Rhythm India’s Workshop with Shakti Mohan


Photos: Navin Mediwala

HOUSTON: This past weekend on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, Rhythm India Bollywood Dance Company hosted a 2-day workshop with the one and only Shakti Mohan, a celebrity dancer from India. She was the winner of Dance India Dance Season 2. In addition, she was a finalist on the show Jhalak Dikhla Ja, the lead dancer in the song Aa re Pritam Pyaare from Rowdy Rathore and is currently a judge on the famous reality dance show called Dance Plus with Remo D’souza.

Shakti began her Nritya Shakti Tour 2016 with Houston as the first city. Coincidentally on Saturday, April 23, it marked the sixth anniversary of her Dance India Dance winning title. Arzan Gonda, the Artisitic Director of Rhythm India organized a cake cutting ceremony for the celebration, which was highly appreciated by Shakti.

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Needless to say the workshop was a huge hit with all those who signed up for it. Some die hard Shakti Mohan fans drove down from Dallas and Austin for the workshop. There were two batches on both days for Juniors (8 – 12 yrs) in Batch 1 and Youth & Adults in batch 2. On Day one they learned a Bollywood style dance on the song Malhari from the movie Bajirao Mastani and on Day two they learned a new style called Waacking to the song Dola Re Dola from Devdas. Shakti was very impressed with the caliber of the students, and stated that she was very surprised at the speed the students picked up both routines.

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Rhythm India holds dance workshops for its students and for the public year round. The goal is to expose their students to the best choreographers and dancers in the business. They have workshops planned all summer this year. The next big workshop is with the Bollywood legend Saroj Khan on Friday, May 20. There will be two batches on the same day. Batch 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Batch 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Batch 2 is completely booked with few spots still available in Batch 1.  Reserve your spots now before Batch 1 gets filled. To sign up for the workshop go to www.rhythm-india.com or call 281 968 9479.

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Feed back from students
Tanisha Hirani: “The workshop was amazing such an enriching experience. We learned a lot, my favorite was the Waacking because it was something we had never done before. Shakti was amazing!!”

Sneha Dama: “This workshop was simply amazing and unforgettable. My favorite part of this workshop was Waacking. We’ve never learned anything like this. We definitely want her back to teach us more styles and especially contemporary next time.”

Rama Janamanchi: “My favorite part was the Bollywood Dance. It was a little more complicated than usual but Shakti made the complicated steps very easy to learn. She is a great teacher.”