Like watching a movie, only live

The swirl of multicolored saris and synchronized dance routines that define Bollywood films will come to the stage Saturday with "LA to Mumbai: A Flight to Remember," a dance show presented by NDM Dance Studio of Artesia, the nation's first exclusively Bollywood dance school.

About 200 dancers -- 150 of them students, 50 part of a formal Hindi dance troupe -- will shimmy and snake-arm their way through 19 pieces, choreographed by school founder Nakul dev Mahajan and performed in authentic costumes to songs from Indian hits such as "Kal Ho Na Ho" and "Main Hoon Na."

"The premise is the formula for what is a successful Bollywood film, from the actors and actresses to the sets to the choreography to the themes to the music, but it's being done live," said Mahajan, 29.

The show is designed to appeal to those familiar with the genre and those who've learned about it during the last few years through samples in hip-hop hits, dance-heavy videos from pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and crossover Anglo-Indian films such as "Bend It Like Beckham."

Presented as if it were a movie shown on an international flight from Los Angeles to Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), the performance will be a sort of dance documentary, with narration between each dance, as well as a tribute piece to all the major dance icons of Bollywood, from '50s superstar Helen to today's reigning king and queen, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.

'LA to Mumbai: A Flight to Remember'

Where: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Price: $25 to $65.

Info: (562) 402-7761 or

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