Chennai City Gangzta Dance Academy Offers Special Offers

Venkat Raman

If you are passionate about learning South Indian folk dances, film music as well as Bollywood, Hip Hop and Free Style, then you should consider enrolling in an Auckland school right away. .

The “Chennai City Gangzta Dance Academy” has announced that it will start new weekly lessons at the “Cityside Dance Studio”, located at 111A May Road, Mount Roskill from Sunday February 3, 2019.

Classes will take place on Sunday between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Growing interest

Academy Director and teacher Raisa Infreda said there is considerable interest among Tamil residents and other communities to learn a number of popular dance formats in South India in general and Tamil Nadu in particular. .

“We have performed songs from popular Tamil movies at several events over the past few years and found constant interest among people. While we will start with movies and folk songs, we offer to introduce typical Tamil dance forms in due course. These will include “Silambattam”, “Karagattam”, “Oyillattam” and “Thappattam”. These formats are centuries-old dances of Tamil-speaking people, performed in many other states of India. I am happy to try their practice in New Zealand and I have no doubts that there will be demand, ”she said.

Popular folk dances

Raisa said the public response to her band’s recent performances of “Karagattam” and “Silambattam” was overwhelming, encouraging her to consider including them in her dance school’s program.

The beginning

Raisa is an IT professional with a Postgraduate (Masters) Degree in Engineering from AUT University of Auckland.

The passion for dance encouraged her to create the “Indian Flocks Club” at AUT in 2012 with a group of young people who shared her passion for the performing arts.

This was later changed to “Chennai City Gangzta” Dance Academy.

Beginnings and beyond

“Our debut took place at the Civic Theater in 2012. The journey that started as ‘fun’ turned into a professional band. It has been a very satisfying experience so far. We have presented our performances at the annual Auckland Diwali festival continuously for the past six years, ”she said.

Restoring Tamil Culture

Raisa said she began to pursue her passion for dancing when she saw several groups perform sequences of Bollywood and Bhangra songs and dances across Auckland.

“Surprisingly, South Indian dance groups weren’t seen much. I wanted to showcase the dance styles of Tamil Nadu, its art forms, its rich culture and heritage. There is huge potential, ”she said.

Raisa and her group also appear regularly at events hosted by Auckland Muthamil Sangam and other associations. Their performances are scheduled for the upcoming Indian Republic Day celebrations at (11am) at Mahatma Gandhi Center on January 26, 2019, ‘Tamilar Thiruvizha’ (Tamil Association of New Zealand Festival) at 5pm at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall on the same day (January 26) at an event hosted by Auckland Tamil Association at 6:00 p.m. on February 9, 2019 and at the ‘Pongal Vizha’ hosted by Auckland Muthamil Sangam at 6:00 p.m. at Bucklands & Eastern Beaches War Memorial Hall, East Auckland on February 16, 2019.