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We are delighted to announce our online learning platform for children across the UK. BSDC For Schools encompasses a series of online dance tutorials and a dance quiz via our Youtube channel and social media interactions with families as we discover and learn dances from all over the world.

Our team of dedicated dance artists prepared a series of online resources, dance tutorials and games to bring classical Indian dance, ballet, and other dance styles to the comfort or chaos of your living room. Our first series of videos on BSDC For Schools will cover 3 different challenges.

Challenge 1 is all about learning a dance routine with our dancers. We are covering Hawaii-Hula, Ballet, Kathak, Kabuki and Haka. Short videos with step by step instructions, perfect for anyone curious about movement. Think Joe Wicks for dance.

Hawaii -Hula for Key Stage 1 & 2, ages 5-11-years old. Years 1-6.

Ballet for Key Stage 2, age 7-11-year-old. Years 3-6

Kathak for Key Stage 2, age 7-11-year-old. Years 3-6

Kabuki for Key Stage 2, age 7-11-year-old. Years 3-6

Haka for Key Stage 2, age 7-11-year-old. Years 3-6

Challenge 2 is all about research and analysis. Students are invited to dive into a fact-finding mission on the culture and heritage behind these dances:

  1. a) Children can draw and annotate a picture of a traditional dance costume.
  2. b) Design a written fact-file full of exciting information.
  3. c) Write a story inspired by a dancer from that country. 

Challenge 3 looks at online learning and sharing in similar styles. We would like the children to share the results of their work with teachers, as well as with our team at BSDC For Schools. Follow this quiz for inspiration

Quiz for Kids, for Key Stage 2, age 7-11-year-old. Years 3-6

You can share the work with us via email at BSDCforschools@gmail.com or simply by using the hashtag #BSDCforschools on your own social media. We are looking forward to seeing the videos and pictures of all the families out there dancing, and we will share as many as possible across our social media. Everyone will receive a certificate upon completion. Tag us on Facebook @balbirsinghdancecompany, twitter at @balbirdance and Instagram @balbirsinghdanceco so we can see and share your work.

We are currently running BSDC For Schools with five local schools in Rotherham if you would like to take part in this online learning initiative, please let us know at BSDCforschools@gmail.com

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
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Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art