Sheila Gawthorne is a trained Bharata Natyam (Indian Classical Dance) dancer with 30 years experience teaching and performing dance.
A secondary school teacher, she studied under Dr Chandrabhanu making her Arengetram (graduation) in 1978 and continued her studies in India incorporating Manipuri, Kathak and Satriya styles in her Classical Indian repertoire. She has performed on Doordarshan TV in India.
She has also taught and performed belly dance and studied a wide range of other dance genres. Her family was resident in India for more than 100 years.
She was married to an Indian Film actor which afforded her a unique insight into the Bollywood movie industry. She has also appeared as a movie extra.
Liz Cahalan grew up studying ballet but became entranced by Bollywood. Her enthusiastic delight comes through in her performances, and she is also a natural teacher. She is a regular Fringe performer and the director of Bey Dance, pop diva inspired dance classes.
Aakash Somani has danced with professional Bollywood shows worldwide (Bangalore, London, Rome and now Melbourne). Bollywood comes very naturally to him which shows in his effortless and total masala bollywood style of dancing.
B DanceS commenced classes in April 2006. We have a performing group which dances for Corporate, Community and Private functions – contact us if you are planning a Bollywood Event!
We are looking for dancers interested in performing
We can host one-off classes as a fun introduction to Bollywood dance – eg. We recently finished off a teaching in-service with an hour of dance … it was a riot!!
If you are hosting a Bollywood-theme-party we could do a 20 minute introduction to some steps to set the mood. We can teach in schools – as part of an activities program or as a one-off. We conducted the Education Programme for “Cinema India” and in 2015 for the South East Asian Art Programme at the National Gallery of Victoria. And we have choreographed items for Schools Annual Concerts.
The Bollywood Dance School choreographed the dance sequences for “Perfume Garden” “Call Girl the Musical” and “Elephant Princess” for Channel 10. And we entertained the Copper Mines of Tasmania Diwali Functions for 4 years, in Queenstown Tasmania. In 2013, we choreographed and performed in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala with comedian Dave Callan and band The Bombay Royale.
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