Dance is something that crosses all cultural boundaries. Sure, there are differences in style -- the movements often vary greatly, the music can range from driving rhythms to soft melodies, and the costumes might be minimal or elaborate -- yet some form of dance makes its way into most, if not all, societies. Soorya Performing Arts, a local company that specializes in the dances of India, wants to highlight two dance styles with very different roots during the performance Milan: A Meeting Point of Kathak and Tap Dancing
, which happens at 7:30 p.m. at Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton). During this diverse, rhythmic show, Guru Prasanna Kasthuri demonstrates kathak
, an ancient northern Indian dance form distinctive for its spontaneity, and Robert Reed answers back with a good ol American tap; the performers are accompanied by live music courtesy of drummer Naren Budhakar, vocalist Seema Kasthuri, Imratgitar-player Todd Mosby and others. To witness this multicultural extravaganza, purchase your tickets ($10 to $25) at www.sooryadance.com
, and for more information call Soorya at 314-397-5278.
Sat., Nov. 3, 2007