Dhoonya Dance To Offer Garba/Raas Week Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

Dhoonya Dance, Washington D.C.’s premiere Bollywood dance school, is excited to offer a Garba/Raas Week during its classes Sept. 25-Oct.1 in celebration of Navratri, an Indian festival that celebrates the fall harvest season.

Originating from the Indian state Gujarat, Garba and Raas are some of India’s most popular folk dances. Garba is characterized by a group of people dancing in a circle, bending sideways and clapping. Raas is the traditional “stick dance” done with partners. An example of a Garba/Raas dance is below:

Garba and Raas events are traditionally held during Navratri (“nine nights”), an autumn Hindu festival. This year Navratri starts Sept. 28. During this season, Garbas are held throughout the Washington D.C. area, including at the University of Maryland and Northern Virginia Community College.

“The upbeat tempo of the music and graceful swaying movements of Garba and Raas create this energy and atmosphere of fun that everyone can enjoy. Raas also incorporates a lot of jumps, which makes for a great workout,” Kajal Desai, Dhoonya Dance managing director for the Washington D.C. area, said. “Whether this is your first time experiencing Garba/Raas, or you are looking to refresh your skills, Dhoonya’s Garba/Raas week is a great way to prep for the fun Garba season ahead.”

Dhoonya Dance will be teaching routines that feature Garba and Raas influenced steps at the following locations:

Sept 26, Dhoonya BASICS, 7:30-8:30 pm, Saffron Dance, 3260 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon Metro)
Sept. 27, Dhoonya FIT, 6:30-7:30 pm Born2Dance Studio, 305 W. Maple Ave. Vienna
Sept. 28, Dhoonya FIT, 6:30-7:30 pm, Saffron Dance
Sept. 29, Dhoonya FIT, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jordin’s Paradise, 1121 7th St NW, Washington DC (Mt. Vernon Square Metro)

In the Dhoonya BASICS class, students will learn a short dance. The DhoonyaFIT class is a non-stop workout program, similar to Zumba. Classes are $20 for a single drop-in; $18 with a five-class pass; $15 with a 10-class pass. For more information visit http://www.dhoonyadance.com.

The above information is adapted from a Dhoonya Dance press release received Wednesday, September 15th.


Dhoonya Dance Show “JHOSH” Celebrates the Cultural Fusion of the Indian-American Experience

Dhoonya Dance—the Washington area’s pioneering Bollywood-inspired dance school and performance company—is proud to announce its fifth annual show, JHOSH: Our strength comes from the fusion of our cultures…This is our Indian American Experience, will be held Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Duke Ellington Theatre, 3500 R St NW in the District.

Photo Credit: Dhoonya Dance

This year’s theme, JHOSH (Hindi word for strength), tells the story of the Indian American experience through the rich and entertaining world of Bollywood dance. Join one family’s journey through the immigrant experience as they oscillate between two very different worlds, ultimately building a bridge between the two that keeps Indian traditions alive while adapting to the western world.

JHOSH will include performances rooted in uniquely Indian genres (including the classical style known as Bharatanatyam and folk dances such as Bhangra and Rajasthani numbers) as well as distinctively American icons (Madonna); as well as dances and performances that pull from both cultures.

More than 200 dancers will perform in this year’s showcase, including students and members of the Dhoonya Dance Performance Company (DDPC), the semi-professional dance troupe.

“While the music and dance styles have a distinctively Indo-American feel, all of us here can identify with the courage it must have taken for someone in our own families to leave everything behind for a new life in a new world,” Kajal Desai, managing director of Dhoonya Dance, said. “We are looking forward to celebrating that strength of the immigrant experience and our multicultural identities through the engaging, colorful world of Bollywood music and dance.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at the Duke Ellington Box Office http://www.ellingtonschool.org/quicklinks/buytickets.html or (202) 337-4825.


Dhoonya Dance is the nation’s fastest growing Bollywood-inspired dance school and performance company. Dhoonya dancers have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz show, the CBS Early Show, and the USA Network series Royal Pains.

Founded in 2005 in Washington, D.C., Dhoonya Dance School was the District’s pioneering school and dance company in Bollywood-inspired dance. With a second headquarters established in New York in 2009, Dhoonya Dance has taught thousands of adults, children, and teenagers at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The Dhoonya Dance Performance Company has danced at numerous festivals, ceremonies, and special events, with appearances alongside number one recording artist Jay Sean (of the number one hit “Down” with Lil Wayne), and DJ Rekha. Dhoonya Dance has been featured in The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

The above information is from a Dhoonya Dance press release received Monday, May 23rd.

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