#MonsterArtist BollyHeels T.O. discusses using a diverse range of cultural backgrounds to find each dancer’s style in this #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) episode.
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We are two South Asian artists with a background in a variety of western and eastern styles of dance. We’ve come together to create in the style of Bollywood Fusion in heels. BollyHeelsTO aims to bring training in Indian and Western styles of fusion dance to the diverse Toronto community. With the added technique and skills of dancing in heels, BollyHeelsTO draws on the roots of classical and folk Indian dance with a modern flavour.
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Entertainment#MonsterArtist BollyHeels T.O. discusses using a diverse range of cultural backgrounds to find each dancer’s style in this #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) episode.
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Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
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Song: Maar Dala
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>>Indiana: I’m Indiana Mehta from
and you’re watching MAD.
I am from Bombay and I live here now.
It’s been two years and…I’ve been
dancing since I was three years old.
I do ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop,
heels and Bollywood, of course,
on all the Indian classical and folk dances.
a full-time pharmacist
and outside of that she’s trained in
Indian classical dancing.
So yeah dance has always
been a passion for her
and uh she loves creating,
we both do,
and we really work well together
so here we are.
About BollyHeelsTo, so like the name
says, it’s Bollywood.
So the bolly-heels because we
love dancing in heels,
we feel more confident, more powerful
and it’s that added skill and challenge
will like make the piece and the dance
look even more fantastic I feel.
Both of us believe in
diversity and inclusivity
and Toronto being such
a diverse city and community
we love working
with dancers from different background.
So our dancers today were…someone’s
from Russia, someone’s a Filipino,
someone’s Italian, someone’s from China…
I’m from India, Anushya’s from Sri Lanka
and yeah so we all come together
and we share the space.
Yes we want to bring people’s styles,
yes we want to bring their culture
cause there’s so much that comes out
as a performer.
Like as an Indian, for example,
and being a Gujarati,
like Garba is natural,
Garba is in the blood right.
We love pulling culture, we love pulling
out their styles, and they’re
individuality in our performances.
So it’s not just about
yeah this person’s
a certain color or this person looks
a certain way, it’s not…
not about that.
It’s about their style and their
personality and them as people.
Especially coming from
like a South Asian background,
pursuing dance as a career is always a challenge and
sometimes you’ll look down upon, but
thankfully my parents have always been supportive.
So it’s been easier to pursue that,
but the turning point for me was
definitely when I graduated from a
performing arts college in London, England.
That’s when I got the whole…like the
atmosphere in an environment of
not just dance it was more about acting,
it’s music, it’s performance, it’s TV, it’s stage.
[Jai Ho! by A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger]
>>Indiana: We are Canada’s first
Bollywood fusion in heels dance company.
[Excitingly] Yes in heels, in heels and in heels!
So we do everything in stilettos, but uh…
when it’s pure classical
or pure folk we
do not do that in heels because
that would be disrespecting the style.
And other thing that we really stand by
is working with the diverse community
>>Sanjay: My name is Sanjay.
I’m a drag queen
so I do drag so that’s how I met BollyHeels.
>>Indiana: We love to incorporate
and include everybody
irrespective of their color, cast, sex.
So with Sanjay who goes as Angina,
as her drag name, we did a pride video
recently with five, diverse
drag queens of Toronto.
We’re trying to promote and include everybody and
showcase it in our style which is the fusion.
>>Sanjay: It’s an exciting journey for them,
for that path, I would say because
I feel like for the LGBTQ there’s
not a lot of
things that are going on, a lot of…not a lot of dance teams
are like you know pairing up because,
I mean, it’s still a sensitive situation.
Like being a drag queen on top of that it’s
also a very sensitive thing.
>>Indiana: The biggest challenge
always, always, always is
scheduling everybody’s time.
But for the show we never actually
the show with everybody together.
So we taught the choreography
over video camera, like over video call,
and if you missed our rehearsal we would
send you a tutorial.
And then the other thing was like
if this is my right hand
not all phones mirror it.
As soon as we finished teaching the
whole set we started meeting in a park
and we never actually got a chance
to do the whole show in heels because
usually whenever we have a show,
we have a studio space
where we can go in and do it in heels.
[Freedom by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar]
>>Indiana: Virtual was weird.
We were like, yes at least we have a
platform to perform and this is even
cause we have a bigger audience that
we can reach out to
cause there’s only so many people who
would actually, physically,
make it to the…square.
But now like you had, I think, a few millions
who logged in to watch the performance
which is a way bigger reach
so that was quite surreal.
like I’ve been in Canada only
two years now so it is just
more overwhelming to see
the support that we received
not only from the South Asian community,
but outside of the South Asian community.
So we’re just putting our work out there
and letting people decide
whether you follow us,
you don’t follow us…
but people are starting to like our work
cause we —
we’re trying to be different in each of our
content that we’ve been producing.
So…yes, it has definitely helped us
reach a bigger audience on the day.
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