What to expect at a fund raising yard sale to send a Chennai dance team to Glasgow
Whether you crave homemade podis, or love the smell of old books, there’s something for everyone at choreographer Aparna Ganesh’s yard sale, that starts tomorrow. Ganesh’s all-girls dance ensemble, High Kicks, is one of the two teams from India (the other one being from Kerala), that have been selected to perform at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, in July. “We got our selection notice last May. We have 14 dancers and needed to arrange flight tickets, visas for all the girls and money for our accommodation, food, etc, had to be given to the organising committee,” explains Ganesh, the owner of the dance company, Showstoppers Inc. Since their dance form is not Indian classical or folk, Ganesh and her team are not eligible for monetary support from the government. So the team is organising their yard sale, to cover the rest of this expenses.
Their performance is modern dance theatre with a concept or story behind every act. Almost 70 per cent of their expenses have been covered through crowd funding campaigns (around USD 5,000 was collected) and workshops that Ganesh held last year along with three sponsors. One of them, Jaishree Premium Rejuvenation Salon, who donated the proceeds of a ‘hair day’ to them, has also loaned their driveway for the sale.
Besides collecting funds for their trip, Ganesh and her girls hope to introduce themselves and the dance form, over iced teas and cold coffees. “We are also making knick-knacks like candle stands, repurposing old T-shirts and alcohol bottles and painting them for the sale,” says Sneha Varma, 20, one of the dancers. Shoes, books, CDs, paintings and podis made by Ganesh’s mother — around 900 articles in all — are going to be available at rock-bottom prices.
Prices between Rs. 25 and Rs. 500. On May 31 and June 1, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Details: 8754480048