NALINI DANCE STUDIO
Under the instruction and direction of master performer, choreographer, and instructor Nalini, Nalini Dance Studios Company brings together performers from diverse dance backgrounds to showcase Bollywood, Belly Dance, and Russian Gypsy dance.
Our programs can be tailored to most needs and budgets regardless of event size and guarantee to delight all age groups.
Wednesday: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sundays 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Private lessons available on demand
BELLY DANCE WORKOUT
Belly-dancing is the perfect cross training workout utilizing core muscle groups in an aerobic and isotonic regime. Our carefully structured classes target hips, abs, arms and thighs while the sensuous movements empower fluid expression of the body. Using traditional music and rhythms enhances the intrinsic power of the movements. The Belly Dance Workout Class is highly addictive! We add a fun, high-energy, fitness twist to this beautiful ancient art. The workout you get from our sessions is designed to tone muscles, enhance flexibility, increase energy, release tension and stretch your joy receptors to the limit! All ages welcome and no experience is required COME JOIN US! REGISTER BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
Bollywood Dance originated from the Bollywood (Hindi) movie Industry as a free style dance fused with Indian classical and folk dance elements. Its focus is a combination of song and dance sequences with larger than life expressions through various different moves, grandiose sets, picturesque locations and large ensembles. In recent times, Bollywood expanded and emerged into a dance style of its own combining India's rich culture and tradition with various different classical and folk dance forms, fusing it further with elements from western dance like Jazz, Hip hop, Latin and many other modern making it more appealing for all age groups and tastes. COME JOIN US! REGISTER BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
ROMANI GYPSY DANCE
Gypsy dance, the folk dancing of Romany people from all over the world, are dances of graceful and joyful movements, expressing freedom, passion and playfulness. ... Gypsy dance is bright, dynamic and entertaining, it reflects Romany people`s traditions, life style and freedom. COME JOIN US! REGISTER BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
Nalini is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the greater Seattle area. She is known for captivating audiences with her technical skill, emotionally expressive performances, and compelling choreographies. Her repertoire includes Belly Dance, Bollywood, and Russian Gypsy dance. She is a world-renowned artist whose awards include: - “National Championship of Belly Dance” Grand Champion 2003, Russia - Best Soloist of the Year 2004, Russia (an award judging soloists from all dance styles) - “Belly Dancer USA” People’s Choice 1st Place 2007 - “Belly Dancer USA” 2nd Place 2007 and 2010 - “Belly Dancer USA” People’s Choice 1st Place 2010 Nalini is the founder and director of the Blue Lotus Dance Company, a professional company that performs throughout the region. Under her direction, Blue Lotus has become an award-winning company, receiving 1st Place in “La Danse Orientale Belly Dance Competition” and “Belly Dancer USA” in 2010. In addition to Blue Lotus, Nalini directs two student performance ensembles; Jewels of Fire and Willow Moon. Jewels Of Fire won 1st Place in “Belly Dancer USA” in 2015. In the same competition Hitomi, Nalini's students, won 1st Place in “Belly Dancer USA” in 2015 in Golden Girls category. Also both got 1st place in People Choice votes. Nalini grew up in Ukraine with a love of Bollywood movies and music. It was her passion for India that brought her an unexpected dance opportunity at the age of 14 when a folk ensemble, Lotus, and their Indian singer came to her town and discovered her talent for Indian dance. Lotus toured all over the Soviet Union and invited Nalini to tour with them, which she did for three years as the ensemble’s lead dancer. She fondly remembers her mentor, the director of the company, Eugene Kurbanova, who inspired her to pursue her love of dance. Nalini continued to study Indian dance on her own and at the age of 16 she began teaching Bollywood classes to children and adults in Baskunchak, Russia. After touring with Lotus, Nalini returned to Ukraine and attended Nizhyn College of Culture where she studied classical ballet and various forms of folk and Gypsy dance of Europe and the Soviet Union. Her focus of study also included choreography and teaching/dance pedagogy. Upon finishing her degree, she joined the folkloric company Dnistrove Grono, and later became their head instructor and choreographer. In 1997, Nalini moved to Moscow in search of a classical Indian dance guru. She was fortunate to meet her guru, Asvani Nigam, with whom she studied Kathak and Indian folkloric dance styles. While studying with Guru Asvani Nigam, she and her fellow students began the Indian dance theater, Jankar, which was sponsored by the Embassy of India in Moscow and for which it regularly performed. Nalini continued to grow as a dancer and seek out new dance opportunities which led her to study and perform Belly Dance under the direction of Alla Janataeva. She performed professionally at The Scheherazade, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Moscow, as well as participating in Belly Dance festivals and competitions. Nalini had become an established professional dancer in many styles when she moved to the United States and began building a new career here as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She began performing in Washington State in 2005, quickly becoming well-known for her technique and grace. In 2007 she performed in the DVD “The Exotic Art Of Bellydance” produced by Hollywood Music Center in Hollywood, California. Since then Nalini has choreographed and produced dance productions including “Desert Monsoon” in 2009 and the series of performances “Droma” from 2009 to 2010. These productions included Belly Dance and Bollywood as well as Russian Gypsy dance and music in collaboration with Anna Vasilevskaya, a Russian singer and guitarist. Nalini has also collaborated with artists such as the Russian Gypsy band VIA Romen. In 2010 these collaborations resulted in “Romani Soul”, a full-length production of Gypsy dance and music. Nalini continues to create new projects to share the beauty of dance with the community. Nalini teaches classes for children and adults at various locations and is also available for individual or group private instruction. She is in demand as a soloist for festivals, parties, weddings, corporate and other events. Nalini is also well-known for her vibrant and unique Belly Dance costumes which she and her mother, Anastasiya, design and make as the company Anastasiya’s Designs.
Nalini Romani dance group started in 2009 when inspired by Blue Lotus Dance Company's show in Seattle local dancers approached Nalini with the request for training. We organized our first dance sessions along with skirt making workshops - there is no gypsy dance without a skirt! Then we got shows and festivals, and lots of fun in our weekly classes.
Bollywood Dance is the name given to the dance-form used in Indian (Hindi) films. ... Bollywood Dance style is a fusion of various dance styles. It includes Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bhangra, Jazz, Hip-hop, Arabic, Western dance to name a few. Classical Indian dance incorporates the two basic elements of dance and expression. Group Nachle Nalini started in 2010 with her newly inspired students, the perform locally at various events.
BLUE LOTUS DANCE COMPANY
Under the instruction and direction of master performer, choreographer, and instructor Nalini, The Blue Lotus Dance Company brings together performers from diverse dance backgrounds to showcase Bollywood, Belly Dance, and Russian Gypsy dance. We are united by a common dream: to bring excellence in Bollywood, Belly Dance, and Russian Gypsy dance to stages in the Northwest and beyond. Blue Lotus has performed in many venues; from local festivals, events, and weddings to large-scale theatre productions – from New Year’s parties, nightclub events, golf tournaments, and conferences, to festivals such as Northwest Folklife, Seattle Rhythm Fest, the Slavic Festival, and Ananda Mela. Other venues have included the Grant Hyatt Hotel in Seattle, Chop Suey, Heaven nightclub, The Crocodile, High Dive, and Puyallup Community College. In February 2009, Nalini and Blue Lotus produced the sold-out show "Desert Monsoon" - a two-hour show of Bollywood, Belly Dance, and Russian Gypsy dance and music at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle. In 2010, they performed in "Romani Soul" with vocalist-guitarist Anna Vasilevskaya and the Russian Gypsy band VIA Romen. Also in 2010, they won the troupe categories of “La Danse Orientale Belly Dance Competition” and “Belly Dancer USA.” In 2011, Nalini and The Blue Lotus Dance Company presented the full-length Belly Dance, Tribal, and Bollywood show, “Dance N.O.W." in collaboration with Bellydance Soulfire from Portland and UNMATA from Sacramento. The Blue Lotus Dance Company offers dance programs that can be tailored to the needs and budget of almost any size event and they will delight all age groups. (We guarantee elegant and high-quality entertainment that will delight all age groups.) Our programs can be adjusted to different time frames (15 minutes, 30 minutes, one-hour, or two-hour programs) and can include varying numbers of dancers.
JEWELS OF FIRE
Jewels Of Fire is Nalini's Belly Dance performance group. Under the teaching and direction of master performer, choreographer and teacher Nalini the group has been performing at local festivals, restaurant shows and many other events in Seattle area since 2012. Nalini’s extensive training and performance experience has included formal study of Kathak dance, Belly Dance as well as a university degree in choreography. Nalini has won many awards individually and with her students including the National Championship of Belly Dance in Russia. She brings this expertise and skill to her choreographies and artistic direction of the her dance company. Our group always welcomes new members in our team! Come join us!