From swift Kathak movements and the steady beats of Bharatnatyam, to preppy Bollywood moves, India dances to a variety of tunes. Want to join the happy herd? Take your pick of the forms that appeal to you the most, and get moving. Here are some places to get you started.

Centre for Indian Classical Dances

This one is run by distinguished classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, one of the rare dancers who has mastered both Bharatnatyam and Odissi. She’s been dancing professionally since 1962 and imparts her years of experience to eager learners at her institute in Hauz Khas. The next batch starts only in July so keep an eye and an ear out.

Price: INR 1500 {per month, once a week}

Where: Hauz Khas Institutional Area {Next to NIFT}

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Contact: +91-9971319003

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Ganesa Natyalaya

Started by Guru Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan way back in 1974, Ganesa Natyalaya is one of the oldest {and yes, here old is gold} Bharatnatyam schools in Delhi. Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan’s daughter Rama Vaidyanathan also teaches at the dance centre. Ganesa is attended by a wide range of students of all ages, and even attracts westerners to try their hand {and foot} at some Indian classical moves.

Where: C-16, Qutub  Institutional Area, Behind Qutab Hotel

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Contact: 011-26862995, 011-26567397

Natya Vriksha

Founded and run by renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha lays equal emphasis on both practice and the theory behind the dance form, so if you suddenly see the dancers whip out paper and pens, don’t be surprised. The classes are taken by Chandran herself, or by someone trained by her. There are no segregated levels as such. She takes a beginner’s batch every year and the students learn new things as and when she thinks they’re ready.

Where: B-45 Gulmohar Park

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Contact: 011-2658124

Price: INR 2000 per month {approx.}

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Natya Tarangini

Kuchipudi, an age old South Indian dance form, has come to be synonymous with India’s dancing couple Raja and Radha Reddy. The duo has performed internationally and lucky for us, have an institute in Delhi. Natya Tarangini was founded in 1976 and is open to anyone above the age of 5. If you’re interested in the picturesque, graceful dance, give them a ring. Both Raja and Radha are extremely involved in the classes and pick out the people personally.

Where: Plot No. 49/52, Pushp Vihar, Sector – 6, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Saket

Contact: 011-2956 5540

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Delhi Dance Academy

One of the most popular choices for Bollywood dance, you can choose from 3 categories:  Bollywood freestyle, Bollywood + Hip Hop and Bollywood + Classical. A mix of Bhangra, folk and hip hop, the classes teach you to dance to different Bollywood songs. The folks at the academy also encourage you to perform regularly at their events. The beginner level is for a minimum of 3 months and you are sent to the intermediate level if your instructor deems you ready, so make sure you’re regular!

Price: INR 3000 {per month, twice a week}

Where: E 238 Amar Colony

Nearest Metro Station: Kailash Colony

C-18 Lower Ground Floor, Sushant Lok 1

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: 011-41012909 {Delhi}

0124 4057722 {Gurgaon}

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PAIPA

Founded by Pradeep Adwani, Pradeep Adwani’s Institute for the Performing Arts is affiliated with Prayag Sangeet Samiti, so you can always sit for an exam and get your skills validated on paper. PAIPA offers a range of classes including Kathak {conducted my Adwani himself} and Bollywood classes, which incorporate aerobics and zumba, making it a highly energetic work out session.

Where: D-22, LGF, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar 4

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Contact: +91-9811390306

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Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya

Apart from vocal and instrumental music, Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya also offers a bunch of dance classes including Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Punjabi and Bollywood. All courses present you with a diploma or a degree, provided you stick to it for the fixed time period.

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Kathak Kendra

Tell your story or your katha through this dance form that goes back to the 16th century. Under the guidance of legendary gurus like Pandits Lachchhu Maharaj, Shambhu Maharaj, and Birju Maharaj, Kathak Kendra offers two streams – Elementary {5 year foundation course + 2 year diploma course} and Advance {3 year diploma course + 2 year post grad diploma}. The Advanced classes are for those intending to take dance up professionally.

Where: Plot No.2, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

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Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra

One of the oldest dance and music schools in Delhi, Bharatiya Kala Kendra was founded in 1952. The institute currently offers dance courses in Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Mayurbhanj Chhau. The classes are conducted by prominent gurus such as the likes of Shri Shambhu Maharaj, Shru Birju Maharaj {Kathak}, Guru Krishna Chandra Naik {Mayurbhanj Chhau}, this is the place to head to if you’re looking to go professional.

F0rms come out on 15th June and this year’s batch starts 1st July.

Where: 1, Copernicus Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House

Price: INR 1000 {per month, thrice a week}

Contact: 011-23387132, 011-23386428/29

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The Dance Centre

Run by celebrated Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer, Jyotsna Shourie, The Dance Centre has been in operation since 1990. Shourie herself picked up the dance form at the age of 5 and had her arangetram at 10. She takes the classes at the Dance Centre personally and has various batches come in twice a week from the beginner level right to the top.

Where: A 31, West End Colony

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

Contact: +91-9971661871

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Divya Music and Dance

If you find it hard to go to a dance studio, you can always opt for e-learning. Divya Music and Dance Class offers real-time classes online where you learn the basics of the dance form through dancing lessons, interactions and even one-on-one attention. Courses offered include Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam. Learning an art while not moving from your room!

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