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Posted on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 12:01 a.m.

Try Bollyfit dancing Saturday at Ann Arbor Summer Festival

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Anuja Rajendra’s Bollyfit Studio made the news when Meryl Davis and Charlie White won Silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in ice dancing. Their original dance was a delightful Bollywood-style dance on skates choreographed and taught by Rajendra.

At her Ann Arbor Bollyfit Studio, Rajendra teaches fitness through a fusion of Bollywood, classical Bharat Natyam and Bhangra dance styles. The music is irresistible, the dancing is fun, the fitness easy.

This Saturday, June 26, from 5-6 p.m., everyone can try Bollyfit dancing at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in a different kind of happy hour. Meet on the lawn in front of Power Center, east of Rackham Graduate School, for a free one-hour Indian dance work out.

Bollyfit Studio's website promises: 

"Dance along as 50+ local BollyFit and BollyFit Kids students perform together in a vivacious dance item. This family friendly event will also include BollyFit dance demos that teach simple steps used in BollyFit dances. The retreat will culminate in a massive, first-of-its-kind audience-performer group dance, synthesizing guests and artists in a connected presence beyond that of either group as solitary entities."

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for, and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at, her blog at, and she can be reached at