Overheard Backstage: Dancing in South Asian Bodies

Saturday 7 March


Panel event exploring South Asian perspectives of body image in dance

12:45 – 16:30
2Northdown2 Northdown Street
London N1 9BG
Body image is about how we think and feel about our bodies. This includes how satisfied we are with our appearance, as well as how we see our bodies through the eyes of others. We all have body image, be it positive or negative and for some, the negative image can lead to worrying outcomes including, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Within the dance community, too many of us face the pressure to be a certain size, weight and shape and for South Asian dancers, this is all too familiar as we constantly feel pressured to abide by our cultural norms of beauty.

To fundraise for the UK's leading eating disorders charity, Beat, on Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year, the London School of Bollywood is inviting you to join members of the South Asian dance community in an intimate sharing of their experiences with body image through a variety of discussions and performances.

Our panel discussion will be followed by performances including from, our host, artist, LGBTQ+ activist and principal dancer at the London School of Bollywood, Shiva Raichandani, and visual artist, set designer and professional dancer, Kaajel Patel. Our panellists include:

Prasanth (Praz) Palliath, founder and head choreographer for the London School of Bollywood, has led his team to the stages of Britain, France and India's Got Talent, with gender equality as a core theme. Praz has formed the team directly out of his experiences of mental health and social equality. The team have gone on to work with leading corporates and media outlets.

Leena Patel, one of the UK's most sought after Bollywood dance choreographers, is known as a Bollywood dance sensation. Her work has stretched from training young talent to a professional level and choreographing for celebrities, to empowering people through her 'BollyFemme' classes more recently.

Anthony Pius, founder of Bolly Illusion, is the Glory's Lipsync 1000 winner, and has performed at festivals such as Latitude and Mighty Hoopla. Anthony has also appeared on iWeigh and iD Magazine to embrace his male and female alternative drag energy extravaganza.

Prabhleen Oberoi, a professional Bollywood dancer and choreographer at Sapnay School of Dance, has not only led her team to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, she has over her career had the privilege to choreograph and perform for artists such as Jay Sean, Shahrukh Khan and most recently, the Jonas Brothers in their hit single, 'Sucker'.

Prash Kumara, choreographer, dancer and mental health practitioner by profession, is best known for his blend of dance styles such as, hip hop, street and commercial. Prash works with young people in schools that experience mental health issues such as, low mood and anxiety.

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