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Annual Recital of a Youth Focused Academy

June 2007
Annual Recital of a Youth Focused Academy

Arya Dance Academy is a youth focused organization that is run primarily by two school students, Jaya Malik and Nisha Palvia. Arya held its 5th annual recital on Sunday, May 6, at Meadowcreek High School.

Arya Dance Academy is up and coming in the Atlanta with its main location in New Jersey. The Atlanta chapter of Arya has two locations, one in Alpharetta and the other in Marietta. It's young and innovative owner, Rupal Patel, has created the dance school to offer a huge variety of arts including, Kathak, Raas, Bhangra, Bollywood and more at the main location.

Mika Jain and Archith Seshadri were the masters of ceremony for the event. The recital started with the young performers of the academy dancing to Crazy Kiya Re (Dhoom 2). The participants were dressed in florid outfits and the audience was excited to see their creative steps and formations. This was followed by a few older hits including Rang De (Thakshak) and Badi Mushkil (Lajja).

There were about fifty students ranging from ages four through eighteen. Most of the performers were participating for the first time. The dancers performed a variety of modern and traditional forms of Bollywood dance, showcasing another side of their talent each time. Hits of the show ranged from the graceful Barso Re (Guru), performed by the oldest and very talented teen group, to the fun filled Rock and Roll Soniye (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna) performed by the youngest and rather fearless little divas.

The true fusion of east meets west was portrayed in the piece with a Punjabi number with the Ocean's 12 remix. The participants also danced to several newer songs including hits from Don, Omkara and Umrao Jaan. Other dances included Bumbro, Des Rangila and Say Na Say Na.

As the evening came to an end with the teachers dancing to some popular songs, the stage slowly filled for the finale as each student came on to the beat of Juggy D.

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