Annual dance competition celebrates India’s Republic Day

Students from nine dance schools across he Tri-state area participated in the event. (Paresh Gandhi)

The Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut hosted its “Dance Pe Chance,” an annual show to celebrate India’s Republic Day, at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, Feb. 2.

Nine dance schools from the tri-state area performed in four categories: minor, junior, senior and adult. Aum Dance Creations, Arya Dance Academy, Aatma Performing Arts, B2Z Dance School, Dancing Shiva, Natraj Dance Studio, Nirmiti School of Dance, Simply Dance and Pranavam School of Dance were among the schools that participated in the competition.

Annual dance competition celebrates India’s Republic Day

Participants were judged by Palvesha Latiwala, dancer and the CEO of Bombino Express; Gomathi Manoj, Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and artistic director of Soundarya Natya Kalalaya and Nirali Vakharia, director and founder of Natraj Nrityala School of Dance.  Audience was treated to a Tae Kwan Do performance by students of Kim’s Tae Kwan Do which was compiled by Tae Kwan Do Master J D Kim.

During his welcome address, FIA president Alok Kumar said that in the 35 years of the competition, over 18,000 children have participated in the annual dance show.

As per tradition, Kumar and his executive team took the oath of office. FIA’s executive team for 2019 includes: Alok Kumar, president; Himanshu Bhatia, executive vice president; Saurin Parikh, vice president; Amit Yadav, general secretary; Amit Ringasia, treasurer; Srujal Parikh, immediate past president and Mardavi Patel, joint secretary.

Annual dance competition celebrates India’s Republic Day

Deputy Consul General of India in New York Shatrughan Sinha, center, administers the oath of office to FIA president Alok Kumar, third from right, as other FIA members look on. FIA’s new executive committee was sworn-in, Feb. 2, during “Dance Pe Chance,” the group’s annual dance competition to celebrate India’s Republic Day, at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, N.J.  (Paresh Gandhi)

The oath was administered by Deputy Consul General of India in New York Shatrughan Sinha, who was the chief guest at the event. Sinha also administered the oath of office to two new members added by FIA to the Board of trustees: past presidents Jayesh Patel and Ankur Vaidya.

Emmy Award-winning travel show host and PBS travel celebrity Darley Newman was the guest of honor.

Following are the award winners of “Dance Pe Chance” Minor Category Best Costume:

Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors)  Best Choreography: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors) Best Technique: Dancing Shiva (Choreographer: Jeanie Beri & Neal Doshi) 3rd prize: Aum Dance Creations (Choreographer: Rina Shah, Anu Mysore)  2nd prize: Dancing Shiva (Choreographer: Jeanie Beri & Neal Doshi)  Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors)   Junior Category Best Costume: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors) Best Choreography: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors)  Best Technique: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors) 3rd prize: Aatma Performing Arts (Choreographer: Amit Shah, Serena Ortiz, Sapna Advani)  2nd prize: Aum Dance Creations (Choreographer: Rina Shah, Anu Mysore)  1st prize: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Arya Instructors) 

Senior Category Best Costume : Aatma Performing Arts / Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer: Amit Shah, Sapna Advani, Swarali/ Arya Instructors) Best Choreography: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer:  Arya Instructors) Best Technique: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer:  Arya Instructors)  3rd prize: Aum Dance Creations (Choreographer: Rina Shah, Anu Mysore)  2nd prize: Arya Dance Academy (Choreographer:  Arya Instructors)  1st prize: Aatma Performing Arts (Choreographer: Amit Shah, Sapna Advani, Swarali)   The top performance in all aspects in all categories ‘Best of the Best’ Judges Choice: AUM Dance Creations (Junior Category)

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