Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013 Asian Achievers Awards The Bollywood Co

Meet Nileeka

Nileeka is the Creative Director and Founder of The Bollywood Co, a Central London based Bollywood Dance School & Professional Bollywood Entertainment Company. 

For the past 5 years Nileeka has been teaching Bollywood Dance Classes at Pineapple Dance Studios (in Covent Garden) and Danceworks (Mayfair). She has created classes for both adults and children, bringing the colourful, vibrant and glorious dance forms seen in Indian cinema right to the heart of London. Nileeka’s Bollywood dance classes were given a 5* rating by The Daily Mirror’s secret reporter who noted marked improvements in her health, fitness and even general temperament as a result of attending Nileeka’s classes.

Nileeka has provided Bollywood choreography for The Asian Music Awards, Diwali on Trafalgar Square, and The London Mela. She also choreographed and appeared in campaigns for MOVE IT Dance Festival, American Express Departures and Centurion Magazines, and Nestle Cereals. In November 2012, Nileeka was presented the Asian Achiever’s Award for her contribution to Arts Media & Culture. She was also nominated for the 2013 Asian Women of Achievement Award in the Arts & Culture Category.

In June 2013, Nileeka opened The Bollywood Co. which has taken the Bollywood experience to the next level! The Bollywood Co. offers the full-service option – event planning, theming, decoration, and of course, dance & entertainment services. Nileeka regularly creates bespoke entertainment for weddings, corporate events and awards shows. Further to her career in Dance, Nileeka also works for Minesh Patel, as an event planner for the luxury events industry. As well as overseeing operations for Minesh, Nileeka always adds the final touches to every event, particularly when it comes to entertainment. Nileeka is keen to deliver a personalised service for each client, especially creating bespoke live entertainment, the heart of which is dance!

What I do

I am Bollywood Dance Instructor, Choreographer & Manager based in Central London. I teach weekly Bollywood Dance Classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Garden & Danceworks, Mayfair. Additionally, my company offers Classical Indian Dance Classes for Adults, Bhangra Classes for Adults and Children’s Bollywood Classes. You can find out more about where I teach here.

My company is called “The Bollywood Co“. I have hand-picked 18 full-time Bollywood Performers who work with me on a whole host of events ranging from School Workshops, Team-Building Days & Corporate Bollywood Theme Parties, right through to Indian Weddings and TV Commercials! We love the variety of work we do, and always excited to deliver something innovative and spectacular for our clients!

My first love is dancing but I also dedicate much of my time to the development of other companies through diversity campaigns and projects relating to Asian Culture. I’ve worked for and with several well-known brands in the entertainment, events and media sectors, delivering creative direction on PR campaigns, commercials and music videos, all of which require movement. My cross-training over the years means that I am a versitile choreographer and there are no limits to where my ideas can take me…

Nileeka, a BIG thanks to you and your team for such a wonderful appearance! You were so calm, relaxed throughout. It was a pleasure having you on the show.

Michael Burnett, Russell Howard’s Good News

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Nileeka Gunawardene