MADISON — Mind Your Body Studio will present We Got Love, an afternoon of dance and music under the direction of the studio’s founder, Daniel Dalpiaz. The event takes place Sunday, February 23 at the Madison Community Arts Center. A diverse cast of dancers and musicians will take to the stage to perform pieces from Bollywood, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop,Latin, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballroom, Kuchipudi and Ballet.
When Daniel Dalpiaz founded Mind Your Body Studio in a newly renovated loft space at 4 Park Avenue in 2015 his goal was to create more than just another place to exercise. “I wanted a studio that combined highly trained professional dance teachers and motivated adult students who were serious about improving themselves through movement,” he says. “There are all sorts of studios who cater to young dancers but before MYB an adult had to go into Manhattan to get the kind of training we offer. We welcome everyone from the absolute beginner to the experienced pro and in doing that we’ve created a vibrant community of supportive and talented dancers.”
Building a successful studio is about more than location; the heart of any studio is its teachers. Mind Your Body’s instructors come from around the world. What they all share is a lifetime of training with master dancers and have worked at a high level professionally with some of the biggest names in dance. Manikanta Yaganamurthy is a Bollywood veteran from Nellore, Andrad Pradesh, India whose choreographic specialties include Bollywood, Kuchipudi (Indian Classical Dance) and Contemporary/Lyrical dance. “Every time I step into a class I learn as much as I teach”, says Yaganamurthy, “and those lessons energize me and make me a stronger, more creative artist.” Hip Hop teacher, Tiffany Martin whose own career in teaching dance started when she was fourteen adds, “I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do since I was about four years old. Mind Your Body has given me the perfect place to explore all the different ways I can create.” The faculty give Dalpiaz and the studio high praise for giving them the freedom to create curriculum and choreography that is unique to them.
The idea of doing an afternoon of work choreographed and performed by the studio’s faculty and a handful of its advanced students grew out of their mission to continually provide opportunities for growth for everyone involved. According to Dalipiaz, “We have an amazing amount of talent at MYB and while it’s great to see it in the classroom it needs to be put out on the stage to really come alive. We have lots of dancers, of course, but we also have actors, singers and musicians. The thing I’m most excited about with this show is the opportunity to show the community what our people can do. We love to dance and we love sharing that love with an audience even more.”
We Got Love is at the Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison, Sunday February 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 and may be obtained at https://mybgotlove.brownpapertickets.com/ . For more information about Mind Your Body and the courses they offer click here.