Saturday 17th April 2010 saw hundreds of hopefuls aspiring for a taste of the glitz, glamour, stardom and success of Bollywood descend upon St. Giles Hotel, Central London for the Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 Audition. A unique talent contest to discover and launch the career of UK’s next Bollywood superstar and dancer in the making, Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 is presented by Honey’s Dance Academy (HDA), the UK’s top Bollywood dance school, and Desitara.com, the world’s leading Talent Portal.
Competitors arrived from all across the UK to showcase their talents at the X-Factor style audition process, in the hope of securing a winning place in the Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 taking place in July at O2. The judges were looking for dance talents that possess the passion, drive and determination to make it as a top Bollywood star. Participants who were selected at the auditions will go on to enter the second stage of the competition – Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 Talent Show Heats – taking place on Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd May at City Pavilion, London. Videos of the lucky semi-finalists will also be uploaded onto the Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 website on Desitara.com where viewers will be able to vote for their favourite dancer. The video with the highest vote will win the Public Viewers Vote at the finale event in July.
Finalists will be selected from age groups: 4-7 years; 8-12 years; 13-17 years; and 18 and over, across solo and group categories. The lucky overall winner selected at the Finale event taking place in July, may be a group or solo performer and will be mentored for worldwide projects from September through to December 2010. They will receive free, premium service tutelage worth £30,000 from Bollywood supremo Honey Kalaria herself, who will mentor, support and offer one-to-one consultation to the winner. Honey will personally develop the artist from the level they currently are to their maximum potential and will commence putting them forward for top projects and roles across film, TV and the stage. What’s more, at each stage of the competition, through HDA’s and Desitara.com’s network, exemplary participants will be spotted by talent scouts and recommended for a range of casting opportunities across TV, film and theatre.
Hopefuls who passed the Audition stage and want to perfect their skills ahead of the Talent Heats in May can join one of 13 HDA London Dance Studios for the new semester, on week commencing 19th April, where expert dance trainers will provide the necessary training and mentoring to bring participants up to the level required for the competitive Talent Heats. Honey Kalaria will also be conducting a special Bollywood Masterclass on Sunday 9th May, where she will be providing extensive dance training as well as tips and advice to perfect skills and techniques.
Founder of the Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 and HDA is entertainment impresario Honey Kalaria who was recently a guest choreographer for the BBC show, So You Think You Can Dance. Through HDA, her dance students have featured in major film, TV and stage roles such as Harry Potter, Jamie Oliver’s Oliver Twist, Bombay Dreams and blockbuster Bollywood movies such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, as well as Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife to be released this week.
In speaking about the Auditions, Honey says, "I was absolutely amazed to see the wealth of talent that we have in the UK. The aim was to discover the stars of tomorrow and offer training, mentoring or put candidates forward for roles that we are currently casting for. I congratulate all those who are auditioning and I am pleased to say that we found a few gems that we feel we can polish and turn into diamonds".
Professional dancers, students from performing arts schools and any other dance hopefuls who were unable to make the Auditions on Saturday still have the chance of entering by simply uploading footage of themselves performing directly onto the microsite, www.desitara.com/honeysdanceacademy, by 30th April 2010.