New Delhi: A dance video posted by choreographer Usha Jey, which mixed Bharatanatyam and Hip-Hop, is going viral on social media. The video posted by Jey on Twitter and Instagram features three dancers, including Jey, to Lil Wayne’s song “Uproar,” where they mix graceful Bharatanatyam poses and freestyle Hip-Hop moves. The post is widely shared, with people watching the video on repeat.
— Usha Jey (@Usha_Jey) May 22, 2022
Jey calls it ‘Hybrid Bharatham’. In a tweet, she said, “I call it #HybridBharatham and it’s my way of switching between Hip-Hop and Bharathanatyam, 2 dances I love, learn and respect. My goal is to keep the essence of every dance and create something that does justice to who I am.
i call it #HybridBharatham and it’s my way of alternating between Hip-Hop and Bharathanatyam, 2 dances that I love, learn and respect. My goal is to keep the essence of every dance and create something that does justice to who I am.
— Usha Jey (@Usha_Jey) May 23, 2022
The video opens with three dancers in traditional Bharatanatyam attire dancing to Lil Wayne’s Uproar, then switching between Bharatanatyam and Hip-Hop — so seamlessly it almost feels like a single dance form.
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On Twitter, the video received over 678.9,000 views and 18,000 likes, and the post was retweeted almost 4,000 times, with all reviews positive. On Instagram, the video has been viewed over 7,32,738 times and has over 79,000 likes.
People all over the world reacted to the video. Check out some of the reactions.
I’m usually against such experiments but this one is great.
Good job to the dancers for performing it without cringe.https://t.co/XGBJCKAymM
— ג׳יקוב | |یعقوب | ജേക്കബ് | Jacob (@Jacobji01) May 24, 2022
That’s all I needed on this Sunday night. https://t.co/IFeUL1G5D4
— Sridhar Venkatapuram PhD FRSA Hon FFPH (@sridhartweet) May 22, 2022
Nah they slammed!!!!!! https://t.co/VxjGX80Xi1
— Art Vandelay (@SonnyBizzle_) May 22, 2022
KILLED that 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/p3etaJX8cO
— Grippy Sock Community Member (@LattyWint) May 22, 2022
Forget rockets and robots. This is the future I was hoping for. https://t.co/hKA2hvk3du
— Curmudgeon nudge (@lovejoyart) May 23, 2022
I knew your talent was special from the first day I saw you play in London and then Swizz. Both shows you have been amazing and I’m glad the world is catching up with your greatness. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL TAMILS IN THE WORLD ❤
— Balan Kash (@balankash) May 23, 2022
Great! This is a true fusion, not what usually passes for it. The changing facial expressions and body language of the performers, the fluid mixing of dance moves from different cultures – it’s rare, beautiful and fun to boot! @Usha_Jey ❤️👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/6d3Ap3RqL0
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) May 23, 2022