The much anticipated launch of the world’s biggest dance academy, SHIAMAK received an overwhelming response in the USA. On August 28 , they celebrated one year of successfully educating, entertaining and empowering people through dance and the performing arts . With an energetic Bollywood themed party, everyone associated with the academy came together to celebrate in style at the gorgeous lounge Vermillion in New York City.
Over the last 365 days, The SHIAMAK Dance Academy has reached out to dance enthusiasts across New York and New Jersey introducing them to the Shiamak movement and Bollywood dancing straight from the heart of Indian Cinema – Mumbai. Through the Winter Funk, Spring Funk and Summer Funk batches, students have got an opportunity to learn their favorite dance styles, perform on stage and feel the joy of being in the spotlight. In the course of these twelve months, Shiamak’s faculty has travelled across Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Austin spreading the joy of dance. Special workshops were also conducted for the JK Watson Fellowship, ladies networking class with Joya Dass’ Lady Drink in NYC and ladies networking class with Millburn Cultural Committee in Millburn, NJ. Just before the one year celebration, students here got a special Master Class with Shiamak’s Master Faculty and CEO of The SHIAMAK Group, Glen D’Mello.
It was the overwhelming response to Shiamak’s choreography at the IIFA Awards in Tampa Bay (April, 2014) that convinced him to launch his academy in the USA. Since then, the instructors have developed The SHIAMAK Dance Team USA that trains in various dance styles and performs at shows and events. From Diwali at Times Square led by popular reality show judge and Shiamak’s COO Marzi to the NYC Dance Parade, from the Asian American Heritage Festival in Edison to the Independence Day Parade (SLING International Float), SHIAMAK USA has introduced the audience here to the larger than life Bollywood experience in true Shiamak Style. Through the year, the team has participated in various community celebrations marking festivals including Diwali, Halloween, Valentine Day, Baisakhi, Holi and Christmas.
Shiamak has always believed in the power of dance to heal. Spreading happiness through dance, The SHIAMAK USA team has performed and conducted Dance for Good activities through the year. In April 2015, they joined hands with Young Voice of NYC to put up a special dance performance in support of Pediatric Cancer division of St. Judes Hospital. Senior Manager , Deeba Patel judged the competition along with Joya Dass, Karen Hoyos, Thara Natalie. The team celebrated International Dance Day by giving back to the community, by performing for the retired seniors at Bethpage Senior Community Center in Long Island.
Celebrating a year of dance
SHIAMAK USA introduced their new faculty at the one year celebration party, Lester Fernandes and Anitha Prakash.Who have trained for years in India under Shiamak . Both the instructors are extremely popular in India having taught in multiple cities and performed at national and international platforms. They put up a fantastic performance at the party with the Dance Team and gave the students something new and exciting to look forward to.
The founder and Artistic Director, Shiamak said, “It has been a fantastic one year in the USA and is the beginning of more amazing things that we’re introducing soon. Lester and Anitha are two of my finest teachers and this is my special gift to my loyal and dedicated students here. The Dance Team has performed at various community events and spread not only the joy of dance but our culture as well. Looking forward to more cities, more workshops and more performances so people can experience authentic Bollywood Jazz.”
This one year has convinced enthusiasts what makes SHIAMAK the world’s biggest dance academy!
SHIAMAK USA has a lot planned for the rest of the year kickstarting this Fall September 10, 2015 with Winter Funk, which ends with a show ‘Santa Goes To Bollywood’ on December 19 followed with Spring Funk 2016 and Summer Funk 2016.
So if you wish to empower yourself through DANCE, this is your chance!
(Photo credits: Sneha Bhumit, Glen D’mello & SHIAMAK USA)