Dancing In Delhi
Hearing clapping and voices singing ‘Happy Birthday’ was a magical gift for a baby girl turning 1. Not yet walking, she giggled with happiness and pulled herself up to dance in a circle. Everyone in the room was amazed and couldn’t believe what they were witnessing! This surprise wasn’t just any moment, it was my moment. I am a dancer and this is my story…
Ever since I can remember, leaping in leotards and tutus with my cousin to twirling around on my parent’s kitchen hardwood floors, I enjoyed dancing and pretending to be a ballerina. I asked my mom numerous times if I could take dance lessons, but it never ended up happening. So I decided to team up with my older sister, who also liked to dance, and we’d create dance routines together; to then perform them for our family. She brought me into another realm of dance; outside of my ballerina mindset into a world of electronic pop. I was beginning to like different styles of dance.
During the 2001 Christmas season, my mom surprised me with 2 free tickets to a dance recital in our local community. I was ecstatic to attend! Throughout the entire show, my eyes glistened watching the dancers on the stage in their sparkly and festive costumes. As I was sitting on the edge of my seat in awe of all that was going on, my mom turned to me and said, “Do you want to start taking dance lessons?” Mesmerized by the moves and music, I nodded my head with a yes. So that’s when it officially began, I was just shy of 12 years old when I signed up for my first dance class.
Over my teenage years, I experimented in jazz, ballet, pointe, and modern. Up until this point, jazz was my favorite because of the sharp and sassy steps. Then one day, I discovered a liking for hip hop and realized that I could pick up the moves pretty quickly. My dance studio didn’t offer hip hop, so I found a small local group seeking for hip hop dancers. Not having any formal training in hip hop, I was nervous and hoped they’d like me. I definitely had to prove myself by practicing a lot and working hard, but I successfully made the team and partook in performances. I had already been teaching a jazz class at the studio I attended for at least 1 year, so figured why not propose teaching a hip hop class too. My director approved and I taught 2-3 classes a week while remaining in high school and throughout college.
Since graduating from college and moving across the state of Minnesota and later to the country of India, I continued on the quest for hip hop classes so I could continue to grow my talent. Now living in Delhi, India for the past 6 months, I found an awesome dance studio called Delhi Dance Academy (DDA). DDA was founded in 2008 and has been very successful over the last decade. They have been featured multiple times in the press and given awards as the best dance center in Delhi. From classes at their studio to flash mob events, they excel in providing quality dance education and a friendly-fun environment. Employing professional dance instructors allows them to offer over 100 classes per week between all studio locations. DDA also has over 50,000 Facebook likes; proving they truly are an award winning dance academy.
Among the array of dance styles and classes DDA offers, from Bollywood, Salsa, Contemporary, to much more; the obvious choice for me was hip hop of course. Over the past 2 months, I’ve been participating in classes 3 times a week that I really enjoy. Each class consists of a warm-up, reviewing technical moves, and learning a dance routine. It’s a joy continuing to learn and refine my skills and be part of a dance community where I can make friends. As long as I live in Delhi, I’ll be staying connected with DDA, which makes me quite pleased!