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Best dance academy in Delhi

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by Shrada, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Shrada

    Shrada New Member

    My daughter is ten years old and is very interested in learning dance. She practices at home, but it is the time that she learnt it professionally as she has high potential.

    I would like to know which is the best dance academy in Delhi so that I can find out more about the academy their costs and all. All thought there are many dance academy's, but it is difficult to know which ones are good, which is why I thought asking on the forum would be the best option.

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Shrada, welcome to the forum!

    (Images from Delhi Dance Academy, Jasch and Weekend Notes)


    Much like the very diverse culture of India, its dance forms are also very varied. You would find that each region in the country has their very own specific dance form. Generally though, we can divide these dance forms into two, namely: classical dances and folk dances. While classical dances are more religious in nature, folk dances are more festive and celebratory in nature. Of course, modern dances such as hip hop, ballet, Western and even belly dancing are also integral parts of the dance forms in India. Even Bollywood movies utilise dance and music so you can understand just how much emphasis is given to dance in the country. Fortunately, most cities in India, especially the metro ones, usually have dance academies that can help aspiring dancers master their talents even more.

    The Best Dance Academies in Delhi

    Dance AcademyDance FormsAverage Cost
    Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing ArtsContemporary, Hip Hop, Bollywood and JazzRs. 4,000
    Delhi Dance AcademyContemporary, Gymnastics, Jazz, Break Dancing, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop and SalsaRs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,000
    Zenith Dance AcademyBollywood, Belly Dancing, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, International and ParkourRs. 3,000
    Banjara School of DanceEgyptian OrientalRs. 3,000 to Rs. 3,500
    The DanceworxContemporary, Ballet, Western, Jazz, Modern and JazzRs. 3,500
    Big Dance CentreJazz, Freestyle, Western, Contemporary, Bollywood and Hip HopRs. 2,200
    DancendClassical, Western, Bollywood, Belly Dancing, Semi-Classical, Freestyle, Hip Hop and JazzRs. 3,500
    Gandharva MahavidyalayaClassicalRs. 3,000 to Rs. 3,500
    Divya MusicClassical, Folk and WesternRs. 1,230 to Rs. 4,290
    Tansen Sangeet MahavidyalayaBollywood, Classical, Folk, Kathak, Hip Hop, Western and FreestyleRs. 7,000
    The table above depicts the top dance academies in Delhi. You have an assortment of dance forms to choose from as well so you can find which one best fits you or your children. Also included in the table are the average fees for a class or dance course in the academy. This can help you in choosing which academy best fits your budget too. We would highlight some more information about these dance academies below.

    1. Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts - Lead by Shiamak Davar, a world-renowned dance choreographer, the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts is one of the premier dance academies in Delhi. They have several dance forms such as Contemporary, Hip Hop, Bollywood and Jazz. It's a fun class especially for beginners as you learn a choreographed dance in a few weeks, spread over 15 classes. You do learn a variety of dance forms because each class usually have a different instructor to teach you. Do keep in mind that most performances are done in groups so individual dance techniques might not be focused as much on. Of course there's this air of glamour in the studio though since Shiamak Davar is a well-known Bollywood dance choreographer. At the end of the course, you would be performing in an auditorium along with the other students, in front of your peers, instructors and even parents. A 7-week course usually costs Rs. 4,000 per person and has about 15 sessions in total.
    • Best For - Beginners and Students with Short Time.
    Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts (Image from Townista)

    2. Delhi Dance Academy - Globally known and awarded, the Delhi Dance Academy was established in 2008 by Shree Bhupinder Singh. The academy has lots of short-term dance courses ranging from Contemporary, Gymnastics, Jazz, Break Dancing, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop and Salsa. Fees differ depending on the class you choose. For example, the Contemporary Class costs Rs. 3,000 for a 1-month duration. The Hip Hop Class also costs Rs. 3,000 for a 1-month duration. You can also opt for the Kids Dance Class which costs Rs. 2,500 per month. You can easily fit the classes into your schedule too as they only reach about three hours in one week. Also, you can opt for their trial classes which costs Rs. 300 per session and if you do decide to join, your monthly fee would be adjusted to the trial fees you have paid. As such, they're almost like free trial classes so you can experience them before fully paying for the class itself.
    • Best For - Children, Beginners and Students with Specific Dance Form Interests.
    3. Zenith Dance Academy - Established in 1999 by Mr. Sooraj Katoch and Mrs. Ritu Kapoor, the Zenith Dance Troupe is a popular dance group in India and even globally. They have established the Zenith Dance Academy to help aspiring student dancers reach their full potential. Dance forms such as Bollywood, Belly Dancing, Classical, Ballet, Hip Hop, International and Parkour are taught in the academy. The best part? They have free trials for interested students so you can take these classes before investing your hard-earned money in their classes. They also have professional courses for those who want to pursue dancing as a career professionally. For their short-term classes though, the average fee is at Rs. 3,000 per class which usually lasts 1 month. Truly their motto, ' Your passion can be your career' is the perfect epitome of their philosophy. They teach you to dance with your heart but at the same time, also help you perfect your form and techniques. It's one of the best schools to learn dance professionally although you can still have fun here.
    • Best For - Students with Background in Dance and Aspiring Professional Dancers.
    4. Banjara School of Dance - Next is the Banjara School of Dance established by Meher Malik, which focuses on the specific dance form of Egyptian Oriental, which is a form of Belly Dancing. There's a registration fee of Rs. 500 and a 1-month class costs Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,000, depending on whether you're a beginner or advanced dancer. You can also opt for a private class which costs Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500 per session. The good thing about this private class is that you would be taught better since the focus would be on you. It is more costly but if you want to pursue dancing as a future career, this can help you immensely in knowing the specific dance techniques and forms that you need. The academy also has different duration of courses, ranging from beginners, improvers, advance and many more. You can opt for short duration courses, like two months or longer ones, three to four months.
    • Best For - Students Interested in Belly Dancing.
    5. The Danceworx Academy - The Dancework Academy was established by Ashley Lobo in 1998. He came from a family of performers and also honed his talents and skills through local and international schools. He has choreographed many dance productions both in India and internationally. The Danceworx Academy has several branches in Delhi, namely: Saket, Greater Kailash, Vasant Kunj, Noida, Pitampura, Rajouri Garden, Patel Nagar and even in Gurgaon. Contemporary, Ballet, Western, Jazz, Modern and Jazz dance forms are taught in the academy too. Courses are arranged accordingly, from beginner to advanced but the promotion from one level to another is dependent upon the dedication of the student. The average cost per month of a class is about Rs. 3,500. A fun class is the Summer Workshop which lasts for six weeks and ends with a staged performance of the students. For those who have school, the academy also has the Open Class wherein your schedule can be fixed accordingly to fit within your normal school classes.
    • Best For - Regular School Students and Young Children.
    The Danceworx Academy (Image from Global Press Journal)

    6. Big Dance Centre - The Big Dance Centre has two locations, one in South Delhi and another in North Delhi. The academy was established by Mr. Atul Jindal and Mr. Karan Kuma, both are renowned choreographers and trained under international supervision. The dance forms taught in the academy are Jazz, Freestyle, Western, Contemporary, Bollywood and Hip Hop. For those who are serious about dancing and want to make it their career, you can opt for the Professional Dance Course, which teaches students more intensely about the dance form that they choose. It is a bit longer though at about three months in duration. For short-term courses though, the Big Dance Centre has one of the lowest per month fees at Rs. 2,200 only.
    • Best For - Dancers in a Budget.
    7. Dancend - For those who want to be more involved in the Indian Classical Dances, there's Dancend. Interestingly, the academy combines both Indian Classical Dances and Western Dances to keep their classes more fun and enjoyable, especially for children. Other dance forms taught in the academy are Bollywood, Belly Dancing, Semi-Classical, Freestyle, Hip Hop and Jazz. They also cater mostly to children aged 3 to 12 years old so your rest assured that they know how to handle the little ones. A typical 1-month course costs around Rs. 3,500 per student. They also have weekdays and weekends schedules so that you can fit the classes into your busy schedule.
    • Best For - Young Children.
    8. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya - This academy was established in 1939 in Delhi, making it one of the oldest dance schools in the city. Unlike the other schools though, its focus is mainly on the Classical Dances of India, like Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi. The admission form cost is at Rs. 300 per person, in addition to the admission cost which is at Rs. 3,000 for Indians and Rs. 3,500 for foreigners. The dance course itself costs Rs. 1,000 per month so they are very affordable. If you are able to finish a full two-year course, you would be given a certification or diploma which is a good start for those who want to take dancing seriously. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is a good place to trace back your roots when it comes to the Indian Classical Dance Forms.
    • Best For - Dancers Interested in Indian Classical Dances.
    9. Divya Music - With a mixture of both modern and traditional dances, Divya Music is another good option for a dance academy in Delhi. Their Classical Dances include Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri and Odissi. Their Folk Dances include Bhangra, Garba and Gidda. They also have modern dances such as Hip Hop, Ballet and Jazz. A unique approach of the academy is their introduction of their online courses where they teach students via Skype or Google Hangout. They also have private dance sessions conducted at the convenience of the houses of the students but this costs more at Rs. 4,290 per month. You can also opt for a private dance session in their academy which costs Rs. 3,390 per month. Their group dance session is more affordable at just Rs. 1,230 per month though. You do need to add the Rs. 960 registration fee, although it's a one time fee only. The academy also has professional courses to help students learn their craft more intensely.
    • Best For - Dancers Interested in Modern and Traditional Dances and Foreigners.
    10. Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya - If you want to have that certification or maybe even a diploma that would be recognised by most performing centres, then Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya is one of your best options. They have long-term courses that can help start your professional career as a dancer. They have Bollywood, Classical, Folk, Kathak, Hip Hop, Western and Freestyle dance courses to cater to the specific needs of students. Established in the year 1972 by Shri R.S. Verma, the academy is one of the most prestigious dance academies in Delhi so fees are on the higher side, starting at Rs. 7,000 and above. However, this fee ensures a thorough understanding of these dance forms and the smaller batch of students, about 5 to 7 per class, also allows for more focus for each student.
    • Best For - Those Who Want to Pursue Dancing as a Career.
    Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya (Image from Locanto)

    Contact Details for these Dance Academies in Delhi

    Dance AcademyAddressContact Number
    Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing ArtsNo. 1213, 12th Floor, New Delhi House, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Next to Barakhamba Metro Station, New Delhi 110001, India011 6603 3000 05
    Delhi Dance AcademyE-238/239, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar 4, Delhi, India 011 41012909
    Zenith Dance AcademyNo. 282, 2nd Floor, Opposite Sri Venkateswara College, Satya Niketan, South Moti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India+91 99995 52211
    Banjara School of DanceNo. 354, Hauz Khas Tank, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India+91 98998 51475
    The DanceworxBluebells School International Part 1, Greater Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, India +91 12440 90135
    Big Dance CentreB-1/17, Bhanot House (Basement), Yusuf Sarai Commercial Complex, Near Green Park Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110049, India+91 11465 61717
    DancendS-168, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India+91 99999 53933
    Gandharva MahavidyalayaNo. 212, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India+91 11232 33791
    Divya MusicVasant Kunj Enclave, B 360, Rangpuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110070, India+91 11656 52377
    Tansen Sangeet MahavidyalayaGuru Harkishan Nagar, Paschim Vihar, Delhi, 110087, India+91 11453 90278
    The table above highlights the important details about these dance academies in Delhi. The table includes their addresses and also their contact numbers. You can easily inquire about any questions you have in mind for these academies. Do keep in mind that sometimes, the dance studios' addresses might differ from these office addresses.


    Want to learn to dance professionally? Or maybe you want to turn that hobby into a career? Or maybe you just have some spare time that you can allot for dancing. Fortunately, these dance academies in Delhi can cater to all these needs and you can find one close to you. These are the most famous dance academies in Delhi too so their instructors and courses are already polished.

    I hope this helps you!:)