Languages: English, Hindi
A three-time Canadian National Dance champion, Karima Essa is Vancouver's very own Bollywood star. An incredibly charismatic and passionate performer, choreographer and instructor, she has used her one-of-a-kind Bollywood talent to entertain audiences at festivals, theatres and in schools across Canada. In 2014, her love for Bollywood took her to the screens in Mumbai, India, as a two-time finalist on Omni TV's reality show, Bollywood Star. Karima showcased her Bollywood Star show at ArtStarts in 2018 and has performed 100+ shows and dance residencies in B.C. schools.
"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
"Many families celebrating Diwali (the Festival of Lights) enjoy Bollywood dancing, and Karima's workshop engaged families unfamiliar with the festival to get involved. She translated language into dance using corresponding expressions and movement when teaching our younger guests, which resulted in amazing participation from everyone. We were thrilled with our audience turnout this year and plan to invite her again." - Mital Gorman, Diwali in Kits Event Organizer
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: electrical outlet, 1 table, swept stage or floor
Fee Range: $745 - $895 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
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 where 1,200 different languages are spoken. 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.
Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Up to 500 students
Tech Requirements: gym, swept floor, stage, electrical outlet
Fee Range: $895-$1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Karima's infectious warmth and engaging personality will awaken the dancer inside no matter your age, ability or experience! For each class, Karima will perform a Bollywood dance in full attire to introduce the dance form and music, followed by an interactive warm up. She will teach the basic elements of Bollywood dance, including neck and head movements, facial expressions and foot 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 of the students, with older students learning more intricate choreography. At the end, Karima will lead a student performance along with a solo dance in full attire. Teachers will also have the option of learning a dance to perform as a surprise for their students. Dance residencies are also available for 3, 5 or 10-day options. Inquire for discounted pricing.