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Karima Essa

Discipline: Dance
Homebase: New Westminster
Languages: English, Hindi

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.


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

Performances & Workshops

See a preview of Karima's show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!

Body Positive Bollywood Dance Workshops

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: Full Day
Capacity: Entire school: 60 students per workshop (can be customized to suit cohorts; grade groupings)
Tech Requirements: Swept floor and stage, extension cord, PA system
Fee Range: $545-$1545 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$1,000.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$1,100.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,200.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,200.00
Vancouver Island North
$1,300.00
Interior
$1,300.00
North
$1,400.00
Remote
$1,500.00
Kootenays
$1,300.00
Virtual
$500.00

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. Bollywood Dance Videos Karima also offers schools pre-recorded Bollywood Dance video modules 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. Available modules: Module 1 Beginner Bollywood (K-2); Module 2 Intermediate Bollywood (grades 3-5); Module 3 Advanced Bollywood (grades 6-7); Module 4; Beginner Bollywood (grade 8); Module 5 Intermediate Bollywood (grades 9-10); Module 6 Advanced Bollywood (grades 11-12). Fee for 1 module: $500 + GST. Fee for 3 modules: $1,000 + GST. Fee for 6 modules: $1,500 + GST. Add on 1 x 30-min Zoom Performance/Rehearsal session (max 3 classes): $300 + GST.

Body Positive Bollywood Show

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45-min + 15 min Q&A
Capacity: 600+
Tech Requirements: Projector, AV cart, projection screen, extension cord, PA system. (Artist will bring PA system too)
Fee Range: $795-$945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$750.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$775.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$850.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$900.00
Remote
$900.00
Kootenays
$850.00
Virtual
$0.00

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. She also shares her personal journey as a dancer, and her vision on how we can counteract society's narrow beauty ideals. Students of all shapes and sizes will leave inspired to accept and love themselves inside and out, on and off the dance floor!

Bollywood Star - Karima Essa

Grade Suitability: K -6
Duration: 45-min + 15-min Q&A
Capacity: 500+
Tech Requirements: Swept floor and/or stage, basketball hoop up, extension cord, PA system.
Fee Range: $795 - $945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$750.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$775.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$850.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$900.00
Remote
$900.00
Kootenays
$850.00
Virtual
$0.00

Karima Essa showcases Bollywood dance as a fun cultural art form by opening with an electrifying dance in full regalia. During her interactive and high-energy show, students learn about the origins of Bollywood dance along with some traditional and popular dance moves and key words in Hindi from Bollywood cinema. She explains how dance is a powerful and universal form of storytelling in India - a country which has 1,369 rationalized mother tongues! Through active participation, students learn how to express different emotions, such as happiness and sadness, through the key elements of Bollywood dance involving intricate hand movements (mudras), neck and head movements, facial expressions, and foot movements.

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