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Hip-Hop to Contemporary: Jalandhar college organises free dance class for students

Under the guidance of Dr Ranjana Chabra, Head of the Department of Dance, ACFA, students embarked on an exciting journey to understand the intricacies of dance



Apeejay College of Fine Arts (ACFA), in Jalandhar, recently took a remarkable step to promote artistic expression and skill development by organising free-of-cost Skill Enhancement classes in Classical and Contemporary Dance. The college aimed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the rich heritage of classical dance, master the dynamic moves of hip-hop, and explore the vibrant world of Bollywood dance forms.

Under the guidance of Dr Ranjana Chabra, Head of the Department of Dance, ACFA, students embarked on an exciting journey to understand the intricacies of dance. Dr Chabra emphasised the significance of expressions in conveying thoughts to the audience and taught students how to captivate viewers through their eyes and actions. Alongside classical dance techniques, the students also learnt Guru Vandana and Sanskrit shlokas, immersing themselves in the cultural and spiritual aspects of the art form.

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Faculty members Dr Mickey Verma and Hitin Khurana introduced the students to the energetic world of Bollywood dance. The students enthusiastically learnt various styles like hip-hop and waacking, synchronising their movements with contemporary and Bollywood songs. Their participation in these classes was met with joy and a renewed sense of positive energy, as they eagerly awaited the opportunity to showcase their newfound skills on stage.

Dr Neerja Dhingra, principal, ACFA, expressing her views on the importance of dance, emphasised that it is not merely a form of entertainment but also a medium that fosters positivity, physical well-being, and mental health. She acknowledged that in today’s modern era, numerous professional opportunities are available for those passionate about pursuing a career in dance.

The recent initiative by ACFA is not an isolated event. The college consistently organises skill enhancement classes on various themes, allowing students to explore new ideas and refine their artistic abilities. These classes serve as platforms for creativity and innovation, broadening students’ perspectives and equipping them with invaluable skills that can benefit them both personally and professionally.

ACFA’s commitment to providing these skill enhancement classes showcases their dedication to nurturing and encouraging the artistic talents of their students. By exposing them to diverse forms of dance and facilitating opportunities for practice and performance, the college enables students to develop a deep appreciation for the arts while honing their skills.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.