Feel The Beat, It’s Contagious!

By Raisa Wickrematunge

A 5,6,7,8….’ Music blasts through the amplifiers as dancers perfect their routine at Deanna School of Dancing (DSD). This has been the drill every evening for the past few months as Deanna School of Dancing Freestyle Department prepares for yet another dance explosion.
This year’s Kinetic featuring over 20 dance routines promises to be  even more of a blast than the previous productions  Attitude (2008) and Hipnotic (2006). Bringing you music especially mixed just for DSD by The DJ Academy,  Kinetic consists of segments ranging from Old School to Future Techno, Disco Divas to Circus not to mention different cultures and routines based on various sports. This evening of dance will bring you performances that you won’t nor will not want to forget. With over 150 students/dancers aged between 6 and 30 taking part Kinetic will be breaking musical, dance style and age barriers.

Choreographed by Natasha Jayasuriya, the Artistic Director at DSD who’s dance repertoire ranges from Classical Ballet to Latin to Ballroom Dancing to Free Style, Kinetic looks to be crammed with nothing but the unique style of dancing that only Natasha is capable of moulding students to. Having toured with British R’n’B act Liberty X, Natasha has performed all over European and Asian continents including cities like London, Manchester, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai. These experiences have aided her innovativeness and creativity when choreographing.   Among these 150 students, some have been with DSD Freestyle Dep. from its inception. For some of them this will be their third production. When asked how she feels about her third concert Jhannieque De Silva said, “After all these past years with Natasha it still just keeps on getting better and better.” While the majority of students attend weekly classes, some students are pursuing their higher studies abroad but still dedicate themselves to practice in numerous ways and find a way to take part in the production. Studying in Nottingham University, Malaysia, Rashmin Sappideen who came down especially for the show said, “there is nowhere I would rather be.” Speaking for those taking part for the first time Candice Gomez said “it’s a lot of hard work and I’m a little nervous but totally looking forward  to get on stage.”
So pump up the music and feel the vibe as the students of the DSD Freestyle Dep. prepare to give you the performance of a lifetime on August 13th,14th and 15th at Bishop’s College Auditorium at 7.30 pm. The event is sponsored by  Goya and Mobitel, while media sponsors are Art TV and KISS FM. Tickets from Rs. 2000 – 500 are on sale at Deanna School of Dancing, Longdon Place, Colombo 7. Tel: 2504 771/2.

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