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Street dance gains popularity in the University circuit

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Street Dance, for all those who do not know, is a very unique dance form that originated in North America and Australia a few decades ago. There is no strict dance style but it comprises mainly of jazz, hip-hop and break dance. Much like a flash mob, a group of dancers set up their portable music systems on the street or a ground and start dancing to a crowd of onlookers.

Until recently, this dance form was relatively unknown in the University Circuit, with very few colleges actually having a street dance society. However, in recent times, especially in the last couple of fests, street dance is gearing to change that.

With a confident future, street dance societies are yet to get the kind of acceptance as that of the conventional western dance societies in Delhi University. Every fest season sees a large number of dance competitions, most dance competitions comprise of Western and Folk Dance categories.

The past fest season saw only a few fests like Crossroads, by Shri Ram College of Commerce(SRCC), hosting a Street Dance Competition. Though colleges like  Hindu College did have a street dance competition, but they were held during departmental fests. Some other Delhi University colleges, which held this competition, were Sri Venkateswara College and Maharaja Agrasen College.

   The Street dance society of College of Vocational Studies, CVStreets performs at Crossroads 2014    
    Member of DCAC street dance society responds to the challenge. 

Even among the colleges that have street dance societies, the dance form is waitingt to gain popularity, with Western Dance hogging the limelight. Dennis Anthony, the President of CVStreets says, “SRCC was the first time we took part in a DU competition and we stood first. The opportunities in DU may be lacking, but every year we plan to get bigger. In the past five years, our society has grown immensely. We won at Nokia India as well, the Delhi zone winners. We came fourth at the main event. Next we plan to take on Hiphop International and I hope we’re able to crack a dance reality show as well!

Presently a Business Studies student at Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies, I plan to spend my years discovering what I am capable of. Books, movies and friends are on the top of my timetable and for me college is about having a good time and trying new things. I believe it’s better to do a few things well than a lot of them poorly. Punctuality is a virtue I am yet to experience.

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