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Dances with India offers adaptation of Cinderella

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By The Staff

Dances of India, a joint group of the Los Alamos Family YMCA Kathak and Bharatnatyam classes, presents an Indian adaptation of Cinderella.
Performances are from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Written and directed by Alina Deshpande, the production features Indian classical dance forms (Kathak and Bharatnatyam) as well as folk dances, bollywood, belly dance and more.
A majority of the dances have been choreographed by Deshpande and Kavita Nandkishore, the instructors of the Los Alamos Family YMCA dance classes, however there are also a few guest dances from other members of the Los Alamos community.
As always, the show promises to be full of color, foot-tapping music and goofy humor. Deshpande has woven the Indian dances into a timeless, universally popular story and just like in years past, this production will showcase the local Los Alamos dancing and acting talent. Last year’s performance was Aladdin.
“We always want a story that is universally known, although the story does change a little,” Deshpande said.
The dances always showcase talent from Los Alamos has been performing with a local show for the past seven years. The shows has existed for a total of 10 years, but on a smaller scale.
Admission is free, but donations in all forms (cash, check) will be much appreciated.
There will also be a small Indian bazaar following the show.
Proceeds for the show go to Utkarsha, a program of Rotary Club in Pune, India, for providing safe night care for children from the red light district of Pune, India, as well as local children’s projects.
For more information visit cmmpune.org.  

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