Bollywood


The Term “Bollywood”

The term Bollywood was created by combining two names, Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood. Bollywood based in Mumbai (Bombay), is India’s – and the world’s – largest film industry in terms of the number of films produced, and also the number of tickets sold each year. In fact, Bollywood has become so internationally ubiquitous that it now has it’s own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary!

A True East-West Fusion Dance Style

The highlight of Bollywood movies are elaborate dance sequences and original soundtracks. Over the years Bollywood movies have developed their own signature style of song and dance, which combines the rich texture of India’s many classical and folk dances, fused with elements of Jazz, Hip – Hop, Arabic and Latin Forms.

What will you learn?

The Bollywood classes will focus on various different types of music from Bollywood movies. This could encompass songs from the 50’s and 60’s or todays blockbusters. Most classes will be focusing on ‘item numbers’ which are usually the most popular song from any given movie.

You will learn steps and technique through choreography as well as how to express yourself in the dance. Bollywood is very action focused with a story being told with each song. This can make it difficult for non-hindu speakers to choreograph effectively as occasionally, the expression and attitude is lacking. Having grown up with Bollywood and the language, I can assure you my classes will have this element covered!

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