One , two , three , four and turn.
The steps hurriedly tried to match up with the fast paced music. The panting and huffing was loud enough to be heard beyond the technocratic beats.
The moves merged seamlessly into one another and if one wasn’t fighting to catch a breath one would actually enjoy this , she thought.
Turn on your knees and glide across the floor. Yeah right!
What was the deal with this guy? She wondered about his story as she tried to keep up mentally with the so called steps that seemed more like marching orders from a tyrant leading an army to war and eternal glory.
She looked at the watch again. 4:35. Another 25 minutes. She tried to savour in.
Hey , you . Yes you in the third row. Very busy are we to pay attention?
She looked up abruptly , a little flustered. Heaving a sigh of relief to see the source of this unacceptable act in ‘Vickey Sir’s Class’. The usual “are you here to have fun or are you here to learn” lecture done with , the class resumed.
She tried to hide her smile at the irony of it all. Dance WAS supposed to be fun. But nope , this place wasn’t about fun. It was about rigorous training , like those saints in Himalayas spend years in worship with single minded dedication. That’s what she re-read on the “memo” framed on the wall in big bold letters , sitting tight amidst bright photographs of Vickey Sir with some of the most prominent movie stars of our times.
People paid through their nose to get through here but it was all worth it. Since after the marine – style- training came in the auditions of dance troupes for movies that went on to make big bucks at the box office. Vickey sir’s legacy spoke louder than his whistle that on top of the blaring boom box.
And its a wrap. Class dismissed . We meet tomorrow at 4PM sharp . And don’t forget we have summer workshop auditions coming up this weekend so guys buck up !
So the wait will soon be over. All those long hours and the money . Finally , this weekend her dreams will come true. The auditions would be a cakewalk and film offers would start pouring in and soon she’d be travelling to those exotic locations and hurriedly brushing past fans .
Her son would be the biggest dancing legend to ever hit the screen all at 5 !
She better start working on his acceptance speech now , she made a note as her little kid came running to her screaming with joy!
“Mumma , did you see how awesome I was , did you see , did you see ? Should we get an ice cream now?” He gushed excitedly.
“Yes baby , you were the best ! C’mon now let’s get you home. We’ll have your favourite 3-flavour Sundae and after that we have to practice for the workshop this sunday na?”
Hand in hand they walked off with bright dreams in their eyes .
One of the Stardom and another of a Sundae.