Shake a Leg! The Mitr Dance Competition

Mitr - A Friend Indeed– Amrita Gopal

On the 23rd of November 2014, Mitr – A Friend Indeed hosted its first dance competition for the children of migrant workers as a part of the Child Rights Week celebrations, under its Development through Participation” initiative.  The competition, held at the Kondhwa centre of Tara Mobile Creches Pune, had 68 participants from 7 construction sites across Pune. The judges for the same were Pune’s well-known dance instructors Pradeep Pawar of Dance Addicts and Justine of Justine’s Dance Academy. The event was hosted by Mitr volunteer – Amrita Gopal.

Mitr - A Friend IndeedThe introduction of the judges was followed by a dance performance by Master Nitesh, who auditioned for Dance India Dance. Subsequently ,the competition began with an energetic performance on the theme ‘Unity in Diversity’. This was followed by excellent performances by the children of the other centres, each highlighting social issues and giving an important message.

Mitr - A Friend IndeedAfter all the performances, the judges, Justine and Pradeep, gave  their feedback on the programme and congratulated all the participants and their instructors. They stated that they were very impressed by the thought behind each concept and performance and were truly taken back after seeing the enthusiasm of the participants. They encouraged the children further by dancing with them to popular songs.

Mitr - A Friend IndeedAfter a quick snack, the participants from One North, Magarpatta were declared the winners while those of Clover, Kondhwa stood second and World City, Charoli stood third. The judges distributed the prizes and congratulated each child for the amazing performances. Every participant received a Certificate of Participation and a gift.

The volunteers and the participants had a wonderful  time and every one was really glad that the dance competition was a success.

Here’s what the audience had to say:

Anam Shaikh – It was an amazing experience seeing the young kids perform with such grace. The children were given a stage to show their talent and really worked hard for their performances. The instructors did a great job too.

Reva Shree Baniya – The dance competition was an enjoyable event where the children grooved to the music and won our hearts! They showed how with little resources, one can do a lot!

Anushka –  It was an amazing event as the children participated with great gusto and energy! It felt great to watch the children perform with such zeal.

Naina Nihalani – It was a wonderful idea to have a dance competition for the kids as such competitions will encourage them and give them the confidence to participate in public. Competitions like this should be organised for the benefit of the children as they help them to develop a sporting attitude.

Amrita Gopal – The dance competition was the best event I’ve ever attended. It felt incredible to be a part of something so amazing. I was honoured to host the programme and I was immensely happy with the positive feedback. It has helped me build my self confidence.


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