It’s a well-known fact that dancing makes one fitter, improves posture and adds to our mental well-being.While the western form is popular and supposedly cooler, the Indian classical form is a bit of an underdog. However, it’s one of the few forms that changes your body language and adds grace {slouchers, we’re talking to you}. Here’s a list of places you can learn the form.

Kalalaya Nrithya Academy, Powai

Photo source: Pt. Naresh Pillai

Photo source: Pt. Naresh Pillai

Based in Powai, Kalalaya Nrithya Academy believes there’s no age bar when it comes to learning. They have classes twice a week and charge INR 500 per class. They teach all forms, and have a special corner for bharatnatyam.

Get more information here.

Ninad, Vile Parle

Photo source: Tina Tambe

Photo source: Tina Tambe

Dr Tina Tambe is popular in the circuit for her experience and meticulous approach to the form. The lower limit for learning Kathak is eight but there’s no upper limit. So, don’t worry or get intimidated if an 8-year-old teaches you the right way to do a mudra. The classes are held at Ninad Centre for Performing arts at Vile Parle East and West.

Check out their website here.

Tapasya Academy, Borivali and Kandivali

Photo source: Tapasya Academy

Photo source: Tapasya Academy

Tapasya academy currently has everyone from kids to even 50 year-olds learning Bharatnatyam. They hold classes every weekend {Sat, 7pm-8pm and Sunday 10am-11am}. The fee per month is INR 500 and at the time of admission, a security deposit of INR 1,000 and INR 100 as admission fee needs to be deposited.

Check out their website here.

Nritya Jyoti School, Marine Lines

Photo source: Vanshdeep Anand via Flickr [CC-BY 2.0]

Photo source: Vanshdeep Anand via Flickr [CC-BY 2.0]

Situated in Marine Lines, {very convenient for people living or working in South Mumbai}, Nritya Jyoti School of Indian Classical Dance has flexible timings and they have classes throughout the week. If you speak to them, tell them your requirements and when you’ll be comfortable taking the class. Very helpful when it comes to adjusting to your schedule, they have eight classes a month at INR 3,200 and private lessons at INR 650 per class. You’ll also need to pay a INR 1,000 admission fee. You can call them at +91222203 3026

Featured photo source: Vicknes Waran via Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY 2.0]