Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe 2015

Bollywood Flashmob, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015

0 Comments 23 February 2015

You might think Bollywood dancing means a large number of dancers in perfect coordination, ornate costumes and upbeat exotic music. You may have seen some Bollywood dance clips on YouTube. But what if people gather out of nowhere and suddenly start Bollywood dancing at Rundle Mall?

Bollywood Flashmob is a 90-minute dance class where you can learn classic Bollywood moves in a relaxed atmosphere. Participants also have a chance to perform the coordinated dance as a flashmob towards the end of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The class is held at an exotic studio hall at Belly Dance Academy of Nayima Hassan: golden cloths are hanging from the ceiling and colourful belly dance jingle scarves are displayed on the shelf. You will learn dance steps to uplifting music, including the well-known ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire. Choreography is dynamic and fun, featuring some of the typical moves you may have seen in Bollywood movies. Still the moves are simple and repetitive enough that beginners can memorise them on the spot.

In Bollywood dancing, the instructor Francesca McMillan from Fusion Beats Bollywood says it’s all about having fun. She doesn’t force participants to perfectly master the choreography. “If you forget everything, just bounce.” Participants howl with laughter, and she shows the basic up and down movement with her hands up in the air.

McMillan gives names to some movements so people can remember them: “Grease, grease, wash your hair, wash your hair.” There are not many complicated dance techniques involved, so it is suitable for people at any level. About 20 people joined the class, with the age of participants varying from little kids to adults. In this relaxed atmosphere, you will enjoy the vibe of dancing together like in a Bollywood movie. It is a fun event for families and friends who want to get good exercise and cultural experience at the same time.

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