Bollywood Dance – A Cultural Confluence, A Celebration

Bollywood Dance – A Cultural Confluence, A Celebration

Bollywood Dance Performance Assembly
Upbeat, high-energy dancing! Exciting student participation! “Bollywood Dance – A Cultural Confluence, A Celebration” is an educational and exciting exploration of the movie entertainment industry of India. We present an engaging, interactive showcase with fully customizable durations that last a single grade-level performance or a full day of “informance’ style experiences.

The show begins with an attractive surprise dance entrance by our artists dressed in colorful attire, and students are engaged from the beginning! With opportunities to sing, clap along, stomp, and shake, students enjoy learning about the music and dance moves that represent the enhancing blend of modern meeting the traditional. They then learn more with hands-on time. Emphasis is placed on the authentic flavor of the steps and the hallmarks of the dance based on the cultural significance and its lyrical context.

Students discover why this pan-India Dance industry has become a popular entertainment form, spawning a whole exercise and dance phenomenon worldwide and even a musical song bagging an Oscar Award in 2023! Students may also see how Bollywood weaves pop world dance elements into its frame, thus being a confluence of cultures. With catchy music that offers a glimpse of a diverse sub-continent’s modern and traditional sides, our teachers keep them engaged throughout with a swift pace and quality fun learning time. Bollywood Dance Showcase Assemblies broadens students’ understanding of our increasingly interdependent and diverse global world and encourages them to embrace a life of assimilation, sharing, identity, and community, while at the same time being a great fitness workout and FUN. The show culminates with a surprise teacher participation twist – fun and exciting for staff and students alike! Watch excerpts on this Video Playlist:

Artist Background

Priya Chellani is an international dance tutor, choreographer/ producer of 30 years. A former dance finalist of India in 90’s, Priya hails from the city of Bollywood cinema: Mumbai, India’s entertainment capital, where she captained her winning University dance team, studied under a stalwart classical dance director of the movie industry, directed a thriving academy for 15 years, choreographed for upcoming stars, and created prize-winning student entries for reality TV. Migrating offshore to global destination Dubai, she served a multitude of cultures, collaborating with international event and educational organizations, major fashion brands, government entities, and corporate chains. As a teaching artist later in New Zealand, she continued similar liaisons, represented by students at diversity workshops & cultural festivals, served as a judge on university dance competitions, interfaced with retail, hospitality, fitness & education. From 2013 to date, Priya has brought the genre to the Raleigh region with a prolific presence at the area’s multicultural events, including her popular workout model for corporate employees of CiSCO, Lenovo, NetApp. She partners with Parks & Recreations in the Triangle to keep her lessons accessible to diverse communities and provides coaching & edutainment services to public attractions, trade, weddings & ceremonies.

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