The audition rounds of India’s selection process for the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 in Hyderabad, India have begun.

Auditions for the Indian selection began on August 29th in the Indian Capital, New Delhi. The window for dance groups to register to compete in the selection closed in the middle of July, with Doordarshan the Indian national broadcaster inviting the best groups now to perform.

The ABU International Dance Festival is open to dance groups numbering between 2 and 8 persons. Each country who will participate in the festival will be represented by two dances, one traditional dance and one contemporary routine.

Those who have made it through to this stage in the selection process will be competing for a place in the ABU International Dance Festival. The winners of the Indian selection process will be decided by a panel of dance experts through a televised selection process broadcast by DD.

Known to be competing in the selection are:

  • Aruna Mohaty’s Disciples of the Orissa Dance Academy
  • Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha Group
  • Lokchhanda Group
  • Rina Jana’s Group

Today is the last day for countries wishing to compete in the first ABU International Dance Festival to submit their participation forms. By this stage countries are expected to have selected their participants for the festival in January.

Source: ABU International Dance Festival

The ABU International Dance Festival is an independent festival which aims at introducing the unique diversities, breaking cultural barriers, and sharing the joys that varied communities across the Asia-Pacific region feel while they dance. Two dances can be submitted per country, one for the traditional dance (showcase/non-competitive) and one for the contemporary dance (competitive). Each performance may last no longer than 8 minutes. Each performance may feature between 2 and 8 people. Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of the event.