PMT Dance Studio -Celebrating 10 Years, 2001-2011
Why do you dance? Studio Owner Pavan Thimmaiah dances because it is his true passion. Building a student following that began with a single hip-hop class, he has since been the proud owner of PMT Dance Studio in New York City for the past 10 years. A few weeks ago, they celebrated their centennially with their annual Fall Dance Series. A series Pavan began in order to provide professionals and students with the opportunity to perform side by side.
Even though, PMT is a small space on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue, it is home to dancers of all ages, shapes and sizes. They all come here to share their passion for dance, in whatever dance form that may take.
During their Fall Dance Series, I had the pleasure of sharing in their passion of dance, for one night. On that night, I sat there with the intent of writing a review of the performance; thinking, okay, get ready to remember every detail so you can review this performance. I took a long look around me, observing a modest studio space, with the addition of a few stage lights, and black curtains on the walls to designate where the stage should be. I skimmed through the program, taking note of choreographers, musicians and dancers. Just as the lights began to dim, I pulled out my notebook and my pen, anticipating the notes I was about to take on the performance.
I didn’t take very many notes about the dances I saw. Instead, when I got home and read over them, I realized they were not going to help me write a review, but were about how I felt sitting there, watching and learning from the performers.
I want to share with you a little bit of the hope and joy and genuine happiness that I felt while watching the performers from PMT Dance Studio. Even, the audience seemed different from a typical dance audience. There was less tension in the air and more excitement to see their friends and family performing in front of them; something I haven’t experienced in quite some time, especially in the harsh dance world that oftentimes exists in New York City. Everyone around me was at PMT’s Fall Dance Series because they simple enjoyed dancing or watching dance, or hopefully, both.
As, I watched all of the dancers perform everything from street jazz, to contemporary, to hip-hop, to salsa, I noticed these dancers weren’t just performing to show off, they were performing from the heart, out of their pure love and joy of dance. From the beginner dancer, to the most advanced dancer, everyone let their personality shine through with the flick of a wrist, nod of the head, or the swagger of their walk. There were girls strutting across stage as if in a hip-hop music video, making me wonder where the rapper was hiding. The salsa piece included couples, young and old, some more experienced than others, but all excited to perform. The break dancers hopping in their handstands and kicking their legs, awed and amazed, while the African dance with live drummers pounding out the rhythm made it very hard to remain in my seat. The entire show wasn’t perfect, but it was done with sincerity that makes everyone feel like dancing is for them.
PMT dance struck me as a place that isn’t there to churn out the next big thing, but as a place where everyone is part of one big family, a family that simply loves to dance.