First Dance Studio to be registered

There is potential for a career in dancing in Bhutan, and this would be one career where there are no Monday blues

With dance getting increasingly popular among the younger generation, Thimphu will be getting its first-ever dance studio in the country.

Gokab, a youth group comprising mostly dance enthusiasts, has been growing in number of members since its inception in 2015. Though Gokab dance studio was initiated in 2016, they are planning to formally register as the first dance studio in the country.

Talking to Business Bhutan, the mentor of Gokab, Dr. Tregxel Tenzin Dorji, who is also a dental surgeon at Paro Hospital, said that there are lots of children who are keen on the art of dance.

However, the main reason for coming up with a dance studio was because how children made the best use of tinted glasses of shops and hotels for dance practice. “But we have seen how these children were treated as miscreants and chased away by the securities, disturbed by the real miscreants and also the weather,” he said.

“So we decided that there was a need for a clean place which is apt for these aspiring artists where they could come and perfect their skills and share, and learn from one another,” said Dr. Tregxel Tenzin Dorji.

He also said that the importance of a private space to gather and practice was felt, which led to renting a space on a floor above Jichu Drakery Bakery. “We converted this space into a a dance space where numerous performances and fund raising was carried out to keep that space,” he said.

However, last year, Gokab was offered a well equipped space at a minimal rent which is now the Gokab dance studio run by two dance scholarship recipients. The other dancers help in keeping the space clean, shiny and running.

Talking about how dance has evolved in Bhutan over the years, Dr. Tregxel Tenzin Dorji said that Gokab has already achieved heights which they thought would take more than a decade to achieve.

“The talents are genuine and raw,” he said.

Gokab has already represented Bhutan in India and Nepal, and very recently in Taiwan for the Youth Olympics where the Gokab dancers ranked 26th. To enhance their skills in this modern art form and also to learn the skills to teach this art form, Gokab sent two youths on a year scholarship to Delhi and one to Thailand. Plans are on to send two more youths to Mumbai for a three-month course.

Lucky Wangmo from Thimphu