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Now, B'wood dancing taught in London schools

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 21:58 IST

Indian actor Anupam Kher is teaching pupils in London schools to shake a leg, the Bollywood-style.

Kher, who launched his acting school Actor Prepares in west London last year, is promoting a scheme to encourage pupils to try out Bollywood dance steps.

Teachers from his acting school 'Actor Prepares' have been visiting primary and secondary schools and running introductory dance sessions.

Kher, who is better known here for his roles in films such as Bride and Prejudice and Bend It Like Beckham, said:
"Everybody wants to dance. You just need feet, that's all".

"The problem with modern society is that it curbs your inner feeling. The more sophisticated we become, the less we express ourselves. Bollywood dancing teaches you not to be shy," he said.

Kher said his sessions will be particularly valuable for schoolchildren, whose lives tend to be strictly regimented.

"Unfortunately, we compartmentalise children's lives. This is playtime, this is study time, this is bedtime, eating time. We are making them into the kind of people we think they should become.

"But this kind of initiative gives them an opportunity for self-expression. It lets them be themselves, and that's the most important part of education," Kher told 'The Times'.

Meena Walia, head of Cranford Infants in Hounslow, west London, where children receive weekly Bollywood classes, said: "To follow a dance sequence, children have to be attentive. It's tapping into concentration and listening skills."

Rakhi Sood, who teaches Bollywood dance routines said: "It's a fun thing for them, but it's also quite disciplined. Dance is a way for kids to reach out and express themselves. The movies are about following your dream and celebrating life in a positive way."