Shalini’s Highlights of 2019

Try fitting in one year’s highlights into one minute. Especially when it has been such an eventful year like the one I have had! But here is my attempt at showing you all that happened this year… And if you want more detail then take a look at some of the notes below… I started January in Kenya welcoming the More →

Podcast by Maryum Talks

“Do have a listen as I discuss mental health issues, grief and widowhood with Maryum on the first episode of her new podcast. We look specifically at the South Asian community and how these aspects affect it.” Shalini Bhalla-Lucas Interviewed by podcaster Maryum Iqbal on her new podcast Maryum Talks – available on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes. Watch the interview More →

Beccy is a Shining Light

“Beccy and I used to work for the same local dance school and when I was setting up Just Jhoom! I asked her advice about the dance and fitness industries – of which I knew so little at the time. And thus was born a professional and personal connection – that has proved one of the most important in my More →

Nicky Inspires Creativity

“My first meeting with Nicky was complete serendipity. I was selling Kenyan jewellery at a Christmas fair at a Surrey school and Nicky was visiting a friend whose child went there. When Nicky learnt that I was a professional dancer, she invited me to work with Create (following a rigorous assessment process!). In the years that followed I led dance More →

Last Just Jhoom! Class in Cranleigh

And so it was…the last Just Jhoom! class in Cranleigh. After teaching Bollywood dance there since 2005, and launching Just Jhoom! in 2010, I taught my last Just Jhoom! class on Saturday 14 September 2019. It really felt like an end of an era! For 2 hours, Jhoomers and Just Jhoom! Instructors jhoomed to 24 Bollywood tunes. From the ubiquitous More →

A Widow’s Story – As Told Through Photographs

These photos signify the Hindu widow – wearing a white sari – with a bare back. The inspiration was taken from the film Water by Deepa Mehta. The long hair is in defiance to the norm where a Hindu widow’s hair is shorn back. The photos are taken in a cold, grey tint to show the starkness of the story. More →