This Fall Shehnaaz Dance Academy celebrated the festivals in Jersey City and beyond. We brought the taste of Navratri festivities to Jersey City as early as September 29th. Our SDA Junior and Adult Squads performed at the Fall-o-palooza event in Hamilton Park organized by LCCS School. Our Junior Squad performed the Morya Re piece and received thunderous applause. The adult dancers recreated the magic of the crowd favorite Zingaat number, which got everyone's feet tapping. Our newest members of the SDA squad closed the performance portion of the event by bringing in the Navratri flavor with the garba number Chogada. We recorded this beautiful number with the NYC skyline backdrop and garnered over 50K views on Facebook. Don’t forget to watch it here!
This years' Diwali appearance was at the Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck organized by the ever so wonderful Ms. Rekha Nandwani. We performed at their Indian Diwali Celebration event to an approximate 200 people audience. Our squad ladies performed 2 pieces: a classical take on the song Nainowale followed by the foot tapping Kamariya number. We wowed the audience with our choreography, enthusiasm and grace.
We kickstarted the Garba and Dandiya event in Downtown Jersey City organized by Indians in Jersey City. Garba is our instructor Kavita's forte and she co-choreographed the dances with Shehnaaz. The two left no stone unturned in entertaining the audience and bringing them all onto the dance floor to join in the traditional garba raas dance. Kudos to Indians in Jersey City for organizing such a wonderful event.
Lastly, our Paathshaala Hindi class hosted local author and JC resident Shivangi Mathur, for a fun book reading and activity session on November 3rd. Her book, Diwali Fun with Mouse in the House is already sold out on amazon. The book explains the festival of Diwali and the various days and traditions involved through the protagonist Ganesh Ji's mouse. The little mouse plush toy is a favorite for all the kids and the puzzles are a fun way to keep the children engaged while involving them in Diwali rituals. The attendees listened to the story, colored and decorated diya pictures during the session. They had a chance to learn about how to give back and share this holiday season. A huge shout out to our Paathshaala Team for such a wonderful start to the Diwali week and to Beauty Captured for these beautiful images.