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    Hip hop and Latin moves come together at IIDC 5

    Even as the fifth edition of India International Dance Congress (IIDC) — an Asia-level dance fest for salsa, bachata, mambo, kizomba, rumba and zouk artistes — is a week away from taking off, its creator John Anthony is ready with the line-up of international instructors for the next year. “It takes 18 months to put together this fest, and a good amount of time to book the international names,” begins the founder of Latino Rhythms Dance Academy, who will get busy with his other famous property, Goa International Latin Festival, right after July 17, when IIDC 5 wraps us.
    Last year, he flew down ‘The Mambo King’ Eddie Torres for IIDC. He is bringing him back this year, along with his son Eddie Torres Jr, who is also a dancer. Out of the 85 dance instructors on board this season, 35 are from foreign shores. Artistes from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam have also signed up for championships, which run into 14 categories. The winners will get passes for upcoming salsa fests in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Croatia, Istanbul, Mexico and Canada, and also an entry into the World Salsa Championships in Miami.
    The four-day fest will also see bootcamps, after-parties, and a salsa showcase by 10-to- 12-year-old girls.

    Code urban
    IIDC diversifies its portfolio of bootcamps this year by hosting a 15-hour, three-day urban hip hop workshop, called Urbanos. This will be led by Lando Wilkins of So You Think You Can Dance fame, who runs Mos Wanted Crew in Los Angeles. The choreographer will be supported by Indian artistes such as Sritheren Pillai, Dhiraj Bhakshi, Nimble Funk, Ravi Varma and Abhishek Singhani. “Urban hip hop is the latest craze in the dance world. It focusses on body isolations and is mostly performed to RnB beats,” says Anthony.

    A master class
    Pick up the nuances of New York style salsa, North American jazz dance, Afro-Cuban Son from the Eddie Torres and his son. Other not-to-miss sessions will be held by 21-time world salsa champion Alien Ramirez from Cuba, kizomba superstars Isabelle Periac and Félicien Rossa, zouk sensations Alisson Rodrigues and Audrey Isautier, and Team Dominican Power, known for their hip hop and salsa fusion, and ‘Prince of Mambo’ Adolfo Indacochea from Peru.
    July 14-17. Entry Rs 500. At Clarks Exotica Resort, Swiss Town. 10 am-1 am. Details: 9845433370

    — Barkha Kumari

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