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WHERE HAPPINESS IS

 

In March 2015, Aakansha started her dance company called BOLLYPOP with a desire to share the beautiful Indian culture and arts. BollyPop is a lifestyle program that brings together fitness and choreography in a way that leads to immense joy!  People of all ages are welcome to join the dance party with music that rejuvenates the mind, builds strength for the body and brings positive change!

 
 

AAKANSHA MAHESHWARI

Choreographer | Instructor | Performer
Founder, BollyPop

Born and raised in Delhi, Aakansha spent many years training in Bharatanatyam under Padmashree Geeta Chandran, from 1997-2012, and performed throughout India, in both sacred and concert spaces. She was part of the classical ensemble in a Natya Nectar Dance Company production, directed by Goura Prema Riggan from 2012-2013. Since 2014, she continues her Bharatanatyam training and performing with Guru Viji Prakash’s Shakti Dance Company and school based in Los Angeles. Her recent notable performance was playing the mother in the production MARA (2016) at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood directed by Mythili and Aditya Prakash.

Aakansha has trained in Indian folk dance styles such as Garba, Kalbelia, Ghoomar and Bhangra with various Delhi-based teachers who are specialists in their field. Aakansha acted and danced in the Hollywood movie Vara: A Blessing (2013) directed by Khyentse Norbu, shot in Sri Lanka.

Her fitness program BollyPop, which she created in 2015 is becoming popular all over Southern California. Her recent performance for the Los Angeles 'Festival of Colors', with 4000 audience members, was featured in the March edition of LA Weekly. Whether her students are 4 or 70  years old, Aakansha makes sure that they leave the studio with a smile on their faces. Her devotion to the art is solely for the purpose of spreading happiness.


Currently based out of Los Angeles, California.

bollypop performances and collaborations

from India to California and beyond...

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K A L B E L I A
Preserving the culture of Gypsy folk dance from Rajasthan

Choreographed by Aakansha Maheshwari
Performed with Malini in Los Angeles | 2016

Dance Cover of 'Planetarium', original motion picture sound track by Justin Hurwitz- Choreography and Concept- Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja 

Aakansha Maheshwari featured on Vidya Vox's original sound track- 'Diamonds' shot in Joshua Tree. Directed by Shankar Tucker.

Aakansha Maheshwari featured on Vidya Vox's original sound track- 'Diamonds' shot in Joshua Tree. Directed by Shankar Tucker.

ISKCON Janamashtmi Celebrations
Los Angeles | August 2016
Choreographed & Performed by
Aakansha and Malini

Festival of Colors 2016 | Los Angeles 

Choreographed and performed by
Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja

Feature Film | VARA: A Blessing

Acted and performed in Bollywood song
Shot on location in Sri Lanka

www.varathemovie.com 

Bollywood Garba at Carson, California | November 2016

Choreographed by Aakansha Maheshwari Performers (Ages 11-14 years): Shalini Bhakta, Riya Bhakta, Priya Bhakta, Eshani Talwar, Priyal Talwar, Nishtha Bhakta, Ishika Bharadwaj, Isha Bhakta, Diya Tailor, Nandini Bhakta, Shruti Suvarna, Rhea Jethvani

 

upcoming performances

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DANCE FITNESS VIDEOS

BOLLYPOP CLASSES

Group & Private Lessons

 

 DANCE FITNESS

BollyPop is a high energy cardio workout with easy to follow moves and choreography. The class enables one to build overall strength and extends one's dancing style and skills.
BollyPop comprises not only of the Bollywood style of dancing but also of Indian folk, Indian classical, Latin, Korean Pop, Hip Hop and Egyptian classical movements along with yoga. Get ready to shake, swerve, move and groove across various continents in this multicultural, adventurous wonderland of dance fun!

 

KIDS BOLLYPOP

Kids BollyPop is a culmination of fun dance movements and joyful Indian music that leads to an incredibly enjoyable and stimulating environment for kids. With BollyPop, the kids not only learn and understand the culture of India through the art form but also grow into strong dancers with good posture, technique, grace and confidence. The classes are conducted using Indian film, classical and folk music. We work on gaining flexibility by practicing yoga at the beginning of each class. The class is like a Bollywood Dance Party leading to an incredible multicultural experience focussing on kindness and joy.

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Weekly Schedule of Current Group Classes

ADULT DANCE FITNESS CLASS

Every Monday and Wednesday 1 - 2 PM and Friday 5.30 - 6.30 PM
TRIFIT GYM
2425 Colorado Ave Ste 120, Santa Monica, CA 90404
For more info call 310-829-2227

Every Wednesday 7 - 8 PM
West End Club Torrance
4343 Spencer Street
Torrance, 90503

Every Thursday 7-8 PM
Community Corp Residents Santa Monica
815 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica
For more info call 310-897-5066

Every Monday 8.45 - 9.45 PM
ISMAILI JAMATKHANA
Santa Monica (only for Ismaili Women)
For more info call 310-985-2854
 

Once a month, on a Sunday, we have a class for ladies in Rancho Cucumonga.  

KIDS BOLLYPOP CLASS

Every Tuesday 4 - 5 PM
 HERMOSA BEACH COMMUNITY CENTER
710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Ages 5-7 years

Every Tuesday 6 - 7 PM
SEASIDE SHOKOTAN STUDIO
177 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Ages 9-15 years

Every Monday 6 - 7  pm
Private Santa Monica Kids Group 

Ages- 5-7 years

Every Thursday 5 - 6 PM
LOS ANGELES ARTS COLLECTIVE STUDIO WESTCHESTER
9 S Sepulveda Blvd #105, Los Angeles, CA 90045
For more info - 310-641-2575, www.la-arts-collective.com

Press Kit for Aakansha Maheshwari

 Click Here to download

http://fox13now.com/2017/03/25/hundreds-celebrate-arrival-of-spring-at-holi-festival-of-colors-in-spanish-fork/
America's biggest color festival in Spanish Fork, Utah was held on March 25-26th 2017. BollyPop in collaboration with Malini Taneja- Featured on Fox 13 news on 25th March. 

BollyPop in Redmond
Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja conducting a Bharatanatyam Workshop at the Festival. 

Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja conducting a Bharatanatyam Workshop at the Festival. 

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HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU :)

We offer weekly classes in Southern California and also organize workshops for all ages. Bring BollyPop to your corporate event, cruise ship, birthday party or school. We also choreograph first dances for weddings.

Get in touch with Aakansha with any queries:

Phone: +1 (818) 217 6798
Email: bollypopla@gmail.com

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