Confused ? Disoriented ? So am I. Dance is not my cup of tea; come to think about it I have two pairs of left feet when it comes to prancing about with pre-synchronized body movements. Dance is immensely Darwinian, and disproves the fact that all men/women where created equal, for on the dance floor it boils down to the survival of the fittest. A dance workshop is not a typical place you would find me but thenagain I was there. Enthusiastic participants tried to mimic the flurry of movements the instructors demonstrated. With out-stretched arms aunties, uncles, students, dadas/dadis, nana/nanis, etc danced in a clockwise direction.
"One, two, three, four, in, in, out" advances to "four, five, turn, six, seven out"
At this point some of the stragglers in the audience (at NC Ghia Hall) joined the motley group.
"Don't just jump add bounce," added the talented instructor.
Dance is difficult.
- First comes the feet movements. They are practiced and rehearsed.
- Second comes the hand movements. Also practiced and rehearsed.
- Step three: Synchronize step one and two.
- Step four :Try Step 3 moving in an anti-clockwise circle.
- Step five: Faster, Faster.
Phew !! Oh wait it is not over. The workshop takes its first casualties as the stragglers exit the stage.
More steps are added.
"Side-right, Side-left, center-side" are added to the already growinglist of steps. Up the curve the group moved steadily, now accelerating. "Clap when you are centre and snap when you are on the side and we are done"
The step are repeated one last time, this time with all the participants.
[Post part of the Many posts I've done for the Kala Ghoda Gazette]