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Wednesday, 2 June 2010



Dance for pleasure and love it forever

“Rhythm of Life”, an evening of music and dance, went on the boards on Sunday, May 16th, at the British School Auditorium. The organizer of this event was Shiromi Perera, one of Sri Lanka’s leading Latin and ballroom instructors.

The rhythmic evening

More than 35 dancers from her school, Rhythm World Dance Studio, performed in this event, in this eagerly awaited concert. All in all, there were 14 dance items choreographed by Shiromi and her students. This collaborative exercise, designed to showcase their versatility, was one of the highlights of the concert. The dance forms ranged from Latin and Ballroom to contemporary, freestyle, hip-hop and Kandyan, kollywood, broadway, and musical.

Another exciting feature of the show was that several guest artists such as Noeline Honter, Ann Nathan, Umaria and Umara, Soundari David and her choral group Soul Sounds accompanied by Christopher Prins, and Sohan and the Experiments were the occasion. The evergreen Sohan and his talented band be backed many of the items billed for the evening and kept the audience entertained with their lively, toe-tapping music.

Incidentally, Shiromi has brought honour to her country by becoming the first Sri Lankan dance instructor to be appointed to the World Dance Council Asian Amateur League. Her school has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years with more and more students enrolling in her medal level classes (Bronze, Silver and Gold), which are held on weekends at Kalalaya.

The medal tests are conducted once a year by foreign examiners and this year the results were outstanding, with most of her students obtaining high marks. Her beginners and advanced level classes are also very popular, not to mention the sundown practice session, which is held once a week exclusively for students of Rhythm World. On Sunday evenings the hall is packed with students dancing to non-stop music provided by Shiromi.

“Dance for pleasure and love it forever” is the motto of the Rhythm World Dance Studio. “Rhythm of Life” an apt title for the show as the school motto is not merely a slogan but a part and parcel of life of students young and old enrolled at the school.

This was revealed in the performances and the show a hit was indicated by the full-house and will undoubtedly become a regular feature in the Rhythm World Dance Studio Annual events. Part of the proceeds from this successful show was given in aid to the Ranaviru foundation. The media sponsor for the event was the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, with co-sponsorship by the Bank of Ceylon.


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