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Sharmila SharmilaDance DanceBi-Monthly Bi-MonthlyNewsletter Newsletter

Words from Sharmila Kamte Dear Students, We are just a few weeks away from our annual event and I for one am filled with all sorts of emotions, as I’m sure each and everyone of the participants are! We have an excellent group of participants this year, right from the youngest to the professionals and their energy and enthusiasm has been fabulous. I’m sure you are well aware that we have all been working extremely hard and I ask that we continue to work even harder with more focus and drive in this last stretch before show time in order to truly impress our faithful audience. This is the first year that I will not be performing and after 13 years of sharing the stage with my senior and professional dancers it’s going to be an emotional but at the same time new and exciting chapter for me to be totally on the other side overseeing the smooth sailing of the event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants for their trust in me to create a show that will highlight them at their best, my full time and part time staff for their hard work and to all the parents for the sacrifices that go along with having a family member in the “Sharmila Dance Extravaganza”!

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Sharmila Dance Extravaganza - Pg. 2

Sharmila Dance – Pg. 4

Getting to know the company members – Muhammed Karaman Pg. 5

The Elements of hip Hop – Pg. 6 - Pg. 7

Recent events – Pg. 7

Editors Note – Pg. 8

Apart from our annual event we had the pleasure of being the main act at the Gala Dinner for his Highness Sheikh Mohammed and guests for the Dubai World Cup. I was proud to be told at the end of the night that the performance was very well received. I hope that you are all a part of our Facebook: ‘Sharmila Dance – Students Only” or our Fan Page “Sharmila Dance – Product & Service”. We are also active on Instagram & Twitter so please follow us to get all the latest new. Lastly, I hope to see you on one of the days at the Extravaganza if you’re not already performing in it. I would appreciate all the help in spreading the news on our upcoming event on the 24th, 25th & 26th April 2014 as I am extremely proud of my students and what we are about to put on show. Quote for this Newsletter: “I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance” – George Balanchine Kind Regards, Sharmila Kamte


Sharmila Dance Extravaganza

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This is the 14th Annual Sharmila Dance Extravaganza!! We bring an entertaining mix of Hip-Hop, street jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Break Dancing, Afro-jazz to the Centrepoint theatre DUCTAC, Mall of the emirates on April 24th – 26th. We strongly believe on sharing our thoughts that dance is a form of art and sport. The Sharmila Dance academy hosts a range of classes and workshops throughout the year, for students of all ages and levels to be able take part in a ‘exciting’ and ‘professional’ show, that many others would dream of doing. The Sharmila Dance Extravaganza is a professional showcase of the dedication, passion, talent and sheer hard work of the academy’s students, professional’s and Sharmila herself. The Sharmila Dance Extravaganza originally started off as a small street jazz show in the Jumeirah Beach Club 14 years ago, since then the Extravaganza has transformed into one of Dubai’s most exciting Annual shows. Sharmila Dance moved to DUCTAC, Mall of the emirates in 2007, to meet the demands of its growing audience and popular classes. The sponsors for this year include Palladium – Title sponsor, Pinar, Ricci Capricci, Kaleidoscope, Meeting dance & leisure wear, Karen Millen, West L.A, Startime, Virgin Megastore and 7 days. For updates and more information please visit Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Date/timings: Thursday 24th April: 7:30pm – Invite only Friday 25th April: 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturday 26th April: 2:30pm & 7:30pm Venue: DUCTAC, Centrepoint theatre – Mall of the emirates Price: Stalls 185 AED – Reserved seating, Balcony 110 – Free seating


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Sharmila Dance Tracksuits For Extravaganza Our official Sharmila Dance wear is still available and we only have a few pieces left! Please bare in mind that everyone in the Sharmila Dance Extravaganza requires a part of the tracksuit. The 25% offer will stop by the 11th of April so make sure you purchase your pair before hand: White: Yellow: XS – Available (Few Left) XXS - Sold Out Small – Sold Out XS – Available (Few Left) Medium – Available (Few Left) Small – Available (Few Left) Large – Available (Few Left) Medium - Available (Few Left) Be proud to be part of the Sharmila Dance culture and represent your dance school.

Preparation For the Big Show As the show gets closer and closer, preparing yourself mentally, physically and professionally is the most important part of performing as a team and standing out as an individual. Having the choreography imprinted in your brain is not the standard to what you think it is…. NOWHERE NEAR!! Making every single dance or part you have in the show, to be transformed into a sickness for the performance day. Making sure that you have every single slight detail and synchronization as an individual and a group will make the biggest difference – as Sharmila always says – ‘Less is more’. Breaking down choreographies and understanding the genre and style of the particular dance will not just change your perception and feeling of the show, nor the audience but for the transformation of yourself and the Sharmila Dance Academy, to show what people can really do when they put their mind, sweat, blood and tears to it. Constantly marking in your room, kitchen, at school, while working even will give you an extra boost towards the smallest and biggest impacts on stage. Let’s show everyone what the Sharmila Dance Extravaganza is all about! We see a great show coming up, but an even more ‘Extravagant’ show if you put you mind, body and soul to it! Share, Share and Share the posts and get the word out there!! One month left… That’s all we’ve got, so put your dancing shoes on and get ready to rock!


Getting to know the team

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When did you start dancing? I first started dancing in 2004, clowning around in the streets of Syria.

What do you enjoy most about dancing? Everything. It’s my passion in life, it keeps me out of trouble, and it feels good. When I hear music I have to dance. It’s a different feeling to describe, no one can explain those feelings; it’s a mixture of being sad, happy, angry, confused all at the same time.

Fun facts? I eat like a horse…

Fun Facts - Muhammed

Dance Class Tracks Current Music: • •

Team – Lorde (Adults, Teen & Level 2) Black Skinhead – Kanye West (Level 1A & 1B)

Favorite Color: Black/Red

Favorite Food:………Really?

Role Model: Kevin Hart (For now)

Random Fact: People mistake me for being younger than I am

Favorite Singer: Tupac

Quote of the month: “Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.” – Robert Frost

Most Hard Working Student Of The Month Words from Sharmila Kamte I am pleased to choose Bianca as the most hardworking student. She has been working diligently on her technique as well as her Hip Hop and is now showing the results. The timing couldn't be better for her as the Extravaganza is just around the corner and her hard work will be clear for everyone to see. She is a lovely girl with a pleasant personality allowing constant corrections to be thrown at her. I hope that she will continue to persevere in this way allowing herself to reach the level she so clearly wants! Congratulations to:

Bianca Pegrume Age: 17 Teen


Elements of Hip Hop

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Top five essential elements of Hip-Hop dance. If you ask several people to define the term "hip hop” chances are you will here several different answers? Hip-hop is much more than a way of moving to hip hop music; it is a way of life. Hip-hop is a lifestyle that includes its own language, music, wardrobe style and style of dance. Some people believe that hip-hop dancing is simply moving to hip hop music. However, hip-hop as a dance style is anything but simple. Hip-hop dancers frequently engage in friendly battles or informal dance competitions. In an article appearing in Dance teacher magazine, Rachel Zar discusses the top five elements of hip hop dance. 1. Popping Created by Sam Solomon in Fresno, California and performed by the Electric Boogaloos dance crew, popping consists of quickly contracting and relaxing your muscles, causing a jerk in your body. These jerks are known as pops or hits. Popping is performed with other dance moves and poses to the beat of the music. Popping Terms: Puppeting, Waving, The Creep, Tutting, Robotting, Ticking, Dynorama, Strobing and Vibrating. 2. Locking Created by Don Campbell in Los Angeles and introduced by his crew The Lockers, locking consists of performing a series of locking movements, which involves performing a quick movement, "locking" into another position, then holding the last position for a few seconds. The hips and legs usually remain in a relaxed position while movements of the arms and hands are more distinct and exact. Movements are big and coordinated closely with the beats of the music. Locking has a bit of a comedic flair and is usually performed to funk or soul music. Dancers who perform locking movements are called "lockers." Some Locking Terms •

Lock, Throwback, Wrist Roll, Muscle Man, Stop & Go, Knee Drop, Points, Iron Horse, Scooby Doo, Leo Walk.

3. Breaking Breaking (also referred to as b-boying or b-girling) is probably the most well-known element of hip hop dance. Breaking is very unstructured and improvisational, and evolved from a style of dance known as uprock. Breaking, or breakdancing, is composed of movements performed at different levels: toprock (performed while standing), downrock (performed close to the floor), power moves (acrobatics) and freeze moves (poses). Dancers who perform breakdancing are often called bboys, b-girls or breakers. Breaking Terms •

Rock Steady Crew, Zulu Kings, Sal Soul, Crazy Commandos, Dynamic Rockers, New York City Breakers, Air Force Crew, Full Circle, The Bronx Boys, Seven Gems


Elements of Hip Hop

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4. Boogaloo Boogaloo is a very loose movement, mostly using the hips and legs. Boogaloo seems to give the illusion that the dancer has no bones. This style is closely related to popping, with dancers involved in rolling the hips, knees, legs, and head. Boogaloo Terms •

Twist-o-flex, Walk-out, Fakey, Neck-o-Flex, Cobra, Snakin', Slides, Glides, Old Man, Egyptian 5. Social Dances Social dances, or '80s party dances, came about during the 1980's as club dancers transformed popular dances at the time. Social dance is a freestyle dance style and is the element of hip-hop that is often seen in music videos. Social Dance Terms • The Wop, The Cabbage Patch, The Roger Rabbit, The Running Man, The Rooftop, The Humpty Hump, The Worm, The Kriss-cross, • New mainstream moves: Harlem Shake, Gangnam style, Superman, Red nose, Gas pedal, etc…


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Editor’s Note

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