In the first-of-its-kind virtual salsa competition ‘SaBa World Championship 2020’ (wherein Sa stands for Salsa and Ba signifies Bachata), four students of Club Salsa International, a city-based dance organization, have made the entire country proud by becoming the SaBa world champions.
Tricity-based Aashna Bagri bagged the first spot in the Amateur Solo Female (14-17) year’s age category. Whereas, Bhoomika Bansal and Kailash Thakur won the Amateur Salsa On1 Couple, and Subhankar Mondol won Amateur Salsa On2.
The participants recorded their performances through ‘internet video’ from Viva Dance Studio (Panchkula), where they had also trained under coach, Varun DS Rana who was also the official Indian coach for team Dancesport India for the Asian Indoor Games. He has been teaching students from the last two decades and has brought many laurels to Tricity in various Salsa competitions. Rana was also the first Asian to guest judge at the World Salsa Summit 2019 in Miami (USA).
Talking about the virtual participation, coach, Varun DS Rana says, “A virtual competition, especially in dance, is very different as it’s very difficult to have the same energy without a stage, lights, sound, and audience. Moreover, a live performance is easier to judge than a recorded performance, but the students did really well despite all the challenges.”
While talking about her experience, Aashna elatedly shares, “It was quite challenging as there was no audience to cheer me up, but Varun Sir had made us mentally well-prepared which helped us to cope with all these challenges.”
Subhankar Mondol, Kailash Thakur & Bhoomika Bansal also gave credit to their coach Varun DS Rana.
The ‘SaBa World Championship 2020’ which was scheduled to take place in Miami (USA) was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, and hence it was held virtually for the first time in its history. Over 100 participants from 15 countries competed in various categories of the championship.