Members of an East Indian dance company took a break from the stage Saturday to serve a meal for Edmonton’s homeless, replacing the usual menu with more traditional Indian fare.

"It’s something a little bit different, a bit cultural," said Ashley Kumar, director of the Sharara Dance Studio.

Students served up plates full of tawa masala, rice, raita and naan bread for  people at the Boyle Street Community Centre.

The studio also showcases some of the its dance routines.

Kumar says the event was planned to build closer ties between the studio and the community.

"We wanted to get our students involved in the community, take a bigger stand in the community for certain issues that affect Edmonton and one of them is being homelessness and poverty," she said.

"If we don’t help each other, we can’t grow as a community."

She says dancers began fundraising for the meal in November.