Danc­ing to the stars Aaron Cor­lett

Eastern Reporter - - Look Local -

MAITRI Pa­tel has al­ways been en­thralled by the colour and fun of Bol­ly­wood.

She is the founder of the Bol­ly­wood Dance Stu­dio, where peo­ple are in­tro­duced to a new colour­ful world.

Af­ter some glo­be­trot­ting took her from her home­town of Mumbai to Canada to fin­ish high school, she first moved to Brisbane and then to Perth.

“I’ve been a dancer all my life and I had a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion so I de­cided to open up out of my home in Bel­mont in 2011 and then two years later we moved into the space in East Vic­to­ria Park,” she said. “All Bol­ly­wood films are mu­si­cals; in each of them there are six or seven dance rou­tines, which are very ex­pres­sive.

“I’d say that 80 to 90 per cent of peo­ple who dance at the stu­dio are Aussies. I think it’s the colour and ex­cite­ment of Bol­ly­wood that in­spires peo­ple to take part.”

Ms Pa­tel re­ceived the 2017 Tel­stra West­ern Aus­tralian Young Busi­ness Women’s Award and will com­pete against the other state winners in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 21.

“I do pinch my­self when I think how far we’ve come but I’ve got a strong team of dancers and teach­ers be­hind me,” she said.

The Bol­ly­wood Dance Stu­dio is hold­ing a fundraiser Shree Trust: School for Hand­i­cap Chil­dren in In­dia at the Morley Recre­ation Cen­tre on Novem­ber 11.

Visit www.bol­ly­wood­dances­tu­dio. com.au for tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion.


Bol­ly­wood Dance Stu­dio owner Maitri Pa­tel.

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