The beauty of Bollywood is that anyone can learn how to do it. From 3 to 60 plus Bollywood is an all inclusive dance style.
At BAC the Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing boasts an exciting range of courses ranging from modern Bollywood to upbeat Bhangra right through to traditional Classical for Kids and adults and Bollywood Zumba.
Launched in September 2006 by Krisha Jilson Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing offers all inclusive dance classes.
We asked Krisha more about her love and experience with Bollywood dancing…
Why did you start teaching Bollywood dancing?
I wanted to share my passion of dancing and introduce many Canberrans to the joy of Bollywood dancing, hence started I ‘Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing’ eleven years ago. I have been teaching Bollywood to the community for many many years before establishing the school in Canberra. I learnt the Indian classical style of dancing called ‘bharathanatyam’ from the age of six. The classical background helps me to choreograph the steps and teach students about posture and the technique. I have organised and performed at many events which involved captivating choreography with a combination of both classical and modern Bollywood art styles. It’s a great stress reliever for me and I look forward to the classes after a busy day at work. It makes me keep fit and active.
Embracing the schools motto “Dancing is good for your bones” I was determined to introduce as many people as possible to the fun of Bollywood dancing. I want my students to have a smile and sense of satisfaction when they come to my classes, but most of all to have had fun while getting a good workout.
What do you love about Bollywood dancing?
Bollywood music has such a variety and you don’t get bored. I have students who have been with the school for many years and each term they are so excited to learn new dance routines to the latest hits. The Bollywood music industry keeps producing great songs and students fall in love with the music the very first time they hear it! It’s a fun and enjoyable dance style. If you have not danced before then Bollywood is for you. The steps are easy and everyone has their individual style of dancing.
Everyone has their own style and that is the beauty of Bollywood dancing. If you don’t like going to the gym then try a Bollywood class. And if you can practice the dance learnt at class for 1 hour each day at home that will give you a good work out! We offer a variety of Bollywood dance styles such as modern Bollywood, Bhangara, Bollywood hip hop, Bollywood salsa, Semi classical. So there are classes for everyone.
What are the benefits of Bollywood dancing?
Bollywood dancing is a high energy style that uses the left and right brain function, Overcomes coordination problems, improves balance and improves bones density. It is so much fun, silly, sexy and totally engrossing you won’t even know it’s doing you good. The school’s focus is on fun group lessons with dance routines choreographed to suit all participants. Students who join our school do so to keep fit and healthy, to De-Stress after work and have fun with a group of friends. We have a lot of older and youngsters who attend classes as it is an excellent fitness regime; this dance style uses all your body parts from the head to toe. So you are getting a good work out!
Not only that, dancing has a profound influence in mood, potentially elevating the positive aspects of mood such as excitement and happiness and reducing depression, fatigue and tension. Dancing offers distraction from stressful life circumstances and prevailing worries provides an outlet for venting frustration and an avenue for creative expression. Music and dancing together creates a vibrant atmosphere. It is a therapeutic option for so many people from all walks of life. It’s a great way to keep fit and healthy.
What is your dancing highlight so far?
The school is proud to provide opportunities to students by involving them in opening ceremonies, fashion shows, media launches right through to participating at stage shows such as end of year productions and multicultural festival shows.
We have many highlights, such as the 2016 Australian Capital Territory Centenary Multicultural Award finalist, First dance school to dance inside a Qantas Plane, perform at a Raiders home game and our dancers were part of a local Bollywood movie called Salt Bridge.
Also, I was awarded Australian of the Day in 2016 for community service thru the school.
How has Bollywood affected your life?
The music and the challenge to choreograph! 1000 of movies are released every year in Bollywood and the variety is so much that it’s hard to keep up or have too many choices when it comes to picking songs to teach at class.
The songs are totally awesome that you got to come up with new choreography and that’s what I like about Bollywood. I love to choreograph the moves to latest songs and bring out the best moves out of my students. While choreographing the moves I make sure the students are getting a good work out. I feel happy that I am able to promote active lifestyle for various age group from 4 to 60 plus and helping Canberra to be a fit and healthy community.
The costumes are another integral part of Bollywood dancing. At the end of each term the students get the opportunity to borrow the school costumes and have a fun class dressing up and performing. Each year the school has an annual end of year concert and my students love to dress up just as they see it on the screen.
Are there different styles of Bollywood?
Yes, we offer a variety of Bollywood dance styles such as modern Bollywood, Bhangara, Bollywood hip hop, Bollywood Salsa, Semi classical. So there are classes for everyone.
What is the most rewarding thing about teaching Bollywood?
Seeing beautiful smiles on my students. We have students ranging from in age from 4 to 60 plus, in all shapes and sizes and from much cultural background. We have ladies over 50 years who have not got on a stage to perform and they are given an opportunity to perform at our mega annual Bollywood concerts and productions which are held every year in a theatre.
Classes are held at Belconnen art Centre for Adults, tiny tots and juniors. You can even trial your 1st class for free. Contact the school to reserve a spot on firstname.lastname@example.org