28 November, 2020

Who Wants To Be Shakira?

Govinda-style is passe. There's now method to filmi dancing, and a bit of hip-hop and salsa.

Apoorva Guptay
Who Wants To Be Shakira?
This could be a Maoist training camp for child soldiers. Forty pairs of small feet make contact with the wooden floor, almost in unison, and the sound is stupendous. Forty pairs of eyes stare into wall-to-wall mirrors. An instructor, entirely in black, stands at the door, in case anyone makes a run for it. "Are you ready?" he bellows. "Yes!" comes the thunderous response. Then Pappu Can’t Dance starts playing—and oh, these kids can dance!

I’ve dropped into a Bollywood dancing class conducted by Abhishek Zaveri’s Dance and Fitness Academy—or A-Danz—at Moksh, one of South Mumbai’s swankiest gyms. It’s a one-hour session for four- to six-year-olds, and halfway through, the corridor outside is already filling up with children for the next class. A new boy is being cajoled by his mother: "Don’t sulk! Dance! You’ll like it, just try it!" He stands there, shuffling his feet, unconvinced, until the instructor barks, "Dance down!", and scowls at him. Startled, he follows the others and gets into a crouching position on the...



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