There will be more than 100 types of dances around the world (the list is at end of the post), each with its flavor and mood. Each dance form needs to address, treat differently. So, in terms of anchoring or introducing dance performance you need to use different adjectives, references which will relate to the dance form. Here in this article, we will try to cover some of the types, forms, and variations. We will just discuss introductory lines, not the whole event anchoring script.
When you are introducing dance, song or any performance for that matter it is important to draw audience attention towards the performance. And you as anchor or host of the event have that responsibility. If you use cliché welcome message, then your audience will not connect that will draw back dancer’s or group’s morale. One more thing, it is not compulsory to host an event in only one language. Most of the time, you will be having a mixed audience, different students from different states. You can use English, Hindi or local language interchangeably. Now let’s learn together how to introduce various dance performances.
We Indians have a great cultural legacy in dance and music. In the classical or semi-classical form, we have Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Oddisi, Sattriya (Assam), Mohiniyattam (Kerala), Chhau (West Bengal, Jharkhand), Gaudiya Nritya, Ghoomar (Rajasthan). You can welcome these dance as follows
Anchoring Speech Script for Classical Dance Performance
While writing the “Natya Shastra”, our ancient scholar Bharatmuni might not have thought that rasa and bhava of his writing will last so long. Our next performance is a tiny step to continue his legacy. Please welcome, <Solo dance or Group>, presenting <Type of dance> performance. They will be expressing <subject, topic, expression of the dance> in their <dance type> performance.
Anchoring Speech Script for Punjabi Dance (Bhangra)
They are strong, they are synchronous, they have the shiny outfit and a lots marshal art trick up their sleeve. Please welcome one and only “Mirzya” Dance group on the stage… Oye, DJ wale inka gaana chalade…. Chakade Phatte..
Bollywood Dance Performance (Dola Re song)
Madhuri and Aishwarya rocked the silver screen with this song and made history. Our girls Sushima and Kiran, not an inch short of that. Let’s welcome them to set a stage on the fire. Woooohhhh….. Sushima and Kiran going to make you guys crazy with their latkas and zatkas.
Anchoring Speech Script for Lavani (Maharashtrian Folk Dance): < In local college > Well boy’s, don’t go crazy on next dance performance as Sonali coming up wish sensational Lavani performance on the Ajay- Atul’s epic song “Jaudya Na Ghari” from the movie “Natrang”. So give it up for Sonali.
Anchoring Speech Script for Western Dances – Hip Hop, Crumping, Break Dance – They got the attitude, they got the moves and they rocked stage before too. They are the winner last year’s inter-college group dance competition, any guesses?…… Yes, you are right, they are no other than “WenGa BoyZ”.
Welcome Speech for Patriotic Dance Welcome Note: <Topics should be recent, example; Pathankot Terrorist attack>: News media going crazy over who is patriotic, nationalist and who is anti-India. We don’t understand this mess at all. What we understand is, we respect our military. They put their life on the line for us. There is no way we can thank them for their contribution. But, with next dance performance, we will salute them and we want them to know that we are with them.
List of difference Dance Types, Variations, and Flavours
Solo, Group, Classical, Folk, Patriotic, Bhangra, Bihu, Kathak, Koli, Lavani, Sufi, Western, Contemporary, Break, Locking Popping, Hip hop, Modern, Robotic, Arabian Belly Dance, Aerobic, Couple, Fusion, Freestyle, Puppet, Paper, Shadow, Ballet, Salsa, Ganesh Vandana, Prayer, Deep Vandana, Tribal, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Bollywood, Bengali, Goan, Himachali, Kashmiri, Manipuri, Odissi… oooooff.. so on and so forth…