The Bollywood Dance Club at Brock University is entering its second year with a collaboration with BUSU, along with some changes regarding who can teach choreography in their workshops.
“[We aim] promote and teach various South Asian dances, ranging from Bollywood fusion to classical, through a series of events and workshops,” said Sharavi Sinha, club president. “We also aim to provide a fun and inclusive environment for all types of learners, from beginners to advanced.”
The club was founded in 2020, so it has not yet held an in-person workshop. As they eagerly await the opportunity to step into the dance studio, students can still join their weekly workshops online.
During these workshops, participants will learn Bollywood choreography which is inclusive at all levels as beginners and advanced dancers are in the same group. The choreography remains balanced to adapt to everyone’s rhythm. The main aim of the club is to allow everyone who comes to enjoy their time and have fun, without it feeling competitive. The workshops consist of catchy and popular Bollywood songs that will get your heart pumping.
“We want to show Brock that anyone can join the Bollywood Dance Club, you don’t have to be Indian, South Asian, you can come from anywhere and we are open to teach anyone. everyone,” said Arvith Jhirad, vice-president of the club.
New this year is that non-executive team members can give a workshop. Last year, executives were the only teachers, but now they have introduced a member interest form for anyone interested in choreographing a workshop. Executives will begin teaching at the start of the year, but will then transition to this new model of teaching.
“You don’t need to understand the language to be able to enjoy the music, it’s a good way to introduce yourself to Indian music,” Jhirad said.
The club will be filming their new intro video throughout October. Last year, the management team was in different countries, so they took the opportunity to make the intro video a demonstration of dancing around the world. This year they plan to welcome everyone to campus and do a different intro video.
The club is currently collaborating with BUSU to film a special promotion; if you walk around campus, you might find the management team ready with a musical speaker filming on campus.
“Growing up, I heard the term ABCD which means anyone can dance. We want to try to get everyone on campus dancing. Everyone is finally back, so we are approaching people ourselves, we want to talk to students who wouldn’t normally join our club,” Jhirad said.
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