Francesca’s Fusion Beats combines the best of Bollywood with Latin, reggaeton, and hip hop
Fusion Beats is Adelaide’s oldest professional dance school specialising in the Bollywood form. Creative director Francesca McMillan, incidentally, also one of the top 15 at the Mrs Universe Australia 2014 Mrs Universe Pageant, established the centre in 2008 to showcase South Asian arts in dance and fashion.
“I have a passion for dance and love to teach others to dance,” says Francesca, who has more than 25 years of dance experience and has been teaching Bollywood dance for the past nine years. Fransesca says she discovered Bollywood dancing in the later part of her dancing career. With a Fiji-Indian mum, Bollywood is in her blood. Trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, RnB, hip hop, reggaeton and the Latin styles, she incorporates these styles into her Bollywood classes making her dances rather unique.
“Bollywood is a dance style anyone can do it. All it takes is the ability to swing your body in time to catchy Indian tunes, add some graceful neck and hand movements and you’re on your way,” says Fansesca who teaches both children and adults.
She has been performing for cultural events and charities since 2006. In 2009, Francesca coordinated the first Bollywood float for Adelaide’s Credit Union Xmas pageant and was made dance coordinator for the Bollywood short film ‘Priya’ which was shown all over the world on Zee TV. Even Shah Rukh Khan apparently has a copy.
In 2013, Francesca coordinated and choreographed Adelaide’s first Bollywood music clip which made it in the top 3 at the 2013 Indian Film Festival held in Melbourne. She has also been a regular at South Asian fashion shows.
In 2016 Fusion Beats is coming to Melbourne and looking for dancers to join the Melbourne Dance Crew. So check out Fusion Beats at www.fusionbeats.com.au or get in touch through their Facebook page.