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As many of you might have noticed in our last post, we quoted Mahima Mehta, the CEO of Mad About Dance who stressed the importance of integrating dance into your daily regime. This evolved form of workout has captivated individuals of all ages and can truly transform your mental, emotional, personal and physical self. In an interview with her, we discovered an inside perspective into the world of dance, that is bound to leave you wanting to groove:
Q1: How do you think dance, as an art form, has evolved over the years to appeal to various generations?
Dance forms then started as a celebration ritual (for eg: celebrating the harvesting season within a tribe or in praise of the king/leader) or a disciplined art that was imparted from one generation to another as a part of their tradition, culture and pride. Today, with modernization, evolution, cinema influence and media over the years – people like to follow what they believe is a ‘trend’. Several new modern styles and fusions have mushroomed. I see a lot of parents wanting their kids to learn contemporary and hiphop as an example, so it is getting harder to sell the idea of learning traditional folk and classical forms especially for young boys. Hope that changes someday.
Q2: Cultural influences have helped shape the dance industry, in your opinion, what other trends have impacted performances?
We live in a fast paced environment where everything is about improving efficiency. While we know it can take years to master an art form, deep inside we want to learn something that’s easy to pick up without going through the hassle of learning the basics or having a solid classical foundation. The polishing however, does affect the quality of performances.
Q3: Newer dance forms have become a combination of styles, what type of fusion would you like to see in coming years?
We do see fusions of classical with modern dancing. I would love to see dying art forms such as various tribal folk from small states of third world countries mixed with the newer forms – something that the generation today and of the future will never see otherwise.
Q4: How does MAD break the mold to offer a new experience to Dubai audiences?
MAD’s strength is in its vision, environment and people. From inception, we’ve ensured we have extremely talented teachers and caring administrators who can inspire students to learn, thereby instilling confidence in them. We don’t take on too many events as well, we do few and put our heart into them. We’ve thankfully constantly been in news in 2015 – from our launch to our trainer winning the UAE challenge of Nach Baliye (famous Indian reality dance show) to our successful Annual Show where over 150 students performed.
Q5: What would be a dream dance project for you?
We’ve never done a MAD themed musical. Would love to see that take form some day.
Q6: Seeing as you organize annual shows, what are you looking for in performers that may wish to join the MAD team on stage in 2016?
We are on a hunt for passionate learners and age is no bar, it’s all about just getting out of your comfort zone and performing on stage. MAD Annual Show as a property has now become a big platform to showcase talent and promising entertainment to its audience. So anyone looking for a confidence boost joins MAD this year, they can get ready to see learn either basic or advanced levels of dancing topped with fabulous choreography like they’ve never experienced before.
As always we love leaving all our readers with opportunities to get involved and today, we would like to reach out to new dancers and performers hoping to showcase their talent to thousands, do send in a small clip of your previous performances to firstname.lastname@example.org and get yourself featured!
Until we rendezvous again,