From learning jazz to putting on a musical, children will learn it all at 9th Step Entertainment’s workshop
Lights, music, Broadway. Now 9thStep Entertainment—the dance studio that staged the recent Sister Act production—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. “We do a lot of work with schools—especially helping children with special needs, using dance as therapy. But the kids are always in uniforms, constrained by their environment,” begins Swati Sadhwani, one of the co-founders. “So we wanted to give them a chance to come to a proper studio and learn to put together a fun act.”
Since Sadhwani and her partner, Vijay Victor Jesudoss, want to popularise musical theatre, they decided a simple dance show would not suffice. “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,” says the 26-year-old who is trained in Kathak, jazz, ballroom Latin and the like.
They’ve also roped in V Balakrishnan from Theatre Nisha to consult, so that the finale production would have both scenes and performances blended seamlessly. “The children will be taught jazz and Broadway jazz along with some hip-hop and the like,” says Swati, adding that they will be designing the costumes and sets in-house.
Rs 2,500. May 5-16, at Studio 360, Gopalapuram.
—Surya Praphulla Kumar