Pondicherry, the former French enclave is fast evolving as a learning hub for global dance styles. The city is now witnessing dance styles from all corners of the world, from our very own classical Bharatanatyam to Bollywood moves, to French Ballet, Latin American Tango and Salsa, or to the more eccentric dance styles such as Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Hip-Hop, Aqua Zumba or the Vertical Dance.
La Casita, the ‘House of Latin American Art and Culture’ is headed by Kash Dolma Timmers, who is a Tibetan settled in Pondicherry. Here people can choose dance forms from Latin America, from regular Tango and Salsa classes to periodical workshops on Samba, Kizomba, Bachata, Rio Zouk and Merengue. For many, and especially for the adult learners, these classes are a means to stay fit. In fact, La Casita’s most popular class is Zumba, which is a fitness routine based on Latin rhythms and dance. Capoeira, a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement is also taught here.
La Casita also takes registrations for vertical dance (a form of aerial dance which uses a harness and wall) classes in Auroville which are taken by Ms. Kash’s husband Romain Timmers. Apart from a range of dance classes and workshops, La Casita aims to be a center for socializing, where people can come in and learn and share the culture of Latin America.
SITA‘s (South India Traditional Arts), Fleur Soumer has brought in her own experience at workshops with famous teachers in western ballet, modern jazz along with a teacher from Harlem Jazz ballet of New York, Russian dance and African dance. SITA also has Bollywood and Bharatanatyam classes taught by Anandi Nicolas who has taken training in France and Kerala. Hip-Hop is taught by Satish, a Pondicherry-based dance guru. Foreign tourists drop in at SITA to discover about Indian dance styles such as Bollywood and Bharatanatyam. Most of them naturally turn to the Bollywood sessions which are a nice blend of different dances and can be done by anyone.
Check ZoomPondy Events section for details on dance classes.
Text: Amit Peter
Source: The Hindu