Glorious decade of Spreading Joy as you dance ! Aanchal Gupta’s brilliant initiative Dance with Joy ’14-Arts in Motion

 Glorious decade of Spreading Joy as you dance ! Aanchal Gupta’s brilliant initiative Dance with Joy ’14-Arts in Motion


Salome Roy Kapoor the mentor for Aanchal Gupta along with her son Entertainment honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur also exhibited their support for this noble initiative and applauded for performances showcased by hearing and speech impaired children.

 

Aanchal Gupta, founder of dance studio Arts in Motion is in its tenth edition presented annual dance extravaganza Dance with Joy ’14 with hearing & speech impaired kids.

 

BJP Politician Poonam Mahajan was the guest of honor for the evening & was pleasantly surprised by the brilliant performances and said she was immensely impressed with the speech and aanchal’a philanthropic work and also that she remembered her Kathak days ”

 

Many from the Marathi film fraternity came to support Aanchal Gupta’s noble initiative; Nishigandha Wad, Santosh Juvekar, Aniket Vishwasrao, Prathamesh Parab & many eminent celebrities  were awestruck by the flawless & fine performances by the students of the dance studio

 

The evening devoted to the hearing and speech impaired kids winning much ovation saw crème-de-la-crème crowd comprising of designer Varun jani, Amy Billimoria, Kavita Verma,  Dr. Ruby Tandon, Vinit Kakar , Manali Jagtap, Dr.Makani ,Vishal Kalantri and many more.

 

The Arts in Motion Dance Studio, a first-of-its-kind dance space in the country was established in 2004 with an aim to provide quality education in choreography. And to provide a platform and support system to those institutes and individuals that are devoted to impart proper training in dance and movement, in a creative and healthy environment.

 

Over the past ten years, the program has made a huge difference in the lives of many sections of society including arthritis patients, cancer survivors, street children, paraplegic and autistic children, abandoned girls, underprivileged women. And this year it featured the hearing-and-speech-impaired.

 

Once a year, Arts in Motion pauses to pay tribute to students who share their passion for dance & to all those teachers who dedicate themselves to this art, by staging a lavish dance extravaganza. Titled Dance with Joy, the show is a unique coming together of a wide variety of Indian & international dances in their pure & classical form, an explosive display of extraordinary expertise by local students.

 

The pioneers of introducing and popularizing dance-studio culture in Mumbai, AIM can be credited with introducing the city to varied dance styles such as styles Salsa, Contemporary, Jazz & many others. Few years down the line the studio expanded its vistas, offer fitness regimes, and also an opportunity to learn music and theater.

 

The studio has been and continues to be the largest place in Mumbai to offer the widest curriculum of classes with over 20 different styles of dances, fitness regimes, music and theater; making it a sought-after school by students and teachers alike.

 

Moreover, it has also been host to some of the most reputed international artists including Debbie Allen, Lauren Gotlieb, Taufiq Qureshi and Sarina Jain.

 

The latest additions to the studio include training in stage and short-film productions. The aim is to produce and create innovative projects in these fields, under the Arts in Motion Productions division & it now plans to develop a play school for children and an activity center that would offer engaging entertainment option such as paint ball, rifle shooting, archery etc. An organic, health-friendly cafe is also on the cards.

 

Apart from these, it has been working tirelessly, since its inception, to create awareness about the special requirements of the underprivileged, challenged and diseased of the society through its signature, annual production, Dance with Joy (TM). Dance with Joy expresses AIM’s belief that dancing can bring joy to everyone’s life, breaking the barriers of disability and makes one realize that life is truly worth celebrating.

 

And here it is imperative to mention the one who sits at the helm of the space, Aanchal Gupta, the 25-year-old founder of the studio who gave up her promising career in the corporate world to tell people that there is more to dance then just Bollywood dancing. Aanchal Gupta mentions, “Mental, physical, financial & social trials can break the body & bruise the spirit, making life painful & despairing. Dance with Joy is our modest attempt to create awareness for the special requirements of the underprivileged, challenged & diseased; to help integration through interaction and to heal through dance. But more than a commitment to entertainment, Dance with Joy is a celebration of life despite all odds.”

 

 

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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