She was the one who brought Boogie Woogie to Canada in the form of Naach Meri Jaan. She has choreographed famous Bollywood personalities like Bipasha Basu, Lisa Ray and Priyanka Chopra. Puja Amin, founder of the Sanskriti Arts Ensemble, is all set to dazzle Toronto once again with her latest venture that promises to give Bollywood dance fans a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Dance Diaries with Saroj Khan, presented by Sanskriti Arts and Imagebuilderz will be the first event of its kind in Canada that will allow Bollywood dance enthusiasts to train with legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan. Khan who is credited with choreographing some of Bollywood’s most popular numbers including Ek Do Teen from Tezaab, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta and more recently Gun Guna Re from Agneepath and Dil Mera Muft Ka from Agent Vinod, will be leading half day (on first day only), full-day and one on one sessions between March 25 and March 28, 2016 in Toronto and Ottawa and will be teaching students the moves to some of her evergreen popular classics.
“Dance Diaries is the result of a promise I made to my dance students”, says Amin. “It is an initiative to give dancers in Toronto the opportunity to meet pioneer choreographers from all over the world, teaching on a local platform, that will help them enhance their dance skills and open doors to other opportunities.
What prompted her to liaise with Saroj Khan for this series of Dance Diaries? “Saroj Khan is the one who created Bollywood dance”, emphasizes Amin. “If you need a blockbuster hit, you need Saroj Khan. She is a dream come true for all the dancers. To see her, to meet her, to be able to work with her is quite an unbeatable experience. And to be taught by her and be able to put a production on stage under her choreography is an experience beyond words.”
The workshops will be conducted for kids and adults. The Kid’s Class will take in age groups five to 11 years and the Adult’s Class will take in age groups 12 and above. It will run for four days from March 25 to March 28 with the final showcase taking place on the evening of March 28 in Mississauga, where students who have been part of the workshop for at least two sessions will get the unique opportunity to perform live on stage with Dance Maestro Saroj Khan.
Amin has also worked closely with Khan on a number of projects says she has had a great experience working with the veteran choreographer and has had the opportunity to learn a lot from her about choreography and composition of dance. She is hoping that the students who attend the workshop will get to see first hand how Bollywood choreographies are created.
“Saroj ji is really known for her expressive style of choreography and dance and I am really hoping that they are able to get a part of that from her. Besides I also want them to experience what the real world of choreography out there feels like. Putting a show together in just four days is no mean feat, and this is going to be a great opportunity to actually see how a veteran choreographer such as Saroj Khan connects expressive choreography and brilliant technique that looks great on screen.”
For more information and registration visit www.sanskritiarts.ca