Founder / Director
“Dance enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time”
Andrea Lam (Drea) is the director of Dance Masala Bollywood Dance Company, the largest Bollywood Dance Company in Queensland. She has been in the Indian Dance Industry for 10 years, starting as a Company Dancer and quickly rising to become the co-director of Bollyfunk Dance. In 2012, she launched her own brand and dance company, Dance Masala, and it’s been growing ever since. Dance Masala currently offer 15 specialist classes in Bhangra, Bollywood, and Indo-contemporary, and two performance teams (The Mint Squad and DM Pro Co). In 2016, they began designing their own costumes. In 2017, they started creating branded ‘Straight Outta Bollywood’ Streetwear. In 2018, they began creating in house custom fabrics and creating unique, modern Desi pieces.
Andrea’s 10-year career has seen her collaborating with Queensland Symphony Orchestra to create bespoke choreography to accompany renowned Sitar Player Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan Concert performance (2016). Creating stunning performances for QPAC (Out of the Box Festivals 2012, 2014 & 2016; Feet First Festival 2013; Dancing on the Green 2017; Lendlease Family Days 2017). Choreographing for & working with major Bollywood Playback singers such as Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar, Jasmine Sandlas & Tony Kakkar. Featuring in TV Commercials for Subway, as well as TV shows such as Totally Wild (2010, 2016, 2017), Toasted TV (2017), Crocamole (2017), Good Morning Australia (2016), Cricket Superstar (2013). She was also a Top 20 Contestant in SBS’ Bollywood Star (2012) but very much prefers to be on the other side of the judges panel. Her judging experience includes Bollywood Competitions such as Aus-Indian Dancing Singing Star (2015).
In addition to her career in dance, Andrea is also an Event Planner with the Indian Cultural & Sports Club and is instrumental in programming, producing and managing major events such as Brisbane Holi (2017 & 2018); and Queensland Diwali (2017). She has spoken on panels about creative practice for BrisAsia Festival (Yum Chat 2015 & The BrisAsia Symposium 2018).
Her prolific career is a reflection of her values of growth; respect; remaining humble; inclusivity and professionalism. While Andrea began her career as a self-taught dancer from watching YouTube videos of Madhuri Dixit, it was seeking learning anywhere and everywhere that made her a professional. Her teachers are too numerous to count, but she has travelled through India learning everything from Lavni in Maharastra to Kabelia in Rajasthan; and while at home, is a fervent supporter of the incredible Brisbane Independent Dance scene.
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Upcoming Appearances & Events
Listen to Drea in conversation with comdian Ashwin Segkar on ABC National – Saturday 29th of September
Catch Drea in action – producing the Mini-Festival of Indian Dance as part of BrisAsia Festival – 10 February 2019
Catch Drea judging ‘Rivercity Dancing Stars’ in 16 – 23 February 2019
Follow Dance Masala:
Instagram @dancemasala @dmproco