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Montreal: Indian and Bollywood Dance Workshop | May 22


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Dancer, choreographer and yoga instructor, Hemalayaa Behl


Indian and Bollywood Dance Workshop

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 7:00 p.m.
SEVA
5244, rue St.Urbain, Montreal
Cost: $40

Festival Accès Asie is honoured to welcome Hemalayaa Behl, choreographer, dancer and yoga instructor for a workshop on Indian and Bollywood dance. Open to everyone, this workshop is an opportunity to plunge into the colourful and fascinating world of East Indian musical comedy and learn its techniques. Join in on a discovery that seduces millions of spectators yearly. With its bewitching melodies, it is as contagious as it is spirited.

Continue reading for more on Hemalayaa Behl.

Rising quickly in popularity, Bollywood film is a fascinating mix of overlapping stories that are steeped in spectacular music and dance. Renowned for their lavish dance pieces, Bollywood film influenced Hemalayaa Behl at a very young age. From a dream to reality, she sidestepped the usual dance workshops in Canada and in the US and combined her knowledge of traditional Indian dance with her practices in yoga to offer a complete and enriching experience.

Hemalayaa Behl was born in Toronto in 1974 as a second generation Canadian with South Indian origins. Having come from a family with strong religious and cultural values, Hemalayaa was exposed to Indian dance and yoga early on in life. In order to better understand herself, Hemalayaa left her parent’s strict home-life and moved to Vancouver Island. Soon she devoted herself seriously to studying spirituality and yoga following world-renowned masters such as Shiva Rea and Jeffrey Armstrong and then became a dancer and a choreographer in Indian dance.

Hemalayaa Behl presently teaches meditation and yoga in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. She also produced four DVDs presenting her yoga and dance techniques: Yoga for Urban Living (2001), Dosha Yoga (2005), Yoga for Young Bodies (2006) and Bollywood Dance Workout which combines physical exercise with Indian dance. Hemalayaa also writes a monthly bulletin called "Yoga and the City," with musings on the yogic life.

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mia (montreal) wrote:

I have a comment to make. I love bollywood dancing and I would love to learn it too. However there aren't any bollywood dance schools here in montreal. Someone I know wants to learn the dance too. How do I find Hemalayaa Behl's contact info..

Posted July 18, 2008 09:37 AM

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