What is the course about?
This is a fun course introducing you to 'Bollywood dance’ (A pun on Hollywood) introducing you to techniques, combinations and exercises in a fun and practical class. You will learn vibrant Bollywood routines as seen in the colourful movies and TV shows, and improve your dance and performance skills, by boogieing to the Bollywood beat.
What will we cover?
Each lesson will start with a warm-up and gentle stretch, working on alignment and posture, alongside hand gestures and arm combinations, isolations, body rolls followed by corner to corner exercises. You will learn moves to perform a Bollywood routine from popular Hindi movies. Some Bhangra will taught within this course too.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate isolation of body parts to define movements
Learn hand gestures
Use co-ordination and spatial awareness in relation to dance
Develop and increase your flexibility and stamina
Demonstrate improved knowledge and musicality
Perform a Bollywood dance with confidence, flair and making it colourful to watch.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is a general level class. Our general level is a mixed level class suitable for those new to a dance style, as well as for those with dance experience looking to improve their foundation.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms and syncopations within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course has a physical approach from beginning to end with structured exercises to improve different qualities. The class is tutor led and you will be taught through demonstration and explanation. During the class participants will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the work and receive verbal feedback from your tutor. We encourage you to work in your own time to perfect the work but there is no formal requirement to do so.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Tights, leotard or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly. Jazz shoes/sneakers or similar, no outdoor shoes please. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue with Bollywood or explore Jazz, Street or Early Morning Dance Moves.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details