Monday, March 14, 2022

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Celebrates Hindu Holi Holiday, A Festival Of Spring, Colors And Love With Special Dance Class Saturday March 19 To Benefit India Based Arts Organization

Roosevelt Island is an amazing place filled with people coming from many different cultures, nations and religions. Roosevelt Island residents are fortunate to be able to learn about and celebrate the diversity of their neighbors. This coming Saturday, March 19, Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MST&DA) is offering another opportunity to enjoy the diversity of cultures of our small little Island.

According to the Roosevelt Island MST&DA:

Celebrating HOLI and unleash your inner being to a higher level with a special DANCE CLASS at MSTDA! Saturday, March 19th!


All proceeds from this class will go to a wonderful arts organization based in India, Kalahrdaya. Their mission is to teach, preserve and share the beauty of Indian performing arts and reach underserved populations to educate and provide opportunity. Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring" and the perfect occassion to dance together! 


WHEN: March 19th, 3-4pm

WHERE: Large Studio in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center 

HOW TO JOIN: email asap to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

*ZOOM option is available. Email for the link.


DONATE HERE: Suggested donation $20. Pay what you can.



On March 19th at 3pm, George Drance will be teaching a special dance class to celebrate Holi. Masala Bhangra® is an Indian-dance based program, designed for people of all ages and fitness levels who love to stay physically active.  Specifically, it introduces high energy Bhangra and Bollywood dance movements in an easy-to-follow fitness format, and is a mechanism by which thousands of people have been moved, touched and inspired to become physically active. LEARN MORE



Instructor George Drance has worked as an actor and director in over twenty-five countries on five continents. He is the artistic director of Magis Theatre and artitst-in-residence at Fordham Lincoln Center.  He has performed in several dance companies and has been a Masala Bhangra Ambassador for almost five years. 

According to Holi Festival website:

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called as the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. In different parts of the country it is known with different names.

The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colours is actually a day worth rejoicing. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer.

In 2019, Holi was celebrated at the Cornell Tech campus and students Sat and Ammol explained the holiday tradition to me.

Learn more about Holi here.

For more info about MST&DA theater, music and fitness classes as well as upcoming shows and other events, click here.