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Honey Kalaria Interview



  • UK’s Top Bollywood Dance School Launches Bollywood Version of X-Factor!
  • Auditions commence with hundreds of contestants attending London Launch


Honey’s Dance Academy, the UK’s top Bollywood dance school, will be discovering the next Bollywood superstar in the making with its eagerly anticipated X-Factor style audition process – Bollywood Factor. Launched on Saturday 9th January at St. Giles Hotel, Bedford Avenue, London WC1, budding Bollywood dancers auditioned to win their place in UK Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 with the chance of winning a part in major Bollywood film. Along the way, talented contestants will be given the chance to be cast in other film and TV opportunities based on their performances during the auditions.  


Bollywood Factor and UK Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 is spearheaded by Bollywood Dance Queen and entertainment impresario Honey Kalaria who is the Founder of Honey’s Dance Academy (HDA). Since its inception in 1999, the famed dance academy has grown to over 13 London Studios and has cast its dance students in major film, TV and stage roles in the likes of Harry Potter, BBC Proms, Jamie Oliver’s Oliver Twist, Bombay Dreams and blockbuster Bollywood movies such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.


The demand from hopeful entrants from four years old to 18 and over wanting to join Honey’s Dance Academy is at its peak, but with limited spaces, the queues have been building up – so what better way to spot raw talent but to audition!


Comments Honey Kalaria, Founder HDA “You don’t have to be a dance professional to audition. We’re looking for students with passion, creativity and stage presence who we can train in different styles of Bollywood and Bhangra dance”


The first audition saw a myriad of performers across all ages, regions and backgrounds audition for Honey Kalaria and a panel of Bollywood’s top choreographers. Their aim was to search out new dance talents that possess the passion, drive and determination to make it as a top Bollywood star. Some of the lucky entrants and budding talent included 18-year-old Polish Interiors and Architecture student, Karina Gniazdowska, from Reading and 23-year-old assistant baker, Ifzzal Hussain, who travelled from Birmingham.  


In commenting about the launch event, Honey Kalaria adds, "I was absolutely amazed to see the wealth of talent that we have in the UK. The aim was to discover the stars of tomorrow and offer training, mentoring or put candidates forward for roles that we are currently casting for.  I congratulate all those who attended the auditions even in these adverse weather conditions, as this is the kind of dedication and passion we are looking for. I am pleased to say that we found a few gems that we feel we can polish and turn into diamonds".


Open to all skill levels, the Honey’s Dance Academy has taken novice dancers and trained them to perform on the most glamorous of stage and film sets. With Bollywood ever growing in popularity and now reaching global audiences, the appeal to learn and perform in the Bollywood arts has attracted students from all cultural backgrounds – something HDA strongly encourages.


Honey Kalaria has led a glittering entertainment career as a choreographer, Bollywood actress and singer. Her passion for dance and the arts saw her establish Honey’s Dance Academy and build it to teach, manage and promote young talent globally. The Academy has always attracted a high number of applicants and with this year’s Bollywood Factor and forthcoming UK Bollywood Dance Championships the organisers are being inundated.


Deadline to enrol at a local studio of Honey’s Dance Academy (full list of regions below) for the chance to enter Bollywood Factor and UK Bollywood Dance Championships is W/c 18thJanuary 2010. For further information, please call 020 8590 8050 or visit