Broken Dance Performing Arts is a dance company focused on south asian and fusion dance that originated 2 years ago. Originally called Broken Pin-Stripes Dance Group, the team was assembled to fulfill Chase’s vision of delivering professional and quality South Asian and Fusion Dance Entertainment to the public. The group was spawned by 4 original members, each approached for an opportunity to start something new and exciting in South Asian entertainment for Canadians. A group that would not only fuse several styles but stay true to the core principles and discipline of dance.
Each founding member brought a different talent and style of dance to the group, which has allowed it to become what it is today. The dance company now incorporates several different dance styles, with a heavy focus on Bollywood, Classical Indian, and Hip Hop movements. The company also provides entertainment using other styles of dance including; Dancehall-Reggae, Bhangra, Bharatanatyum, Kathak, Odissi, and some Latin movements-to name a few (Please scroll down for a brief explanation of each style of dance).
The dancers of the Broken Dance Company, are not only talented dancers but amazing performers. We pride ourselves on combining fun, high-energetic dance, with a focus on precision, technique, and complexity. Each dancer has been hand selected for their skill, personality, and capabilities, allowing for capturing and fun performances every time you watch them. Many of our dancers have been trained and been performing since they were of a young age. But most importantly, our dancers dance because they simply love dance which is visible with each move they make.
Broken Dance now looks forward to spreading their love for dance with their new classes and workshops. Our skilled instructors have started teaching Bollywood, and Bollywood inspired classes around the Greater Toronto Area. We look forward to teaching dancers and new comers alike something new and exciting.
The future aspirations of the company include opening a dance studio, where we could share our knowledge of South Asian dance, as well as share all styles of dance with dance enthusiasts and the south asian community. Broken Dance Performing Arts also looks forward to the day when they create their own theatre show to communicate their passion of movement.
Bollywood– A high energy dance style focused on complimentary facial expressions native to the popular Bollywood Cinema. The dancing in Bollywood films, especially older ones, is primarily modelled on Indian dance: classical dance styles or folk dance styles. In modern films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles (as seen on MTV or in Broadway musicals), though it is usual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film. The hero or heroine of the movie will often perform with a troupe of supporting dancers.
Hip Hop- refers to dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping, and was made popular by dance crews in the United States.
Fusion-The blend and partnering of several dance styles for performance. Broken Dance specializes in fusing Indian styles of dance movements with Western movements.
Bhangra-Bhangra refers to a folk dance. Bhangra dance began as a folk dance conducted by Punjabi farmers in 11th century to celebrate the coming of the harvest season. The specific moves of bhangra reflect the manner in which villagers farmed their land. This hybrid dance became bhangra. The folk dance has been popularised in the Western world by Punjabi musicians
Dancehall-is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s. The popularity of dancehall has spawned dance moves that help to make parties and stage performances more energetic. Many dance moves seen in hip-hop videos are actually variations of dancehall dances.
Classical Indian Forms
Bharatanatyum– A classical dance form from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, it is considered to be a ‘fire dance’ — the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body. The movements of an authentic Bharata Natyam dancer resemble the movements of a dancing flame. This dance style involves many mudras (hand positions), footwork and sharp movements. Much of this style is danced in a “seated” position called aramandi.
Kathak-A classical dance style that is from the Northern states of India. The structure of a conventional Kathak performance tends to follow a progression in tempo from slow to fast, ending with a dramatic climax. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word katha meaning story, and katthaka in Sanskrit means he who tells a story, or to do with stories. This dance style involves many turns and spins and swift movements using footwork in a straight up-right position.
Odissi-also known as Orissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India, known as the water dance, which can be seen through the styles fluid movements. It originates from the state of Orissa, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis. (Similar to Bhartanatyum)