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Karima Essa

Discipline: Dance
Homebase: New Westminster
Languages: English, Hindi
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

Karima Essa, a three-time Canadian National Dance champion, is a charismatic Bollywood dancer, choreographer and performer. In 2014 and 2015, her love for Bollywood took her to Mumbai as a two-time finalist on Omni TV's reality show, Bollywood Star. Since first showcasing in 2018, she has performed in 150+ schools. Karima's new focus is on celebrating that all bodies can dance by bringing the body positivity movement to Bollywood Dance in schools. Karima has also completed her Education Assistance certification and is interested in exploring how dance can help improve socio-emotional skills in children with autism or other special needs.


Performance(s)

Body Positive Bollywood Show

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Dance
Offered Languages: English, Hindi
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45-min + 15 min Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Swept stage or gym floor with electrical outlet. Artist will bring own PA.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$750
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$775
Vancouver Island Lower
$800
Vancouver Island Mid
$850
Vancouver Island North
$875
Interior
$875
North
$900
Remote
$900
Kootenays
$875
Virtual
$0

Since age 4, Karima's been gracing the stage in dance competitions, events and most recently on OMNI TV's Bollywood Star reality show. When she hit puberty at 11, her body unwittingly became a blank canvas in which people could "paint" their admiration and adoration or their judgement and criticism. She grew up thinking she needed to be a "size zero" fuelled by the vanity of the Bollywood industry. However, she has finally grown to love her new, beautiful body. She shares the message that true happiness comes from how you feel on the inside, and not from your outward appearance. Karima's Bollywood workshop-style dance show infuses music, breathing and ideologies from ancient scholars from the Middle East and South Asia. Students of all shapes and sizes will leave inspired to accept and love themselves inside and out, on and off the dance floor!

Workshop(s)

Bollywood Dance Workshops

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Dance
Offered Languages: English, Hindi
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: Full Day
Capacity: 60
Tech Requirements: Swept floor and stage, extension cord. Artist will bring own PA
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual

Lower Mainland
$900
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$950
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,000
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,100
Vancouver Island North
$1,100
Interior
$1,200
North
$1,200
Remote
$1,200
Kootenays
$1,200
Virtual
$350

In this 1-day workshop, students will learn that ALL bodies can dance like a Bollywood Star! In her trademark charming and humorous style, Karima teaches students the basic elements of Bollywood dance, including neck and head movements, facial expressions and foot and hand movements, while also using props such as scarves and Dandiya sticks. The music selection and level of dance choreography will match the energy and technical ability for each grade grouping. At the end of the day, students will be ready to perform their dance(s) to peers and/or parents in a show. Karima will also perform her own Bollywood dance choreography in full regalia. Inquire for multiple-day residency options. Karima also offers schools pre-recorded Bollywood Dance videos for elementary and high schools for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Each dance module includes a total of 30-40 minutes of pre-recorded content and includes an interactive warm up, dance lesson, performance and cool down. The school will have access to stream the dance module(s) until the end of the school year. Fee for 3-dance video modules: $350. Fee for 6-dance video modules is $600. A 45-minute virtual Zoom dance workshop is available for up to 3 classes for $350 + ArtStarts fee.


Testimonials & Reviews

As a performer, Karima is the best combination: highly skilled and not-intimidating. Watching her perform inspires people from toddler to senior to join in, and Karima's praise, levity and pure love keeps people dancing - and coming back for more. Jennifer Taylor, Kitsilano Community Centre Community Engagement Coordinator
I highly recommend Karima as an artist-in-residence or performer as her instructional strategies and energy involved all types of learners. She successfully created choreographies with multiple age groups. We all found the experience enriching and transforming. Our parents enjoyed the final performance and were moved by the quality. Karima will have your whole community celebrating! Natalie Morissette, Vancouver principal
Karima had the students fully engaged in her performance. She was charismatic and funny and her show had just the right amount of watch-and-learn and follow-me! The students and staff were entertained and learned about the magic of communicating through music Celidh Deichmann, Lakewood Elementary School, Victoria

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