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03-17-2012, 12:04 AM #1
DID3: 'Bad Boys of Dance' become Desi Boyz! (17-03-2012)
The Bad Boys of Dance, a Maryland (USA) based dance troupe, rocked the stage of Zee TV's Dance India Dance Season 3 as part of the Joy of Dancing initiative undertaken by the show.
Having performed in New Delhi recently and with audiences waiting for more, Bad Boys of Dance is an ensemble of professional dancers trained in ballet and jazz. Its own style is a modern fusion of various dance forms set to a soundtrack of pop and rock music. The American Centre of the US Consulate facilitated their participation in India's premier dance reality show. DID Season 3 is living up to its promise of bringing new dance based experiences to the forefront with Joy of Dancing being one of the endeavors.
This season, DID is bringing the exemplary dancers from across the country who testify that all one needs to dance is to feel one's natural rhythm. The sacred stage of DID will honour such dance acts with the 'Joy of Dancing Award' for all those dance experts who spread happiness through dance. Recently, fifty years old ladies brought the tradition of 'Manglagaur,' a folk dance of rural Maharashtra, alive with their scintillating performance enunciating the concept of Joy of Dance. This week, 'Bad Boys of Dance' continue the tradition with their performance on a Bollywood number. After their scintillating performance on the title track of Desi Boyz, Grandmaster Mithun Da was the first to comment, "This will be remembered on DID for a long time. You just proved that dance has no language." The Bad Boys paid a tribute to the legendary Mithun Da by breaking into his iconic pelvic thrust.
On being asked if they understood the words of the song they had chosen, pat comes the reply from Rasta Thomas, the group's ballet-trained founder, "We did not understand a single word but we understood the rhythm and let our feet do rest of the work. We chose a Hindi number because the sheer passion and the way Bollywood dancing is able to capture the imagination of an entire sub-continent and its diaspora is unmatched anywhere in the world. It is already huge and we expect it to only grow."
"While none of us have trained in Indian classical dance forms, our exposure to it in dance festivals across the globe has convinced us of both its grace and difficult style," added Michael, who mesmerized the audience with his tap dance. Every member of the group confessed to have followed Dance India Dance in their hometown and wished all the contestants the very best in their lives....being a human...