Kids’ Class: 5:30 – 6:20 pm
Adults’ Class: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood) is India’s—and the world’s—largest entertainment industry. Most Bollywood movies are musicals made up of elaborate dance sequences and original songs. Over the years, Bollywood films have developed their own style of song and dance, which derive from a Western influence on India’s many classical and folk styles. For example, it is not uncommon to find a fusion of Western forms of movement, like hip-hop, and classical Indian dance in a Bollywood routine.
Classes will begin with light stretching and a brief background and history of the song choice for the day. Since all Bollywood dance songs are essentially a story and our dance is in the form of storytelling, we will be focusing on using our body as words and our facial expressions to help illuminate these words.
Please come dressed in comfortable clothing (sweatpants/tights and T-shirts). I prefer to dance barefoot and you all are welcome to join me. If you prefer to wear shoes, please wear sneakers or tennis shoes. Don’t forget a bottle of water and your high energy!
Anisha is certain she was dancing before she learned how to walk. After an early introduction to Bollywood movies, Anisha began performing on stage to her favorite Bollywood songs by age 4. Around the same time, she was introduced to Garba, a traditional folk dance from Gujarat, India. Her obsession with all things filmi music and folkloric dance grew over the years. From ages 5-18, Anisha participated in numerous performances ranging from those at dance competitions to weddings. In her freshman year at the University of Florida, Anisha made the Gator Garba team, which placed first at the state collegiate competition. She was chosen as the team’s choreographer in her sophomore year, helping the team to bring home another state trophy.
Dance still plays a crucial part of Anisha’s life. By day, she works at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, but by night, you may find her either teaching a Bollywood dance class to her coworkers or learning a new form of dance from a range of studios in DC. Anisha believes that a good dancer is forever a student and that there is constant room for growth, whether it be from other forms of movement or her own students. She makes it a point to express that dance should always be inclusive—greeting all of her students with open arms and positive energy.