Bollywood / Bhangra Dance Workshop HWGA
"Wow. Just wow. The best workshop I have ever had the pleasure of being part of in my whole 10 year teaching career. Sohan Kailey from Aashiyana Arts has it all. The drive, the excitement, the enthusiasm and more importantly the moves. This guy is so passionate about his culture it is amazing to see how he uses dance as a tool to bring everyone together. The pupils and the staff were in awe of just how good he was. I would recommend him to anyone as he won't disappoint.
Look forward to booking him out again in the near future!"
(P. Shoker, Head of PE, HWGA)
Contribution to the Solihull Early Years Conference,
The Early Years team and I would like to thank you for your amazing contribution to the “Fanning the Flames of Creativity” Conference. Not only did you provide excellent workshops which delegates enjoyed tremendously and will have lots of ideas and activities to take back to their schools and settings. You also provided a perfect introduction to the conference, encouraging practitioners, enabling them to experience something different in a safe environment and opening up their minds to
their creative development which lasted throughout the day.
Your approach, flexibility and personal creativity enabled us to work well together and develop a really good creative experience.
Well done and thank you once again for your input."
Head of the Early Years & Child Care Service, Solihull
Feedback from Delegates:
Nursery School, Birmingham, Ofsted Report, June 2012:
Extensive use is made of visiting adults to add even more enrichment to the curriculum. For example, the Bhangra dancing makes a very important contribution to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development due to the skilful way they are encouraged to develop their imaginations, work with others and appreciate the world around them.
Get Sorted Students event:
Aashiyana Arts performed a set at our University of Derby Buxton campus, in the Dome, as part of a student focused event celebrating equality and diversity called ‘Get sorted! 2012’, in March 2012.
Sohan Kailey’s set was vibrant, energetic, informative and fun, and his ability to engage with the wide variety of students in trying out some traditional ‘moves’ was fantastic, breaking down barriers, and widening students perception of dance and culture in the process.
We would gladly welcome Aashiyana Arts to future events we would be planning, and would highly recommend to all the thrilling vibe that Sohan brought to our campus at the event!
Team Leader, Students Wellbeing Service
India Topic (Special Educational Needs School):
Thank you for delivering such a fantastic project with the children at our school. All the staff felt that the children gained an exceptional amount from it and able to get the ‘flavour’ of life in a village in India! We were all impressed with your innovative use of our specialised equipment and the additional time you took to set up the environment. Your resources and the pace of the session were appropriate to children with complex learning difficulties. The staff felt that they could use some of your ideas to deliver the topic in future and we are looking forward to using our new completed DVD with other groups. We hope we will have the opportunity to work with you again.
Inclusion and Extended Schools Manager
"Great show Sowi. Me and my nephew enjoyed it loads.
A pity about Harjit trying to steal the show.
Sharam (Acoustic Cafe, Wolverhampton Arena Theatre)"
"I am really sorry I missed Aashiyana on Saturday. I had a bunch of kids in a pub to deal with and it was pretty scary!
I hear it went really well and everyone has said how lovely you lot are!
With all best wishes,
Esther, Warwick Arts Society"
"Wanted to say how much I enjoyed myself last night and thank you for inviting us along. The dance pieces were fab. Congrats to the whole team at such a grand event with the variety of sounds and steps.
All the best
Sajida", (Wolverhampton Art Galley & Museum)
"I know Sajida has already told you what a good time we had on Saturday night, but I'd also like to say that I had a fabulous evening. I was so impressed with the Capoeira dancers and I think its going to be very exciting having them here in the gallery on the 16th Oct. It was fascinating listening to the music, I think for one of the first times I really began to understand the word 'fusion' as you could really hear the way the two rhythms and sounds were intermingled. Its a real bonus having the music list, I feel a spending spree coming on!
Well done again, I think you are all destined for big things!
Caroline", (Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museum)
Active at 60 event:
Just to say again THANK YOU for your session yesterday once again it was BRILLIANT and enjoyed by all! I was dancing in the kitchen when I got home, and was doing the drum beat on the side of my sofa!!!! I hope I get a chance to work with you again the future!
Community Development Worker, Church Centre
Pirates Aboard – Inclusive Day
Without dedicated and wonderful performers such as you, our sessions would go down like a 'damp squib'. Pirate day was brilliant, it's left everyone here on a high, just what was needed to lift spirits and remind us all that team work gets results beyond expectations. We loved having you as part of the good ship 'Bookaneer' and hope that you will be part of any future events in our new library at the 'Crows Nest Palace' (my pirate name for the building).
Thank you once again!!!
Amanda, Centre for the Child, Birmingham Central Library
Community Arts workshops
Sohan Kailey, India's Fred Astaire of Bhangra!
Oliver Speight (Speight of the Art Foundation)
Bhangra dancing and storytelling at Acorns Hospice:
You are now a much requested performer for Acorns – Birmingham !!!!
Activities Coordinator, Acorns Children’s Hospice Birmingham
Pre-School Graduation party:
Very many thanks to you for yesterday. As always, it was fantastic and enjoyed by all!
Special School, Birmingham:
Sohan was introduced to me via a friend of the school and on that
recommendation we chose to use his services for a dance project we had been planning. Right from the very start Sohan conducted himself with great professionalism. His planning was thorough and included visits to the school prior to the start of his work, artifacts and notes for reference.
His work in school was enthusiastic and very skillful. Both staff and
pupils thoroughly enjoyed his sessions and as well as learning about
Bhangra, they also had great fun.
PE Co-ordinator. Special School, Birmingham
Comic Relief dance event:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for facilitating the workshop for our children for comic relief and making it such an enjoyable event.
It was a fun packed day and I feel that every one of all ages thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Thank you again and keep up the good work.”
Chief Executive, Asian Family Support
Red Nose Day dance fund raiser:
On behalf of the Young Adults Team at Science of Spirituality we would like to thank you for organising the Comic Relief Bhangra Jamm 2007 at the Birmingham Sports Centre.
It was a wonderful afternoon and we congratulate you for raising over £350 during this event, as well as other workshops that you organised with special needs children. The dance workshop was a great way to encourage keep fit and exercise, not to mention build team spirit and self confidence in people.
We look forward to you organising further similar events, and our team were delighted to support you.
Coordinator, Science of Spirituality, Birmingham
"Keep the Bhangra traditions alive."