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Bollywood Step Dance

January 29, 2010 10:00 ET

LA County Employee Leads Exciting Double Life as a Civil Engineer and Authentic Bollywood Dancer/Choreographer

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2010) - Yogen Bhagat, the Artistic and Creative Director of Bollywood Step Dance company, manages his career, both as a Civil Engineer with Los Angeles County and a as a professional Bollywood choreographer, with equal zeal and finesse. "I feel that I can apply some of the engineering techniques to dance. Both involve envisioning, creating and constructing an end product that is unique; both involve team work and project managment; and both present challenges of competition motivating me to strive for the best," Yogen explains.

Bollywood Dancing is based on Indian styles including classical, folk and bhangra and is often blended with western dance forms such as jazz, salsa, hip hop and modern, depending on whether the song is traditional or modern. Yogen says. "The style is very expressive, colorful and vibrant." His fusion style is inspired by Gopi Krishna, the legendary Indian classical dancer, Michael Jackson and Ganesh Hegde, a well-known choreographer in Bollywood.

As one of the few Bollywood choreographers in the United States who has actually trained in India and worked with some of the top names in Bollywood, Yogen aspires to, "educate the world about the authenticity and beauty of Bollywood dancing and Indian culture." This is demonstrated in filmmaker Rich Samuel's new documentary on Yogen and his company which will be showcased at various Film Festivals.

Yogen has choreographed and performed in hundreds of live stage and award shows and music videos worldwide. He recently completed a short video of his choreography for Oscar winner AR Rahman for a peace concert in Australia depicting unity in diversity through dance and music.

Yogen has captivated audiences across North America and received innumerable awards. He has appeared as a guest on many network television shows including "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Ellen." Yogen has showcased at events such as India Calling at the Hollywood Bowl, and Planet Hollywood Theater of Performing Arts in Las Vegas and he has participated in programs in Mumbai, Europe, and South Africa.

Yogen will teach a class in Bollywood dancing at the prestigious TED Conference in Palm Springs on February 10th and the Pasadena Dance Festival on Feb 20th where he will also be performing in the evening showcase. Details at: http://www.bollywoodstepdance.com

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