THE 1st BOLLYWOOD DANCE ACADEMY GREECE
“Let’s Bollywood Greece”
Feel your body, Free your spirit, Get the energy!
The 1st Bollywood Dance Academy Greece, was founded in 2013 by Anna Dimitratou, aiming to introduce Indian dance forms in Greece. Miss Dimitratou is also the Director of Artistic Studio Oriental Expression, a premier Bellydance school in Athens and the President of the “Oriental Expression Awards” which organizes International Dance Competitions every year. Her love for both Indian dance and Belly Dance led to the inception of the Bollywood and Multicultural Dance Festival, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.
The main goal of the Academy is to give the Greek population and people in Europe to learn some Authentic Indian Dance in Greece. The Academy facilitates this by inviting and working with the best teachers from Greece and abroad, through regular weekly classes and Workshops and various Dance events.
The Academy also provides opportunities to professional dancers to become a Bollywood Dance teacher through its certified Teacher Training Program in collaboration with the International Dance Council (CID- UNESCO) through a structured program emphasizing a high quality training in Technique and Pedagogy. (here)
The Academy is open for everyone in Greece, irrespective of age or background in Dance. So if you are an Amateur or Professional dancer, or even if you are just a dance lover, we have something to offer you!
All members of the Academy will be able to participate in festivals, competitions, video clips, documentaries and films, but also in presentations and TV shows. The best dancers get an opportunity to be a part of the professional team of the Academy, and get PAID shows (corporate, wedding, parties and other events) while also represent the Academy and Greece on International platforms.
The Curriculum of the Academy includes:
* Regular Batches for Kids, Beginners, Advanced, and Professionals, which operate normally at Artistic Studio Oriental Expression (Antiopis 31, Agios Dimitrios).
See the weekly schedule here.
* The Academy organizes a Bimonthly Bollywood Intensive Training, facilitated by Anna Dimitratou together with Sumon Rudra, our Indian teacher and choreographer at the Academy. It is open for everyone but it’s organized specially for those who cannot attend weekly classes because they reside out of Athens.
You can find out more about Intensive Trainings here.
* “Be a Bollywood Dance Professor”: For Professsional dancers who wish to become Certified Teachers of Bollywood Dance.
Learn more about the program here.
* Vocational Curriculum for those who are able to attend the Academy’s weekly courses
See the Curriculum here
Already, the Academy has the following assets:
* The Academy has performed in every popular TV show in Greece,in channels like ALPHA, Epsilon, MEGA, STAR, OPEN BEYOND, ANT1 among others and have been featured in some of the most of the popular magazines and newspapers like People and Lifo (here)
* Major Corporate shows for multinational companies like Samsung, HDFC, Mahindra among others.
* “Greece Got Talent” in 2018. First Bollywood Dance Academy group to made it to the Semifinals in this show (See here)
* So You Think You Can Dance 2017 : Sumon Rudra, our teacher from the Academy, introduced Bollywood Dance in the show and choreographed in the Semi finals and Finale of the show.
* The 1st Bollywood Flash mob in Greece held as part of the World Dance Day Celebration (April 27, 2013) at Kerameikos Square in central Athens, with great success. https://youtu.be/s8U8SHnQ4mk
* Participation of the Academy in the “Bollywood and Multicultural Dances Festival” organized annually by the Artistic Studio Oriental Expression and the Indo – Hellenic Society for Culture and Development, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the International Dance Council (CID – Unesco) at the Dora Stratou Theater.
* The 1st Greek Production of Bollywood Music “India the Land of Love”, presented at the 3rd Bollywood and Multicultural Dance Festival, in the Technopolis of Athens. More than 50 dancers participated in the musical. In the lead roles are actor George Chraniotis (narrator), renowned Indian choreographer and teacher George Jacob, Anna Dimitratou, George Tomboulis and Kleoniki Karachaliou. (https://youtu.be/_qeMshyvsDU)
The Academy Accredited Bollywood Dance Teachers
2015 was an important year for the Academy, having created through the “Be a Bollywood Dance Professor” Program the first accredited master teachers of Bollywood dance in Greece. The diplomas were awarded at a special ceremony during the “3rd Bollywood and Multicultural Dance Festival” in Technopolis, Athens.
Since then – after systematic training – new teachers of Bollywood Dance have been accredited. The awards for master’s degrees are held at a special ceremony during the “Bollywood and Multicultural Dance Festival” at the Dora Stratou Theater.
See the Accredited Teachers here.
– Entries to the “1st BOLLYWOOD DANCE ACADEMY GREECE” are made daily at the Studio Secretariat.