Naz Choudhury’s Bolly Flex on Strictly Come Dancing 

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Danceworks teacher Naz Choudhury & his company Bolly Flex created a storm with Bollywood on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday 29th November 2014.

Over 10 million people tuned in on Week 10 on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night. Naz Choudhury and Bolly Flex made history by creating the very first Bollywood number with the Strictly Professionals for the opening extravaganza. A vibrant, colourful and energetic piece that had the audience at the studio and at home joining in with rhythmic applause throughout the performance.

The collaboration was exceptional and a landmark in the history of Bollywood dance in the UK. Naz Choudhury pioneer and founder of Flex FX Productions was sourced to bring Bollywood to Strictly and he delivered in spectacular style.

The Strictly Pro’s were challenged to break their ballroom mould and embrace a new style of movement over 3 days of rehearsal prior to the live show. They worked impeccably hard during the rehearsals to adopt the movement vocabulary with precision and finesse, assisted by Bolly Flex dancers. Aljaz Skorjanec in particularly enjoyed the whole process and in his own words ‘I would love to do more Bollywood dance’. The ease at which the piece came together mirrored mutual respect between the artists and the production of a spectacular act. Kevin Clifton and Aljaz stated ‘The Bolly Flex dancers are better than us, it’s actually a little embarrassing’. The World’s best ballroom dancers were praised for their performance with Bolly Flex on Saturday night, they broke through the barriers and delivered an inspiring performance.

The Strictly team were ecstatic with the final act and the live performance bedazzled the audience with its fast paced choreography, vibrant costumes and spectacular lighting. The producer’s were in a unanimous agreement and stated ‘This is the best group act that we have ever had on Strictly’. Craig Revel Horwood, SCD judge, known to be very critical said; ‘I would give the Bollywood performance a 10 out of 10’. Raving reviews all round, its clear and safe to say that BollyFlex have done much justice to the name of Bollywood Dance and provided an open gateway for more mainstream opportunities for the Bollywood industry in the UK.

Leena Patel head of Bolly Flex says; ‘Bringing Bollywood dance to such a prestigious platform like SCD is a huge breakthrough for the Bollywood industry and I feel honoured to have been able to facilitate this with Naz. Bolly Flex and the Strictly Pro’s performed so well together and complimented each other which added to the entertainment value. It was an amazing experience and a dream come true.’

Naz Choudhury said; ‘The feedback I received from everyone was phenomenal, since the show my phone hasn’t stopped, huge credit has to go to all the strictly pro’s, Bolly Flex, Karen and Leena. Without them all non of this would be possible. It was a dream come true and to top it all off I met one of my biggest inspirations and idols who closed the show ‘Micheal Flatley’. The whole BBC team where amazing, we enjoyed every moment and hopefully now the nation and international audiences can see that the UK also has world class Bollywood talents’.

This is history in the making and we will be following Bolly Flex through their journey as they continue to aim high and reach higher.

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Check out the official performance Behind the scenes