NEW YORK — The second season of Dance USA Dance was launched Jan. 31 at a press event at the Marriott Marquis, presenting an overview of the season ahead. Organized by 5678 Media Group and ZEE TV, the program featured choreographers Matt Steffanina and Nakul Dev Mahajan as well as actress Lauren Gottlieb.
Miss Pakistan USA Sarish Khan was the evening’s host.
Mahajan spoke about the importance of authenticity when introducing Bollywood culture to the U.S. market, and the challenges he faced when he first introduced Bollywood music in popular movies and TV shows from Hollywood. Gottlieb briefly spoke about bridging the gap between the U.S. and India through this platform. Hip-hop master Steffanina got off his seat to quickly choreograph some moves to popular Bollywood music tracks.
Other speakers included Zee TV Americas senior vice president Indrajit Majumdar; 5678 Media Group chair and executive producer of Dance USA Dance Ashwani Kumar; supervising producer Kunal Kumar and producer Sunil Hali.
The show is accepting video auditions through Feb. 15 with Bollyshake, an internet dance community platform. Selected teams will move on to the regional rounds in 15 cities, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto and Dubai. Two teams from each city will get a chance to compete in the semi-finals this summer, in their quest to win the title of Dance USA Dance Season 2 Champion.
For more information about Dance USA Dance and auditions, visit danceusadance.us or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.