Devi Bollywood Dance offers a diverse range of programs for colleges, schools, and communities. We focus on the arts and culture of India while inspiring participants to explore innovation within tradition. A variety of programs can be designed based on age, skill level, and interest, including: Performances, Lecture-demonstrations, Workshops, and Residencies.
Friday 9/29 7-830pm
Saturday 9/30 6-730pm
Sunday 10/1 11-12:30pm
Garba is a fun, high-intensity dance form that originates from the state of Gujarat in India. Garba is done solo and involves rhythmic steps in a circular form. The steps are easy to learn, and it’s fun to watch even if you’re not the dancing type! Garba is typically done during Navratri, it is a Hindu festival, literally meaning “nine nights”. While this festival is celebrated in various ways across India, Gujarat follows the prime tradition of performing Garba dance for nine nights as a symbol of respect for the goddess.
Cost: 20 (early bird) | 30 (day of)
6 – 8pm
Cost: 25 (early bird) | 35 (day of)
Bhangra is an exciting, energetic, colorful dance form. This class will be taught by Sunny Soloman. He will go through all the fundamental moves and names to get you familiar with Bhangra dance while building a strong foundation to add Punjabi music to the movements. Modern Age Era of Bhangra has become very popular all over the world and is performed by many college teams and Universities in many world-wide competitions and shows.
Tuesdays 11/7 – 11/21
6 – 7:30pm
Cost: $23 per class
Wine and Snacks provided!
Friday, Nov. 17th
Time: 6:30 – 8pm
As early as 4000 B.C., gongs have been used as spiritual tools to help guide meditation. A gong produces motions and vibrations that cause frequencies of difference ranges. Scientific studies have shown the therapeutic use of sound frequencies to benefit overall health and well-being. Immersion in a full gong bath takes the participant on a journey of meditation and self-healing.
A sound bath using gongs is a meditative sonic experience, where the participant is “bathed” in sound waves from various gongs. The practice finds it’s roots in ancient cultures and Kundalini yoga and is more recently used by sound healing practitioners.
The participant can expect to be taken on a meditation journey enhanced and assisted by the frequencies of these ancient instruments. The experience will last roughly 45 minutes and led by Liz Holland, MM Percussion Performance.
Liz Holland M.M., practitioner of Ancient Alloys, has been a percussionist for her entire life. She holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance, with a focus in exploratative techniques of percussive instruments for new music. She has been features in Drum! magazine, Modern Drummer, and has toured and performed around the country many times. A native of Buffalo, NY, she is now based in Seattle, Washington.
Thursday, Nov. 30th
Time: 8:00 – 9pm
This 2 day intensive will focus on the foundational movement practices of the Classical Indian Art form – Bharatanatyam. The name Bharatanatyam signifies three concepts coming together, BHA- bhaava or emotions, RA- raaga or melody/musicality and TA- taala or rhythm. The intensive will take the dancers through these three fundamental concepts through a deep dive into Kalakshetra technique of Bharatanatyam.
The dancers will get a chance to explore emotion, story-telling and rhythm through their bodies and embody movement patterns such as crisp turns, deep plies, rhythmic grounded patterns with feet, classical hand gestures and graceful angular movements that are the signature of Bharatanatyam. The intensive will culminate in choreography that will pull together all of the concepts learned, into a piece that weaves emotive story-telling along with rhythmic movement patterns.
Postponed to a later date
Wine and Snacks provided!
Wednesday, August 16th
Time: 7:00 – 9pm
The goal of this class is to strengthen the larger muscle groups of the body, building balance and stability, while incorporating the multiple benefits of a mindful yoga practice. In this class we will use physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises, and meditation to improve our overall health and wellness.
* We will have a live sitar player as a musical accompaniment.
Thursday, August 10th
Time: 7:00 – 8pm
Saturday, July 29th
Time: 11:00 – 12:30pm
Kathak Workshop will focus on:
-technique (footwork, body, spins)
-movement using space
-vocabulary and exercises
-understanding Indian classical rhythm
*It is recommended to bring a notebook with you*
In this free workshop we will focus on:
– Learn choreography from Gaitrie Subryan of Devi Bollywood and Megan Rakeepile from Mahatammoho Collective. The choreography will be an excerpt from our production “Find Your Beat”
– Afro-Caribbean and Indian/Bollywood movements, vocabulary and technique
– Discussions with drummers and choreographers about the creative process and artistic direction with this excerpt
– Rhythm, sounds, energy
This workshop is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) program