Bollywood Dance wow the crowd at Diwali

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Committee members (not in order) Mitesh Mistry, Aashni Shah, Aashni Sawjani, Manisha Bhalla, Varsha

DSU’s Bollywood Dance society wowed the crowds at Leicester’s Diwali Lights Switch On only two years after setting up as a society.

The society’s seven committee members performed to a medley of five songs at the Sunday evening event held on the Golden Mile in Leicester.

Mitesh Mistry, who performed at the celebration, said: “For most of us, it was the first time we had performed as part of Leicester's Diwali celebrations, and we all had a wonderful time.

“It was a truly amazing experience to perform alongside other talented local acts to what was estimated to be an audience of 37,000 people.

“The atmosphere was really energetic and although we were all little nervous, we were also super excited and couldn't wait to perform.

“The adrenaline was pumping and we danced our hearts out. By the time our performance had ended, we wanted to go up on stage and do it all again, it was that much fun.”

The group’s feat is made all the more amazing by the fact that they are only in their third year as a society. There are seven committee members and 20 regular members plus a number of regular non-members who attend weekly classes.

Mitesh continued: “Our aim is to provide a fun, friendly, and joyful experience during a hectic university life.

“We often hear ‘I can't dance’ which doesn't actually matter – neither can I – as it's all about trying something new and meeting new people.

“We welcome people from all types of backgrounds and cultures and don’t want people to be under the impression that ‘Bollywood’ is just aimed towards the Asian culture.

“We try and create a family feel at the society, making everyone feel welcome as though we're just one big Bollywood family.

“As a society, we love to do what we feel is best by dancing and just having fun.

“There are no expectations from anyone that joins our society and we want people to feel comfortable knowing that there is no pressure or competition in our society.”

To keep up to date with DMU Bollywood Dance follow them on Twitter and Instagram @dmubollywood, and also join their Facebook group by searching "DMU Bollywood Dance Society".

You can also find out more about the Bollywood Dance society on the DSU website here.

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