The world of fusion

It’s good to be back to writing this dance blog; More importantly it’s good to be back to dancing!

I moved to London 6 months ago, and they say London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times. What they don’t necessarily say is just how far and wide the variety goes in the case of pretty much everything in London. And this variety extends to dance as well. I’ve started taking classes at a dance studio locally and this is a snapshot of the options I get to choose from every time I go for a class.

So what do you do when you’re so spoilt for choice? You make the most of it I’d say. What can be better than to experience a little bit of so many different parts of the world? A few decades ago, we would have been amazed to see a picture of a belly dancer somewhere in the middle east or that of a Samba dancer in a Brazilian festival. But today, I can walk down a few minutes from where I work and, for the next hour or so, immerse myself in the music and rythm from those parts of the world.

When it comes to art, we do live in a world without borders. Two days ago, I walked down the streets of Brugge (in Belgium) and right in the center of the town, there was a troop conducting a massive open class on Zumba. They were instructing in French, but the song they played was in a different language (not sure which one). The choreography, on the other hand, incorporated hip-hop, salsa, samba, merengue and some other forms. And yet, despite not knowing the song, not knowing French and not knowing most of these forms, there I was dancing along, doing an impromptu Zumba class. What’s better is that I wasn’t alone. There were atleast 50 other people in that open class, all from different parts of Europe who probably spoke different languages. We were all in it together though, dancing and clapping along!

And as we talk of fusion and living in Britain, it’s only fitting that I show this video. I’ve written 6 posts on dance so far, and I’m surprised I havn’t talked about this yet. You might remember this act from when it went viral several years ago. Suleman Mirza starts off with his Michael Jackson moves and is thrown off with the Bhangra prowess of Madhu Singh (the group is called Signature and this was a part of their audition in Britain’s Got Talent). This act for me became the benchmark of Bhangra fusion.

Till next time,

P

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