How to Find the Right Dance Instructor For You

There are so many options available to us as dancers now, that it’s hard to figure out what classes and teachers are truly a good fit. You can pretty much find a class for anything and any style nowadays, especially online, and this increased accessibility has made it even harder for students to make a decision and get started. With so many teachers to choose from, how do you figure out what works best for you?

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Bollywood Expressions 101

Ever had that moment when you think you just totally killed a routine, and then you watch a video of yourself and realize that your expressions made you look like a crazy person? Just like some dance moves, sometimes what we think we look like doesn’t translate to what our face is actually conveying. Maybe your lip syncing is off, or your facials are dropping during more difficult combos, or you look hyper-focused when you should look like you’re in love. The ability to express different emotions and nuances through your facials is particularly important when it comes to Bollywood dance. So how do you master the art of filmi (or really any) expressions to level up your full performance?

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It's Officially Wedding Season - How to Prep For All Those Bollywood Wedding Dances

It's almost Valentine's Day, and you know what that means! We're all about to see a big spike in proposals (about 50% of proposals happen on Valentine's Day), and you're about to see a big spike in the number of weddings you have to attend this year. If you're South Asian, or friends with a lot of South Asians, this means preparing for a LOT of different wedding dances. We've worked on our fair share of wedding choreography here at BollyLearn, and have put together a few tips that will help you create a routine that you're proud of, all while enjoying the experience along the way!

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5 Ways to Improve Your Stage Presence As a Dancer

Stage presence is that X-factor that separates the best dancers from the pack. You can master all the technique in the world, but if you don’t own the stage, you’re going to have a hard time capturing your audience’s attention. All dance, but Bollywood dance in particular, is about storytelling. Every song conveys a specific emotional moment in a story arch, and your job as a dancer is to translate that emotion into the context of your choreography. Mastering this art is the key to improving your stage presence. Some dancers have a natural instinct when it comes to storytelling and connecting with an audience, but anyone can build their stage presence over time using the right methods. Here are a few key ways to improve your stage presence - practice them with the same diligence you practice new techniques with!

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How to Build a Killer Dance Practice Schedule, and Actually Stick to It

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in and passionate about dance. Unfortunately, this passion doesn’t always translate into practice, and we’re all guilty of it. And it’s not because you’re lazy or lack a work ethic (okay maybe sometimes it’s because you’re a little lazy), but the reality is that very few of us are able to pursue dance full time. We’re usually barely squeezing in some creative time between responsibilities to attend a quick class or workshop, leaving no time to actually practice and improve in different areas of dance. If you want to learn, grow, and eventually master your craft, however, there is no way around practicing regularly. If you’re struggling with getting into a routine, check out these tips on how to create a killer practice schedule for yourself, and actually stick to it!

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The Top Videos Every Bollywood Dancer Should See

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite videos from some of these top dancers in the
industry that we think every Bollywood dancer should see. Whether you just want to get a
better idea of what modern Bollywood dance looks like, or you’re starting to take classes
yourself, or you’re an expert looking to explore new styles, these videos will give you some
serious inspiration.

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The Evolution of Bollywood Dance

If you’ve been on an Indian dance team at any point in your life, you’ve probably been a part of one or two heated debates about what classifies as Bollywood dance. And that’s because the answer isn’t exactly black or white. The sometimes confusing (but always amazing) thing about Bollywood as a dance style is that it has no rules. There is no one way to choreograph and perform Bollywood dance, and the influence of other dance styles and cultures over the years on the evolving dance form serve as evidence of this. Different global and Indian icons everyone from Elvis and Madonna to Helen, Shammi Kapoor and Govinda have greatly influenced the changes and eras in Bollywood, bringing us to the modern dance style we most commonly see today.

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Top 5 Most Versatile Bhangra Steps

The infectious energy of bhangra has made it a very popular dance style for social occasions and if you’re desi, you’re often expected to be able bust out into bhangra at a moment’s notice (during a wedding, a choreo session, or that moment when Beware of the Boyz comes on at the club). Chances are you could use a few bhangra steps in your back pocket for these occasions, but we’re not all bhangra experts.

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