On Sunday, December 19, 2021, SR Dance Academy, considered one of the most popular dance schools in the Indian community, held its first-ever annual Winter Recital at the prestigious Hemmens Cultural Center.
Rita and Anshika Singh launched the academy at the start of the pandemic as a way for children and adults to stay active while staying indoors, a press release from Asian Media USA said.
Rita Singh, a Chicago-based entrepreneur, investor, and community leader recognized under her brand, SR, has a variety of her businesses that fall into the areas of IT personnel, real estate, and entertainment.
His daughter, Anshika Singh is a technology consultant at a Fortune 500 company. She is also a Purdue graduate, a former Femina Miss India finalist and a talented dancer.
Due to the pandemic, all of their classes were initially conducted virtually over Zoom for the first 12 months to ensure the safety of all students. In 2021, it was a different story with the lifting of the quarantine, and students slowly took to dancing in studios, while taking the safety precautions of social distancing and wearing masks.
Now SR Dance Academy has 5 studios throughout the Chicagoland area – Naperville, Bartlett, Schaumburg, Riverwoods and Libertyville, and where teachers include two Bollywood choreographers, Elizar and Shirley Rodrigues, who have worked side by side with stars such as Hrithik Rosha, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and many more, according to the press release.
Because the choreographers and students were able to meet in person to practice the dances, the SR team thought it would be an amazing experience for the students to perform on stage and show off what they learned.
Over 350 people attended the first annual event which was hosted by Richa Chand along with Rita Singh and Anshika Singh.
There were 23 different performances at the recital last Sunday. Students from the 5 localities and age groups 4-7, 8-11, 12-21 and adults performed the dances they had been learning and practicing for several months. The students danced to many popular Bollywood songs, ranging from upbeat tempos to mellow melodies.
The performances were embellished with a colorful LED backdrop and bright lights, and parents who attended the event enjoyed their children’s learning and performance.