April 29 is International Dance Day. Amid the meteoric rise of virtual learning since the pandemic, Mid-Day Online spoke to industry stakeholders to understand the growing interest in and transformation of virtual dance lessons
Seasoned choreographer Manali Jitendra Mayekar believes Bollywood choreography is easier to learn virtually owing to familiarity with steps. Photo Credit: Manali Jitendra Mayekar
Divanshi Gupta’s passion for dance has followed her since her childhood. She earned a Prabhakar degree in Kathak while learning other dance styles, encouraged by her mother who wanted her “to experience everything and not just textbooks.” Little wonder then that her ed-tech platform UCanji, which launched in March 2021,has over 100 dance courses in more than 17 styles. “In India, the traditional inclination toward learning Kathak, Bollywood dance, bhangra, or Hip-hop has changed and many learners are attracted to open-style, popping, footwork, and ballet,” shares the founder.