Dempo House which normally wears a deserted look on a Sunday was abuzz with a flurry of activity on August 30, as children and parents rushed to register for the dance workshop organised by The Navhind Times Planet J. Conducted by Dance India Dance, Supermom, Cecille Rodrigues, the three-hour workshop was open to the age group of 8 to 13 and parents too were invited to participate, which they did most enthusiastically! Aimed at giving the participants a few tips on dancing and allowing parents and children to bond in a fun way, the workshop was attended by 70 children and some very eager parents.

Cecille was her usual bubbly and charming self and brought with her not just a very positive but infectious energy as well which had the crowd following every word and step closely. The workshop commenced with an introduction by Cecille to what she had planned for the session and was followed by a warm-up. The children of course needed no encouragement to get on the floor but some parents were initially hesitant. However seeing the amount of fun those on the floor were having, they couldn’t resist and by the end of the workshop almost every parent had joined in.The workshop saw a full house with even children as young as five taking part along with their sibling and parents.

After the warm-up, Cecille spoke about musicality and stressed on the need to feel the music and listen to the tempo before beginning any dance routine. This was followed by a session on salsa basics and once Cecille had ascertained that most of the participants had got it right, she jumped right into the salsa routine.  The Latin music got everyone into the groove and one could feel the excitement and the rush as young and old all sashayed according to the beat.

Rock and roll and free style were also covered in the workshop which seemed to end too quickly for everyone present. Cecille however took the time to interact with the children and adults present. She patiently posed for pictures with them and answered their queries which seemed to be never-ending. To say the workshop was a blast would be a fair summation of the fantastic time everyone had!


It was energetic and I learned the basics of Salsa. I absolutely loved the session.
Shrinjan Ghosh, Sharada Mandir, Miramar
Cecille rocks and I had loads of fun. Looking forward to more workshops.
Tanisha Gudigar, Kendriya Vidyalaya, INS Mandovi
Cecille is my favourite dancer and it was fun dancing with her. She is also an inspiration to all moms. Thanks Navhind Times.
Geeta Singh, Sunshine Worldwide School, Old Goa
The workshop was awesome and I enjoyed a lot.
Shriya Tarcar, Mushtifund High School, Panaji
Fun, fun and fun.
Sabira, Our Lady of the Rosary, Dona Paula
Good workout, interesting moves and very enjoyable. Thanks to Navhind Times and Cecille and team.
Komal Manglorekar, People’s High School, Mala
I had an amazing time and didn’t even realise that three hours had passed. Thanks for this opportunity for dance lovers to get together and dance.

Sarah Gayle Fernandes, Bhatikar High School, Margao
It was a lively and fun-filled workshop. Cecille is an amazing choreographer. All the best Planet J.
Richa Kartik, Holy Family High School, Porvorim
The last time I danced was twelve years ago on the day of my wedding and today I had so much fun and relaxed after a long time.

Pranav Veluskar, Hedgewar High School, Cujira
It was excellent. I never thought I could dance but with Cecille’s instructions it all seemed so easy. We danced with a care and forget our age. It was superb.
Ibtisam Sheikh, King’s School, Margao
The workshop was fantabulous (fantastic and fabulous). Very well conducted and organised. For a person who danced for the first time, it was fun.
Sumeeta Kulkarni, Parent
Thanks Navhind Times and Cecille for a brilliant workshop that kept us ALIVE for three hours. Best time with my daughter on a Sunday.
Katrina Banaulikar, Parent
I have danced after 18 years and enjoyed a lot.
Bella Azavedo, Parent
It was wonderful doing Salsa, rock and roll and free style with Cecille.
Gautam Mangolrekar, Parent
Very nice workshop. Loved Cecille’s spirt and enthusiasm.
Lushan Fernandes, Parent