From learning jazz to putting on a musical, children will learn it all at 9th Step Entertainmenta��s workshop
Lights, music, Broadway. Now 9thStep Entertainmenta��the dance studio that staged the recent Sister Act productiona��is bringing the magic of the musicals to the city with their dance workshop and finale performance, Night at the Musicals. For five to 18-year-olds, the 10-day workshop is designed to give a glimpse into what goes into the making of a professional production. a�?We do a lot of work with schoolsa��especially helping children with special needs, using dance as therapy. But the kids are always in uniforms, constrained by their environment,a�? begins Swati Sadhwani, one of the co-founders. a�?So we wanted to give them a chance to come to a proper studio and learn to put together a fun act.a�?
Since Sadhwani and her partner, Vijay Victor Jesudoss, want to popularise musical theatre, they decided a simple dance show would not suffice. a�?We will have excerpts from eight to 10 musicals that make up a one-hour performance. We went for age-appropriate ones like Lion King, Aladdin, Matilda and Cinderella as the kids will have more fun with these themes,a�? says the 26-year-old who is trained in Kathak, jazz, ballroom Latin and the like.
Theya��ve also roped in V Balakrishnan from Theatre Nisha to consult, so that the finale production would have both scenes and performances blended seamlessly. a�?The children will be taught jazz and Broadway jazz along with some hip-hop and the like,a�? says Swati, adding that they will be designing the costumes and sets in-house.
Rs 2,500. May 5-16, at Studio 360, Gopalapuram.
a��Surya Praphulla Kumar