MA from Fontys School of applied Arts, Netherlands
Founder/ artistic director - Soul feet
As Bollywood dance is more focused on choreography, this online course has been planned as a short course of 4 weeks. In this span of 4 weeks, the students will learn 2 short choreographies (Approx 1.5 min each) on 2 songs of their choice or as recommended by the teacher. Each class is of 60 minutes and the class would be consisting of 4 segments:
Short warm-up (5 - 10 min): The warm-up would include light exercises to loosen up the different body parts, some stretches, and body isolation movements.
Dance technique: (10-15 min): In this segment, the student would be introduced to a few technicalities of dance that are commonly used in Bollywood dancing. Through Bollywood dance is a more freestyle dance, it is important to learn the correct technique in order to achieve a graceful finishing of the steps. The students would learn variations in footwork, formations of hand gestures, hip isolation movements, and coordination between hands and feet.
Choreography (30 min): This segment would hold the major focus of the class, as choreography is the core of Bollywood dancing. Students would be taught rhythmical dance steps that compliment and reflect the lyrics of the chosen song. Students would be given an understanding of how the dance technique that has been introduced to them can be applied to choreography. This segment would involve a lot of movement, energy, expression, and of course a lot of fun!
Closing (5min): The last min of the class would be allotted to finishing movements, revision, or discussion of doubts that are raised by the student. An edited audio track of the chosen song would be provided to the student at the end of the course.
About the teacher: Parijat Naik is a Choreographer and performer based in Mumbai, currently residing in the Netherlands. She is the founder of a dance company headquartered in Mumbai, India. For the past 10 years, she has been choreographing and performing at various festivals and concerts all over India and in countries like Sweden, Hong Kong, and China. She has also conducted workshops in The Netherlands, France, and Singapore. She has choreographed and performed at the famous Kala Ghoda festival, Mumbai, and also choreographed and conducted dance workshops for corporate companies such as BNP Paribas, HDFC, L&T, Phillips, Accenture, Rotary club. Soul Feet dance company's choreography has been telecasted on television channels such as Colours tv, Sony pal, and Doordarshan. For the past 8 years, Soul Feet has been the leading dance troupe for the famous "Bollywood tours" that mark the character of Bollywood tourism in Mumbai. Her artistic practice has a strong focus on storytelling, culture, and non-verbal communication. In her works, she constantly tries to incorporate innovative methods and strongly believes that art is a participatory and collective experience. Given her background in Architecture and recent research-based Masters in Performing Arts at Fontys University in The Netherlands, she is committed to continuing research in finding methods to redefine the position of traditional classical and folk dance in modern society.
The benefit of this online course would be that you would learn Bollywood dance to enjoy and this course will help you feel fit and refreshed, but at the same time get acquainted with dance techniques and basic principles of body movement. The student would have a short choreography ready and would be in a position to practice or perform this dance on any occasion in the future.The other benefits also involve body awareness, developing coordination between the different limbs, gaining confidence, improving body posture and developing an integration of the body and mind. An edited audio track of the chosen song would be provided to the student at the end of the course.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the short duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more. The main advantage for students enrolling on Ipassio is the online platform that has become so important and relevant in todays time. The student is able to join from his/ her own space and saves a lot of time and energy in travelling. Ipassio facilitates personal attention and hence it becomes easier and also quicker for the student to cover up the larger portion of learning.
For Beginner level - No prerequisites. For Intermediate level - Prior experience in dance and a sense of rhythm is recommended.