Su­perb dance and mu­sic show

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

I re­cently at­tended a show en­ti­tled Dance Ma­nia 6 , held at The Beck The­atre in Hayes, Mid­dle­sex, and I was so en­thralled and up­lifted by the per­for­mances that I wish to share my ex­pe­ri­ence with all who love mu­sic and dance, es­pe­cially of the In­dian va­ri­ety.

The show was the brain­child of a tal­ented lady-pro­ducer by the name of Rakhi Sood Puro­hit, who has a dance school of her own and has worked in the arts and dance spheres in the lo­cal com­mu­nity for over 30 years. Rakhi has worked with schools and arts or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the south of Eng­land and Dance Ma­nia 6 was the lat­est of her many shows staged over the years.

The host (com­pere) of this show was a doc­tor by pro­fes­sion named Jay Dave with an un­canny form of wit and hu­mour. He cer­tainly did a fan­tas­tic job of in­tro­duc­ing all the 20 acts that evening. The open­ing act was an ac­ro­batic dis­play of dance move­ments by a young man who came all the way from Bar­oda, In­dia to per­form.

We were then treated to a hugely tal­ented group of young fe­male dancers called TMC Dancers who per­formed very in­tri­cate Bol­ly­wood and Kathak dance move­ments to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of the vo­cal re­frains of Rakhi and her hus­band Mi­tel who dis­played his spe­cial skills on the tablas. There­after we were filled with ad­mi­ra­tion and joy at the sheer artistry and move­ments of all the dancers from var­i­ous dance schools like HFC Sun­days, CAB Twin­kles, ArtAsia, ICAB Groovers, ArtAsia Bol­ly­wood Ad­vance, among many other groups. Ev­i­dently all the dancers con­cerned were ei­ther for­mer or present stu­dents of the Rakhi School of Dance.

All through the show one could not fail to have been im­pressed by the won­der­ful chore­og­ra­phy and im­pres­sive dance move­ments of all the dancers, young and old. I was com­pletely taken aback by the spe­cial move­ments of the eyes, fingers, hands and feet of each dancer, in har­mony with each other, and to the pul­sat­ing, throb­bing beat of the spe­cially-cho­sen sound­tracks.

Even more im­pres­sive were the colour­ful, shim­mer­ing, gleam­ing cos­tumes, which ap­par­ently were ob­tained all the way from Mum­bai. I shud­der to think of the cost in­volved in this re­gard.

It was quite ev­i­dent that such marvel­lous tal­ent show­cased that evening could only have been made pos­si­ble by hours of prac­tice, coach­ing, re­hearsals, etc.

Whilst one has to give credit and com­mend Rakhi for be­ing the main coach,tu­tor and chore­og­ra­pher, she was no doubt aided by an equal­ly­tal­ented team of helpers, be they her core group of dancers or her im­por­tant ad­vi­sors, cos­tume de­sign­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and back­stage as­sis­tants.

A spe­cial men­tion has to be made for the most in­for­ma­tive proOH grammes com­piled for this show by Aman Kharay and Priya Tai­lor. Most shows nowa­days make some charge for such pro­grammes but the Dance Ma­nia 6 show dished out pro­grammes to all the at­ten­dees free of charge.

Talk of at­ten­dees, it seems that many of those present were in­deed fam­ily and friends of the per­form­ers them­selves. This has to be tes­ti­mony of the true and loyal type of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment that all who en­deav­our to per­form on­stage need and re­quire at such times.

The suc­cess of any the­atre pro­duc­tion at any venue is largely de­pen­dent on the in-house fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by the the­atre it­self. Becks The­atre cer­tainly had all that was re­quired for this event, in­clud­ing stage light­ing, sound and acous­tics, not to men­tion po­lite and help­ful ush­ers.

In con­clu­sion, I have to state that although I did not quite un­der­stand the lan­guage and lyrics of the var­i­ous sound­tracks, I was thor­oughly en­ter­tained by the sights and sounds of the per­form­ers on stage as I just hap­pen to love mu­sic and dance of any de­scrip­tion.

My hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to all con­cerned for such a su­perb show and I wish Rakhi and her team all the very best of suc­cess for the fu­ture!! Lam­bert Pereira He­ston, Mid­dle­sex

Rakhi Sood’s dancers

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