Hooray for Bol­ly­wood

Bel­mont res­i­dent Maitri Pa­tel has been recog­nised for her pas­sion for Bol­ly­wood at her East Vic­to­ria Park-based dance stu­dio.

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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

The Bel­mont res­i­dent is the founder of the Bol­ly­wood Dance Stu­dio in East Vic­to­ria Park, where peo­ple are in­tro­duced to a new colour­ful world.

Af­ter some globe trekking 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.

“My phi­los­o­phy when I started was to fo­cus on my pas­sion and not the bot­tom line.”

Ms Pa­tel has also cre­ated Bolly Ac­tive, a work­out pro­gram that in­cludes car­dio, weights, re­sis­tance train­ing, med­i­ta­tion and yoga to Bol­ly­wood mu­sic.

The pro­gram has more than 65 in­struc­tors in Aus­tralia, France, Nor­way, Fin­land and Aus­tria.

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

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

Picture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475732

Picture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475732

Busi­ness Woman of the Year Maitri Pa­tel of Bolly Ac­tive.

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