I agreed to my mother, so I went in searching a degree or a diploma in western dance which I found nowhere. The only degree program I found was in classical dance. I went for it the first day, but I found it boring and immediately left those dance lessons. My dance journey almost finished here.
How can I forget my school– Saint Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School? Schools are the main platforms where children involve themselves in various co-curricular activities and find out their favorite hobbies. In 5th grade, my dance teacher selected me for dancing in cultural events of my school. At this point of time, I got a platform to get stage experience. In school, there was only classical dance form; I wish there was western too. In 8th grade, I also took part in an inter-school group dance competition and achieved 2nd position.
At the age of 15, I joined a dance class, ‘‘Radha Krishna Dance Academy”, with my friend circle and used to learn bollywood style there. It was for about 6 to 7 months.
During my 11th and 12th grade, I only focused on my studies.
Here, the actual dance journey started.
As I entered into my college dance society- ADVAITAA, I came to know what ”Dance” actually is. I realized I was not even a beginner at dance. I was not selected in the auditions but pleaded to let me enter this dance society- ”The decision I appreciate the most”. My college life has been happening, productive and amazing because of Advaitaa.
This was a 2 year journey. What I learnt in these 2 years was way beyond my early 10-12 years. In the first year, I did Bollywood and western style. I went to a number of colleges for competitions. In the 2nd year, I learnt western styles, namely ”locking, house, urban and hip hop”. This year was when I actually learnt about various dance styles. Since, I was not able to manage my studies, I unfortunately decided to leave Advaitaa in my last year of college.
My dance journey was till here and I hope it continues fruitfully in future.
I feel I am just a beginner in dance till date, but I am still a better version of me from past years. As to me, ”Improvements are equivalent to winning”, so I prefer focusing on myself and getting better everyday.
Dance is not my career and may be it won’t be ever, but it will always be my interest, my passion, my hobby, my mood booster, my most loved activity in my entire life.
A SHORT DANCE VIDEO
A few days back, I was getting bored and was craving for dance. So I recorded this short video on the song – Attention by Charlie Puth. Do watch it. 🙂 I also edited this video in slow motion (as a tutorial) to help you understand and learn steps.