I am from Mumbai, India and moved to St.Johns for M.Eng. After moving to St.Johns, I fell in love with dancing. Being an Indian, I have a strong forte in Bollywood dancing having knowledge or various folk-dance including Bhangra and Gabra. I did teach Bollywood Dancing at YMCA to young toddler and preteens. I was able to create a small group of young ones who performed at various events around the city.

In St.Johns, I have been part of various dance group and had performed across the Province. I am also a student of Stacy Fowler’s Bailamos group where I learn and improve my Latin Dancing skills. Stacy and Corie are my instructors who had helped me to nourish my dance passion and improve my social dancing skills. I am lucky enough to attend workshops from various dance instructors from Montreal and Ottawa to improve my social dancing skills.

I enjoy dancing and you could always have a dance with me on any dance social event.

At the moment I am actively involved supporting Bailamos and Jabula Entertainment dance schools and Salsa@StJohns dance group.

Prafull Sharma and Stacey Bicet Rodriguez – Salsa! : This workshop will be an all level workshop where Prafull Sharma and Stacey Bicet Rodriguez will introduce salsa dancing right for beginners. Although as Salsa is been danced and enjoyed in St.John’s for over a decade due to Salsa@St.johns and other dance schools, the instructors could also lead an intermediate or advanced intermediate workshop depending on the participants. The workshop will cover both aspect of dancing i.e. styles / shines and partner work.

Jabula Entertainment – Dominican Bachata Workshop: Bachata is a traditional latin dance which originated in the Dominican Republic and continues to evolve into different styles which are now danced all over the world in different family gatherings. Tendai Mudunge and Bethany Green of Jabula Entertainment will teach participants a choreographed performance piece that will introduce everyone to the basic moves of the dance. “Jabula means “happiness” in Zulu and dancing is our way of sharing happiness and making an impact in the community on the rock.”

Jane Dennison is a dancer and dance caller who has been a big fan of the set (square) dances from Newfoundland and Labrador for nearly 30 years. These beautiful and unique dances have their roots in the folk dances of the British Isles where the early immigrants to the province originated. Concerned that the dances were being forgotten, Jane started collecting and transcribing dances 20 years ago and has worked with several communities to revive dances that were nearly lost.

Jane has led dance workshops all over the province for people aged 5 to 85. No need for experience to join the dance! Chris Bemister is a great accordion player from Torbay who will make sure your toes are tapping for the dance on Saturday evening at the Folk Festival.

Photo Credit: Ned Pratt