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Karima Essa

Discipline: Dance
Homebase: Victoria
Languages: English, Hindi

For more than a decade, Karima Essa has been performing, choreographing and teaching Bollywood and Bhangra dance forms for children, youth and adults across the Lower Mainland. 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's vision is to allow children to experience the pure magic and joy of dance and storytelling through the fun expressions and movement of Bollywood dance. Children are inspiring to her because they are uninhibited and dance from the heart - and this is at the heart of every Bollywood Star!


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
"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

Performances & Workshops

Bollywood Star

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment with music playback
Fee Range: $735 - $935 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$700.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$700.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$650.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$650.00
Vancouver Island North
$650.00
Interior
$900.00
North
$900.00
Kootenays
$900.00

Karima's show Bollywood Star showcases Bollywood dance as a fun cultural art form told through the lens of her personal journey. The show opens with a Bollywood dance. She introduces how Bollywood influenced her childhood and explains the origins of the dance through demonstrating traditional dance forms that have shaped Bollywood dance today. Her interactive show involves students in learning traditional and popular dance moves, while also introducing key Hindi words in the choruses of popular Bollywood songs. The show parallels the elements of Bollywood cinema through storytelling, drama, dance and music.

Bollywood Star Workshops

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 1 day (up to 4 workshops) 45-60 minutes each
Capacity: 400 students (groups of 60-100 students depending on grades)
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment with music playback
Fee Range: $935 - $1235 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$1,000.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$1,000.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$900.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$900.00
Vancouver Island North
$900.00
Interior
$1,200.00
North
$1,200.00
Kootenays
$1,200.00

Travel to Mumbai, India where Bollywood Cinema is made! In this workshop or multi-day artist-in-residency, students will learn the basic elements of Bollywood dance, including neck and head movements, facial expressions and foot movements, to a popular Bollywood song. At the end of the day or residency, the students and Karima will perform their Bollywood dance to teachers and/or parents (this is an option and can be at the end of an AIR).

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