Bollywood Australia is the creation, vision, heart and soul of Kamala Shakti, Principal Choreographer and Teacher, and Shanti Gowans, Artistic Director.
Bollywood Australia’s leading choreographer Kamala Shakti has been conducting schools of Indian Dance in Sydney, Melbourne and for the past fourteen years in Brisbane. Currently running extremely successful Bollywood dance courses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Kamala is delighted with the growing number of people coming to her classes, as the popularity of this unique dance form continues to grow. "Every term sees more dancers from our classes joining our performance group. They love the dance style, they stay with the dance and then can't wait to perform it. This is the way dance should be. It makes me happy" says Kamala.
Having trained in the traditional dance styles from an early age under the most famous dance gurus in India, Kamala extended her skills and repertoire to include Bollywood dance with western hip hop beats, funk, latin and jazz. This cross-over music and dance has resulted in an energetic and vibrant dance form that appeals to composers, choreographers and dancers, excited by and attracted to newly evolving dance and music styles beyond their traditional experience.
Don’t miss this unique and intimate opportunity to learn a Bollywood dance with Kamala. Click here for class details on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
Shanti Gowans embarked on a journey of dance and yoga from early childhood in India, unlocking their mysteries and discovering their common origins. Having moved to Melbourne Australia, in 1972, she continued teaching the disciplines alongside each other, creating a powerful, experiential lifelong learning process. Since moving to the Gold Coast in 1995, Shantiji’s Bollywood Australia students were fascinated and absorbed by the intercultural communication of Bollywood Dance and Yoga. These two traditions are very complimentary and essential to one another. The exacting hand gestures, foot work, postures and movements of Indian dance are best achieved through yogic concentration. And now through the popularity of Bollywood in Australia, Shanti and the students are learning and growing together enjoying the love of dance and yoga bringing about a healthy yoga and glamorous dance lifestyle for all.
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Nietzsche
Bollywood Australia is the leading private provider for Bollywood and Classical Indian dance training in Queensland. As a fee for service school, receiving no funding from government, Bollywood Australia has survived and grown solely on the basis of student fees. The fact that our tuition fees represent a lower dollar per training hour rate than our competitors, underpins the philosophy of the school to provide quality training, accessible to all. Research from our students indicate that their reasons for choosing the school were the reputation for quality training, direct referral from industry, individual development, numbers and the non-institutional environment. The school stands by it's commitment to quality over quantity through maintaining the best training and support available.
"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athelete of God."
Bollywood Australia has been producing events and programs bridging traditional and contemporary cultures, providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to collaborate on performances, audio and video recordings as well as creating the opportunity for cross-generational dialogue. Bollywood Australia is particularly interested in encouraging projects that converge artists and performers working in new media and emergent technologies with the traditional arts. It is the intent of Bollywood Australia to reach a large number of audiences in order to expose the public to the rich legacy of world cultures and their relevance to modern artists and performers.
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