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Pearl Lall describes Bollywood-style dance as a ‘fusion of many dances from India with a modern twist.’

She is leading the Dusk Dances’ Saturday night workshop in Bollywood dance.

“People who come to the workshop will have a lot of fun,” says Pearl. “Bollywood dance is a very expressive dance.”

Pearl has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She learned Bollywood dance by watching movies and following along. Bollywood is the name given to Hindi language movies. Bollywood originated with the advent of film and most of the movies are musicals with song and dance numbers included in the story lines.

Pearl also studied classical Indian dance for 10 years with Lata Pada, an Indo-Canadian choreographer and bharatanatyam dancer (classical Indian dance). Pada founded the Sampradaya Dance Academy in Mississauga, the only South Asian dance school in North America.

“I’m a very cultural person and dance keeps me tied to my culture,” she says.

Pearl is a registered nurse and continues to pursue dance in her free time. Pearl is currently learning ballroom and Latin dancing.

“Dance is my passion,” she says.

The free workshop starts at 6 p.m on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Blog post by: Amy Reusch