‘Bollywood’ sounds quite simple. However, Bollywood Dance is quite a complex art in itself. It is a mixture of various dance forms like Indian folk, Western Popular & Erotic dancing, Jazz, Kathak, Belly dancing, and many more.

Hritik Roshan Bollywood Style Dance - Dance With Me India

The term was created by combining two words- Bombay and Hollywood. Earlier, Bollywood dance was limited to regions where significant consumption of Indian films happened. However, after Oscar-winning films such as Slumdog Millionaire came into the global spotlight, its importance expanded worldwide.

Jai Ho Dance - Bollywood Dance Forms - Dance With Me India

Its success dates back to when various Hollywood dancers like Shakira and Britney Spears incorporated this art form in their music videos and concerts.

Shakira Bollywood Dance - Dance With Me India

The highlight of this style of moving art is elaborate sequences and an original soundtrack. Bollywood has developed its signature style of dance and music with time.

Devdas Dola Re Dola Dance - Bollywood Dance - Dance With Me India

Initially, this dance form was based on Indian Classical and Folk dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Kathak.

In the late 50s and 60s, group dancers began to evolve. The color era blessed the Indian Film Industry with great dancers like Helen, Geetanjali, Sandhya, and Mahipal.

Helen Cabre Dance - Bollywood Dance Form - Dance With Me India

The 70s saw the emergence of the Cabret style of dancing in Bollywood films.

Helen Dance Style - Bollywood Dance - Dance With Me India

Later, it got replaced with Disco by Mithun Da.

Mithun Chakraborty Disco Dance - Bollywood Dance Forms - Dance With Me India

After experimenting with different styles, Bollywood introduced a free style of dancing, well represented by Govinda.

Govinda Style Bollywood Dancing - Dance With Me India

Since the inception of MTV in the 1980s, Bollywood dancing has started incorporating Western Styles.

Shahrukh Khan Style - Bollywood Dance - Dance With Me India

With the time, musical numbers were mainly hip hop. The elements of Western-style are still adopted by Bollywood: such as costume and location changes, along with the usage of large groups while dancing.

Street Dancer - Bollywood Dance - Dance With Me India

Also, the movements have become more extroverted and bold to grab the audience’s attention.

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