Fusion…Dance Type….Creative Dance….Dance Form…Dance Styles….Whats the Buzz!

Dance….Fusion…Dance Type….Creative Dance….Dance Form…Dance Styles….Whats the Buzz…..

Dance : Any creative movement that defines grace, elegance, specified set of movements in any direction, repetitions as required, with full expressions as in drama is Nruthya.

Next we think of it as “Which Dance”. Lot of names that come to our mind and here is short note on it. To learn Nruthya, that is dance; you have to learn Nritta (Set of Steps Defined), Natya (Drama Part that has expressions). Creative movement is just moving your body creatively…nothing to do name of dance as such.

Creative Dances : Dances that do not have any name as they are danced based on beats of music or words or by flow of music or by specific poet or specific tradition/culture and do not follow any form or style. You cannot define what dance it is. You cannot understand what form it is, what style or set of rules that it follows.

Creative Dances

Example of Creative Dances, This Is Bollywood

Creative Dances can be of different types : Bollywood dances done on Bollywood music that do not define a specified dance form or style. Type of music determines the types of movements, often in most cases pertaining to music form.  Folk with folk elements, props where in actual folk dance forms or particular style of form is seen/defined as an exclusive. Classical with classical dance movements in it where you can define each step of it with pre-determined name. Creative Dances can also be contemporary, modern, done on any music, jazz, tap, hiphop or mix and match of anything. These may or may not be named as Fusion depending on what dance form/style is used at particular measure. These may or may not project a culture, tradition, practice, or regime that people follow in day to day life.

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Example of Creative Folk Dances as in Musical Folk Dance Drama. Program : Bollywood

Best examples of creative dances are Rabindra Nruthya that are done exclusively on poems and songs of Rabindranath Tagore. It started in Shanti Niketan when they started doing these creative contemporary movements on the poems of Rabindranath Tagore.

 

When Shanti Niketan was established as institute and various dance forms were actually taught, they started doing classical fusions with existing creative movements. Off-late in 20th century, infusing other dance forms with various styles became popular in Rabindra Nruthya giving birth to Classical and Non.Classical Fusion Dances on poems of Rabindranath Tagore mixing it with Contemporary movements. Today also, creative dances (without the fusion dances) of rabindra sangeet persists and is danced by over 90% of Bengoli speaking community. Not everybody can be trained at all times to do fusions! And so, what are fusions ?

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One of Fusion Dances of Grace Creations Tap, Bollywood And Jazz. Program: Bollywood

Fusion Dances :  The most controversial of all the dances is the fusion dance. How do we define them ? How do you see it as fusion dance ?

A fusion dance is a mix of 2 or more types of dance forms or dance styles. Mixing creative dances in it with a particular measure cannot rule out as fusion dance without its form or style defined. A fusion dance form, if danced upon, will follow the rules of the dance form or style but at the same time use the rules of other dance form or style in various combination on that given music. You can name it by seeing what each step is, as each dance step has a name in dance form or style.

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One of Folk Fusions, Exclusive to Folk Dances. Program : Students From Bollywood & Folk. Fully Trained.

A lot of untrained dancers name fusion dances as classical dance done on different music(non-classical) or folk done on Bollywood songs etc. But, this is not fusion! One cannot name classical dance as “classical” if it is not done on any form of classical music. As we know it, classical music itself is divided into varied forms such as Hindustani, Carnatic(South Indian often named as) and such others. A classical music must have a defined raagam and talam that it follows and thus dance is purely based on those and so called classical dances. A classical dance on other music can be defined based on measures on how much of classical dance form is used on it and likewise for folk as well. It is like bharatnatyam on other music which at times pretty much compromises the rules because of type of music. It cannot be danced under the classical defined Margam or even classical category so to speak. Choreography may be depending on how/what is used from dance form but not the pairing of song and music. You can name it as Bollywood if you wish to, or you can name it as creative dance too if it does not define a set of rules/unique identity.

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Pure Bharatnatyam On Fusion Music. Level: Thillana Fusion (Thillana of 2 styles of Bharatnatyam). Program : Bollywood. ALL dancers have knowledge of Bharatnatyam or are trained for this performance.

Most untrained dancers often make mistake of calling dance forms done on other music as fusion. It is the music that is fusion. Music and Dance are seperate things and thus it is specifically mentioned that dances done on classical music are called classical dances and have a full routine that follows its peculiarity.

Dance Form is a “form” that has styles within its form. It behaves like a subject with other subjects within itself or Parent and child relationship. Bharatnatyam for examples have varied styles below it and has pre-determined set of rules/adavus/steps that are followed through out their peculiar styles within the same form. Likewise, since one folk dance was done in various regions, it had variations that were peculiar to that region and thus, were defined as its styles. Bollywood or movie dances do not have that legacy of styles within it so Bollywood is not called as dance form!

 

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Example of Festival Folk/Community Folk Dances. Program : Bollywood

Festival/Community Folk Dances : Folk dances cannot be mixed up with festival community folk dances. Indian traditional style of street dancing without the influence of western culture can be named as community/festival folk dances as these have flair of regional music and may be the dress you would wear but otherwise, none rules to follow. No peculiarity to  follow. These were part of festivities and entertainment. These can be taught as part of Bollywood Program and not as part of Folk Dance Program.

 

Dances such as ballet, hiphop, jazz, tap are all forms and have various styles within to be specific that can be defined in set of rules that are to be followed. There are lot of dances that did not make it to dance form category as there was not enough to outline their styles within and thus it remained either a singular dance form without a style below it or it remained as style altogether with its unique identity.

 

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Types of Bollywood Dances

Dance type is merely a notation that shows a particular style of dance being followed several times during the entire dance. Most often without the knowledge of dancer herself when she moves her body to certain music in certain direction, she ends-up doing a free dance that comes from her own experiences, trainings or no-trainings at times-mix & match of some movements with absolute no relevance to any dance form or style. Dance type is term often used to define certain type followed in creative dances, creative movements, bollywood depending on instructor. This has absolutely no relevance with music, or form or style or even the wordings at times. Other than Abhinaya/Role Play of Natya Shashtra, none of dances have thumb-rule for wordings to be followed as part of dance, word by word. Especially Folk dances that do not follow Natya Shashtra but follows simple rules based on costume, culture, tradition, and that region’s peculiarity of dances. Though it doesn’t follow the Natya Shashtra, the fundamentals of dance during trainings exhibits these techniques and drills that match with dance forms from Natya Shashtra.

 

Just like each dance or each word are so crystal clear and have meaning of their own and individual identity, understanding all these aspects are just as simple and clear. They are very well taught to students of Grace And Grooves LLC through their entire training. They are trained to identify what is what. This happens when you are trained exclusively in certain dance forms, styles and as well creative dances for your category. It is a process like your actual education where in one year you will learn formulas, the other you use these as derivatives and the rest of the years then you will learn to how to use them, where and what time. And through out the year at Grace And Grooves LLC, you give exams/performances/competitions that gives you insights of what you should/could do, with and without pressures.

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If you can name what it is, you know what you are doing. Simple.

Don’t know then name it as Bollywood aka Movie dances.

Date/Month this post was updated : Dec 18, 2018.

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Blog List Of Articles : (From Newest To Oldest–Scroll Down)

    1. ALL Recitals Of Grace And Grooves : Updated Annually
    2. Time-Line of Grace And Grooves LLC : Updated Annually
    3. Student of The Year – Updated Annually. : Updated Annually
    4. Is Learning Language Required To Learn Dances ?
    5. Grace And Grooves Awards In Indian Dance Competitions
    6. Dance Forms, Styles, Creative Dances, Fusions…What’s Buzz? : NEW!!!
    7. Journey of Master In Fine Arts….Submitted By Hetal Nagaraj
    8. Why Seperate Names for Each Programs ?? NEW!!!
    9. Why Grace And Grooves LLC discontinued Better Business Bureau of Dallas Fortworth Areas of North Texas, USA.
    10. Grace And Grooves Dance Performances List : Always NEW!!
    11. Guest Artist at Grace And Grooves LLC
    12. Trained & Untrained Teachers – Difference by Hetal Nagaraj
    13. Competitions Counted On Our Lists.
    14. Salutations to Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad-India) & Trainings.
    15. Grace And Grooves LLC, Names, Logo(s) – Updated As Required
    16. Recital 2017: Celebration of Life Featuring JALSO (NRITYA KI MASTI).
    17. Past Interns and Visiting Faculties w/Grace And Grooves
    18. Musical Dance Drama 2017(Public) 
    19. Creative School-Fun Projects
    20.  List of Performances 2015 and Before
    21. Early Training of Our Founding Member-Raised With Standards
    22. Recital 2016 : Dance of Gods Featuring ADI-SHAKTI
    23.  Bollywood Fever…. since 2015
    24.  ELITE: Expensive or Quality?
    25.  Creativity In Performing Arts (Folk): Embrace Or Not?
    26. Our Story – How, when…. Grace And Grooves Started. And Why us ?
    27. 1999…. Entering Freelance Private Group Choreography.  
    28. Past Volunteers And Staff
    29. Dance like nobody’s watching OR dance like everybody’s watching? 

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Recital 2018 – A Fusion Life of American Born Cultured Indian/Desi (ABCD)

fusionlife2018Recital 2018 concept and theme was decided in 2016 by Hetal Nagaraj.

The students in beginning of 2017 were actually taught dances like-wise throughout the year covering just the basics staying in their own category.

The whole idea got the shape in October 2017 when a rough playlist was made. A couple of these dances were also showcased in some of local talent competitions (September-October 2017), Diwali Mela(s)-(November 2017) at various places and other local festival stages. And a few of these had already won the awards too such as Pushpanjali, Madhurashtakam (Practice video-Selected for finals).

With all the influences of Non.Indian Culture in our Indian Dances, Dramas and thus our lives, we thought of showing how a life of our next generations that are brought up here. As it says, A=American, B=Born, C=Confused, D=Desis. But for our students of Grace And Grooves, C stands for CULTURED DESI, CLEAR FUNDAMENTALS, AND CRYSTAL CUT Diamond like TALENTS. Talents that can’t be beaten, Talents that can’t be judged with shallow mark-ups or untrained eyes and Talents that can’t be shadowed. 

Grace And Grooves is an Indian Dance School where students know difference between Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood And Bharatnatyam, Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk, Semi-Classical And Bharatnatyam too! 
So the recital program 2018 of Grace And Grooves had Pure Bharatnatyam that showcased the richness of Indian Classical Dances to Fun Indian Folk, Fusion Folk, Movie Types Semi-Classical Dances infused with & without Desi-HipHop to real semi-classical dances, Bollywood Modern-Contemporary Desi-HipHop Fusions and Folk And the dance dramas inspired from movies such as Bahubali, Veer Zaara & many more. 

Grace And Grooves successfully completed NAVARASA as per Natya Shashtra Guidelines in Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances And Bollywood/Movie Dances in 2017-2018 year. All the dances are directed or choreographed exclusively by Hetal Nagaraj unless otherwise mentioned. Our Company Choreographers contributed with dances on Ramta Jogi by Mansi Chauhan and Ganesh Kavtuvam by Buvuneshwari Murugan.

We cannot forget Indian Movies that teaches us to dream big and live-happily ever after within our cultural boundaries—no matter where we go. Thus, our Special Feature of the evening & 90s Tribute was An Exclusive Tribute to Shahrukh Khan of Bollywood – SRK as we know him. It showcased non-stop 11 mins of SRK’s movie dances by around 20+ students and special appearances from Raghu K and Pavithra K. Videos will be shortly available.

Very first time in our recital, we had Guest Choreographers with Rang Barse-Holi Remix Tribute by Ritu Kharbanda and Bollywood Garba on Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje By Mishu Shashtri. Our Guest-Artist this time was a young artist – Arjun Iyer, Age 11 who played various notes starting from National Anthem of USA with music to notable Tamil Songs on Keyboard-Piano and Clarinet. Guest choreographer Ritu Kharbanda contributed with song of Om Shanti Om to our SRK non.stop dance extravaganza as her contribution to salute our King Khan with Harshita and Gargi.

All students, choreographers were acknowledged with participating medals and certificates during the show and later-during the classes. Below are the all the pictures, Enjoy And Don’t forget to sign up for our lessons : www.graceandgrooves.com

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Bharatnatyam Pushpanjali. Concept, Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj. University Level Work.IMG_5966

Golden Era of Movies in various Languages : 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s From Semi-Classical Mujras To Desi Hip Hop Infused with various Indian Folk Dances.Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dance Dramas In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Our tribute to Gujarati Sahitya @Recital 2018. Abhinaya covering Navarasa in Pure Bharatnatyam-Gujarati Dance Drama with Gujarati Classical Music. Concept, Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dances In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dance Dramas In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Golden Era of Movies in various Languages : 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s From Semi-Classical Mujras To Desi Hip Hop Infused with various Indian Folk Dances. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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We did Bahubali 1 and won several competitions in Solos & Groups. How can we not do Bahubali 2. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – Shah rukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – ShahRukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – Shahrukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Om Shanti Om Title Song By Ritu Kharbanda. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Our Company Choreographers for Ganesh Kavtuvam By Bhuvaneshwari Murugan and Ramta Jogi By Mansi.

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Guest Choreographers : Mishu Shashtri for Bollywood Garba(Costumes by Hetal) in Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje Song & Ritu Kharbanda for Rang Barse Holi Special Remixes.

Special Thanks To Arjun Iyer, Mishu Shastri, Ritu Kharbanda for their wonderful participation in Recital 2018, A Fusion Life of ABCD.

Special Thanks To :

Kedar Golvelkar For Music on Guitar (Ankhon Mein Teri),

Bhagwat Pandya For Sound Services

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Post Updated : March 15, 2018.