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Dances of India: Urban Bhangra Bounce with Meera

Meera Varma  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Meera Varma
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Digital Sound, NTSC, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Akasha Productions
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXGP50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Urban Bhangra Bounce: DJ's, musicians, and artists alike are all catching on to the explosive energy and rhythm of Bhangra! Known as the "hip-hop" of India, high energy Bhangra music drives crowds to the dance floor around the globe! Now internationally renowned dancer and instructor Meera Varma, brings the dance to you in her own hip and vivacious style.

Sweat to the infectious drumbeat of the `Dhol', as Meera introduces you to cutting-edge new moves as she guides you through a complete workout, jam-packed with energetic combinations!

Includes a warm up, cool down, complete dance instruction, a full vibrant workout, and and the world premier of an exclusive Performance Music Video "Mystic Asman" as the highlight Bonus Feature! "Feel the pulse come alive!" Approx 60 Mins.

About the Actor

Daughter of international ethnic dancer Zarina Varma and classical Indian Tabla player Raj Varma, Meera's musical upbringing has trained her to be an artist since the age of four. Having lived all over the world, at a very young age this Multi-Award Winning Dancer has had the opportunity to perform on a global stage, reaching 6 continents.

During her artistic career, Meera has indulged herself in many different avenues of the arts and entertainment industry, being featured as an actress, guest dancer and choreographer in films, television commercials, and music videos internationally. Meera's strong media relationships have generated cover and front page news stories, international radio coverage and television exposure.

Meera's creativity as a performer highlights the emotions of rhythm as she reveals the sensuality of her soul. Her stage presence is powerful yet playful, expressing extraordinary style with grace and beauty. She has performed to a vast array of cultural music, ranging from traditional music of the East to modern progressive music. Her style of dancing is unique, focusing on the various Dances of India, and authentic Egyptian and Cabaret style Oriental (Belly) Dancing, with the natural essence of her East Indian heredity and technique flowing through every performance. Meera has also formed her own dance troupe called The Mahari Dance Company, performing both Oriental and Indian style dancing. Today, this breakthrough young talent carries on the tradition of her ancestor's musical background, and pursues her artistic career before audiences around the world.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Cardio Workout! December 15, 2009
After the warm-up, Meera leads you through sevaral combination steps -- I can't remember the names of the steps, but they include (1) side steps (Bhangra Bounce), (2) a type of fun, bouncy mambo with a kickback, (3) a sort of wide kickback with arms (Pinjara Push), (4) some jumping moves, and (5) some punching moves with a turn (Pinjara Throwdown?) After demonstrating each step in half time, you do them at tempo; the steps are then all combined into one workout. The total practice and workout is about 31 minutes, including warm-up. The advanced workout is relatively short (about 6 minutes), but is a nice add-on because you just get into the moves with no half-time practice. The cool down is about 6 minutes as well ... so total workout including advanced and cool down is about 45 minutes.

The setting is bright and cheery, and the music is a lot of fun. If you want to learn Bhangra or just a fun dance for a good cardio workout, this video is for you. If you already know Bhangra dance moves, you might want to go on to something more advanced.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dancer and choreographer Meera Varma hosts this "Dances of India" fitness DVD, which takes the viewer on an invigorating workout tour of energetic and highly enjoyable dance routines grounded in the popular culture of East India. "Dances of India: Urban Bhangra Bounce with Meera" (60 min.) introduces viewers to the "hip-hop" of India, featuring a high-energy workout marked by motivational drumbeats. The performance music video "Mystic Asman" is a highlight bonus feature. An exceptional addition to DVD fitness libraries in need of a little spice from halfway around the globe, and a choice pick for anyone interested in trying something different and exciting for their daily workout.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A WORKOUT OR A COMMERCIAL? December 13, 2011
By Kali
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If I could have given less than one star on this purchase I would have done so. What a huge disappointment. The dance combinations when performed together lasts for exactly 42.2 SECONDS! And these are not difficult combinations. Her segment advertising her other videos: 3:37, her bio segment 1:03 and her performance segment 4:09. Her performance segment in not even a bhangra dance. It is an average performance of classical Indian dance, more notable for it's interesting camera angles and special effects.
I teach dance for exercise and was hoping to learn some bhangra to lend some authenticity to my Bollywood routines. These combination would not even be sufficient to fill the chorus in the music.
I will definitely be returning this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome workout- and LEARN Bhangra! May 30, 2011
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I love this work out DVD b/c I feel like I am in a class with Meera. Each move is taught separately, and is practiced slowly, and then faster, just like a real dance class. The arm movements are also taught separately from the feet. I love how challenging this DVD is. It is perfect for because it actually teaches Bhangra moves, so by the time the DVD is over, you know a Bhangra dance! It is very challenging work out, but gets easier every time. This is exactly what I was looking for and I'm so glad I purchased this DVD!
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