Bollywood Dance Studio presents its fundraiser concert Bolly Glitz 2015. PUNEET ANAND reports
Just like its name, it was all glamour and shimmer.
Some 100 participants of the Bollywood Dance Studio (BDS) strutted their talent at the dance showcase Bolly Glitz 2015.
Knowing their event was aimed at fund-raising, their jhataks and mataks had some extra pizzazz that evening.
The event, organised by the artistic director of BDS, Maitri Patel, was held at Sacred Hearts College, Sorrento in early September, and was in aid of the Shree Trust and Education Centre for handicapped children in Mumbai.
‘Dance-fitness-fun’ is the motto at BDS and there’s no doubt that their dancers lived up wonderfully to that theme.
The jam-packed audience participated whole-heartedly in the fun and encouraged the dancers on with their cheers and hoots.
The lovely host Shamlee welcomed everyone to Bolly Glitz 2015, and spoke briefly about BDS, which also marked its fourth anniversary at the event. A classic party number performed by the littlest stars at BDS formed the ‘birthday’ number. And then there was no stopping the thumkas! The hot favourite of today Banno tera swagger was performed by swaying girls in shimmering costumes. The gorgeous tiny tots in their Superman outfits brought in the cuteness factor. Then came some stunning performances with a few more rocking numbers from Bollywood. The uncluttered fusion of Hotel California over kathak mudras was simply mesmerizing. Punjabi numbers like Do you know baby and Balle balle je sohneya de rang vekhlo brought foot tapping energy to the dance floor. Even the Australian performers gave the regular Bollywood beauties a run for their money!
On the other side of intermission, Gujarati peppy number marked the blockbuster performance. Adrenaline rushed with Gallan goodiyan as the performers came dancing down the aisles. Selfie mania boomed too. After a few more performances the full and final tribute was paid to show gratitude towards the aim.
BDS deserves a great deal of appreciation for what they have accomplished.
Proud father Gregg Dyson beamed at the performance of his two daughters and said that he will always encourage them in future too. Cristine who came to cheer her friend’s daughter Chloe, said that the little one always has made them feel good but today was something special indeed!
Meenu Dhillon, touring from India, said the enthusiasm of it all transported her straight back home.
Meanwhile dancer Aditi said she was thrilled to have had her moment on stage and be a part of such an event like Bolly Glitz 2015. Jessie and her daughter, who both joined BDS last year, said it was a special day for them.
They all spoke of their guru with respect and admired her exceptional talent.
“Can’t wait to do this all again!” was a comment uttered frequently.
The dancers proved the old adage true, that dancing is like dreaming with your feet.