Just Dance with Arun Srinivasan

Just Dance with Arun Srinivasan

  • 10 Feb 2015
  • Features
Text: Maria John      Photos:Makka Studios

Shall we dance Mr.Clark? Asks a graceful Jennifer Lopez to Richard Gere’s introverted character in the 1996 movie, Shall We Dance. He hesitates, he puts out his two left feet, and an ends up falling in love with dance. You may disregard it as a filmy fantasy, but Arun Srinivasan would beg to differ. The founder of Salsa Madras and an instructor for the past seven years, Arun didn’t have any professional training and his only experience being the regular college fests. A scientist by education, it was in Edinburgh while doing his masters that he discovered Salsa. According to him he was the introverted geek type, much like our beloved Mr. Clark but dance opened him up and completely changed him.

Let's Salsa Kochi

Arun Srinivasan is bringing his moves to Kochi for the first time and is excited to open up the world of Salsa to Kochiites. The two-hour dance workshop at Mamangam- The School of Dance on February 14th is open to all. According to Arun, the concept of two left feet is a myth. Anyone can dance he claims, as long as you are willing to open up and give it time. There are no pre-requisites, no need for a svelte figure or strong biceps to enjoy the motions. You don’t need to do lifts or flips to be a Salsa dancer unless you are heading to compete in the international arena. Don’t expect to be become a maestro in a day warns Arun.  It takes around three months to find your way on the floor, but nothing will stop you from having a good time. That is the same reason Arun turned to Latin dances. It’s a social event, explains Arun, where you learn to interact with people and respect each other. There is a common misconception that Latin dances are about sensuality. It is a view into a totally different culture. You learn to respect each other’s space and how to treat the opposite sex.

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