So You Think You Can Bollywood?

In the Fall of 2008, the American dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance, had its first ever choreographed Bollywood routine. SYTYCD (for short) is a show that searches for the most talented dancers across the nation and has them compete performing various styles of dance, from ballroom, hip hop, contemporary, Broadway, and now Bollywood. Ever since the first appearance of the Bollywood dance style on the program, it has been featured in every consecutive season.  SYTYCD is an extremely popular program, so the style of Bollywood is being introduced to the American public through this entertainment format. The link below is to the first performance of Bollywood on the show that I am referring to. Pay special attention to what the judge Nigel says about the dance and about the fusion of cultures. It is especially interesting how he points out the similarities of the dance style to other styles that Americans are more familiar with, to help them grasp this essentially foreign style.

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