Bollywood is a theatrical Indian dance style that combines elements of numerous other styles, including Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Garba, Bhangra, belly-dancing, Indian folk dancing, and jazz. When performing Bollywood dancing, timing, energy, rhythm, and sharp controlled movements are important elements. Specific hand movements are used as a form of sign language in depicting stories and demonstrating themes of life. Movements of the neck in multiple directions, known as “the pigeon head”, is used to add fluidity to the movements and aids in creating strong facial expressions. With respect to footwork, dancers use flat, flexed feet. The bounce that is often seen in Bollywood dance is also known as the chicken step and it is a prominent characteristic of the dance form. Traditional Bollywood costumes involve the use of bells around the ankles called a Ghunghroo. Some dancers can have up to 100 bells tied onto their costumes. The use of elaborate and extravagant jewelry is used to further accentuate the elegance of the Indian culture.
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Shiamak Davar International (SHIAMAK Toronto); Joy of Dance Centre & Teachers College; Tarana Dance Company; danceShala
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Shiamak Davar International (SHIAMAK Toronto)16 Yonge St.Toronto, ON M5E 2A1
Joy of Dance Centre & Teachers College95 Danforth AveToronto, ON M4K 1N2
Tarana Dance Company589 Middlefield Rd.Scarborough, ON M1V 4Y6
danceShala808 Britannania Rd. W.Mississauga, ON L5V 0A7
Hershey Centre5500 Rose Cherry PlMississauga, ON L4Z 4B6
Orchid Nightclub82 Peter StToronto, ON M5V 2G5
Dance TEQ Centre226 Queen Street WestToronto, ON M5T 1V5
Mississauga Celebration Square300 City Centre DrMississauga, ON L5B 2G6
C Banquets300 City Centre DrMississauga, ON L5B 3C1
Michael Power St Joseph105 Eringate DriveEtobicoke, ON M9C 3Z8
Chandni Convention Centre & Gateway5 Gateway BlvdBrampton, ON L6T 4X2
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