Sunday, August 18, 2019
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A troupe of Gaelic-speaking Bollywood dancers from Staffin are set to perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Six years ago, Davinder and Sonia Gill moved from London to run Mackenzie stores.  Before moving, Sonia was a dancer in Bhangra and Bollywood groups and performed all over the UK in many shows including at the Dome in Birmingham for the Bhangra Awards.

Staffin Bollywood started as a fund-raiser for the SkyeDance Festival.  Sonia says they are now looking into fusing Gaelic songs with Bollywood music. The first dance performances in this genre could be at Belladrum this year.
"I go through the different styles of dance when teaching, not only Bollywood as it is important for them to have versatility when dancing," says Sonia.  "The kids learn about Indian culture, food, clothes, music, traditions - and of course dance as there are so many variations of dance - giving a different visual result. I learn from them as well - everyday is a lesson."

"Sonia's troupe is the perfect answer to a prayer for us, given that our theme is Bollywood and we are all about being a family event for a Highlands wide audience," said promoter Joe Gibbs. "We are really looking forward to welcoming them."
Together with their other two children, Angel (18) and Dream (17), the Gill family are thrilled with their life in Skye. "Skye is an amazing place, a great place to raise children and to be a part of the community. People are so nice - we live the dream as it is such a beautiful place," said Sonia.

The festival will take place in Beauly on 2-4 August 2018.

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