Bollywood Dance

Bollywood Dance Classes in Chandigarh and Mohali

The Bollywood dance style is a blend of various dance forms, such as Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, Kathak, Bhangra, Jazz, Hip-hop, Arabic, western dance, etc. The main elements of Bollywood dance is dance itself and expressions. These two factors grab everybody’s attention and these are the basic elements to make the dance art strong.
Dance is an expression that goes beyond words, a piece of creativity that directly pulls your heart directly! Over the years Bollywood has, come up with its own unique dance form. From Bhagwan Dada’s silk and smooth dance movements to Hrithik Roshan’s classic moves, Bollywood dance, which has been taken from India’s many dance forms. Bollywood dance form has put India on the global dance stage too. According to Times, Bollywood dancing has evolved over the years and grown to another level at international level.
While it might not seem like it’s today, but Bollywood is making dance creations out from various dance forms. We cannot even absolutely deny the fact that Bollywood dance has been influenced by Western culture in Indian cinemas. The very first hit dance number in India by ‘Sitara Devi’ from 1942 film ‘Roti’ was as amazing hit number as spreads in India at that time like fire spreading in forest.

Longinus Fernandes, Choreographer who was praised for his work in the Oscar-winning film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s closing credit song, describes that how, “Bollywood has derived from two short sentences;  Bombay the city of dreams, and Hollywood the land of films; till now it is known for the amalgamation of the best. We have come across to fascinating fusion of many folk and classical dances in Bollywood  with elements of jazz, hip-hop, aerobic and Latin such as Jhalla Wallah, Din Shagna Da, Jugni, Pallo Latke etc.

Earlier Bollywood classics were purely based on classical and folk dances from various corners of India, like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Bhangra to name a few. Heroines like Helen, Geetanjali, Mahipal, Sandhya, and, with their outstanding energy in performances use to mesmerise the audience. The first fully choreographed movie was ‘Kalpana’ film in 1948. In 1951, Mr Raj Kapoor, the showman gave Indian cinema a different height and showed us that songs can also look larger-than-life in dream sequences, and he did a brilliant job of filling in songs very evocatively in the black-and-white era.

Song naming ‘Ghar aaya mera pardesi’, he proved that Nargis can move her feet to the beat. In the ’60s, Shammi Kapoor was the man who changed the dimension of dance with his unconventional style. Shammi Kapoor had a swanky way dancing style that looked mesmerising.  As time passed, people like Bhagwan dada and V Shantaram, designed dances and made animals move in sync with song. Soon after that Cabaret was replaced by disco, and when we talk of disco, Mithun Chakraborty  is the first name that comes in everybody’s mind, who stole the show. Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in song, ‘Ye Saara Jamana’ ,  had his own charm. In the ’80s we got all in one another sensation called Govinda. He actually took the entire nation towards freestyle dancing and dancing for the masses is all about. In the new era, we have Hrithik Roshan, who dances as smooth as feather. His every move is what people die for. Bollywood is blessed with razor-sharp dancers such as Tiger Shroff.

From past years dance has changed a lot in terms of the dances as whole, the technique, and style of filming songs makes it look very eye-pleasing.

Famous Bollywood Choreographers

Choreography is not a field of fame. It’s one of the demanding job, and one that is largely out of the public scrutiny and glare.  But one must never forget that the actors and actresses do not just get in front of the camera and dance spontaneously. Someone has to create the number.
The Indian film industry has been honoured with many great talents in the past.  Some notables were, B. “), Lachhu Maharaj (“Mahal”, “Pakeezah”, “Moghul-e-Azam”), Sohanlal (“Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam”, “Jewel Thief”, Chaudhvin ka ChandChiman Seth (“Mother India”), Krishna Kumar (“Awaara”, “Madosh”, “Andaaz”) and a host of others.
Today there are a uncountable choreographers who continue this tradition.  Some who come to mind are, Saroj Khan (“Baazigar”, “Soldier”, “Veer Zara”), Ahmed Khan (“Rangeela”, Pardes, Mere Yaar ki Shadi Hai”), Shiamak Davar (“Taal”, “Bunty aur Bubli”, Dil to Paagal Hai”) Raju Khan (“Lagaan”, Krrish), Vaibhavi Merchant (“Dhoom”, “Swadesh”, “Rang de Basanti”), or Farah Khan (“Kabhi Khush Kabhi Gham”, “Monsoon Wedding”, “Dil Chahta Hai”)Remo (“Jo Bole So Nihal”, “Pyar ke Side Effects”, “Waqt”).

Romantic Numbers and Duets

Bollywood’s film would be incomplete without a song and dance between the hero and heroine. A matter of fact, Bollywood films are incomplete without MANY songs and dances between the hero and heroine.  Songs may include the playful numbers, romantic numbers, and the longing / sad numbers.  One may also find songs about holidays, (e.g., Holi), Mother India, the moon, or other topics; but these are far less common. The romantic number has been the limelight of the Hindi film since the first talkies.
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