Dance Director, Dhoonya Dance LLC
A rapidly growing Bollywood dance company, Dhoonya Dance has developed an original curriculum to teach America how to dance Bollywood style. Founded in Washington D.C. in 2005, Dhoonya Dance has now expanded nationally with a second headquarter in New York City. The team has taught thousands of students, hundreds of corporate workshops, and performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
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Steps to the Verse of the Song Desi Girl
Kajal Mehta, Managing Director of Dhoonya Dance, shows you the steps to the verse of the song Desi Girl.
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Kajal Mehta: Hi! My name is Kajal Mehta Managing Director of Dhoonya Dance. Through this series Bollywood dance basics, you are going to learn steps to the verse for the song Desi Girl. For the first step we are going to use our hips and do the basic in movement. So place your leg out with the knees slightly to turned out and for now let's just put our hands on our hips so we can get use to the hip movement itself. You are going to start slightly pushed out so that you can pull in we will bring it in 1, 2, 3 and 4. The most important thing to remember is that you are using your hips and not just your leg.
So you don't want to just bend from the knee instead you should feel like you are rocking. Taking it from one side and bringing it in to towards your body over to the other sides. We are going to take the arms out just like this and twist them in. So your hands are pointed outwards with the palms facing out and then pulling in form the elbows and flipping the hands up. So we start out pull in 2, 3 and 4. Now the opposite of this is pushing the hip out on the beat, in order to do that you want to start in. So that hip is slightly to the opposite direction pushing out 2, 3, 4. Again make sure that you are using those hips so it doesn't look like that you are doing aerobic exercise by just moving that knee. Now for the hands on this since we are doing this dance to Desi girl. We are going to do our hands in a slightly traditional manner, one hand flat and the other one on top with a finger at the chin. So your hand will be like this and we will push 1, 2, 3 and 4 then switch other arm up 1, 2, 3 and 4. So now we have done the opening part of the music. Where he starts singing, he is talking about the girl's earrings. Okay, so we are just going to through our earrings down and while doing that you are going to put both of your fingers together take it from the ear with the other finger spread out and push 1, 2, 3, 4.
We are going to add basic leg movement that again can be done to any song while we use these hands and just jump to the right touch, left touch, one touch, two touch. So if we add in those hands, we are pushing one and two and three and four. I am going to keep this leg movement going, but now we were talking about meeting someone with your eyes. So we are going close and open, close and open, keeping that same footwork. We will end this segment with one more step which is pivot step. You are going to take you foot and push it out 1 and 2. So it's just like the hips step that we did earlier pushing out 1, 2. The only variation to that is you are going to take it to the front and then the back so we will push that leg out front, pick it up and take it to the back, pick it back up. So let's take the whole segment, leg is out we are pulling in first in 5, 6, 7, 8 pull in 2, 3, 4 other side in 2, 3 push out 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 and we jump drop the earring 2, 3 and eyes close open close and pivot, take it front back. Now let's try these steps with the music. Next we will learn the steps to complete the verse.