Musik-A, in collaboration with Kripa Foundation, will hold an online dance competition called ‘Nagaland Dance Battle’ against substance abuse on the theme ‘Get high on dance, not on drugs’ in October.

Sponsored by the Nagaland Social Welfare department, the first of its kind solo event was launched in Kohima on Saturday.

This event is designed to both entertain and educate, intentionally weaving important health and social issues of substance abuse into powerful catalyst for behaviour change.

It will involve young people in exposing to performance-based group activities that indirectly or directly help prevent substance abuse.

The competition will help dancers avail new platforms and recognitions, learn from the professionals with intensive workshops and classes and also create platforms and open doors for future.

Nagaland Dance Battle (NDB) is the first of its kind solo dance competition where dancers from across Nagaland can come and compete for the title, a running trophy from their room. The online battle will consist of five rounds- Online Selection, Round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final.

The celebrity judges will comprise Bae Yoon Jung, a backup dancer and choreographer of famous KPOP groups like BTS, GOT7 from South Korea, Virieno Zakiesato, choreographer and creative movement artist and Kokliba Jings, the winner of the first Naga Orpheus Hunt 2011.

Any bonafide citizen of Nagaland is eligible to take part in the competition. There will be no age bar and no category preference to different kinds of dances.

To enter the contest, the participants should WhatsApp their dance performance video of one minute without any edit (one take only) to 9436007979 or mail it to musikanagaland@gmail.com from September 6 to September 26.

The videos will be uploaded on music events Instagram page.

Top 16 most liked videos will be automatically selected for Round of 16. The judges will select top eight dancers for quarter-finals from the list of Top 16. The fixture of quarter-finals will be based on the lucky draw.

Viewer’s Choice Award will be based on the audience poll.

For the quarter-final battle all participants should dance to one common song and in semi-final dancers will get freedom to choose their own song. The finalist can compose and dance on the theme ‘Say no to drugs’ in their own choice of song.

The prizes include a championship running trophy, total cash prize of Rs 1 lakh with certificates, gift hamper of PWS20N (media and karaoke box) from Whitesquare, dance scholarship for one year at Petros Dance Studio, a dance music video and workshop with the celebrity judge and subtitle categories for Best Composition, Most Promising, Youngest Dancer, Viewer’s Choice.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com