One line: Bollywood Frames- Expressions/ Emotions/ Entertainment
Bollywood allows us to experiment with so many different characters and express multiple facets of our personality. We can be anyone we want when dancing Bollywood, which is liberating even if short-lived. It pushes us to discover ourselves on a deeper level by allowing us to see the world through someone else's eyes.
Each song is imbued with a basic, highly relatable emotion—an emotion as simple as love or anger—that strikes a chord with every human being on some level. We then convey this very emotion through beautifully scripted lyrics and try our best to bring that emotion to life through movement and choreography.
What makes Bollywood the whole package is without a doubt the entertainment factor for which it is so popular. We thrive off of these three e’s—emotion, expression, and entertainment—to display the universal human experiences of romance, glamour, unspoken love, anger and rebellion, and victory and celebration, and of course some Bollywood Masala.
Founded in July, 2007 , Bollywood funk is NYC’s Premier Dance institution specilaizing in urban contemporary Bollywood Dance. We blend the best of what Bollywood has to offer, high energy, drama, entertainment and expressions with the intricacy and techniques of jazz, hip hop and various other eastern/ western dance styles. We aim to show just how diverse Bollywood is as a dance style and how its constantly evolving and reinventing itself by crossing cultural boundraies.
Bollywood Funk NYC Dance School and Company is the creative vision of Artistic Director , Ayesha Khanna.Taking inspiration from the hard-to-deny amalgamation of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in contemporary Indian culture and cinema, Bollywood Funk NYC Dance Company is one of the most culturally and technically diverse Bollywood-inspired dance ensemble in North America. Our members have performed at the esteemed Fred Astaire Dance Awards, Madison Square Garden, Diwali at Times Square, Governor's Ball NYC, NYIFF with Manoj Bajpayee as guest of honor, Vishal Shekar US Tour, Dream Team US Tour Promotions and were the first dance group of its kind to be invited to audition for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.
Since starting Bollywood Funk NYC in 2007, Ayesha Khanna has become a highly desired choreographer and educator to the entertainment industry at large and has collaborated with many luminaries and organizations including contestant Caitlin Kinney from “So You Think You Can Dance”, Music sensation Tina Sugandh, Emmy award winning cinematographer Peter Francella, American Academy of Ballet, Olympic Level figure skaters Tatiana and Maxim, Engendered Film Festival , National Geographic and more. Bollywood Funk NYC Dance School has also been featured on various media networks/newspapers including, MTV, CW11, CNN IBN, TV Asia, Star TV, Sahara TV , NY Times, Times Out NY, Brown Girl Magazine, Miss Malini, Buzzfeed, Urbanasian, The DELHI TIMES and NY Daily News to name a few.
Zen, a project manager at a consulting company, loves dancing because it brings out her truest self. With 10 years of training at the Shiamak Davar's Institute of Performing Arts in Bombay, dance had always been an integral part of her. As soon as she arrived in NYC in 2011, Bollywood Funk became a very important part of her life. She started as a student and quickly moved on to the Teacher Training program, assisting Ayesha in classes. She graduated from the program and began teaching in 2013. Zen loves Bollywood and NYC and feels ecstatic that she gets to have them both! Zen loves teaching because it gives her the chance to make a difference in people's lives through an art form that she is so deeply passionate about. She feels humbled by the opportunity that she has been given to spread happiness and boost other people’s confidence.
Hitesh, a PhD Technologist by profession, started training at age 11 in Western and Bollywood dance. He participated and choreographed numerous performances during his undergraduate and graduate school days. Hitesh joined Bollywood Funk NYC in 2012 where he continued his training as a dancer and eventually became an instructor in the company. For Hitesh, dancing is happiness and an integral part of his life; he feels privileged to have the ability to share this happiness with others
Sahil's dance journey started fifteen years ago at the acclaimed Danceworx Performing Arts Academy in New Delhi, India. During his time as a student Sahil enjoyed learning many forms of dance including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and contemporary from Ashley Lobo (renowned bollywood choreographer). A natural performer he soon won dance scholarships and went on to assist and instruct classes at Danceworx. Sahil ventured into learning/teaching latin dance forms next under Kaytee Namgyal at salsa-India where he was trained in salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-cha. His love for dance only grew with time and he learnt Kathak and bollywood dance at Mudra Dance Studio in Denver,Colorado. Sahil taught Bollywood fusion dance in downtown Denver at BharArt studios before moving to NYC where he joined Bollywood Funk NYC. His infectious energy and bright smile is his USP as a performer. Sahil strongly believes that PASSION is the only prerequisite to learn dance!
Adaora was introduced to Bollywood dance when she spent a summer abroad in Dharamsala, India during college. Watching Bollywood music videos with her host family every night, she was immediately drawn to the musicality, the energy, and the festiveness of the dance style and knew she would have to try it one day. After dabbling in swing and Latin dance in college, Adaora moved to New York to get her master’s degree in social work and discovered Bollywood Funk NYC. At first she thought what she found was simply a new hobby. Little did she know that with time it would become a serious passion!
Ruchi, a software engineer by profession started dancing when she was 4. As a young girl, she spent a lot of time learning dance including Kathak and bollywood dancing. She was a part of her college’s dance team during her undergraduate studies in India, and choreographed and performed a lot as a part of the same. Ruchi loves dancing as it sets her free and makes her forget everything else. Even after coming to the US, the fun of bollywood music and love for thumkas pulled her towards Bollywood Funk which has been nothing short of a fun filled ride.
Mayuri, a chartered accountant from Australia, currently works for a British Bank. Mayuri’s dance journey only began a few years ago when she found Ayesha to teach her a solo to perform at her sister’s wedding. Shortly thereafter, she joined Bollywood funk nyc as a basic beginner student in 2012 and recently joined the intermediate batch. With no background in dancing, Mayuri has developed a passion for hip hop funk dancing and loves being challenged at the school with new and tougher choreographies that are being taught at Bfunk every month. She loves the culture and the relationships she has developed over the past four years that has urged her to want to come back to Bfunk everyday. And lastly – the opportunity to perform at big events is something that used to be a dream but is now a reality for Mayuri
Anisha has been trained in Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Indian folk styles for sixteen years and has completed a Nritya Nipuna under her guru, Smt. Jasmine Shah. In college, Anisha was captain of a fusion dance team that combined hip hop, salsa, step, and ballet with Bhangra, Bharatnatyam and Bollywood. She has been dancing with BollywoodFunk NYC for the past year.
Payal, an Associate Researcher by profession, loves dancing because that's the best way she chooses to express herself and be happy. Dancing since the age of 4 in both classical and Bollywood forms, Payal joined Bollywood Funk NYC in 2013 which was one of the best decisions ever as it gave her lifelong passion, dream of continuing Dance , the platform to make it a reality.
Ayesha Zen Hitesh Anisha Abhishek Sahil Mayuri Adaora Ruchi Rashmi Payal