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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 for children, youth and adults 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'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 - Karima Essa

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment with music playback
Fee Range: $745 - $895 (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
$700.00
Interior
$800.00
North
$850.00
Kootenays
$800.00

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 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.

Bollywood Star Workshops with Karima Essa

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 1 day (up to 4 workshops) 50-75 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: $945-$1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

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

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 be ready to perform their dance(s) to peers and/or parents.

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