Founder / Director
“Dance enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time”
Andrea Maria Lam (Drea) is the founder of Dance Masala. An entrepreneur, passionate dance educator, and community advocate – Drea is also the choreographer & manager of the Dance Masala Performance Company (DM Pro Co). Born to dance, Drea has been inspiring students with her passion for dance fusion and performance for the past nine years. Born in Hong Kong, her cultural heritage includes Hong Kong Chinese, Portuguese, Indian and Filipino. She is immensely proud of her migrant heritage and is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge in this beautiful country.
Her interest in Bollywood dance was the immediate result of falling deeply in love with the music of Bollywood. Coming from a musical background, she was intrigued by the psychedelic 60s and 70s Bollywood music, as well as Pakistani Lollywood. She fell for the cool compressed voices of Asha Bhosle and her sister Lata Mangeshkar; the interesting scales; the time cycles that fell out of traditional Western modalities; and the many incredible instruments! Not to mention the theatricality of Bollywood dance as an art-form.
Equally passionate about dance and education – Drea believes a true dancer should always learning, and that true learning isn’t necessarily comfortable or easy. This philosophy is reflected strongly in her approach to everything. Drea believes that Bollywood Dance is fusion by nature, and with this in mind, has sought training in a wide variety of forms. This training has included Kathak, Lavani, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, flamenco, Afro-Cuban, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop.
She previously worked with Bollyfunk Dance from 2010-2012, rebranding their entertainment services, while honing her teaching skills and approach to Bollywood dance. She developed many classes and services with this company. Drea was featured in the Top 15 of SBS’ Bollywood Star which had over 250K viewers an episode; she was also featured in FOX8′s Cricket Superstar and in 3 episodes of Channel 10′s Totally Wild teaching the contestants and hosts Bollywood. She has appeared in numerous other TV, media appearances and TVCs.
Her Career Highlights include:
– Choreographing two bespoke pieces for Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Bollywood Concert in 2015
– Developing interactive shows for QPAC’s Out of the Box in 2016, building on the Bollywood workshops developed for QPAC in 2014 and 2012- Choreographing for (and performing alongside) Mika Singh at his 2016 Show
– Choreographing for (and performing alongside) Neha Kakkar and Tony Kakkar at their 2016 Tivoli Show
– Working with her students in the studio every week
– Working with Dance India Dance contestant and choreographer Urvashi Gandhi
– Chatting on the phone to Saroj Khan
– Travelling and meeting dancers all through India, sharing their passion for dance