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WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Winter: January 21st to April 2nd, 2021 (11 classes)
Online due to current restrictions – contact Rameez for more details
Drop-ins $17 or $165 full session ($143 for students)
Payment by e-transfer recommended  / 514-979-1786 / in English

By registering for an evening class, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before showing up, and if possible, register and pay in advance to minimize the risk of contamination and in case we need to trace contacts. Thank you!

CONTENT // Dive into the magical world of Bollywood! This mystical dance form exercises coordination, expression, stamina and fun. From its roots stemming from Indian classical dances (bharatanatyam and kathak) to different provincial, folk dances from around India, Bollywood is one of the few dance forms that is constantly evolving & drawing new inspirations from movement influencers within the industry. This class will allow you explore the basic elements of Bollywood dance including body isolations, hand gestures (mudras), flow, footwork and theatrics. With over 20 years of experience from different influential industry and non-industry choreographers, Rameez Karim has developed his own interpretation of Bollywood dance that ranges from more traditional filmi to spectacular fusion numbers. His compositions constantly challenge different movements, their qualities and execution. Let’s go to the colourful land of Bollywood!

BIO // Rameez Karim is a queer, Montreal-based multi-dance genre choreographer, instructor and performer. He is the former Assistant Director of Bollywood Blast. He has learned from renowned Bollywood choreographers Saroj Khan, Shampa Gopikrishna and Baba Yadav. He has also learned from celebrity choreographers in Western styles of dance including Pavan Thimmaiah, Mark Samuels & Paul Becker. Rameez has worked for/ with artists such as Marc Dupré, Mia Martina, The Bilz & Kashif, Priyanka Chopra, Diljit Dosanj and Jassi Sidhu. On screen, Rameez has appeared in numerous music videos and films including “Ho Gayi Talli” from the Bollywood film Super Singh (2017) which has over 29 million views on YouTube. Rameez has choreographed and performed for some of Montreal’s largest festivals including Acces Asie, Taste of the Caribbean and Canada Pride. His work has been presented locally and internationally in Lisbon, Dubai, Mexico and New York City and across Canada.

On June 9, 2019 Rameez launched his new troupe, Veils of Bollywood, at the 15th Annual Choreographer’s Ball in Toronto, Canada. Rameez’s extensive exposure to different styles of movement has allowed him to create using a vast palette rich in many forms of cultural expression. Being part of the Ismaili Muslim community, he incorporates elements of spirituality and enlightenment into his work. His most recent training in contemporary dance with Stéphanie Decourteille has allowed him to further explore another realm of movement. Rameez continues to develop his own style using his diverse life experience and everyday inspirations. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal with a major in Contemporary Dance specializing in Creation & Choreography.

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Evening classes are open to all levels, and it is recommended to register in advance for one or multiple classes.

Registration is done directly with the teachers, please contact them if you need additional information.

Come try the classes! Free trial classes at the beginning of the sessions:
Saturday, September 12, 2020 / Saturday, January 16, 2021 / Saturday, April 4, 2021