REVIEW: The Dance Project’s first episode gets off to a cracker of a start

By Bryan Durham - November 23, 2018

The first episode of The Dance Project by Sony Music India got off to a cracking start with three stellar dance acts — Elli AvrRam, dance duo Faisal-Vaishnavi and the Wild Ripperz Crew — taking the stage for India’s first digital dance show.

The show premiered on YouTube earlier today and the three acts showed off their best moves. Elli twerked to Aastha Gill and Badshah’s ‘Buzz’, Faisal-Vaishnavi krumped to ‘Zinda’ (Bhag Milkha Bhag OST) and Wild Ripperz unleashed a flurry of tricks to the beat of ‘Naach Meri Jaan’ (Tubelight OST). The show ended with a collaboration between Faisal-Vaishnavi and Wild Ripperz.

What strikes you at the outset is how well-packaged this show is. You’d never guess it’s a YouTube-only release, with its TV-level production. Also, since it isn’t a competition, each act — over 13 minutes — gets a chance to have a killer shimmy showcase.

Elli’s performance is the one you’re most likely to recall and replay, given the song’s popularity and the act’s inherent sexiness. You have a short BTS where Elli tells you how she powered through despite ‘burning’ herself during the opening sequence. If she was in pain, it doesn’t show. Buzz gets a hiphop-meets-reggaeton makeover and you can’t help but bop to this one.

Faisal Khan and Vaishnavi Patil’s act is next. The two krump-hop to the thumping Zinda. Dressed like they just stepped off the sets of Mad Max, it’s the sort of performance you root for and that shows you a sign of things to come from this show.

Wild Ripperz, a dance crew from Nepal, introduce themselves in a precap that gives you an idea about them. Leads into an urban-meets-desi contemporary routine that rocks. They assess their performance and seem happy about their performance.

The final ‘combo act’ has Faisal-Vaishnavi band up for their take on Let’s Nacho (Kapoor & Sons OST) with Wild Ripperz. With their effortless flips, tumbles and jumps, it’s a performance that demands repeat viewing.

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