DANC­ING

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

As the tempo of the mu­sic rises, the chil­dren’s en­thu­si­asm picks up as they flay their arms and sway their bod­ies in a uni­form pat­tern. At Twist N Turns, groups of young chil­dren ex­plore dance as a form of creative ex­pres­sion in­stead of go­ing through rig­or­ous train­ing mod­ules. At its cen­tres in Salt Lake and Bal­ly­gunge, the academy of­fers cour­ses for chil­dren of three age groups. The youngest chil­dren be­tween the ages of two and a half to four years are en­rolled in an in­no­va­tive dance pro­gramme called Creative Move­ment for Chil­dren. Giv­ing free rein to their imag­i­na­tion, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to im­i­tate the move­ments of fa­mil­iar ob­jects like trees, plan­ets or an­i­mals. Thought- ori­ented and not re- strained by in­struc­tions, these move­ments help chil­dren to im­prove their fit­ness lev­els, self- es­teem, team spirit and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Chil­dren be­tween the ages of four and eight are taught some ba­sic di­rec­tional move­ments and then go on to learn a few tech­niques of jazz and hip- hop.

With con­tem­po­rary in­ter­na­tional tracks play­ing in the back­ground, the am­bi­ence is elec­tric as the nim­ble- footed young­sters show off their moves. Lessons are im­parted in three lev­els: be­gin­ners, im­provers and ad­vanced. The train­ing be­comes tougher for pre­teens as they are taught jazz and hip- hop in a more in­te­grated fash­ion.

HIGH­LIGHTS CHIL­DREN can take their own time to com­plete one level— the fo­cus is on en­joy­ing the classes

COST Rs 3,500

WHERE Twist n Turns, BF 115, Sec­tor I, Salt Lake City and 15B Earle Street

TEL 9831018015

AGE GROUP

5- 10 years

DU­RA­TION

12 weeks

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