Thursday, November 19, 2015



The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Announces New Cultural Initiative Workshops

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Bollywood Dance Workshops

WHEN: Sunday, November 22nd, at 3:30-5:00PM; Sunday, December 13th, at 3:30-5:00PM
Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ
TUITION: The classes are free and open to the public. Ages 13 – adult.
Registration is not required.
For more information, please contact or 201.482.8194.

Sonalee (2) 300dpiThese classes will be taught by award-winning Bollywood Choreographer with 15 years of experience, Sonalee Vyas-Jani.

This is a 90-minute high-energy workshop that will give dancers the opportunity to shine as they learn an entire Bollywood dance song! This is a fun and upbeat class which lets children explore Indian music, rhythms and movement with lots of spins, turns, jumps and shimmy.

There are 5 essential elements for Bollywood dance, which will be covered in these workshops:

1. Timing & Rhythm

2. Energy & Enthusiasm

3. Stamina

4. Sharp classical hand and feet gestures

5. Controlled and expressive movements

These classes will also give the dancer the ability to learn an entire Bollywood dance within 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to specially designed warm-ups with hand and foot work, to help you understand the movement of the body. The next 60 minutes will be dedicated to learning and perfecting the entire Bollywood song.

“This is an amazing opportunity to connect with bergenPAC. I am also very excited to share my expertise and passion for Indian Bollywood Dancing and provide classes will be unique, energetic, and contain worldwide choreography. With a full ensemble of Instructors, we are ready to take bergenPAC by storm and provide the best Bollywood Dancing ever seen in Englewood!” - Sonalee Vyas

About Sonalee Vyas
Sonalee Vyas is the founder of the Sonalee Vyas Dance Company. With over 20 years of dancing experience, Sonalee Vyas has one of the most respected professional dance training schools in the Tri-State Area. The Indian-born choreographer has pushed the boundaries of performance dance by incorporating the technical elements of various world dances for further inspiration in Indian choreography. She presents her audiences with an exciting and emotional blend of Bollywood, traditional and modern, molded into a style of choreography that is both eloquent and explosive. Her movement provokes, inspires and entertains audiences with its unique blend of music, dance and narrative styles.

About The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC
The Education program at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for students ages 2 1/2 months to 21 years old.

The program provides students with unique and “hands-on” arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts. bergenPAC’s arts education initiatives occur on-site at our new Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ or off-site at other schools. The school reaches more than 30,000 students annually.

The Performing Arts School offers basic and professional level performing arts classes and ensemble groups and productions in theater, dance, and music for students of all ages and abilities including special needs. The school also offers beyond bergenPAC, a school Partnership Program with school districts throughout the area.

To enroll now or for more information contact 201.503.8326 or or

About bergenPAC

Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. 

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