Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hooray for Bollywood

Last night's big news out of Hollywood was the cinematic juggernaut that hails not from Studio City, but the slums of Mumbai, Slumdog Millionaire. (I know, I know, Slumdog isn't authentic Bollywood style, but for the purposes of this blog entry we'll just overlook that fact, shall we?)

Bollywood isn't just taking over our multi-plexes, it's invading our gyms, too! Tara Parker-Pope reports in her New York Times blog, Well, that Bollywood-style dance classes are the latest calorie-burning craze we Americans are sweating our way through. From New York to Denver to Los Angeles, people are shaking and shimmying to a combination of "folk moves and hip swings" set to pulsating pop music. Bollywood dance actually seems like a logical progression for gyms that are already offering belly-dancing, hip hop, and pole dancing as means to slimming down.

Even better, Bollywood dance classes sound like a lot of fun. And if the music they use is anything like the Slumdog soundtrack, then I could actually see working up a sweat with a smile on my face. I'm not sure if my gym offers Bollywood dance classes yet, but I may just suggest it. What Mama couldn't benefit from a little shimmy in her workout? Sure beats the stair master.


Kate said...

Good idea. Fabulous soundtrack! Love your Olivia's picks this week, too.

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