At Burlington Dance Center, dancers are trained in the art of ballet. We love any opportunity to enrich our dancers by exposing them to different styles of dance. I met Neelam Patel recently at a dance showcase at NC State University. My eye was immediately drawn to Ms. Patel and I was amazed with her style, energy, and passion for her craft. After the show I went up to her and introduced myself and asked her if she would like to do a master class. Ms. Patel excitedly agreed!
Bollywood, born out of the Hindi film industry in India, is a fusion of classic and traditional Indian dances with hip-hop, jazz, modern, salsa, folk, and a hint of belly dancing thrown in for good measure. It’s typically performed to Indian music and features sharp, controlled movements with high energy. Complex hand positions (mudras) and unique facial expressions (abhinaya) are often incorporated into a Bollywood dance.
Come out to learn the Bollywood basics including styles such as: Bhangra, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and Garba fused into a fun energetic routine as you get a glimpse of Indian culture while you’re at it!
When: Tuesday May 28th from 5:30pm -7:30pm
Who: Anyone who wants to learn this style of dance. This will be a high energy, fast paced class geared more toward the advanced/experienced dancers.
Where: Burlington Dance Center, 2052 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC
Wear: Leotard, tights, or loose fitting clothing is fine. Be comfortable. Shoes are optional.
How: Register online on our Registration Page and mail in payment. You may also register and pay the day of the master class. Class size is limited so register today.
(Ms. Patel will also have a Bollywood Camp June 10th-14th from 6:30-8:30 at Burlington Dance Center for $120)
Neelam is currently a student at North Carolina State University receiving her BS in Human Biology. Prior to graduating high school, Neelam was a part of Enloe’s Dance Ensemble, Payal Dance Academy, and studied Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and Jazz at Cary Ballet Conservatory. After completing her Bharatanatyam Arangetram under Guru Karnataka Kalashree Smt. Supriya Desai, at the age of 13, she began teaching Bollywood at Arya Dance Academy. Over the years, Neelam has choreographed and taught, Garba, Bhangra, Bollywood, Modern, Raas, Bharatanatyam, and some Latin styles. She is now the Captain and Co-founder of NCSU’s Bollywood-Fusion team, Nazaare, and a member of the NCSU Dance Company.