Music and dance: A Bollywood musical coming to Christchurch in April
(caption for the above picture: Bollywood Dreams performing at a Chinese festival in Christchurch in 2016)
Following from the success of last year’s first-ever dance musical in the South Island, the city-based dance school Bollywood Dreams – a brain-child of 23-year-old dancing sensation and masters student at the University of Canterbury Mr Shawn Thomas - will be presenting its annual performance on two days - April 28 and 29, this year.
Titled Teri Padosan Rangeela, the two-hour musical will feature 60 performers [all students of Mr Thomas] aged between five and 25, and divided into five groups depending on their dancing skills. As was the case last time, this year too, the musical will feature 45 popular Bollywood dance medleys.
“The demand for tickets last year was so huge that we had to turn people down. That’s why we have decided to perform two shows this year. In terms of the dance school, our aim now is to move beyond the borders of Christchurch and expand our reach to the North Island. We will also be looking for more cultural collaborations and aim to perform at other ethnic communities’ events as well. This we feel would to be the best way to share our music and dance with the wider community," noted Thomas.