Maria Fernandes | NT KRIOCITY
The Navhind Times Planet J’s dance workshop held on Sunday, April 24, gave not just children but also parents an opportunity to unwind, chill and have loads of fun while learning some jazz funk and Latin-based cardio dance steps, along with basic dance coordination and contact improvisation. The theme of the workshop was, ‘Dance to your heart’s content’, and that is exactly what the participants did. Conducted at Dempo House, Panaji, by Dance-o-philia, the three-hour workshop was open to the age group of 10 to 16 and parents too were invited to participate, which they did most enthusiastically!
The workshop commenced with Eby John, one of the directors of the group, familiarising the participants with a few jazz dance terms like pirouette, pencil turn, isolations, jazz hands etcetera. From the word go, parents were on the floor along with their children and needed no encouragement to participate. To facilitate flexibility, stretching exercises followed and a few grunts and huffs and puffs could be heard. Once the participants were done with their exercises, they were all set for the basic jazz dance routine that followed. Pirouettes, pencil turns, jazz hands and many other postures were incorporated in this session.
While teaching the participants the various steps, Eby also regaled them with his humour and witticism. He made dancing so much fun, that the participants were reluctant to take a break! After the break the half hour zumba session to the beat of songs like, Galla gudiyan and Dollar, had them screaming for more.
The hand and leg coordination session not only got everyone laughing but also gave them an understanding of how each body part moves together in tandem/sync with each other. Darryl and Glaven the other directors of the company taught other routines to foot-stomping music and got everyone into the groove and one could feel the excitement and rush as the young and old all sashayed according to the beat. Every single participant could be seen having a super and awesome time. The workshop seemed to end too quickly for everyone present however Eby, Glen and Darryl, took the time to interact with the children and adults present.
Due to the summer vacation, the next Planet J workshop will be in June, so keep yourself posted.
The workshop was amazing. The energy level was awe-inspiring. Learnt a lot of moves.
Rena Fernandes, parent
I really loved the workshop. I would rank it 5 stars. The group was awesome.
Tanisha Gudigar, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Verem
The workshop was awesome! I enjoyed a lot and learnt many new steps. It was just too good. Thank you Planet J and Dance-o-philia.
K N Chaitrali, People’s
High School, Mala
Very energizing and creative dance moves. The crew kept us on the floor all the time, they were simply awesome!
Marielou Ferrao, parent
Thank you Dance-o-philia. You all brought out the best in me.
The King’s School, Margao
‘Dance to your heart’s content’ was what the workshop was titled and that is exactly what I did! I truly enjoyed myself and learnt a lot. There are only few occasions I am openly allowed to let my mischievous side out and this was one such day. I loved the workshop.
Mithila Prabhudeasi, Mushtifund High School, Panaji
It was awesome. I would love to work out more with you all. Thanks for the confidence and attitude you brought out in me.
Sonali Naik, parent, Margao
It was fun and entertaining and I loved the workshop very much.
Avito Lourenco, Loyola High School, Margao
Absolutely amazing! The instructors were really good. They explained the dance steps in a simple manner which was easily understood by everybody.
Sveta Facho, parent
I really enjoyed the Dance-o-philia workshop. I learnt many new ideas about dance, like the importance of range and motion. The coordination exercises helped me loosen up and have fun.
Julian D’Costa, Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao
The workshop was really very exciting and energetic with loads of fun. I enjoyed a lot.
Richa Kartik, Holy Family High School, Porvorim
I enjoyed myself. Thank you and keep it up! Please come to my school and teach us there.
Dale D’Cruz, St Britto’s High School, Mapusa
It was one of the best dance workshops conducted! It kept us on our feet but the best part was we were educated about so many things and was simplified with moves that children could understand and enjoy! Good job Dance-o-philia! Thank you Navhind Times for this opportunity and the awesome workshop!
Lushan Fernandes, parent, Caranzalem
It was an amazing opportunity, thank you Navhind Times, Planet J for organising such a fabulous workshop. Looking forward for more fun workshops in the future. We really enjoyed a lot. Kudos to Dance-o-philia.
Rhea Chopra, Sharada Mandir School, Miramar
I learnt a lot about dance, the group was good.
Bryan Adam Fernandes, Jesus and Mary High School, Carambolim
Fun, interactive and we enjoyed a lot. The learning was simplified and we kept going.
Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna
Very interesting initiative. Encouraging parents to get involved was exceptional! Navhind Times should conduct more of such workshops. All the very best.
Sammer and Anuja Gulwadi, parents
It was an excellent experience and my son enjoyed himself thoroughly. We are looking forward for more workshops from The Navhind Times.
Vaishali Fernandes, parents, Ribandar
Enjoyed a lot and lucky to get an opportunity to dance with Dance-o-philia.
Anusha Carneiro, Sharada Mandir School, Miramar
I really loved it! The Dance-o-philia team was very energetic. I would love to join their group. Thank you.
Sanika Mandrekar, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Verem
This was the first time we attended a workshop like this. It was really very lively, informative and fun. We enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to The Navhind Times for organising it.
Megha and Varsha Sarah Jacob, sunshine Worldwide School, Old Goa
It was a really fun workshop and brought out the madness not only in me but also in every one.
Rohit Kartik, Holy Family High School, Porvorim
Thank you for a lovely experience. It was great of Navhind Times to organise this workshop and we hope you will have more in the future. Loved the moves.
Mark and Alice D’Cruz, parents, Mapusa
The workshop was excellent! It made us sweat a lot but we enjoyed it thoroughly. Keep it up!
Shekhar Gudigar, parent, Ribandar
Nice programme and I enjoyed a lot.
Jahnavi Saraswat, Mount Litera Zee, Vasco
Enjoyed the session and the instructors made sure all were involved and were very encouraging.
Reshama Salelkar, parent