Incredible Bollywood a loud and colorful spectacle

Incredible Bollywood a loud and colorful spectacle

Incredible Bollywood 2 will feature dancers from across Rhode Island Saturday, June 16, in West Warwick High School Auditorium, 1 Webster Knight Drive, West Warwick. Tickets are $25 in advance, at www.dancebff.com, or $35 at the door.

WEST WARWICK – Dancers from across Rhode Island will be part of Incredible Bollywood 2, an evening of rhythm and dance planned for this Saturday, June 16.

Rupa Datta, co-founder and executive director of Bollywood Fusion and Fitness (Dance BFF), said as the Indian population continues to grow in Rhode Island, by some 4,000 people in recent years, so too does the popularity of shows such as these.

But it's not just Indians who perform and attend, she emphasized. These shows have wide appeal to a broad segment of the population.

So why should people come?

“Because it's different from any other show you will see in Rhode Island,” she said. “It's vibrant, it's loud, it's musically energetic.” Color is also huge, she added.

Bollywood combines Indian classical, folk, mid-Eastern, Western, hip hop, and many other styles. Bollywood dance shows are mainly famous for their "magical moods, colorful costumes and syncing of dance in a large group," states a release.

Saturday’s show is presenting a large variety of genres, featuring Bollywood dances from the era of black and white film to contemporary depictions, covering folk, cabaret, courtesan, disco, hip hop, belly dance, tribal, classical, dervish, to all-out fusion Bollywood combining "colors, costumes and extravaganza."

Dancers, from many backgrounds, range in age from 4 to 55, and dance experience also varies.

Datta said the inaugural Incredible Bollywood show last year exceeded expectations by drawing some 500 people, and organizers are hoping this year's event, planned again at the West Warwick High School auditorium, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, will sell out the auditorium's capacity of 700.

The 107 dancers in the show are from all over Rhode Island, including Cumberland, Smithfield, North Providence, and Lincoln.

Datta and fellow Dance BFF founder Rutuja Patil have had their work showcased at PVD Fest, World Refugee Day, Rhode Island Heritage Day, New England Family Fun Festival, Peace Project and many more venues over the last two years. Following those successes, they said they felt the demand for something bigger and that vision became Incredible Bollywood in 2017.

Dance BFF now has three locations, in West Warwick, Providence and now North Attleboro.

Doors for the June 16 event open at 4 p.m. Free parking is available at the high school, 1 Webster Knight Drive, West Warwick.

Tickets are $25 in advance, at www.dancebff.com, or $35 at the door.