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And we twist to Bolly beats

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 18: Saturday night saw tiny tots, teenagers and homemakers grooving on the same stage and setting it on fire.

The occasion was ‘Fantasia’, the annual day celebrations of city-based art and dance school M-Zone, which turned four recently.

About 200 students of the academy presented some colourful dance performances at Utkal Mandap.

Several contemporary performances enthralled the audience. In one of the acts four girls got on the stage and grooved on Crazy Kiya Re followed by the boys of the institute who twisted their flexible bodies to the music of Dhoom Machale.

Then they got together and the danced in a group on Justin Beiber’s Baby-Baby.

The act was full off leg splits, somersaults, locking and popping interspersed with slow motion dance.

Another highlight of the show was when homemakers, who had never performed on the stage earlier, shed their fears and inhibitions performed Aaja Nach Le.

Children from Jeevan Jyoti orphanage played out the roles of Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif while performing Ishq Shava.

A number of tiny tots in prom dress made for a picture perfect sight when they hit the stage tapping their feet to Disco Diwane.

In one of their acts, the little dancers portrayed the modern avatars of gods who have planned a party where the demons were not invited. The whole narration took place with dance performances where the kids beautifully essayed their roles of deities and demons.

The students not only grooved to Bollywood numbers, but other forms of dance such as Sambalpuri, Salsa and Belly dance that kept the audience glued to their seats.

Mandakini Jena, a reality-show participant and student of renowned choreographer Terence Lewis had started the school.

“I believe in Terence sir’s philosophy that anybody can dance at any age. The inspiration behind the school is that though Odisha is culturally very rich, we need to understand that along with classical, the youngsters need to learn contemporary arts as well, to stand the fierce competition. With different avenues coming up to showcase talent, it is pertinent that they are up to the task.”

The school has arranged for a scholarship for a student who will get the opportunity to attend a workshop in Terrence Lewis’ dance academy.