Gurukul Dance Company

Indian Dance Extravaganza

At JCCC's Polsky Theater, Saturday: Seating 6:30, Showtime (curtain) 7:00 pm - June 30th, 2012
Tickets: $40, $25, JCCC student $15

12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210

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June 2012 Show

Sammy Bajpai's Gurukul Dance Company premiered their double-header show June 30th (Saturday), 2012

The first half of the show was Indian Classical dance in the Kuchipudi style of south India and the second half of the show featured Indian folk styles.

"Quest of the Godhead"

"Colors of India"

Indian Classical style - Kuchipudi style Indian folkloric styles

Thoughts to follow (about languages, accents, idioms and dance styles), for now, pictures. See various performance pictures (the new ones) at the bottom.

Sammy Bajpai in a folkloric dance with striking sticks - in company rehearsal
Sammy Bajpai in a folkloric dance with striking sticks - in company rehearsal

skirt dance - Indian folkloric
Studio rehearsal - Jennifer Hutchins in front - Folkloric style - whirling, skirt dance
Preparing the glass
Rehearsal - Spreading broken glass for Sammy to dance on. (yes, that is real glass, truly broken)
In this style the dancer performs a sequence of steps, each time adding a pot to her
head before stepping on different "platforms" - a pan, two glasses, horizontal sword blades. a bed of nails (points upward), and finally to broken glass. See here for Dance in the Park 2010 pictures. For the performance pic of the broken glass dancing see the bottom of this page.

Studio rehearsal - Indian Classical Style - Hannah Atwell, Jennifer Hutchins

Studio rehearsal - Folkloric style
Anne Shaughnessy
Studio rehearsal - Folkloric style
Studio rehearsal - Classical style



From tech the afternoon, prior to performance

Kirstie loads yet another pot on top of Samarpita Bajpai to balance as she dances on yet another object (in this case, on top of two sword blades)

And the final item to dance on, broken glass.