A fun Harmony Day Idea for Australian Schools – Bollywood Dancing!

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A fun Harmony Day Idea for Australian Schools  – Bollywood Dancing!

Over the past eight years we’ve worked with many Teachers and Assistant Principals of primary and secondary schools to help them celebrate Harmony Day.

It’s not uncommon for us to receive a frantic call from a teacher in the month of March saying “I’m sorry I’ve left this till the last minute but can you please run a Bollywood dance class for our Harmony Day celebrations?”

I understand that teachers are under a lot of pressure with all kinds of demands placed on them – managing student behaviour, writing reports, yard duty, keeping positive relationships with fellow staff, juggling office politics, organising incursions and excursions and let’s not forget actually teaching children. I know this because my youngest sister is a primary school teacher and I see the involvement that’s required. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to take care of the entire experience to help take the pressure of teachers.

“Thank you so much for the amazing day for our students. Your sessions were a real hit and they loved the dancing and music. Learning about your culture in a fun a colourful way has enriched their lives. We look forward to having you back at our school as soon as we can.”
-Chrisi Tambakakis (Teacher, Doveton College)

How does a Bollywood Dance incursion work?

Watch this video to get an idea of a typical Bollywood dance incursion.

Step 1: Understand Objective
We ask you “what is the objective of the incursion? Also, what you would like from us?”

Some requests in the past include: teach the class about the Indian culture; provide a fun and energizing experience; celebrate cultural diversity; explain the different styles of Indian dance (for Performing arts); entertain at a school fete; teach a Bollywood dance routine to perform for a special assembly, and more.

Step 2: Lesson Plan
Based on your requirements, we create a lesson plan for your students that’s designed to suit your objective. Once you approve it, we’re able to complete your booking.

Step 3: Conducting the Bollywood Incursion
We conduct the Bollywood dance class or performance at your school either in your hall, class room or outdoor area. Whether it’s for a class of 25 kids or the entire school, we can do it all. The most we’ve had in one session is approx. 700 students at Lyndhurst Primary School.

Why is Bollywood dancing a great Harmony Day idea?

From the official Harmony Day Website: “The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, and the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.”

Bollywood dancing is a wonderful way to celebrate the multicultural landscape of Australia. It offers school students a fun and engaging experience with loud energetic beats, colourful costumes and interesting dance movements that many have not seen before.

Click here to visit the official Harmony Day website to find out more.