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Dance Away The Pounds At BollyArts

Bollywood and fitness collide at the Indian dance studio

With exercise classes like spinning, kickboxing, pilates, and trampoline aerobics available, working out can be so much more than 30 minutes on the elliptical. And Hicksville’s BollyArts is offering one more option for those looking to get in shape without having to step foot in a gym.

BollyArts is a Bollywood centered dance studio on Old Country Road. Their most popular offering is their BollyFitness classes which is taught by BollyArts co-owner Zol Bhaindarkar five times a week. Similar to Zumba classes, BollyFitness is high energy, fast paced and centered on dancing. What sets the class apart from others is that it is infused with Indian culture, with grandiose dance moves set to the latest Indian music.

Bollywood (which refers to the Indian film industry) dance moves make up the majority of the BollyFitness classes. However, Bhaindarkar also adds elements from other types of dance such as salsa and jazz into the routines.

“I incorporate a lot of styles while keeping in mind Bollywood as the main focus,” Bhaindarkar says. “We give you Bollywood music, salsa and the latest pop numbers so whatever your nationality, you can relate to the music. Every song will give you a different flavor so you won’t get bored.”

If you have no dance experience, no worries. Bhaindarkar says people of all ages and backgrounds can do the classes, even if you’ve never seen a Bollywood movie. He relates the dance motions to day to day activities such as driving a car, cooking or kicking a soccer ball, to help class attendees understand and pick up the moves.

“This class is a stress reliever, just come enjoy the music and have fun,” Bhaindarkar says. “You don’t have to know the dance, just get a bottle of water and a towel and enjoy the class. Your calories are burning and that’s more important than how you look.”

And more than just a way to stay in shape, taking a class at BollyArts can be a fun way to immerse yourself in Indian culture. For more committed dancers, the studio also has performance dance classes such as Bollywood dance, bhangra (a traditional folk dance mixed with elements of Bollywood) hip hop, and kids' classes. Students in these classes perform at recitals and festivals, including Hicksville’s annual India Day Parade.

If you’re looking to add some spice to your next major event or celebration, BollyArts also has an entertainment group that performs Bollywood numbers at weddings, sweet sixteens and at other occasions.

“When we perform it’s very unique, because it’s a different style of dancing and costumes,” says Bhaindarkar. “Bollywood has so much to give and the uniqueness from the costumes and colors and dancing, and it makes it feel like a movie.”

BollyArts is located at 252 West Old Country Road. Find out more at www.bollyarts.com

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


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October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

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