Beyond Bollywood with the Mandy Dance Academy


Melbourne-based Mandy Dance Academy was started in 2011 to portray the several forms of native dances that originated in South India. “We want the Australian community to know that there is more to Indian dance than Bollywood,” says Mandy Bose, choreographer and lead dancer of the Academy. She has been dancing for the last 15 years and has successfully performed in major dance and reality shows in India and Australia.

Trained in traditional, salsa and Bollywood dancing, she has also been an event organiser and ran a dance school in India before moving to Australia.

“All our dances will definitely be a visual treat to the audience with a mix of Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood and Mollywood songs as well as tribal and folk dances,” says Mandy, who adds that the Academy also focuses on new age contemporary, hip hop and R&B dance to cater to a wider audience.

“We are glad to claim ourselves as the first South-Indian Dance Company showcasing South-Indian folk and semi-classical dances,” says Mandy, whose team is filled with passionate students and local professional talent.

Mandy Dance Academy has been performing at various community shows in Melbourne and been part of the Tamil Association in Adelaide. Members of the troupe have also performed at International events like Arjun Live in Melbourne and ICC World cup 2015 celebrations.

“In terms of our courses, those who join can live and breathe various forms of dances. MDA teaches its students to tune their style to the world of Indian dance,” she says.

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