I'm so honoured to have sat down for this interview with the Huffington Post Canada to talk about my journey, and how for me, Bollywood dance is more than just my art - it signals acceptance. Click here to watch the full video!
Over two weeks in July I got the opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for the Jubilee Arts International Festival where I coached/mentored the dance teams, put on a few workshops, and also did six surprise performances at all three night shows at the Altice Arena (check my Instagram page's IGTV to watch some of those epic lip sync battles!) I have trouble articulating what the experience meant to me. All the people I met and the experiences we shared grew me as an artist and as a person. When I have trouble putting my feelings into words, I put them into dance. The times when I'm walking around, listening to music, this piece will forever take me back to Lisbon. This is dedicated to all the soul connections I made.
"Souls always connect at the perfect time and place to fulfill an emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual task or karmic bond. We are never connected to anyone just by chance, there is always a higher lesson and deeper message from the Universe. You attract what your energy vibrates."
Sometimes I wonder why people find my life of perfecting a balancing act so interesting - it's my reality every single day, and I often forget that working 24/7 actually ISN'T the norm! Thank you to Adam Stanley & The Globe and Mail for reminding me of that and making me feel special today :)
In honour of the Diamond Jubilee year and upcoming Mulaqaats in Eastern Canada, I put together this tribute dance piece, a fusion of Kathak and Sufi dance choreography. Through my dance journey, this year has been particularly special in that I've found a niche and a love for the exploration of spirituality in my art. Thank you to Alhamra Unplugged and the #AgaKhanMuseum for collaborating with me on this piece that holds such a special place in my heart.
Music: Allah Hoo - Alhamra Unplugged Season 1 (Khalid Khan, Qasim Yousaf, Aqleema Dar, Abubakar Javed) (Check the song out at https://soundcloud.com/alhamraunplugg...)
Male Dancers: Rahim Printer (lead), Gowtham Ratnaraj, Aman Rajput, Irfan Lakhani, Arnold Wallang, Jassy Grewal
Female Dancers: Shereen Ladha (lead), Shaila Premji, Shama Kassam, Karina D'Mello, Zeeanna Ibrahim, Sahar Ibhrahim, Salima Fakirani
Videography: Anil Mohabir (Icon Motion)
Rahim's Costume: Chandan Fashion (@chandanfashion)
FLARE Magazine just published their #HowIMadeIt list that celebrates 100 of the most talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women with cool jobs. I am SO incredibly honoured to be on this list alongside some Canadian women I really look up to. Check out the feature below & thank you to Ken Fong for the photography :)
It was lovely collaborating with the London School of Bollywood while I was in London last month, and playing lead in this piece choreographed by Prasanth Palliath. Loved bonding over our #gottalent experiences and creating art together ❤️ Special thank you to Shiva Raichandani for bringing us together - I knew from the first time we spoke that we would connect the way we did. I'm in love with the way you inspire. Check out the full video and don't forget to subscribe to these guys!
Welcome back #dancewithSL fam! This piece was originally performed as part of my touring show "Roots: A Journey Through India." I'm so drawn to the elegance of this song, and wanted to tell the love story of Radha and Krishna through it. In this piece, Radha and Krishna dance as one, and, just like in their epic tale, Krishna leaves (told through him frozen in time). Radha yearns for him and it's her love that acts as the force that brings him back to her.
This video was shot and edited by the amazing folks at Ethnic Channels Group (ECG). This piece is part of a larger documentary celebrating #Canada150, focusing on the South Asian community in Canada. The director, Irina Volkova, is an amazing artist and producer and did such an amazing job illustrating the diaspora through South Asian music and dance. Watch the full documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoA9tduNy9M&t=105s
or at www.soundsofcanadaseries.com
I am so honoured to be on this list of TOP 100 Dance Channels in the WORLD alongside some of the best in the biz! Seriously, this list includes artists like Matt Steffanina, Dana Alexa, and Tricia Miranda from whom I continuously draw inspiration. Thank you so much Feedspot!
Check out the full list here
HELLO DANCEWITHSL FAM! It's been a hot minute since I've posted on my channel and that's because (you'll already know if you follow me on Instagram)....I've been in LONDON! I journeyed for the first time ever to the UK to teach a Bollywood Master Class and do a special collab (details will be on all my social media about that one!). Thank you so much to the lovely people at Absolute Bollywood for hosting my class at Pineapple Dance Studios, and the BIGGEST thank you to all these talented and hungry souls that came to develop themselves as professional Bollywood dancers. It's the most important thing to always keep training and it was so refreshing to see a group of such talent that completely recognized and embraced the challenge. London, we will meet again soon :)
I got together with UpsideDown and Urban Asian Music to bring you the #ANAChallenge! Enter for your chance to win some CASH to help your dance & music endeavors....or just go on a shopping spree.
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $100
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Make a cute video and upload it on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook
2. Tag @djupsidedown @shereenladha @urbanasianmusic (Must be following these accounts)
3. Use the hashtag #ANAchallenge
Submit by July 30, 2017 11:59PM EST. Winners will be announced on Aug 5!
Music: Aaja Ni Aaja - UpsideDown
Choreography: Rohit Rumpal
Director: Anil Mohabir
Cinematography/Edit: Michael Rae (http://raer.co)
My outfit & Jewelry: Chandan Fashion
Hair & Tikka Placement: RJK Mehndi
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Happy video day dancewithSL fam!
I got to collaborate with the AMAZING Rajat "Rocky" Batta when I travelled to LA a few weeks ago, and also teach 3 classes at his school "RRB Dance Company"
This one is about a chance encounter - one of those that leads to feel something to instantly and unreasonably.
Happy video day my dancewithSL fam!
Here’s my latest piece of work to Baarish from the new film Half Girlfriend (0:57 guy doesn’t make an appearance, but hopefully Gowtham @gothamTO will do!) This song is so great and I find it’s always the vocals that really get me in songs like this. Lately, I’ve been feeling really inspired by lyrics and melody, and I’m focused on creating little pieces of art in my videos rather than just straight choreography videos – hope you guys are down with this new direction ☺ Don’t worry, I’ll be back with the Bollywood Hip Hop to all your favourite Bollywood hits soon! Thanks to my friend Anil Mohabir (@anilmohabir) for filming this! Check him out (he’s your expert on all things 360 video!)
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Happy Wednesday everyone!
My new video is officially out on YouTube!
This piece has been a long time in the making for me. I loved this song from Bajiao Mastani and was so inspired by the look and beauty of the whole film. I started choreographing this piece back in June 2016 and finally brought it to life as part of Roots: A Journey Through India. I love everything about Aayat (and Bajirao Mastani) from its epic Bollywood proportions to the graceful dancing with Indian classical movement and the lyrics to every song. Don't forget to like, comment, subscribe, and request my next song!
Thank you to my team that helped me bring this piece to life:
My outfit & Jewelry courtesy of: Chandan Fashion (@chandanfashion)
My angels: Shaila Premji (@shailapremji), Simran Manghirmalani (sim_sim_ma), Manushi Patel (manushi.patel), and Felicia Hyman (fefenostalgia)
My videographer: Gowtham Ratnaraj (@gothamTO)
My on set assistant: Rahim Printer (@printerror1)
Check out the pictures and video below!
First off, SO MANY MEMORIES with this song! I actually used to dress up in this costume and make my brother do all Akshay Kumar's parts (he probably hates me for it now, but I know he secretly had fun then).
It's always so fun creating pieces with one of my faves Pratik Marathe. He's the funniest guy you'll ever meet and just makes shoots so much fun.
Check it out! xo, SL
This week's video is to Badri Ki Dulhania - a new song that I absolutely LOVE! Also love that it's not just a remake of some 90s song (my current pet peeve). I created this one with my brother from another mother Rahim (@printerror1) and Gotham Photography (@gothamTO). Enjoy & don't forget to subscribe to my channel! :)
What an amazing moment - performing my choreography to someone who has inspired me SO much through his music. Check out some highlights here. For some videos of my performances, head over to my Instagram page @shereenladha
I'm so proud to have been profiled as a feature artist on CBC Arts "Exhibitionists" for a special International Women's Day episode. This piece was created by Nile and Jorden from Through The Eyes. We started this project back in December when I met them for the first time at a coffee shop. We talked stories - why I dance, what motivates me as an artist. They really got to know and understand my story and told it in the most beautiful way.
P.S. That's my little cousin who plays the younger me! She was so excited to be on TV :)
Check it out here
Y'all went IN on the requests for this one so HERE YOU GO! The original Humma from Bombay is actually one of my favourite songs of all time and this is a rare remix that actually did justice to the original. I'm even more excited about this choreo because my dancers will be performing it in front of AR Rahman HIMSELF this Saturday at the Ideal Dreams AR Rahman Tribute show!
Videography by the amazing Safira Halani - @safirahalani
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