SHIAMAK Summer Funk was streamed live globally this year & the response was overwhelming.
A show that has become one of the most anticipated performing arts events here in London, SHIAMAK Summer Funk left no stone unturned to rise to the expectations. In its fifteenth show in a row, the show was entertaining, engaging and interactive, and like each year ended with a standing ovation!
India’s most respected choreographer, Shiamak Davar who has been entertaining, educating and empowering people the world over with the power of the performing arts started Summer Funk 24 years ago in Mumbai, India. Summer Funk has now become a platform for dance enthusiasts to learn, dance and perform on stage, and millions have experienced this show as participants and audiences in multiple cities globally. From ages four to eighty, this stage has become a dancers’ dream – to live their passion, to follow their hobby and to foray into the field of dance professionally. And to top it all, some of the biggest Bollywood stars started their journey performing at Summer Funk.
The Show this year was not limited to only the audiences in the theater. Yes, you read that right! The show was streamed Live on YouTube with people from the world over watching this dance spectacular. 1100 live audience members at the Watford Colosseum, 400 participants and over 5000 live viewers on YouTube, the reach this year was massive.
With the recurrent theme “Rise of The Champions”, different locations performed to win the coveted title. This theme was initiated in 2015 in London, UK, and has become a favorite amongst students, pushing them to work heard towards a healthy competition. After Southall Strikers, Wembley Warriors and Ilford winning in the previous years, this year The Central London Champions stayed true to their name and emerged victorious.
The Celebrity judges for the competition included Bollywood Actress Raageshwari Loomba and UK’s heartthrob Singer Navin Kundra. The show opened with an electrifying performance by celebrity RJ and anchor Anushka Arora. Back by popular demand for a second year, Navin also performed his latest single “Ishq Humara” with The SHIAMAK London Dance Team. The video of the performance will be released soon. Raageshwari thought the winning team was absolutely brilliant and showed her appreciation with a standing ovation. Another dignitary who graced the occasion was the leader of Brent Council – Councilor Muhammed Butt who was there to witness the talent from Brent as they head towards the celebration of Brent2020 the cultural celebration of Brent Borough.
Other winners included, Best Male & Best Female Dancer – Sharaz Younus & Pallavi Sheth, Advance at the of ‘SONY Audience Choice Award’, through public voting. Judges Choice of the Best Performance for the Night was awarded to Central London Advance.
For those who missed out on this enthralling show, SHIAMAK Summer Funk will telecast on ‘SONY TV UK’ in August, 2018.