Monday, 9 December 2013

@sharmiladance Sharmila Dance Gala This Friday @VirginMENA

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Sharmila Dance, the Middle East’s leading dance company, brings back the annual Sharmila Dance Gala in its third year running. The gala will feature an array of styles with international talent coming from globally acclaimed dance companies set to take center stage this Friday, December 13th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of The Emirates.

The Sharmila Dance Gala will showcase a wonderland of artistic performances ranging from Jazz, Salsa, Tango, Hip-Hop, Break Dance, Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Indian Fusion, Aerial Silk and Contortion. The audience can expect to see a spectacular celebration of dance and an event of unmatched caliber.

Sharmila Kamte, Founder, Choreographer and Creative Director of Sharmila Dance and the Sharmila Dance Gala said: “For one day, on one stage, there will be an unprecedented exhibition of talent and beauty in the physical art form with international and local dance stars. I’m excited to offer cultural enthusiasts, as well as encourage the wider public in the UAE to not miss out on this rare showcase of diversity, talent and passion.” 

Contortionist, Olga Gregorieva
The show will feature world famous Principal dancer Alicia Amatriain and partner David Moore from the esteemed Stuttgart Ballet company that are being specially flown in for the event to perform a piece from Tchaikovsky’s classic “Swan Lake”, as well as a playful contemporary piece, “Come Neve”. Amatriain has received several international awards from the dance world and is best known as “Outstanding Dancer” of Dance Europe. 

Most recognized for her performance in London’s Phantom of the Opera and for being a core member in the prominent English National Ballet Company, Amy Hollins will be mesmerizing audiences with a solo piece entitled “Palladio”. Hollins will also be performing alongside Hakim Saber, a break dancer from Hollywood films Street Dance 3D, Street Dance 2 and World Hip Hop Champion, a duet called “Nuttin’ but Stringz” where Ballet meets Hip Hop. Both numbers are choreographed by Jenna Lee, Choreographer and Soloist from the English National Ballet Company.

Notorious for their Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary choreographies performed at some of the biggest events in the UAE, professional dancers from Sharmila Dance will showcase some of their most admired, as well as brand new routines that encompass a versatility of dance genres and technical styles.

Former Principal dancer from the prestigious Bucharest Opera Ballet Company, Loredana Solaoru, who is now based in Dubai and performs exclusively with Sharmila Dance will be presenting a piece from the celebrated Spanish ballet “Don Quixote” alongside Columbian performance artist, John Freddy.

World Salsa Champions and the UAE’s top Latin dancers, El Firulete BNF Dance Company will set the stage on fire with sizzling Salsa and Tango numbers.

Gurukul, an Indian Dubai-based performing arts academy will fuse together the best of Bollywood, Indian Folk and Kathak styles of dance with Pali Chandra in the star role. Chandra is an ambassador of Indian culture, has personally performed for the Queen of England, and was awarded “Woman of Excellence in the UAE 2013”.

Furthermore, audiences are set to be astounded by mystifying circus-like performances from Aerial Silk artists Valeria Baigacheva and Mario Mira, as well as Contortionist, Olga Gregorieva from the Big Moscow Circus.

“I could not be more proud to see the growth of the Sharmila Dance Gala as it presents its third annual show. It gives me great satisfaction to witness that my ongoing aim to help further develop talent and appreciation for the dance community in the UAE is manifesting and I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has made this possible,” Kamte added.

Show times are at 2:30pm and 7:30pm on Friday, December 13th. Tickets are priced at 200 AED for stall and 155 AED for balcony seats. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastore and online at

Dubai’s artistic community and its followers can also look forward to the annual Sharmila Dance Extravaganza, now in its 14th year, set to take place in April 2014. For more information about Sharmila Dance and to find out about the school’s public drop-in class schedules please visit

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