Dance is a way to express exactly how you feel, whether you're mourning the loss of a unibrow or celebrating a newfound ability to communicate with bees. Utilize limbs to externalize emotions with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a four-week Bollywood dance class series at Bollywood Shake (a $49 value). Choose from the following four locations: Bollywood Shake's studio in Northwest Austin, Galaxy Dance Studio in South Austin, Metamorphosis Dance Academy in Round Rock, or SMSD McPhail School of Dance in Central Austin.
Helmed by classically trained dancer and choreographer Ruchika Dias, Bollywood Shake seeks out dedicated instructors to teach students the hip-swiveling art of Bollywood dance. Over four consecutive weeks of classes, guests learn a blend of classic Indian choreography styles, as well as R&B and hip-hop moves, all set to the infectious, bouncy beats of the subcontinent’s most popular songs. Open to adults of all experience levels, the one-hour sessions energize and strengthen bodies, preventing tired muscles from powering down midsentence. A new four-week session starts at the beginning of each month, so check out the schedule, or call your chosen location for a variety of class dates and times.
A conflation of Bombay (the old name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, Bollywood refers to the Mumbai-based film industry, which draws up the tradition of golden-age musicals, using song and dance as a way for characters to express their emotions. The dance style that has emerged from these films blends traditional and folk dance moves with beats and movements inspired by modern R&B and hip-hop. The ladies of Bollywood Shake showcase dance routines step by step, strengthening their student's sense of timing, spacing, and how to twirl without bodychecking their dance partner. Students twist and turn inside an expansive studio with lightly stained hardwood floors and decorated with gentle colors of orange and dark yellow. Instructors also offer Bollywood Workout classes, which use sped-up dance routines to tighten and tone the body.