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AGNI Dance Company | Pioneers of Bollywood in Austin, TX

Bollywood dance may seem like the latest craze, appearing to mainstream audiences after the release of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.  But this dance form has been evolving over the last century in the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai.  Innovative choreographers have been combining classical and folk Indian styles with disco, jazz, and jive.  At cultural events across North America, South Asians have borrowed the movement from the screen and combined them with styles they have learned in the diaspora: hip hop, salsa, and modern.  Bollywood is an eclectic style with a distinctly global flair--Bollywood dance is for everyone!

Agni Dance Company is the pioneer Bollywood dance company in Austin.  Starting in 2007 as a small group of dancers, the dance ensemble now features 35+ dancers that have performed at major venues, various festivals, musicals, schools, corporations , studios and private events.  The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk styles such as garba and bhangra, classical techniques such as kathak and Bharatanatyam, to shoulder-shimmying feel-good medleys, and poetic interpretations of sufi music.  

In 2008, Agni opened its dance academy, offering classes starting 4 years of age at multiple locations in Austin , Round Rock and Cedar Park areas.  Now the academy offers 15+ classes at four different levels (basic, intermediate 1 and 2, advance), targeting four different age groups (4-7, 8-12, teenagers and adults).  All classes are taught by members of our ensemble, and each semester, students are given an opportunity to perform at our bi-annual recital: lights, costumes, props and all.  

Agni is actively committed to building community in the greater Austin area.  The company not only performs at city-sponsored events such as Diwali celebrations at Zilker Park, but also annually organizes Bollywood Day in central Austin.  The company has also collaborated with other local artists and dance companies to produce full length shows such including Om Shanti (a Bollywood style musical) and Strings of Time (a musical interpretation of scientific theories).  
Most recently, Agni has introduced Agni Fit, an opportunity for people of all ages and body types to get healthy while rocking out to Bollywood songs with trained and competent instructors.  We continue to extend our reach into the community by offering performances, choreography, and workshops at schools, companies, and private events.  

We invite you to join the Agni family, because Bollywood dance is for everyone!

​​Mainstreaming Bollywood dance

One of Agni’s primary goal is to educate the masses on Indian Performing Arts. Over the past years, Agni has participated in various community events, thus scouting and showcasing local talent in the community. Agni also had the opportunity to conduct Bollywood dance workshops for some schools. These opportunities not only helped the company grow but also helped in the developing it’s Community Outreach Program.

Agni’s Community Outreach program is designed by a very talented and experienced group of Instructors and Dancers across various Indian dance forms. Each program can be tailored to each individual group, be it a school activity, a corporate retreat or a dance institution, thus giving everyone an opportunity to get a taste of Indian Dance.

​Services we provide:
  • Master Classes
  • Workshops
  • Competition Choreography

Academy

Agni has a passion for teaching bollywood dance to kids and adults. Our trained instructors teach different levels and ages of students in different locations in the Austin area. We work on a semester system and have two main semesters in a year. Spring and Fall.

STUDIOS

Bollywood Master Classes for teachers
Bollywood Workshops for students
Bollywood Competition Choreography

SCHOOLS

  • ​Bollywood Master Classes for teachers
  • Bollywood Workshops for students
  • Bollywood Competition Choreography
  • After School Programs
Previous Schools we have worked with:
  • Anderson High School
  • Liberty Hill High School
  • Texarkana High School
  • St.Stephens High School
  • St. Andrews Episcopal School
  • Cedar Creek Elementary
  • Laurel Mountain Elementary
  • Leander ISD
  • Ridgeview Middle school
  • Round Rock High School

Corporations

We provide an array of activities for corporations.

Some of the companies that have partnered with us in the past are:
  • Intel
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Cognizant
​Team building Activities
Bollywood Dance as a team building activity is a great way to build team dynamics, as it involves co-ordination, confidence, leadership, brainstorming and a lot of fun. A simple choreography routine will help build team dynamics while you dance away all the worries.

Employee Workshop
The workshop is an interactive session comprising of a set choreography. The focus of the workshop is to catch a glimpse of Bollywood dancing through simple and traditional movements and basic technique. It’s a fun filled session and open to all dance levels.

Services we provide:
  • Team Building activities
  • Performances
  • Fitness/Dance Workshops
  • Company PartiesStress reduction Workshops

Private events

​A Bollywood Themed event comprises of an interactive workshop along with a full performance by the company’s flagship team. It will display a taste of bollywood across various forms along with costumes, lights and dances. It’s a fun and a different way to host all types of parties.
  • Parties
  • Bachelorette
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Sangeet
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Conferences