I am so over seeing Indian and Bollywood dancing on American television.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally just…done. This week, contestants on So You Think You Can Dance performed a “Bollywood” dance routine, now a staple of the show, to the usual wild applause from the audience and cautious praise from the judges. To be fair, the contestants were great. They are excellent dancers and performed the routine to the best of their ability. But no amount of arbitrarily loud costumes or wild hand gestures can distract from the real problem here.
Bollywood dance is, slowly but surely, becoming mainstream. I love that I don’t even have to explain the word in most settings now, because people have come to understand a general aura of Indian films and music. But if you learned about Bollywood from So You Think You Can Dance or some other network…
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