Saturday 9:45am - 10:30am | 8 weeks
Amos Hall | $80
Bollywood dance moves are now a familiar sight on Western TV and cinema screens. The term Bollywood is coined as a tribute to largest movie industry in the World. Mumbai based Hindi film Industry produces more than double the amount of Hollywood films per year. Most movies are larger-than-life escapism musicals with main characters bursting into a song and dance at every given opportunity.
Bollywood dance is a highly enjoyable, unique dance style with an amalgamation of symbolism of the gestures, footwork and costumes drawn from classical and folk Indian dance styles, such as Bhangra, garba, kathak, Bharatnatyam, etc from various regions of India. Modern dance steps also include hip hop, jazz, latino and Arabic influence. This easy to enjoy dance form has dramatic facial expressions and cinematic pizzazz and usually tells a story. The use of vibrant colours, intoxicating music and dramatic but poignant story line makes viewing of Bollywood dance almost hypnotic in nature.
And good news is its not as tough as it looks!! Anyone can learn Bollywood dancing. The only pre-requisite is that you are open to having fun and letting go.
Wear exercise gear or comfortable clothing.
Teenagers are more than welcome to attend with a parent or carer who has also enrolled in class.
Your Tutor - Kajal Thaker
Kajal is a professional Bollywood dancer who has been a backup dancer hit Bollywood movies from 1994-1998. She is a Science Graduate with another Degree in Psychology and ended up working as an IT Professional for past decade. But her true passion is expression of self through body movements. A pathologically quiet and shy kid, she could not stop her body responding to the beats of catchy Bollywood music. So she enrolled for Shaimak Daavar dance classes - one of the most famous Bollywood choreographer and Dance teacher in India. This, she believes, was a great turning point in her life. Not only did she have incredible fun but she also gained amazing amount of self confidence. She has choreographed, participated and won many dance competitions throughout India. She has participated and choreographed many dance shows in Adelaide and Melbourne. She currently teaches Bollywood dance and Yoga for absolute beginners and kids from her home studio in Kenmore.
She is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Kenmore Community Education team and looks forward to start the New Year with a great big Thumka (Bollywood dance move).
We think she's pretty wonderful too!