Warm Up This Winter with Bollywood Fitness Dance Class in NY!

If you’re like me, you probably can’t survive winter without complaining – “I feel so cold! Brrr….” – every five minutes. Well, it’s true, some enjoy the cold more than others. Yes, I decidedly am part of the “other” group. Sure, it’s snowing outside, and it’s extremely cold, thanks to the wind chill factor – it gets worse. However, at BollyArts studio, we have no excuse!

“Why?” you ask. Well, it’s because we dance till we drop at the BollyArts Dance Studio in Hicksville, NY – all year round and, winter is no different! With our expert dance instructors like ZOL, Anil, Sonu, Swarupa and many others, we can assure one thing – you will have a great time at the dance studio learning new moves and dance styles.

Why Choose Bollywood Fitness Classes in Winter?

Winters can be quite dull and boring; most people are stuck indoors. The activity levels go down – and that’s exactly why you need to come to BollyArts – to move, sweat and get going through this chilly season while staying warm and active!

ZOL, our experienced and senior dance instructor leads BollyFit, the ultimate Bollywood fitness classes for adults that make you move to the most electrifying dance moves from Bollywood. You may learn some cool dance move like the one from a famous Bollywood celebrity like Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and so many more! It’s always fun to learn – and oh yes, you are free to go home and flaunt your dance moves in front of your loved ones and tell them you just mastered the famous “Kareena move” or a “Salman Khan” dance step!

At Bolly Arts Dance Studio in NY, we offer a variety of dance classes, so you can choose what you like and enroll as soon as you like. Whether it’s belly dance, salsa, kathak, Bollywood bhangra, Bollywood fitness, yoga, or yogalates – we guarantee you one thing – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

4 Electrifying Bollywood Songs to Shake off All the Ghouls This Halloween!

At Bolly Arts, we’re all really excited about Halloween! Every year, it’s a time to mix up some Bollywood music with some electrifying and spooky dance moves and make our studio the perfect place for a Halloween dance party – but of course – with an Indian touch.

Bollywood is known for colors, excitement, drama and – music. Yes, there is no Bollywood movie that is complete without dramatic dialogues, and electrifying music! While Bollywood has quite a lot of romantic songs, that go well with the drama and music, it in no way lacks the horrific soundtracks from some scary Bollywood movies that can give you the creeps! Check out some haunting Bollywood melodies here that are perfect for a BOLLYWEEN dance party!

1. Naina Barse Rimjhim

This is a song from the classic black and white movie Wo Kaun thi? (Who Was She?), released in 1964. This song works as the perfect number for a Bollywood Halloween party as it includes creepy music, made more haunting with the sound of wind. The plot of the movie is bone-chilling; the song starts as soon as the actor sees the actress in the cemetery, who is clad in a white sari. Add this spine-chilling number to your bollyween dance party for some extra thrill!

2. Gumnaam Hai Koi

This 1965 horror flick, ¬Gumnaam (Anonymous), can easily make the top favorites for Bollywood Halloween dance party! With some spooky soundtrack and a full of fear tune, the haunting track can give you jitters! Leaving you clenched tightly on to your blanket in the dark! This can work as a perfect song for a spooky Bollywood party this year on Halloween. Just get your Halloween costumes ready!

3. Kitnay Savan Baras Gaye

This deadly song has the famous Dimple Kapadia as the evil spirit haunting the actor Mithun Chakorbaty. This can work as a great song for a scary Bollywood dance this Halloween! Don’t let the scary song make you stay inside your duvet, it’s the perfect time to flaunt your dance skills and make this Halloween very very Bollywood!

4. Kaheen Deep Chalay Kahin Dil

The song has an alaap by Lata Mangeshkar in her mesmerizing voice, which works as the perfect recipe to create a spooky and horror feel. You’ll surely get some goosebumps – and so will the guests at your Halloween party!

At Bolly Arts, we have the most sought after dance instructors who can help you pull of a great theme party! Whether it’s a Bollywood party on Halloween or you need some private choreography for a special event, we’re here to help you! Make your dance parties fun by learning new dance steps on different kinds of music from Bollywood… and yes, these creepy songs from Indian movies are surely going to shake off the ghouls!

5 Travel Destinations for Dance Lovers

Dance is a beautiful form of expressing your feelings, emotions and mood. It’s a universal language that speaks of love, happiness and unites cultures and countries. If you’re a dance enthusiast or someone who wants to learn about dancing, then there is nothing better than taking a vacation to the destinations that are famous for their special forms dance. Here are some of the top dance destinations for you to try this year, it’s surely going to be a fun and enthralling experience!

Belly Dance –  Turkey/Middle East

Belly dance has its roots in the Middle East. With time, its popularity has expanded across the globe especially Turkey, where dance lovers can learn belly dance and enjoy watching the dances too. The typical belly dance attire is very attractive amongst women with glittery clothing and fancy veils. The Grand Bazaar in Turkey is a great place to visit to get some belly dance costumes if you want to get the real feel of belly dancing while on the floor.

Bollywood Dance – India

Bollywood dance is the most vibrant, fun and exciting of dance styles that originate from India. India is a country rich in dance and culture. It is more so since dance is an essential part of the most widely practiced religion in India, Hinduism. Bollywood dance originates from dance styles in Bollywood movies that are becoming super popular across the globe. At BollyArts studio in NY, Bollywood dance classes are offered for kids and adults alike!

Jig – Ireland

An Irish folk dance, the jig has become popular in Ireland and Scotland. There are various types of jigs; light jigs, single jigs, double jigs, etc. The dance is a popular one and is performed mostly at the end of theatrical plays. A jig dance is quite fast, and sometimes a performance combines two different types of jigs; one after the other without a break. Visit Ireland to experience the joy of watching the dancers perform jig at the country of its origin!

Moonwalk – USA

Moonwalk is one of the most popular dance styles originated in USA and became popular as Michael Jackson, one of the most famous popstars adopted it as his signature dance style. If you’re a Michael Jackson fan and want to learn the awesome moonwalk dance moves, then head straight to a dance studio near you. This technique involves one flat foot to slide backward while with the other foot you tip tie backwards.

Waltz – Austria

Waltz is Austria’s signature dance style and is super popular in the biggest balls held in the Opera House. The balls are open to public but the trick is to get the tickets as fast as you can because they sell like hot cakes! If you fancy Waltz dance style, then it’s a good idea to head to Vienna, Austria to try some dance school and learn the dance from where it has originated.

BollyArts Dance Studio in Hicksville, NY offers a huge variety of dance classes throughout the year for all ages. At BollyArts, we understand your passion for dancing so offer only the best dance instructors who lead these classes and get you moving to the best of your abilities for a rocking dance performance.

Bollywood Divas and Their Best Kept Fitness Secrets Revealed!

Bollywood Divas and Their Best Kept Fitness Secrets Revealed

It’s not just the actors at Bollywood who love to spend hours in the gym to stay fit, but it’s the actresses too! Just like their male counterparts, Bollywood divas take personal fitness very seriously and stick to a strict health and fitness regime to maintain the fit look and flaunt their sculpted bodies!

Bipasha Basu

The secret behind Bipasha’s perfectly toned body is her love for high intensity workout! She is a regular at kickboxing which is her favorite sports activity.  Her kick and punch routine has allowed her to get a fine and fit body. She’s got everyone on the kickboxing bandwagon – actresses like Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have been taking lessons for the same!

Lara Dutta

The former Miss Universe is now in her mid-30s and a mum of one, but still has the most chiseled and toned body! She has continued her journey to fitness and is yoga practitioner for over a decade. She continues to practice yoga and has her own fitness DVD too!

Priyanka Chopra

The Mary Kom actress took the entire B-town with a storm with her fittest body! As her role in Mary Kom required her to achieve the fittest level of fitness, Priyanka went under high intensity physical training to match the fitness level of the character she had to portray – and she did do it wonderfully! This fit and fabulous actress has been known to have taken up other cool martial arts such as parkour, as well!

Deepika Padukone

This B-town beauty has years of association with active sports. Early on, Deepika was an avid badminton player and then later got training under Yasmin Karachiwala who introduced her to strength training and yoga. She’s also a great dancer and has learned multiple dance forms including jazz and kathak and is an expert at these two dance forms!

Malaika Arora Khan

Malaika has been winning hearts with her stunning to-die-for figure and her electrifying dance moves! A mother of two, she has always kept in shape through her fitness regimen that includes cardio and aerobics. Just like Bipasha, our “Munni” also goes takes kickboxing classes and includes hip-hop dance in her fitness workout too! No wonder she’s one of the fittest B-town beauties and always a stunner on the dance floor!

At BollyArts Dance Studio in Hicksville, NY, we offer dance lessons for hip-hop, kathak, Bollywood bhangra and Bollywood fitness too! Register yourself today for our summer classes or fall schedule classes to get fitter and leaner just like some of the fit and fabulous Bollywood divas!

Add Some Masala – Hire Bollywood Dancers for a Fiery NY Wedding

Weddings are all about, fun, dance and celebrating your special day with your loved ones! To add an extra flavor to all the wedding festivities, hire Bollywood dancers in NY! And why shouldn’t you? Bollywood dancers are truly trained to give the fieriest performances on stage that you and your guests would love to talk about and remember for a lifetime!

Some Masala – Some Magic!

Professional Bollywood dancers are expert at various dance styles and some amazing dance routines, so they can create some mesmerizing dance numbers or you and your loved ones to perform on your wedding. Whether it’s a medley of dance numbers for you sangeet or mehndi events, or the first couple dance for your wedding reception,  Bollywood dancers at BollyArts studio can make it all perfect and smooth for you!

Flash Mobs for a Fiery Performance!

Bollywood dancers at BollyArts Dance Studio in Hicksville, NY offer the most exciting ways to make your wedding memorable. Don’t want to go too mainstream with dance performances? We’ve got the perfect thing for you – flash mobs! Our dancers can give your event an added touch of excitement with jaw-dropping flash mob performance that will be a total surprise for you guests!

Rock the Dance Floor

With Bollywood dancers, we also provide DJs who can mix music to create the most enthralling Bollywood dance music that will give you and your guests and adrenalin rush! The exciting and high beat music from the DJ works seamlessly to provide entertainment to guests and hosts alike for hours at end.

Professionalism and Expertise

Hire Bollywood dancers and you won’t be disappointed with subpar performances because all our dancers are trained and expert in their field. From kathak, Bollywood bhangra, belly dance, Bollywood dance and more! Our dancers are nothing short of giving excellence and flawless dance performances.

Energy, Excitement and Entertainment!

The name Bollywood entertainment strongly reflects the Indian cinema and its vibrant color themes. The same energy and zeal is reflected in the Bollywood dance performances, whether at parties or weddings! Celebrate your wedding and make your special day more memorable with the most exciting dance routines from Bollywood dancers.

Let the Party Begin!!!

Hire Bollywood dancers to make the wedding reception party EXCITING and ENTERTAINING!  We’ve got everything you need – dancers, costumes, DJs, dance floors and just the right match of songs to match your taste of music and dance!

Check out our Bollywood dance classes too and private choreography classes for first dance practices and group dances! We guarantee you’ll enjoy being part of the BollyArts Family!

Why the Bollywood Bhangra Class at BollyArts is the Next Big Thing in NY?

Have you ever seen Bollywood movies and the amazing heart pumping dance moves and enthralling music? Have you ever felt like jumping into the TV screen to become part of the awesome dance number to show off your dance moves?! BollyArts Dance Studio in Hicksville, NY brings to you Bollywood Bhangra dance class that offers the most exciting dance routines!

What’s in the Class?

The Bollywood bhangra dance class incorporates bhangra that originates from Punjab, with some glimpses of Bollywood dance that is exciting, enthralling and colorful! Bollywood Bhangra class is great for everyone and anyone who wants to move to some exciting bhangra music and become active, healthy and fit!

The Bollywood bhangra dance class is a great learning experience for those who want to learn Bollywood bhangra dance as all our classes are led by professional dance instructors who have quite a few accolades to their names!

Fun Dance Routines!

The fast bhangra music gives you an adrenalin rush and adds more energy and excitement to the entire class. The dance routines are choreographed on a smashup of Bollywood songs, hip-hop, pop, and fast paced music. Whether you’re young or old, this dance routine can pump up some energy, help you learn some exciting dance moves, and even prepare you for a dance competition. Also, if you plan to take up a career in dancing, this can give you a good start!

Big Stress Buster!

Dance in general is a big stress buster, and with bhangra dance, it gets even better! Bid farewell to the sedentary, boring, dull and stressful life and dance your way to fitness. You’ll feel more energetic, happy, accomplished and feel better about yourself – and of course, a class means you’ll find others who share similar interests. We’re proud to say that we do not only offer dance classes, but offer you a platform to make new friendships too!

Why Should You Choose BollyArts?

BollyArts dance studio is equipped with the best facilities, including dance costume rentals and other facilities. Also, you get much more than just Bollywood bhangra dance classes! We have professional dance instructors who teach hip hop, ZUMBA, yogalates, Bollywood fitness, kathak and other folk dances too! With so much to offer, BollyArts has become one of the most popular places in NY for dance recitals and classes!

With so many stresses that life throws at you every day, it’s essential to get into an active routine. Dance, work out, exercise and other cardio workouts are what keep us going and BollyArts give us just that – an outlets to bust stress and live a happier, healthier and active life.

Bollywood’s Hottest Dance Divas Through the Ages

When you hear the word Bollywood, you instantly thing of vibrant clothes, flamboyant set ups, exaggerated gestures and reactions, and the ultimate dance moves and songs! From black and white years to the digital age of fusion music and item songs, Bollywood has brought to the stage some of the hottest dance divas to us! Let’s check out the ladies who have mesmerized the big screen throughout the ages!

  • Madhuri Dixit
    Madhuri needs no introduction! This dancing queen has done some amazing Bollywood dance numbers and there is not a single performance of hers that is not jaw-dropping! With graceful moves and stunning gestures, Madhuri Dixit happens to be our all-time favorite dance diva from Bollywood! From ¬Keysara to ¬Aaja Nach Le, this beauty has given some sizzling performances!
  • Helen
    Helen is known as one of the most famous dancers of her time and is often quoted as the first one to start the item girl trend. She is best known for her Cabaret dancing for her sensational and unmatched dance moves in Bollywood movie songs. Her best performances include: the song Mehbooba from the movie Sholay and, O Haseena Zulfo Wali Janejahan, from the movie Teesri Manzil.
  • Malika Arora
    While Malaika hasn’t made a mark as an actress, her sensual dance moves have made raves in Bollywood! She is considered as the queen of item songs. There has been no performance where she hasn’t made heads turn! Malika has given Bollywood some of the hottest dance moves with her exotic dance movements and gestures. Our favorite performances of Malika Arora include dances in the Fevicol Se in the movie Dabangg 2 and Munni Badnam in Dabangg 1, and the all-time famous Chaiyya from the movie Dil Se.
  • Sri Devi
    This southern sensation gave a fresh look to Bollywood dances with her glamorous, graceful and exotic dance moves. A talented dancer by birth, Sridevi has always created magic on screen with her dance. Whether classic, contemporary or other form of dance, this dance queen is unmatchable! Our favorite dance performances of Sridevi include: Morni Baaga Maan Bole Aadh from the movie Lamhe and the song Naino Mein Sapna from the movie Himmatwala.
  • Ashwariya Rai
    This Bollywood beauty needs no introduction! Trained in classical dance, Ashwariya has given some stunning performances and uplifted the cinematic experience. She has many a popular dance numbers that we love, including Kajra Re from the Bollywood hit Bunty aur Babli, Nimbura from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and a duet performance with Madhuri Dixit in the song Dhol Baje in the same movie.

These are some of our favorite dance divas that Bollywood has produced! At Bolly Arts dance studio in Hicksville, NY, we offer dance classes under the instruction of professional dancers, inspired by these Bollywood’s favorite dance divas.

A Brief Look at the Types of Classical Dance Forms in India

Out of the many famous dance forms in India, classical dance is long known for the beauty, sensual and dramatic movements that more often than not tell a story. Classical dance is rooted in the country of the Ganges since a few hundred years. Here are some of the most famous classical dance forms in India, some of which are also incorporated in today’s Bollywood dance songs.

  • Bharatanatyam
    One of the oldest dance styles of India, it emerged from the temples and courts of India. Before it was registered as a performing art, women used to dance in temples as service to gods. The male gurus taught women (Devadasi) this form of dancing. The performances were limited to the premises of the temples until it was declared as a performing art. This is now performed widely by both men, women and even young children. The music is extremely rhythmic and the steps require balance and flexibility. This dance form is seen in many Bollywood movies even today, e.g. in a song from the movie Mission 369.
  • Kathakali
    Kathakali, is one of the oldest dance forms in India; originated from Kerala. Formerly, the performers of kathak took up various roles from Hindu mythology, but the dance form has evolved now evolved; today, it involves stage performances that last a couple of hours, unlike before when the performances lasted two parts of the night. The dance form is also story based; performers use hand gestures and facial expressions to tell stories and tales. Also, the dance costumes and makeup of the performers are done with great detail along with accessories. Kathakali requires a lot of training and practice.
  • Kathak
    Kathak was initially just performed by poets in village squares and courtyards. These performances usually narrated tales of Indian mythology through vivid facial expressions and hand gestures. It has dramatic, rhythmic and highly sensual and active movements to portray stories. Today, kathak is taught in many dance studios across the world and is one of the most famous types of Indian classical dance forms. Usually dancers wear long flowy frocks with pajamas (chooridaar) for a typical kathak performance. Kathak dance is seen widely in Bollywood movie songs. E.g. the song Albela Sajan Aayo Re in the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
  • Mohiniattyam
    This type of classical dance style has its roots in southwestern India. Meaning the dance of the enchantress, the dance form is fascinating in a way that it has graceful movements, beautiful costumes, accessories and hairstyles. It is aesthetically pleasing to look at; performances are quite hypnotic, as the audiences only feel amazed towards the end of it. The swaying movements of the body and eye movements are sensational. Mohiniattyam has expanded over the years as dance gurus have included and introduced many steps into it. Initially it was performed only by females but today, males are equally learning and performing this dance style.

BollyArts dance studio in Hicksville, NY offers regular kathak dance classes in its facility for dance enthusiasts with no age restrictions. All dancers, whether kids or adults are welcome to participate and learn the beautiful classical dances from learned and professional dance instructors.

Dance Keeps Kids Active & Healthy during Winters

Winters are the time when you tend to get lazy and want to snuggle up inside a thick quilt with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate. It is then that you’re likely to put on some unwanted calories and become super lazy and inactive. To do away the winter blues and keep active, it is ideal to jump out of your comfortable couch and hit the dance floor.

Similarly, dance is even more beneficial for kids to keep them active and healthy during winters. Especially growing kids, have a lot of energy that needs to be channelized in the right direction in order to ensure they maintain good social behavior and are able to create healthy bonds with family and peers. Most often, children get restricted to indoors during winters which is why they may get bored and pester parents.

Keep away boredom

Bhangra, salsa, hip-hop, yoga or ZUMBA classes are a great way to keep children and teenagers engaged for a long time. The best thing about dancing is that it’s entertaining, exciting and there is no chance of boredom. It allows children to explore and express their feelings and redirect their energies to a positive and fun activity instead of tussles or fights.

Improved physical and mental health

Dance does not only keep you physically fit but can also help improve memory and promote feelings of happiness, joy and peace. Kids who participate in physical activities are said to be more alert and score high on academic tests. They have stronger bones and muscles, better balance and coordination too. Along with that, engaging in highly active activities like dancing boosts self-confidence, sense of achievement, improved social and cognitive skills as well. It turns out that staying active has multiple health benefits for children and adults alike.

Better relationship with parents and peers

Staying indoors and not staying active harms not only physical and mental health but can also result in poor relationships. Children who engage in activities that require intensive physical exercise and engaging with other people from similar age groups are tend to be happier and enjoy their time with parents, siblings, cousins and mates. They are less cranky, more confident, and more independent.

Dance Classes for Teens and Kids at BollyArts

At BollyArts, we understand how children love to move and tap their feet on entertaining music. Especially in winters, physical activity is important so a performing arts class during winters is the best bet to help them keep active, healthy and happy. Our facility is well equipped with the best amenities and the best instructors who put in all the energy in the class. Whether it’s hip-hop or Bollywood Bhangra, Bollywood fitness or salsa, we’ve got it all for the little ones and their parents too! Come join in the fun; move to the most enthralling and exciting music tunes and party with your kids like no one’s watching.

From Hip-Hop to Bollywood – 10 Amazing Dance Styles Around the Globe

Dance is a language that needs no words. People around the world use it as an expression of happiness, grieving, excitement, depression, romance, energy and more. The expression of different feelings and emotions through dance can be found across countries, cultures and continents.

1.      Ballet

Ballet involves rhythmic, sensuous movements of the body that are mesmerizing for the audience. Professional ballerinas and danseurs practice daily to excel in their technique. This requires a lot of balance and rhythmic movements to pull off without flaws.

2.      Belly Dance

It has its origins in the Middle East. It involves sensuous and exotic movements of the belly, while synchronizing the mind with body movements. It’s popular in Arabia at weddings, parties and special occasions. Performers usually flaunt exotic dresses with beautiful ornaments while they move on traditional Middle Eastern music.

3.      Bollywood

Bollywood dance combines both the enthralling moves of Bollywood and some western styles like hip-hop, salsa, and some Hollywood style raves. The Bollywood style is a vibrant mix of different forms of dancing that leave the audiences mesmerized and energetic. It involves heart-pumping moves on amazing Bollywood music.

4.      Cossack

Cossack, Hopak or Gopak, is the official dance style of Ukraine and features some heart-pumping acrobatic moves that are exciting to look at and require a lot of technique and skill to perform. This usually performed by males as it involves rigorous and constant squatting. In recent years, many women have also started participating in Cossack performances.

5.      Hip-hop

Hip-hop has caught raves around the world in the young generation of today. It has become a big hit amongst teenagers and young adults. It has some exciting moves known as popping, breaking and locking. Hip-hop is an extremely popular form of dancing and is here to stay.

6.      Kabuki

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese drama style that has highly stylized performers who sway, twirl, and move playfully in coordination with each other to present a real life drama. Actors are highly dressed up with beautiful dresses and traditional Japanese ornaments and accessories. The earliest kabuki performances are recorded to be back 400 years ago.

7.      Kathak

With its origin deep-rooted in India, it is one of the most popular and widely acclaimed Indian forms of dancing. Initially, Kathak performers depicted the history of Hindu gods through highly coordinated performances. Today, Kathak has become a full fledge institution and comprises of beautiful rhythmic movements on classical music.

8.      Salsa

Salsa is widely popular and originated in New York, with heavy influence from Latin America. This dance style has spontaneous energetic moves that are flirtatious and fun. It is a heavily coordinated dance that has some elements of Swing Dancing too.

9.      Waltz

Initiated in the 16th century, Waltz involves two people who move together in slow, melodic and smooth movements. This style is more popular in the European and French region, where couples tap their feet on slow music with gliding movements, very close to each other. It is one of the most intimate styles of dancing.

10. Yangko Dance

Yangko is a Chinese folk dance that celebrates happiness and joy. The recital involves vivid gestures, happy smiles and a positive aura which is why it is one of the most preferred dance styles at any Chinese gathering. The dresses are bright in color, mostly orange and red. The moves are exuberant and reflect happiness, joy and celebration.

At BollyArts, you learn different forms of dancing styles under the super vision of skilled instructors. From Bollywood to salsa, our instructors are professionals who can make your dancing journey full of learning and fun.