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Indian Dance

OriginAW dances come from the heart, so it’s not about competition. It’s about exploring your potential, expressing yourself with joy, and having fun while getting a workout!

No matter your age, gender, or fitness level, you can do Bollywood dance! Let's dance...


In India, eight classical dances and thousands of Indian folk dances have remained relatively unchanged from ancient times until today. Thanks to the spirited people who recognized the importance of their traditions, they've been passed down and preserved from generation to generation.

The word “Bollywood” is a combination of two words: “Bombay” (the city now called Mumbai) and “Hollywood.” This form of dance emerged as Western hip-hop and Eastern folk dances began to influence Indian traditional dance and music. Bollywood has become so popular that it’s now a full-blown entertainment industry, drawing from the language and traditions of many different states in India.

Representing the many vibrant colors, expressions, and emotions of Indian culture, Bollywood dance is fun and energetic. So, as you can imagine… it’s an exuberant workout!

Our Bollywood dance classes

OriginAW dance classes introduce you to some of the more prominent forms of the expression. Learning new steps can be challenging, so we take care to break them all down, making learning comfortable for all ages and abilities.

We want you to enjoy the process more than focus on performance. Sure, you’ll learn new dance movements, but we want you to love the learning itself as you broaden your perspective on another culture and your own life around you. We think you’ll find these classes to be a wonderful tool for improving your confidence, renewing your enthusiasm for life, and combatting stress, anxiety, and depression.

These classes are for anyone

No matter your age, gender, or fitness level, you can do Bollywood dance!


"I hadn't learned dance until I started with Tanamayi. I really enjoyed learning with her. She choreographed the dances in a way that challenged my abilities, but I also had fun. In a few months' time, I gained confidence to overcome my stage fear. I choreographed a dance, performed in front of my classmates, and taught them a few dance steps."
--Aditi, High School Student, Netherlands

"I had taken a dance course with Tanamayi earlier this year while having chemo treatment to keep my brain and body coordination somewhat normal. She was very thorough in guiding the class through slow steps for several sessions, ensuring that each student understood the dance moves and the mood before she demonstrated and danced the entire song with us. I felt like a dancer, even though chemo was challenging my brain at that time. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more."
--Shanti D., Retired Secretary, Florida, US

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“What a brilliant idea to offer the Bollywood rain dance as a telecoure. It’s such a lovely infusion of joy and energy - so fun. I love the way the steps are broken down and taught as individual components, the repetition in sequence, etc.”

Jennifer Raulston,

High School Teacher, TN

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