Bollywood Shake Collaborates with SHIAMAK in Houston


Photos: Murali Santhana

HOUSTON: Houstonians had the opportunity to experience a high-energy dance workshop this week brought to you by Shiamak Davar Dance Academy in association with Bollywood Shake and Agni. Ruchika Dias of Bollywood Shake is hosting these workshops at the Bollywood Shake studio in West Houston and the India House from June 19-25.

Students can choose to attend the workshop for 1 day, 3 days or 5 days and all the students will come out as stronger, more confident dancers! Bollywood Shake would like to thank Prakash Mohandas and Prayrana Sharma of Agni Austin for collaborating on this project.

Lester Fernandes, who has been an instructor with the Shiamak’s Academy for 17 years and has worked with many Bollywood celebrities like Hritik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, taught the workshop and all the kids and adults who attended were mesmerized by Lester’s dancing and teaching abilities! Lester’s believes in “Dance from your heart and the rest will follow!”


Who has not heard of Shiamak Davar? An Indian dance choreographer who has revolutionized choreography in Bollywood, Shiamak is also noted as one of the first to bring contemporary jazz and western forms of dance to India.  In 1998, he received the prestigious National Award for choreography for the film Dil Toh Pagal Hai and went on to choreograph blockbusters such as Taal, Kisna, Dhoom 2, Taare Zameen Par, Rab Ne Bana De Jodi and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Shiamak’s choreography reached international shores. World class shows on national and international platforms such as the IIFA Awards have made Shiamak the most sought after choreographer.


Shiamak has been the celebrity judge/ guest judge for dance based reality shows including Dance Ke Superstars (Superstars of Dance),  Dance India Dance- Li’l Masters, Jhalak Dikhla Ja (Dancing with the Stars), Dance Premier League (DPL), Bollywood Star (Australia and Canada) and India’s Got Talent.

Singer, choreographer, performing artist Shiamak Davar is known as the “Guru of Dance” in India. He is largely responsible for modernizing India’s dance scene especially in the film and theatre industry.

With the motto Have Feet. Will Dance,  Shiamak Davar International is the world’s biggest dance academy enriching the lives of over a million dance enthusiasts across India, Canada, Australia, U.S.A, UAE and the UK. Spreading the joy of dance to ages four to eighty four, his faculty teaches his original dance styles including Shiamak Style (Contemporary), Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz, Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) and Shiamak’s Yoga – Inner Dance Movement amongst many others.

With an aim to provide quality dance training and making dance available to all, SHIAMAK USA dance classes run in New York and New Jersey and have multiple workshops in other states for students from ages four to eighty four providing them with training in various dance styles by Shiamak’s expert faculty. The classes give them an opportunity to learn dance, express themselves creatively and perform on stage.

And Houston is getting a small glimpse of what Shiamak USA has to offer this week!! After the success of these workshops and due to public demand, we hope to see more Shiamak USA dance workshops in Houston in the future.
For more information visit or call 281-310-0742.