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Boogie Woogie - Dance Competition

Anil Saigal

The Boogie-Woogie auditions held their New England finals in Connecticut on Jun 3 2007.  Finalists from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut competed for the right to represent New England at the USA finals.
The auditions were coordinated by Milan Entertainment. The final audition in Connecticut included a talent show featured a mix of performances by the competitors and a few classical and Bhangara numbers by Connecticut dancers.   Nidhi Chillara, a wonderful young kuchipudi dancer dazzled the audience with her Balagopala Tarangam where she balanced a pot on her head while dancing on a brass plate. A fabulous Oddissi dance by Anindita Nanda added a classy touch to the evening.  

The focus for the evening of course was the presentation by the competitors. Judges Ranjani Saigal, Sheetal Shah, Shaku Patel, Meera Rajagopalan and Malathi Balsara  evaluated the performances in the both the junior and the senior categories.   “We are grateful that the judges have taken time out of their busy schedules to work with the students and evaluate their performances” said Suresh Sharma, who is the President of Milan Entertainment.
Anisha Patel won the senior category with her presentation “Nathani Wali” while Shreya Aurmugam who presented Shiva Stuti was the runner up. Luv Karia won the junior category with his endearing performance of the classic “Khaike Pan Banreswala” while Sumaali Chheda , the runner up dazzled the audience with the item number from Guru Maiyya Maiyya.   

Other finalists in the junior category included Bhambhani, Ilina Shah, Nikita Minocha, Anishaa Mukherjee, Amisha Sisodiya, Megha Aggarwal and Tejas Shroff. Parth Naik, Nilam Mistry, Kunal Patel, Vidhi, Shreya Nidadavolu, Monica Deshmukh, Shailee Shah and Chirag Shah were the finalists in the senior category.

“Creativity, dazzling costumes, energy and expressions are important ingredients to win the Boogie Woogie competition said judge Sheetal Shah. Suggestions from the judges Sheetal Shah who is trained in stylized dance at the famous Shiamak Davar institute of performing arts (SDIPA) and Shaku Patel given during preliminary rounds helped dancers refine their presentations and dazzle the audience with their final dance. “I can imagine how difficult the decision making process must have been said” Depali who acted as the master of ceremonies and did a terrific job managing the program.
A well-coordinated fabulous show, the event was indeed a treat to watch! We wish the winners good luck in the finals

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