What is the name of your Dance?
Bollywood! The style of dance is named after the Indian Movie industry based in Mumbai (Bombay)
What is the country of origin of Bollywood dance?
The country of origin of this dance is from India which is a large country from the continent of Asia. It all began in 1913 when the first movie was created in the Bollywood industry. This movie was called Raja Harishchandra and was a silent movie; then came along the first Bollywood movie with sounds which was Alam Ara. Alam Ara kicked off the start of Bollywood music and dance. The term of Bollywood was brought together by joining two words which were Bombay (which is now Mumbai) and Hollywood. Following India’s independence the period of time in the 1940s to the 1960s began knows as the “Golden Age” of Hindi cinema (Bollywood). Throughout the years, Bollywood has become so popular that famous singers such as Shakira and Madonna and Britney Spears have also incorporated this type of dance style into their performances.
What social factors lead to the emergence of this dance?
Since the 1980s, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Western dance styles. Bollywood films incorporated several aspects of musicals. During a movie, the characters would spontaneously burst into song, and at least one large “fantasy,” show-stopping number would be included. These sections of the films incorporate many theatrical elements, including costumes, lighting, special scenery or props, singing, and of course, dancing.
When is this dance performed?
Bollywood dance can be performed at any time and place; however, it is mainly performed on happy occasions and holidays. For example, it could be performed on a holiday such as Diwali, or Holi. Furthermore, some people prefer to do this dance as a solo whereas others prefer to do it as a group.
How has cultural, social, economical changes influenced this dance form over the time?
In the late 50's & 60's group dances began to evolve in Bollywood films & choreographers started managing larger groups of dancers, with influences from folk dances. There was no change in the style of dance, as choreographers still followed the classical and semi classical styles of dance. Bollywood Dance began to change in the 70s. After experimenting with Classical, Semi Classical, Folk, Cabaret & Disco styles of dance, came an era, which introduced Bollywood Free Style of dancing which was well represented by dancers like Govinda who developed their own signature style of dance. Since the 1980’s, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Western dance styles, and incorporates elements from the West. In modern Bollywood films, the musical numbers are often based on the Hip-Hop style of dance as well as other variations of Hip-Hop dance. Currently Bollywood Dance is still influenced by Western culture; perhaps even more so today than when it began, and the movements have become more bold & extroverted to capture the audience’s attention. The Evolution of Bollywood Dance is a process that is entirely Indian and yet cross-cultural at the same time.
Are there special costumes worn to perform this dance? Explain details about the costumes
When it comes to Bollywood costumes are often worn and are a determining factor of the feel of the dance. Costumes in Bollywood dance are very flexible to the situation. If you're trying to create a more traditional scene with your dance, you might go for attire like saris, kurthis, and suits; These come in a large variety of colors and designs. In our dance we have decided on a more casual theme but have incorporated traditional scarfs known as "chunis" to express the free spirit and colour of the dance.
What is the message communicated by your dance piece?
Our dance has a very playful tone to it and communicates the common message to simply have fun, which is carried through both songs "High Heels" and "Nashe as Chadigy." Through our dance we Chanel the message that not all things have to be complicated rather you can let loose and to be worry free.