Bollywood Dance Classes in Kemps Corner Mumbai
Bollywood Dance Class in Mumbai
The term ‘Bollywood’ in dance covers almost any style of dance featured in Indian musical movies. Some of the numerous styles of dance featured in films, either in fusion form or in pure forms, include Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Garba & Bhangra as well as Belly-dance, Latin, Hip hop, Contemporary and Jazz just to name a few!
Bollywood dance itself is a style which encompasses all of these styles and more, as well as having its own unique flavour and merit.
Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. Bollywood Dancing is one of the hottest dances around! It is the foundation of every great Indian Bollywood Film. The dances are a fusion of traditional and classical indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Timing and Rhythm, energy, and sharp controlled expressive movements are the important elements of Bollywood Dancing!
Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Western dance styles, and incorporates many elements from the rest of the world as well. In modern Bollywood films, the musical numbers are often based on the Hip-Hop style of dance as well as other variations of Hip-Hop dance.
The Evolution of Bollywood Dance is a process that is entirely Indian and yet cross-cultural at the same time as the movements have become more bold & extroverted to capture the audience’s attention. After experimenting with Classical, Semi Classical, Folk, Cabaret & Disco styles of dance, came an era which introduced Bollywood Free Style of dancing which is a rage till date.
Bollywood dance moves have a character of their own. Whether performed against the backdrop of the countryside, in a discotheque, at home, on the streets or at a wedding celebration, they are awfully stylised and elaborate. These dance moves are a blend of various styles, ranging from belly-dancing, Kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, even Western erotic dancing.
Over the decades, Bollywood dance moves, which often have a bevy of background dancers to enhance the element of drama, have gained international appeal. Tied closely to politics, the Bollywood dance number was initially popular beyond India’s shores in countries such as the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.
Now Lets Tell You A Little About Fitness Benefits Of Bollywood Dancing
The Bollywood dance form requires movement according to the musical beats. When you first try it, it will be a little difficult, but as you practice it daily, your body will develop its natural rhythm. This improves the body’s ability to balance and co-ordinate. The fast, upbeat movements help to kick calories and also shed extra kilos.
The Bollywood dance form is a great form of aerobic exercise, as it involves lots of active and energetic movements. This helps in boosting oxygen supply, throughout the body. In fact, back in the 90s, the dance moves were usually modelled on aerobic movements like jumping jacks, toe touches, side to side lunging and so on.
Bollywood music is upbeat and jovial. This dance form leaves you exhausted but happy as well. The music and dance moves allow you to forget all your worries and problems, which helps to prevent stress.
The rigorous movements involved in this dance form help limber up the whole body. It also helps to keep joints well lubricated, which prevents arthritis.
Bollywood dance for fitness is like any other aerobic exercise form that needs commitment, consistency and progression. While it does satisfy your body’s cardio needs, it will not help strengthen your muscles for longevity, bone density improvement or long term weight control. For these benefits, which keep you safe from osteoporosis and several other lifestyle diseases, you will still need to add strength training to your fitness routine.
Apart From The Health benefits
Bollywood dance is about storytelling. The songs are from the movies and are there for a particular reason — for example, a celebration song, a seduction song, a love song, a song of sadness. So when you dance it out, you are dancing to the words and mood. Different songs are used at different occasions … there are tons of wedding songs, which you will hear being played at every Indian wedding!
How does it work?
The dancing itself is a fusion of all dance forms. It could be Indian classical, Indian folk dance, belly dancing, jazz, hip hop and everything else you can imagine. Bollywood is all about fantasy and glamour and there really are no limits to the creativity (or cheesiness).
Why is it good for you?
Bollywood dance is a fantastic workout. It’s upbeat, energetic and gets a sweat happening pretty fast. It’s also so much fun and makes you laugh.
Who can do it?
Anyone can do Bollywood dance. As it is a fusion, there are a lot of steps which are quite universal, then we just add in the Bollywood touch of Indian hands or the eyes. At the beginner level, it is a very simple dance style to learn
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About Swetha Jairam
Swetha Jairam is one of the most sought out after Zumba Fitness Professional in Mumbai. Academically, she is a Graduate in Life Science and Biochemistry as a double major with Honors and a Masters in Psychology. She’s also an Indian Classical Dancer and has her roots in western forms of dance as well.