Over the years, dance classes in Delhi have gone from being a place where you could send your children for free time to essential life skills development sessions important for the overall growth of any child. Choosing a dance class isn’t just about finding the nearest center or the most affordable trainer, but also the type of dance forms that trainers specialize in. Contrary to popular belief, even the most cosmopolitan parents in the city prefer to send their children to classical dance lessons, with the aim of getting their children to acquire a new skill to put on their CV and not just to learn movements. for the next family dance evening. professional forms of dance such as jazz, contemporary etc. that they prefer every day in Bollywood. Because, as they tell us, seeing your children dance to Chaar Bottal Vodka or Gandi Baat is no longer worth showing off, whether in family dance parties or in school talent hunts. DT spoke to parents of enthusiastic dancers, who in the past had to explain to their children the meaning of words like vodka and jawaani, about why they switched to more professional dance forms instead. from Bollywood.
WE DON’T WANT OUR KIDS TO DANCE ON GANDI BAAT AND CHAAR BOTTAL VODKA
For most parents, the decision not to enroll their child in Bollywood dance classes comes after a quick scan of these centers’ playlists, which typically include all the latest issues of recent films.
Shalini Tripathi, mother of an 8-year-old girl, who enrolled her daughter in jazz lessons near her residence in Hauz Khas, told us: âI recently started looking for a dance class for my daughter. but I was absolutely sure it wasn’t. is going to be Bollywood-centric. It’s bad enough that we had to listen to songs like Fevicol Se and Baby Doll on the radio and at DJ parties, so there was no way I was letting my daughter learn the ridiculous dance steps of those songs. When you are at a party with your friends and family, you can skip the lyrics and just have fun with the music. But listening to these songs on repeat in a dance class was a complete no. We ended up choosing jazz lessons for her, where they use international music and it’s a great way to expose her not only to good dancing but also to good music. â
Kapil Taneja, father of 7 living in Lajpat Nagar, added: âWe were very sure that Bollywood music was not for us. Our daughter has been learning Kathak for three months. The only reason we switched to classic was because of the songs Bollywood is releasing these days. My child was too young during the “Sheila” and “Munni” phase and even now I don’t want her to come home singing songs like Chaar Bottal Vodka, Gandi Baat and Maine Pii Nahi Hai etc. Someone we know took their kids for a trial class where the instructor made them dance to Chaar Bottal vodka. Our friends had a hard time explaining what vodka was to an 8 year old. Kathak was therefore a safer choice for us. ”
BOLLYWOOD DANCE IS NO LONGER A SKILL WORTH SPENDING MONEY
An important point for parents is that learning Bollywood dance does not fall under the category of learning a skill. And in Gurgaon’s competitive society, parents choose to spend time and money developing an authentic skill rather than just a hobby.
Kavita Dewan, who lives in Vikas Puri, West Delhi and has two daughters aged 14 and 7, shared with us: âBollywood dance lessons can never be considered learning for children. These are songs that surround us and we can just catch dance steps on television and be done with it. There is nothing to teach or learn. We enrolled our oldest child in Bharatnatyam classes for three years and she actually learned a lot. She even did jazz lessons in the middle to bring a bit of a change to the routine, which she appreciated. We are looking for lessons for our little one and she also wants to join the classic now, to follow her sister. Bollywood dance sessions are not even considered and are no longer worth spending the money. ”
Neera Razdan Ganju, who remains in Dwarka and has a 7 year old daughter, added: âWe enrolled our daughter in Kathak classes because we wanted to make sure she had a solid foundation in dance. Ballet dance teaches you postures, expressions, grace and more. Bollywood can be fun, of course, but none of these qualities. If you invest the time and effort to teach your child something, it should be a classic form that has a long-term impact on their growth and personality, which Bollywood does not have. â
DANCE REALITY SHOWS HAVE BROUGHT SO MANY NEW FORMS TO THE MARKET
According to parents, growing up watching dance reality shows on television has exposed them to many new forms that were unknown until a few years ago. These forms have now come to the market and parents are all set to teach their children an international dance form instead of a desi item number.
Shilpa Mehta, mother of two aged 8 and 11, who stays in Paschim Vihar, said: âUntil a few years ago, I couldn’t think of sending my boy to a dance class at all. Kathak and Bollywood were mainly a female domain. and so we had to stick to sports lessons even though i knew my son liked to dance. Last month we signed him up for a hip-hop and street dance class which he was very excited about after watching many episodes of dance shows like Dance India Dance and India’s Got Talent. We didn’t even know these shapes until a few years ago. The same center offers classes in contemporary dance, B-boying, jazz and so many other international forms that have become very popular thanks to the shows and we are happy to have options beyond Bol lywood. â
Ankita Sahni, mother of a 9 year old girl, who stays at Kailash Colony, added: âAt the moment I have a choice to choose a dance form for my daughter, so I have finalized the ballet for her. . We are happy to have access to such forms in the city now, which was not the case until a few years ago. My daughter got interested after we saw these kids in DID Li’l Masters, doing ballet in cute costumes. It’s been a few months since she joined her and she loves it. We can actually tell our friends with pleasure that she is learning ballet and not the bollywood dhinchak dance styles.
THE DEMAND FOR INTERNATIONAL DANCE FORMS GROWING WITH EACH LOT
We spoke to various dance studios in the city which have now branched out from Bol lywood dance moves to the inclusion of international forms like contemporary, jazz and hiphop in their weekly programs. And well-researched parents are happy to switch from Bollywood to these forms.
Neha Gupta, Marketing Manager at Danceworx, told us: âWe have seen steady growth in membership in both, our children’s lot which has children aged 5-10 and the adult lot aged 10. . and 20. Nowadays parents are well documented and know the basics of international forms like jazz, ballet, contemporary, etc. Parents mainly experiment with the options available as these international shapes are now part of our lives thanks to the different dance performances. on TV . Another factor is that we are strictly against Bollywood music. All of our dance sequences are based on English classics loved by parents. Over the past few months, every Danceworx center in town has seen a 25% growth in batch membership for our three international forms. â
Arjun Sandhu from Delhi Dance Academy added, âParents are more open to innovation with what they want their children to learn. We still have Bollywood lessons but we project the songs to our own level. Rhythmic gymnastics is gaining popularity now and we have qualified trainers for it. We have parents who come to us and learn about the different forms of dance that we teach and then choose the best one for their children from dance styles like hip hop, jazz or contemporary. These dance classes help their children stand out from the crowd and also gain respect in competitive events. â