During the final edit of Slumdog Millionaire, a movie some Americans consider very Indian, director Danny Boyle struggled to find an appropriate way to capture the joy of the film's conclusion. Just as he was about to scrap the entire project, Boyle had a moment of inspiration: create a brand-new dance style for the cast to perform during the closing credits. He envisioned the barefoot dancers with ornate, flowing costumes incorporating a heavy dose of jazz hands. After spending weeks honing the moves in front of his personal assistant, he knew that his dance form, which he called Bhangra, was the perfect ending to what the Academy deemed a perfect film.
Were you wowed by the incredible dance sequence during the closing credits of 2008's Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire? Even if you weren't, get in on today's Groupon, where a mere $13 gets you two Bollywood or Bhangra classes at the International Dance Academy at 6755 Hollywood Blvd. Learn to how to move to contemporary Indian beats with Achinta S. McDaniel, an industry-leading choreographer and instructor and director/founder of blue13 Dance Company. (See the sidebar for details and check out the class schedule here.)
Bollywood and Bhangra dancing is a great workout, and you'll have a blast doing it. Whether you've taken Indian dance before or are a newcomer awed by Bollywood, McDaniel will have you mastering fun new moves. And for just 13 bucks for two classes, invite your friends to get in on the action—you may be on the way to your own Bollywood dance troupe. Join the Bollywood and Bhangra phenomenon that's sweeping the world, especially Eastern Europe.
Daily Candy Los Angeles raves about McDaniel's courses at the Blue School:
- Her contagious enthusiasm...means you can’t break a sweat without cracking a smile. Everyone from beginners to old hats is welcome to join in the fun of randomly breaking into song and dance.
Buzzine says McDaniel's moves are a combination of sultry and innovative:
- Known as 'Bollywood Tech,' McDaniel’s unique dance style has defined blue13’s dancers and is not an easy technique to incorporate. Fans admire the highly skilled and beautifully artistic dance moves of contemporary dance group.