Boston Bollywood, founded in the spring of 2016, exists to celebrate the majestic entertainment powerhouse: Bollywood, the Indian film industry..
It is a tribute to all its actors, directors, composers, choreographers, costume designers, set designers, lyricists, dialog writers, cinematographers, and every other artist that makes these movies come alive. It is their combined talent and perseverance that makes Bollywood the huge production house it is today.
By drawing inspiration from their work, the aim of Boston Bollywood is to delight our audiences with colorfully energetic dance performances and transport them to the magical land of India.
Swati Tiwari is the founder and artistic director of Boston Bollywood LLC. Her love for the resplendent world of Indian Cinema and her passion for teaching dance prompted her to create Boston Bollywood - Boston's first Bollywood performance dance company.
Swati has been dancing since she was five and teaching to dance since she was eight Her first student was her three year old baby sister, Anchal Tiwari, who was also her harshest critic! It brings Swati great joy to acknowledge her best supporter, for believing in her talent.
Her training in Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Bollywood, Folk, and Jazz found new meaning at Nazar, Boston’s premier Bollywood dance troupe. She led the troupe from fall of 2011 to winter of 2015 through three successful annual showcases. She has choreographed Bollywood numbers for five seasons of OnStage Dance Company and has taught numerous Bollywood workshops around the Greater Boston area.
After 8 seasons of Boston Bollywood and having choreographed 38 separate acts , Swati has had the privilege to work with hundreds of dancers and loves being an integral part of the dance community. Swati has also been a guest choreographer for the World of Dance Ensemble production at Endicott College where she taught the dancers a 10 minute long Bollywood fusion routine within a period of 20 hours. She is also a guest teacher this Fall talking about significance of Indian Classical Dance Styles.
Swati has lead a professional competitive dance team, Boston Bollywood Xtreme which successfully placed first and third respectively in two consecutive years at the South Asian Showdown (the biggest Bollywood fusion competition in New England).
Being authentic to each dance style is at the heart of her teaching and she continues to better herself by training with other dance teachers and paying close attention to the current happenings in Bollywood while extensively researching the legacy of the artists from yesteryears.
Swati is now entering the world of content creation. Under the Boston Bollywood umbrella, she strives to tell stories rooted in the South Asian lives experience. She is passionate about bringing people together to create art in diverse mediums -- dance, music and now, films!