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    Two-year-old dance academy, Danzza, prepares for its first public show

    THE 200-student strong Danzza is abuzz as they prepare for their first public show. Instructing nearly 150 participants, and perfecting jazz, tap and contemporary styles, among others, are partners Michelle Sharma (38), Vikram Naidu (33) and Hari Krishnan (30). The trio had met at city-based Academy of Modern Dance where Naidu and Krishnan were instructors. “People are open to pursuing classical dance as careers and encourage children to go for training. Modern dance still hasn’t gotten there,” says Sharma, a pilot-turned-dance instructor, who moved to the city from Malta 16 years back. “Parents often see it as something to pursue till college. We want to change that by integrating them into the process,” he adds, explaining that parents are free to join their children in class.
    The 4,000 sq ft, two-year-old studio has classes for jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet and gymnastics. These come with certification from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance, Australia. There are also Zumba, Bollywood and light dancing sessions. Danzza boasts students aged four to 60 years from various rungs of society, including their local tea-stall vendor’s son.
    Today, at Sir Mutha Hall. Tickets at Rs 650. Details: 24997432

    —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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