Bollywood Dance Scene is a 501c3 non-profit that brings together many like-minded people - Indian and non - to form a vibrant community dedicated to dance, diversity, and inclusion. We offer fun, informal classes to all ages and abilities, and performance opportunities for the inspired and dedicated.
Mission: Bollywood Dance Scene celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony in the community through the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and related South Asian cultural traditions.
Choreographer and Bollywood Dance Scene founding member Divya Maiya says, “Bollywood is inspired by various dance forms like classical, folk, as well as street dances. So it's a huge mash-up of those forms along with hip-hop, belly dancing, and jazz. It does not conform to any strict format. People of all age groups can dance together. It does not require partners. It is over the top ridiculous and you need that to forget all the serious and grim happenings in your life.” Read the complete interview.
Bollywood Dance Scene was formed in 2012 by Divya Maiya, Rashi Mangalick and Jinal Vakil, three dynamic Indian dancers who wanted to share their love of movement and Indian culture with their neighbors and friends.The trio took on dance choreography projects with growing scale, complexity, and team size. Their dancers have performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Festival of Nations and other venues that define the cultural scene in Minnesota.
In 2014, the dance community they inspire was strong enough to create the first live Bollywood dance drama to be performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival - the largest unjuried theater festival in the country. With 50+ cast members, Hi! Hello! Namaste? Was the highest ticket selling show of the 2014 festival. Armed with theatrical experience, Bollywood Dance Scene presented Spicy Masala Chai at the 2015 MN Fringe Festival, and it became the highest selling show in MN Fringe history!
Bollywood Dance Scene promotes cultural understanding through dance and community involvement. BDS organized Minneapolis' One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women events in 2013-14 and partnered with Out in the Backyard, an organisation that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (LGBTQ) to counter isolation by connecting them with each other and community resources. With 2-4 community-based performances monthly, their unique style of optimistic social activism - promoting inclusion and diversity - is both effective and infectious.
Our Vision: Bollywood Dance Scene envisions a society which celebrates artistic expression and cultural diversity, wherein all people feel an abiding sense of welcome, safety, empowerment, and community.
Board Of Directors
President: Divya Maiya
Vice President: Jinal Vakil
Treasurer: Stephanie Alexander
Secretary: Erin McGregor
Members at large: Madhu Bangalore, Jeanette Chalgren, Rohini Kumar, Sara Erdman, Darshan Maiya, Narasimha Murthy , Brian Short-Ohana, Vandana Sharma, and Arun Velliangiri