Jiving with one big happy family

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NOT ROUTINE It’s a not a strict exercise regimen
NOT ROUTINE It’s a not a strict exercise regimen

AYESHA MATTHANputs on her sandals and relives her dream of setting the dance floor on fire with some JIVING

On the first floor at Alliance Francaise, young people in casuals and sneakers stroll into an empty double room. A stereo speaker produces music from a bygone era and the setting is transformed. You’re back in the 60s and couples sway on the dance floor to classic rock ’n’ roll and blues.

At the Rock Around the Clock (RATC) dance academy, jiving is not a strict routine fitness class. It is casual, carefree and everyone is one big happy family meeting every alternate evening.

And then, I am transported to when I was a naïve 17-year-old, excited about learning how to jive and dreaming about setting dance floors on fire. I chuckle to myself and retrace all the steps I once learned a long time ago at RATC.

As friends comfortably swing each other across the room, I proceed like a slow motion locomotive. Left, left, right right, kick, back.

Catchy beats

The instructor is kind and patient as my pronounced left feet give away the fact that I am and have always been a bad jiving dancer.

Despite the phase when I would pump up the volume of Dire Straits and Elvis Presley at home. Then I would desperately try to get jiggy with it in front of the mirror in my room and pretend that I am in the spotlight.

A few girls and I form a diamond and start. Inwards and outwards, backwards and front. The beats are extremely catchy — one cannot but help feel that you’re swinging away in “That Thing You Do” — complete with screaming fans, knee-length dresses and hair-bands. It will bring a rush of blood to the head but the classes at RATC seem a bit too self-motivational with different groups doing their own thing. Which is perhaps a good thing for otherwise it will be too large a crowd to manage.

Started by Prithvi and Ree, Rock Around The Clock has evening batches from Monday to Saturday.

Rock Around The Clock is on the 1st floor, Alliance Francaise, No. 108 Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar. Call 41713714/9342508667.




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