Hip hop is one of my favourite dance forms. It’s chill, sexy, and groovy in a way that no other form is. Here are the classes where you can just hit it, melt into the music, and have fun.

Tangerine Arts Studio, Bandra

Tangerine has hip hop workshops by freelance dancers on a semi-weekly basis. I often teach there, and so does my colleague, the dancer Mrigakshi Jaiswal.

In my workshops, I don’t divide by levels such as beginner and advanced, I prefer changing up the teaching pace according to the students. The class is usually around an hour or an hour and a half long, but may go longer if we’re just having too much fun.

They have a bunch of other classes too. To know about upcoming workshops, follow them on Facebook here.

Price: Between INR 800 and INR 1,200

Big Dance Centre, Andheri

Photo source: Big Dance Centre

Photo source: Big Dance Centre

The Big Dance Centre in Andheri has a lot of different classes and workshops with regular and visiting faculty. I personally recommend learning from their instructor, Kundu. If you want to learn foundation hip-hop, not commercial, but going to the roots of the art, Kundu is the best person to learn from.

He teaches popping, locking, house, and has so much experience from his days in the US and Paris. Right now he is teaching on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8pm and 9pm.

Check out Big Dance Centre full schedule here. Follow them for updates on Facebook here.

Price: INR 2,400 for eight classes. {INR 300 per class}

Arts in Motion Studios, Khar and Sion

The Khar studio holds hip hop workshops once in a while with guest teachers such as Mrigakshi, Janvi {who teaches Dancehall, another more African, reggae-like form of hip-hop} and myself. They will start regular classes very soon though.

#LBBTip: The Sion branch has regular hip hop classes on the weekends by an in-house instructor, between 5pm and 6pm.

Keep a look out for each month’s schedule on their Facebook page here.

Price: Drop in for INR 500 for a single session, and 12 sessions for INR 3,100. You can pay by cash or do an online transfer. The Sion branch does not accept payments by card.

The Danceworx

Photo source: Danceworx

Photo source: Danceworx

The Danceworx has its main office in Andheri, but they have multiple branches across the length of the city, including South Mumbai. They teach urban hip hop, which is an evolved form of hip hop.

This a great place to start out for other dance forms too, especially if you are a complete beginner, as the basics are taught patiently and it gives you a strong foundation.

Price: Approx INR 2,000 a month.

Look out for their schedule on Facebook here. Their website is here.

Split Sole Dance Academy

Photo source: Split Sole Dance Academy

Photo source: Split Sole Dance Academy

Whether you want classes in beginners or advanced urban hip hop, Split Sole Dance Academy {SSDA} is one of the best places for you. The dancers there are young, trained in hip hop and their enthusiasm is infectious. There are three branches in Andheri, Santacruz and Marine Lines. The company is led by Dhiraj Bakshi and is the place for regular classes, whether in beginners or foundation {more advanced} hip hop.

Price: INR 1,800 for a month, INR 2,800 for two months, INR 3,800 for three months

Follow them on Facebook here.

The Wooden Stage, Vile Parle

Check out The Wooden Stage in Vile Parle for hip hop workshops. This is a studio run by Shruti Jasani and Paras Sharma, and they hold classes for different forms of hip hop, including popping, locking and house. The classes are held on Wednesday between noon and 1pm.

Price: INR 400 for an hour-long class.

Follow them on Facebook here to know about upcoming workshops. Check their website here.

Anything Else?

Also check out The Terence Lewis company here. It’s a good idea to look up programs at the FSPA {Future School of Performing Arts} where they have a hip hop course by the lead of The I Am Hip Hop crew, Ruel.

If you want to check out these dance instructors, their work and their upcoming workshops, following them on Instagram here, here and here.

Featured photo source: Big Dance Centre