Festival of Light 2013

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

An evening of divine South Asian dance and enchanting music.

Come and celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, with an evening of divine South Asian dance and enchanting music.

This evocative and uplifting family-friendly event includes a special curtain-raiser performance by Wolverhampton-based Roshni Dance Academy, winners of Sampad’s recent Bollywood’s Got Talent competition and performances from leading dance group Hina Dancers, West Bromwich-based Shree Krishna dance group and Jai Jashn Dance.

Presented by Sampad South Asian Arts and Arena Theatre.

HINA DANCERS

Hina Dancers will be reflecting the Diwali celebrations with some Bollywood-inspired dance performances.

Hina Chavda has been dancing since the age of 2. She trained in Kathak under Sonia Sabri and has performed for Lehar Dance Company and Sampad. Hina has also personally done a lot of charity work, including fundraiser performances for Sight Savers and HIV sufferers.

Since forming ‘Hina & Co’ more than 10 years ago, Hina and her dancers have performed at a variety of events and venues over the years, steadily building up a formidable reputation. They have performed for many prestigious events and organisations over the years, including the BBC, Mega Mela, Artsfest, Asian Network Live, Asian Pop Awards, Britain’s Got Talent 2008, James Caan Charity Dinner, The Clothes Show live 2010, Gordon Ramsey Curry in a Hurry for Comic Relief and Richard Branson’s Launch Party for Virgin Atlantic.

ROSHNI DANCE ACADEMY

Roshni Dance Academy will be performing a curtain raiser exploring traditional Indian culture, incorporating devotional elements to reflect the celebration of Diwali and the story of Krishna, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for the audience. This section will consist mainly of classical dance forms Kathak and Bharatnatyam (with some Bollywood touches).

The second section will be more upbeat, introducing the more modern and colourful side of Indian tradition and Bollywood dance. The medley includes some popular Bollywood movie songs and will get the audience in a lively mood, ready for the main show.

Based in Wolverhampton, Roshni Dance Academy is a community-based dance company, offering classes to children (3 years upwards) and adults, from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

Its classes are aimed at exploring cultural Indian dance and offer training in Bollywood and Kathak dance styles, as well as incorporating choreography from other dance forms including contemporary and belly-dance.

The Academy’s latest achievement was winning the under 16’s Bollywood’s Got Talent 2013 title, presented by sampad in Birmingham earlier this year.

For more information: Tel: 07891 964424 | roshnisacademy@hotmail.com | Facebook: Roshni Pink

SHREE KRISHNA DANCE GROUP

Based at the Shree Krishna Temple, West Bromwich, Shree Krishna dance group has been performing for several years. The group, consisting of young dancers, has won several dance competitions and regularly takes part in community shows and fundraising events.

They will be performing Gujarati Ras-garaba folk dances and Bollywood dance with a cultural twist.

JAI JASHN DANCE

Led by Jaivant Patel, Jai Jashn Dance is a Wolverhampton-based community dance group, which is open to people from all ethnic/cultural backgrounds.

The group’s main aim is to explore the cultural dance heritage of India and encourage its members to positively demonstrate and promote its diversity.

Jai Jashn Dance has its roots in Wolverhampton City Council’s ABCD Regeneration Project, where SureStart Bollywood classes were run to promote family learning. The group is now affiliated with Blakenhall Leisure Community Association, running classes every Thursday for children, young people and adults at Blakenhall Community & Healthy Living Centre.

Jaivant Patel trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, where he gained a BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance. He has worked with leading choreographers such as Shobana Jeyasingh, Jeremy Nelson, Sharon Watson and Laurent Cavanna amongst others.

In 2008 he received a grant from Arts Council England for Jaivant Patel Dance & Company and performed a research and development piece called ‘Saruat’ in venues across Wolverhampton.

For the past 10 years he has been a creative consultant/choreographer for various organisations, schools and projects including the short film ‘Dance Like The Bird That Flies’ for London 2012 and ‘Whose Story’ for the National Trust.

For more information email jaijpdc@hotmail.co.uk.
www.facebook.com/JaiJashnDance |Twitter @jashnjpdc

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