Jan 31 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
A TALENTED dancer has made an outstanding impression on national television show, Got To Dance securing her dance group a place in the shortlist round.
Pinner born and bred, Rakhee Visavadia, 23, joined the show with her dance group, Gaana Rajas, a group of 10 friends all in their 20s who perform Gaana – an energetic style of dance which originates from India.
The UCL final year medical student said: “I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. Me and my friends used to watch Bollywood films and dance to the music and songs in them.
“Recently I have been doing much more street dance style and breakdancing mixed with Bollywood. My group’s style is called Gaana, it’s based on power and percussion beats which gives us lots of flexibility to create our moves.
“Our style of dancing is quite unique so we just hope all of the judges like it.”
Rakhee went to Cannons Lane primary School, Cannonbury Avenue, Pinner, then St Helen’s School, Eastbury Road, Northwood, before continuing her studies at North London Collegiate, Canons Drive, Edgware.
The Gaana Rajas all know each from childhood or through university, yet formed just six months ago.
Rakhee said: “It’s getting quite tense for me as I am in my final year of medical school, but I still find time to dance, it’s all about time management.
“I am so pleased to have got through, I just hope we go all the way.”
Got to Dance is a dancing talent show with celebrity judges, Aston Merrygold from boyband JLS, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, and Britain’s Got Talent winner, Ashley Banjo, of Diversity dance troupe. The best new dance act will win £250,000.
Rakhee added: “We would love it if we won that money, it’s a large sum so we would want to think carefully about what we do with it, maybe put some of it into the group and expand our dancing.”
The Gaana Rajas’ performance was aired on Sky 1 on Sunday, January 27, and they are waiting to hear if they have made it to the semi-final, which is on Wednesday, February 6, at 6pm.
A public vote will decide the 10 finalists to fight for the prize in front of a 6,000 audience at Kensington Olympia on Sunday, March 17.