Kavitha Muruganantham performs a traditional Indian dance during the 11th Indian Dance Festival on May 15 at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
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11th Indian Dance Festival mixes classics with modernity
Kerala Association of Colorado's annual event blends traditional, contemporary dance performances
By Joe Nguyen, AsiaXpress.com
May 17, 2010
DENVER – Vibrant costumes and intricate movements filled the 11th Indian Dance Festival on May 15 at Abraham Lincoln High School.
The event, hosted by the Kerala Association of Colorado, featured a bevy of different dances from classical styles to modern Bollywood-infused steps.
"We wanted to showcase all the different types of dances from India to the community here to bring more awareness, more of an education of what India's about – our dances, our art form," KAC President Ivy George said.
Trying to find a lineup that balances both the traditional and contemporary, she said, the show's schedule alternated between the different styles of dance. Schools such as the Shivanjali Center for Fine Arts performed classical pieces while Bollywood West took a more cinematic turn with their act.
"We reached out to the community contacts that we have and about three or four dances that you saw there were Indian dance schools, so the students were performing there that night," she said. "The others are just a few people, a few students, a few youngsters who like the Indian dances of Bollywood – they picked a song to choreograph and perform on their own."
For more information about the Kerala Association of Colorado, go to www.colorkerala.org.