At Jhoom-Bollywood Dance Company we are passionate about dancing and teaching. We are excited to share the Bollywood experience and provide an exotic alternative to fitness classes. Be a part of the craze taking the world by storm, join in the fun and get fit without even realising it!
Jhoom-Bollywood founder Marshie Perera Rajakumar began teaching in March 2005, initially with Jhanak Dance Company (of which she was also a co-founder), and has developed a range of class styles and teaching techniques that make Bollywood dance fun and accessible. All routines are performed to fun and fabulous Bollywood film songs, ranging from old favourites to current hits.Experience this exciting form of modern Indian “Filmi” dancing influenced by Classical Indian (eg Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattum, Odissi); Indian Folk Dances (eg Bhangra, Raas, Dandiya); Jazz; Funk and Hip Hop.
Jhoom Bollywood have also performed at cultural shows, festivals, fashion parades, weddings and other functions.
Rajakumar says that everything from hip-hop to ballet to salsa can be worked into a routine. “What they’ve done is to take certain aspects of Indian classical and folk dance and then fuse it together with styles from the rest of the world. So people can do these (moves) at parties without having to have trained in it.” It’s also fun. Rajakumar’s company specialises in “the very tongue-in-cheek dance style of Bollywood. We encourage people to bring out the Bollywood star in themselves. Getting in touch with your inner child, I guess. It gives you an avenue to let loose and enjoy the glitz and glamour for an hour.” (The Age, Do the Slumdog, John Bailey, Feb 22, 2009)
You may have spotted Jhoom Bollywood on TV in 2017 in the Melbourne Renegades commercial as well as in 2015 due to the coverage of the Cricket World Cup (around the world) as well as White Night.
The group has been featured in all the major print media in Australia (eg The Age, The Australian and Herald Sun) as well as in shows such as:
ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony Cricket – Big Bash at Etihad Stadium with Melbourne Renegades Good Friday Appeal for Royal Children’s Hospital Coxy’s Big Break Today Show The Project ABC3 for kids As well as various news programs on Channels 7,9,10, SBS and Ch31
Performance highlights :
ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony 2015 – represented India – International TV coverage India Victoria Strategy Launch – 2018 Cricket – Big Bash at Etihad Stadium with Melbourne Renegades 2015 & 2017 Good Friday Appeal for Royal Children’s Hospital – TV Gala event in 2015 and kids daytime events 2015 – 2017 White Night 2015 with bollywood actress Pallavi Sharda Fitzroy Gardens as part of Summer Fun in the City ( by City of Melbourne ) annually 2008-2015 Diwali @ Federation Square ( also raises awareness about White Ribbon ) annually from 2008 St Kilda Festival 2013-2015 Asylum Seekers’ Food Bank Fundraiser – annually from 2014 HIV Aids Symposium – 2014 The Monash University Medical Undergraduates’ Society Community & Well-being – Blue Month Fundraiser for Mental Health Organisations – 2015 Muskaan Fundraiser (for educating children in Bhopal) 2013-2015 DHOOM Medical Charity Fundraisers 2014 (a.k.a ASHA a.k.a ASHS) The Marce Society (for Perinatal Mental Health) Conference 2016 Lord Mayor’s Welcome to International Students – ongoing 100 ways to move it Melbourne ( by City of Melbourne ) First Friday Dance Club ( by City of Melbourne ) The Footy Show (TV) Dandenong World Fare 2013 and 2014 Food Water Shelter Fundraiser 2014 Indian Film Festival Melbourne (flag hoisting ceremony) 2015 Chinese New Year Festival 2008-ongoing annually Sri Lankan New Year Festival 2015 – Deer Park and Craigieburn (ongoing) Greek Festival (Oakleigh) 2014 Kurdish Festival (Coburg) 2014 The Fabric Social Fundraising Thanks Event – 2015 Holi Festival @ Sydney Myer Music Bowl Buddha’s Day Festival 2008-ongoing annually Mind Body and Spirit Festival 2008-ongoing bi-annually Open Mind Festival (Mental Illness Awareness) Dance for Ovarian Cancer – Dance-O-Thon 2015 Sisters for Sisters (Sewing the Seeds) Fundraiser 2013 Sewing the Seeds Fundraiser in St David’s School 2015 and 2016 Kids Under Cover (Umbrella) Fundraiser Ball – 2014 Emotion21 fundraiser for Down Syndrome 2015 Cancer Council and Papscreen Victoria International Women’s Day event 2016 Beyond Blue in-class Fundraiser for Mental Health Week 2016 Olivia Newton John Wellness Walk (Cancer Awareness – Austin Health) 2013 Sukhwinder Singh Jai Ho Concert 2014 Kumar Sanu Sadhana Sargam Concert 2016 Alka Yagnik & Shravan Concert 2017 The Anoushka Shankar Project – Hamer Hall Spice Trail 2008 Just to name a few.
At Jhoom Bollywood classes and performances, we believe Bollywood dance melts all boundaries and fuses many dance styles and cultures together – the aim is to release the Bollywood star within you!
If you wish to view some of our performances and workshops online, you can click the links below:
Youtube Channel with glimpses of our performance videos & recent media features Jhoom YouTube