Bhangra + Giddha (all levels)
From the fields of Panjab to the dance floors of Portland?! Thanks to the infectious beat of the dhol drum the Panjabi folk dances bhangra & giddha have been a making inroads on to American dance floors over the last several decades. Originating as a male harvest dance, Bhangra is from the state of Panjab which resides in both India and Pakistan. Giddha is the traditional women's dance. Moves from both dances will be taught in these classes. Instructor Anjali Hursh, better known to Portland as "DJ Anjali" has been DJing and dancing bhangra and giddha for more than a decade and is finally moving her dance classes out of the night club, and into the dance studio. These days you don't have to be Panjabi farmer to take part in the fun. From South Asian weddings to nightclubs worldwide, bhangra's energizing beat is taking over the world. These are high energy folk dances. No partner is required. Bare feet are encouraged.
Bollywood Dance is a fusion of different dance forms including: Hip-hop, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Indian Classical, Indian Folk, Bhangra and everything else you can imagine. It is a great way to have fun while getting a good workout. Students of all ages and all fitness levels are welcome to join this class seeing as the tendency to enjoy this upbeat, energetic dance is universal. Bollywood is also a very simple dance style to learn, again making it the perfect dance for any age. Bollywood dance is definitely the most fun way to get fit as it provides a workout that is much more fun than the tread mill, hands down. Or should we say, hands up and waving like mad!
This class is taught in choreography form, so you'll learn a progressive routine which helps you develop muscle memory and gives you something specific to practice at home or at Bollywood events! Anjali, being the renown DJ that she is, will no doubt have a sweet sweet tune for your choreo. Enjoy!!!!
BOLLYWOOD/bhangra sampler WORKSHOP (BEGINNING) W/ANJALI
TBA SAT 12-2 $25 online ($30 in studio) per person
Welcome to the beautiful world of Bollywood! And Bhangra! Finally a sampler workshop that compares and contrasts these two beautiful dances.
Bollywood is a fusion of different dance forms including: Hip-hop, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Indian Classical, Indian Folk, Bhangra and everything else you can imagine. Bhangra is a more traditional (although still very contemporary) field dance from the Panjab region of India and Pakistan. Both Bhangra and Bollywood are fun, fascinating, and rich cultural art-forms that have narratives steeped in traditional Indian dance history.
All experience levels welcome and encouraged!
Drop In - $15
4 class pass - $50 online, $55 in studio - expires 30 days from activation
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