Buffalo's first authentic bollywood dance classes open to community members. Devi had a vision that the art of Indian dance should be embraced and taught to everyone. Founded in 2013, Devi Bollywood Dance offers classes for all skill levels. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned dancer, who is looking to learn a new style or improve and develop your technique, we have something for you. Every class includes a dance warm up and yoga postures to cool down.
Born in Guyana, South America and originally from Bronx, NY, Gaitrie is a Buffalo based Dancer and Choreographer. She graduated the University at Buffalo in 2006, traveled back to NYC and resided there for another 5 years before moving back to Buffalo.
During her time in NYC, she trained under Pooja Narang Founder and Artistic Director of Bollywood Axion, New York City's first Bollywood dance school. Gaitrie was recognized by Pooja very quickly in classes and became part of her performing troupe in less than a year. Performing at countless events and shows, including dancing at the Crossroads in Time Square, Bollywood Hero Flash Mob and many more.
In 2009, Gaitrie joined The Sa Dance Company, under the artistic vision and ClassPass CEO, Payal Kadakia. Payal has a unique style of her own and showcases the art of Indian dance on many interesting levels. Having previously danced together, both Gaitrie & Payal had similar visions to bring Indian dance to the mainstream. Through dancing with Payal she has shown Gaitrie how to manage a performing troupe, be an entrepreneur and a role model to others who have a zest and passion for the arts. The Sa Dance Company showcased a three day premiere at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 2010, one of their largest and sold out performances, along with many other events including for performing for Indian Film Director Mira Nair. Gaitrie knew her calling since then. Payal's passion and vision has always been an inspiration to Gaitrie, Payal continues to mentor and guide Gaitrie to focus on her passion.
Gaitrie continues to study all forms of dance including a regular practice of Yoga (Vinyasa & Ashtanga), a steady study of Indian classical dance; Bharatanatyam along with Contemporary and various Hip-Hop dance classes.
"Always a student, always yearning to learn more, always wanting to find out what more I can do" -Gaitrie
Location: Oasis Dance Center: 920 Niagara Falls Blvd, Upper Level, Tonawanda, NY 14223
Drop In Classes: Yoga Parkside
Ideal for anyone interested in Bollywood dance, this class introduces students to fundamental steps and styles with an emphasis on posture, alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination. All new students are required to enroll in the beginners class as a starting point and introduction to Bollywood Dance. Classes are held on Mondays at 6pm. ( Sessions are on an 4 week basis)
This mixed level class is a combination of the high energy, cardio inspired Bhangra dance style of Northern India and the intricate movements and gestures of the Bollywood film industry. Ideal for students who have experience in different forms of dance, classes will be a fast paced with a focus on stamina, it will get your heart pumping and those calories burning.
Classes are held on Wednesdays at 6pm ( Sessions are on an 4 week basis)
Bollywood Technique & Conditioning:
This Intermediate/Advance class consists of intricate steps and choreography along with a greater emphasis on the performance aspect of dance. Technique and dance conditioning are emphasized. Routines are more technical, choreography more complex, including more intricate footwork and mudras (hand gestures). The skills studied in the Basic level are further honed; along with more complex elements such as floor routines, turns, formations and partner works are explored. Approval from instructor required. Held on Mondays at 7:30pm (Sessions are on an eight week basis)
Purchase a session:
At Oasis Dance CenterBeginnners Bollywood
Mondays: Nov. 3rd - Nov. 24th
6-7pm, $45 Bollywood/Bhangra
Wednesdays: Nov. 5th- Nov 26th
A very special thank you to all participating studios for letting us use their beautiful space & connect with their students, Thank You!!
Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ FreeSoul Dance
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 @ Wastelands Studios
Friday, May 16th, 2014 @ Yogaparkside
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 @ Siena College
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 @ Wastelands Studios
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 @ Barre Centric
Friday, October 18, 2013 @ Terry George's Dance Theatrics
Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ Configuration Dance Theater
Sunday, September 14, 2013 @ Oasis Dance Center
Saturday, June 1, 2013 @ Hand to Heart Yoga
Friday, April 5, 2013 @ East Meets West Yoga (The Village Glen)
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ Studio C
City of Night | June 29th, 2014
City of City Vip Night | June 28th, 2014
Hands Across Buffalo | May 17th
Western New York Women's Expo at Buffalo Marriott Niagara | April 27th, 2014
Raising Hope Family Justice Center at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center | April 25th, 2014
UB India Night | April 10th, 2014
UB World Bazaar | April 3rd, 2014