By Esther Williams
‘Dance Moves,’ a dance extravaganza performed at the
Lionel Wendt on 8th and 9th May was a resounding success. Produced
by Yoshita Abayasekara, the programme in which 52 students took
part featured a variety of items covering different eras of dance.
first part of the programme comprised Modern classical dance styles
in which classical techniques were fused with modern movements.
Most of the students were not classically trained yet managed to
perform brilliantly to the drums and Enya music.
and senior students performed together in the musicals like Greece,
Flash Dance, Chicago and Bombay Dreams. Dancers of Greece numbers
wore period costumes such as flared skirts and tie up tops with
sneakers. The audience were also taken through the Charleston era
to watch dancers working with hats and stools for Chicago. The boys
seemed to enjoy doing the Michael Jackson moves.
was an interesting mix of Indian Bharatanatyam and Jazz in the Chaiya
Chaiya number from Bombay Dreams. It was a point where East met
the West with the movements having a touch of the eastern as well
entire production was a fabulous treat of varied dances including
Salsa, Jazz, Hip-hop, etc. There was also an item choreographed
by the students themselves. Plenty of hard work had gone into by
the look of it. Costumes varied to suit the theme in each of the
has now started her own Dance school called the ‘School of
Dances Moves’ at the Dutch Burgher Union where she will pass
on to students her passion for dance. “With dance you learn
discipline and learn to keep healthy, for it enhances confidence
and team spirit,” Yoshita remarks.
the Sri Lankan dance scene she has noticed the trend moving towards
the hip hop and jazz among the younger generation. “They seem
to like it more as they can relate to it better,” says she
emphasising that children who did classical dance learnt better
and faster. Proceeds from the show went to the Grace Kumari Orphanage