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Bollywood Performance and Dance Along @ Laura's

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Agni Dance Company will bring an entertaining performance involving color and energy from Indian. After the performance, stay for a Dance Along. Recommended for ages 3 & up.

Bollywood dance may seem like the latest craze, appearing to mainstream audiences after the release of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.  But this dance form has been evolving over the last century in the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai.  Innovative choreographers have been combining classical and folk Indian styles with disco, jazz, and jive.  At cultural events across North America, South Asians have borrowed the movement from the screen and combined them with styles they have learned in the diaspora: hip hop, salsa, and modern.  Bollywood is an eclectic style with a distinctly global flair--Bollywood dance is for everyone!

Agni Dance Company is the pioneer Bollywood dance company in Austin.  Starting in 2007 as a small group of dancers, the dance ensemble now features 35+ dancers that have performed at major venues, various festivals, musicals, schools, corporations , studios and private events.  The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk styles such as garba and bhangra, classical techniques such as kathak and Bharatanatyam, to shoulder-shimmying feel-good medleys, and poetic interpretations of sufi music.