April 28 ‘Bollywood Night’ offers dance, food, henna tattoos


India Culture Club

April 19, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Traditional Indian dance will be demonstrated and taught when Slippery Rock University officers a "Bollywood Night" at 5 p.m., April 28, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The presentation is part of SRU's 15th Annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and co-sponsored by the India Culture Club at SRU.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival logo

Ruby Jain, a dance instructor for Arya Dance Academy in Pittsburgh, will show attendees how to dance in the Bollywood style. Bollywood dance, used in Indian films, includes elements of belly dancing, western modern dance and Indian folk dance.

Participants will be able to enjoy Indian food and get a henna tattoo, which is applied with paste and is temporary.

SRU has a long connection to Indian dance. Since 2002, Jaya Mani, instructor of dance, has taught classical Indian dance, which is more traditional than the entertainment-based Bollywood genre. Classical Indian dance is rooted in Hindu theater.

Kaleidoscope, SRU's 15th annual arts festival, runs through April 28. This year the festival will feature 28 dance, theatre, music, literary and visual arts events. Children's Day will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23, at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Programs will include earth-friendly activities.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine | 724.738.4854 | gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu