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Children in Nagaland show keen interest in dancing

Kohima, Sept 17 (ANI): Dance and music are an integral part of life in the northeast, and the success of Jitumoni Kalita and Om Chetri at various national level dance competitions, has inspired many children to take up dancing as a career.

Interacting with reporters, budding dancers expressed their keenness to showcase their talent in various national events.

Lokesh, a young dancer simplysaid, “I want to become a dancer in future,” while Marima Aggarwal, another fledgling dancer said, “If I get the opportunity, I would like to go for different dance shows.”

Dancing is a passion for youngsters here, who also see it as a route to name, fame and money.

Sarkiri Terang, another budding talent, said, “I want to be a great dancer like Om Chetri, who is in ‘Dance India Dance.’ I want to be like him.”

This is possible now due to the decline of insurgency in Nagaland. It has given youth the space and confidence to live out their dreams.

Parents are now supporting their children who want to do something different, and adopt a career that is not limited to a government job.

One of the parents, Alvina, told reporters that she wants her son to be the best dancer.

“I want my son to become a great dancer and a great choreographer,” she said.

Several dance schools have come up in Nagaland that train children in different genres of dance.

Stepz Dance Academy is one such school that has been running since 2008. It has trained nearly 100 students till date.

It is the brainchild of Kapil Jain, a contemporary dancer trained in Guwahati who has performed in several events and competitions across the country.

Several of his students have participated in national shows and performed well.

Speaking to media, Jain said he wants to promote contemporary forms of dance in the region.

“If the government helps us, it will be of great benefit to us and I will be able to produce many talented dancers from my academy who can prove themselves at higher levels,” he said. (ANI)