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Published on March 7, 2013 by   ·  


Shiamak Davar

Have you ever dreamed of being choreographed by Shiamak Davar (right) and dancing alongside Bollywood stars? Auditions for the Times of India Film Awards could be your chance. Mark van Manen/PNG files

Dancers from the Lower Mainland have a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to be part of the magic of the Times of India Film Awards this April.

The Shiamak Davar Dance Company is holding auditions for Metro Vancouver dancers to dance alongside top Bollywood stars at the event’s grand awards ceremony on April 6 at B.C. Place.

Auditions will be held in Surrey on Saturday and the company is looking to fill 50 positions.

“Those chosen to fill these positions will have a once in a lifetime experience, performing on stage for thousands of adoring fans and also getting the opportunity to meet and work alongside some of their favourite Bollywood actors and actresses,” renowned choreographer Shiamak Davar said in a release. “We’re incredibly excited to bring this opportunity to local dancers.”

Auditions will start at 10:30 a.m. on March 9 at the Dance West Studio in Surrey, #3-12372 84th Ave.

Dancers must be at least 18 years old and need to register for the auditions. Register by phone at 604-924-9104.

Auditions cost $39, but if you attended the Shiamak TOIFA dance workshop last weekend, you can get a discounted price of $29.

Spring Funk dancers

Dance enthusiasts of all ages and from across the Lower Mainland will take the Bell Performing Arts Centre by storm on March 16 with Spring Funk, presented by Vancouver’s own Shiamak Davar International. Spring Funk is a celebratory culmination of a unique 10-week recreational dance workshop offered by Shiamak instructors in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and North Vancouver.

This year’s revelry will unite a talented group of dance devotees (ranging in age from four to 64) in sharing a memorable selection of Shiamak’s trademark Bollywood Jazz songs and dance, as well as his increasingly popular Indo Contemporary style. From Bollywood classics and remixes to current hits, Spring Funk has all the ingredients of a complete Bollywood Jazz performing arts experience.

“Over the years, I’ve seen Vancouver’s interest in Bollywood Jazz grow tremendously,” says Shiamak Davar, Founder and Artistic Director of Shiamak Davar International. “Vancouver is like home to me, and I am humbled by the enthusiasm and response our Spring Funk workshops receive from participants throughout the Lower Mainland.

This event offers a rare opportunity to see parents and their children, as well as couples and friends perform together like stars on a professional stage in front of a huge – thousand plus – audience. It’s what makes this event so special – for both audiences and performers alike.”

Spring Funk dancers

Additional highlights of the evening will include performances by The Shiamak Dance Team, Shiamak instructors, and performers from Shiamak’s Victory Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that uses dance as therapy to empower individuals with developmental disabilities.

Shiamak Davar is a world-renowned Indian contemporary dance choreographer known for his trendsetting work in Bollywood blockbusters and for changing the way in which the world views Bollywood dance.

His schools are now a worldwide phenomenon across India, the UK, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Canada. Vancouver is Shiamak’s second home, and headquarters of his international operations.

Shiamak’s Spring Funk
Date: Saturday, March 16, 6 pm
Venue: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 – 144th Street, Surrey
Tickets: $17; available online or via phoning 604.507.6355

For additional information on Spring Funk, please visit the Shiamak website.