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Pak women taking up Bollywood dance classes

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 02, 2010 11:46 IST

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Indian movies and music have always left Pakistanis enchanted, but in a new trend more and more women here are taking up special Bollywood dance classes, not only to learn popular steps but also to keep in shape.

Women are willing to pay between Rs 5000 and 15,000 for three classes a week being offered by dance schools and private clubs.

"It is true that most of these women belong to the upper strata of society but this definitely is a new trend that Bollywood dance classes are being held," said Zeenat, a trainer.

She said that the number of women taking up Bollywood dance lessens had grown over the last few months.

"These classes allow our women not only to express their freedom but also to keep fit and shed those extra pounds. And let's face it, Bollywood dances and music have a universal appeal," Pappu Samrat, one of Pakistan's leading choreographer, said.

Another trainer at a private club pointed out that since European dance forms like Salsa and Tango are not very popular in Pakistan, Bollywood dances and music always have a special appeal here.

Samrat said that with Indian films now being released in cinema halls in Pakistan, the attraction of attending Bollywood dance classes has also grown among women in Karachi and Lahore.