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STRAIGHT OUTTA BOLLYWOOD
Anushka Kumar and other members of the Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Show will have crowd on feet
Expect vibrant costumes, captivating
choreography and the synchronised
jingling of bling at the Canberra
School of Bollywood Dancing's
Straight Outta Bollywood on show
at ANU Art Centre on December 5
will be the dance school's ninth annual
The performance will feature 60
dancers, a swirl of colour and myriad
of fusion and traditional dance forms.
The evening show from 6pm to 8pm
includes performances from tiny tots,
some just three years old, to adults.
Canberra School of Bollywood
Dancing director Krisha Jilson
founded the school in 2006.
A surge of interest in the dance style
meant over the past nine years the
numbers of enrolled students
increased fivefold, she said.
"The up-beat music is so good we
find people forget they are getting a
workout," she said.
Ms Jilson and eight other instructors
teach 150 students across the ACT at
sites in Belconnen, Woden,
Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and the ANU
Along with a celebration of all the
students have mastered throughout the
year, the performance is a chance for
the wider community to learn more
about Bollywood dance -- an entirely
Indian yet wholeheartedly cross-
"Straight Outta Bollywood will be a
great night out for the family, and for
those that have been a bit curious
about Bollywood, it's a great
introduction to what is a very big part
of Indian culture," she said.
"You don't need to know the
language to enjoy it. The atmosphere
is fun. People are clapping and
dancing in the aisles and we will have
everyone on their feet for a mini
10-minute workshop too."
The joyful, energetic dance show is
sure to put crowds in high-spirits but
will also aid a worthy cause.
"All profits from this year's concert
goes towards the Ronald McDonald
House, Canberra," Ms Jilson said.
"Once every three years we try to
give back to the community. This is a
small thank you and something the
school would like to do for the
community of Canberra."
The money raised will support the
non-profit located within the Women
and Children's Hospital to continue to
provide vital support to families and
seriously ill children.
Straight Outta Bollywood
Saturday, December 5, 6pm-8pm at
ANU Art Centre, Civic. Tickets
$20-$25 at trybooking.com/JQEI.
1 Exhibition Park in Canberra's
Quokka Pavilion will be
stacked with locally made goods
and craft on Saturday.
Canberra's Etsy community will
host Canetsy from 8.30am until
4pm. It's a great chance to pick
up something unique from ACT
crafters, collectors and artisans
and feel good knowing 20 per
cent of every seller's profits will
be donated to helping girls in
poverty as part of the online
campaign. Free entry. Details at
2 Christmas in the City lights
up this weekend and will
deliver a month of festivities,
markets, concerts, family-
friendly activities and camel
rides until December 31. Keep
your eyes peeled for a spectacle
as SIDS and Kids ACT are
attempting to break the
Guinness World Records title for
the most number of lights on an
artificial Christmas tree. From
6pm-11pm daily. Details at
3 Join in as The Phoenix Bar
celebrates its 22nd birthday
with a week-long extravaganza.
Kicking off with a Bootlegs
Session the week promises a
birthday edition of nerd trivia
on Tuesday from 7.30pm
followed by back-to-back 9pm
gigs from Wednesday until
Saturday. Check out the six-part
birthday program at
4 Inspired by design of a classic
Greek amphitheatre, Aspen
Island Theatre Company has
transformed Civic Square into
The Public Theatre -- but the
content will be decidedly
modern. The program, running
until Sunday, boasts live music,
poetry and performances
culminating in a VIP Soiree on
Saturday from 8pm. Full details
5 Spend Wednesday evening
considering objects, why we
collected them and what they
tell us about who we are. As
part of the Fix and Make series
bring along a small hand-held
object and your thinking cap to
a talk with drinks at Hotel Hotel.
Tickets $15, concessions $10, at
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