“We are proud and humbled to be selected in this special event.”
On November 15, 2015, the world will witness the only classical Indian act to perform at this year’s Dance Proms.
13 young dancers from the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company will grace the iconic stage of the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The dance group from Edgware, London, has been selected by a global panel of artistic directors and senior examiners out of 200 entires.
Together with 21 other dance groups, they will entertain thousands of live audience in a gala evening.
The 13 young dancers, aged between 10 and 19, have the honour of performing in front of dance enthusiasts, talent scouts and even celebrities.
Choreographer Arlene Phillips, Darcy Bussell CBE (Strictly Come Dancing) and Matt Flint (winner of series 2 of So You Think You Can Dance) are just a few famous faces attending the glitzy event.
In addition to joining the Dance Proms line-up, the dance company also celebrates having two of their students representing the South Asian category at the BBC Young Dancers Competition.
Founder Sujata Banerjee says: “We are proud and humbled to be selected in this special event.
“We are ready to put in hard work and commitment to show high quality Kathak and make this event an amazing experience for the audience.”
The young dance troop will be performing alongside dance companies from countries such as Norway and Italy.
The Dance Proms will also play host to various genres, like Ballet, Street Dance and Latin American Dance.
Darcey comments: “Every year I attend the Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, which never fails to impress me.
“The young dancing talent on display is of such high standard, The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company will make a great addition to the line-up this year.
“My advice to all the performing dancers it to enjoy the experience!”
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage and has played host to the Dance Proms since launching in 2011.
The stage is laid out in an ‘in-the-round’ style, which gives artists the simultaneous challenge and joy of making use of the entire stage to entertain audience from all angles.
Dance Proms is an international partnership between the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the International Dance Teachers’ Association and the Royal Academy of Dance.
To truly celebrate dances in all forms and styles, it invites dance teachers from around the world to submit their entires online by video.
The judges look for originality, which is why it is such a meaningful and exciting opportunity for the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company to be chosen.
Founded in 1985, they will now take South Asian dance and music a step further into the mainstream and continue to embrace cultural diversity.
Maddy Gladman, of Dance Proms’ lead sponsor Capezio Europe, says: “Capezio encourages its young patrons to embrace an active, graceful and stylish attitude to dance; qualities which are very much reflected in the Dance Proms performance.”
DESIblitz congratulates the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company on this astounding achievement and wishes them best of luck in the finale!