Indian dances


Bollywood Dance

What is commonly referred as Bollywood are the dances of Indian musical films. Blending all possible genres – from classical Indian dances like Kathak to hip hop - into a very lively and deceptively easy dance, its main characteristic is to be constantly evolving. The dances are part of the story, and then always support the narration by depicting the lyrics of the song, which makes it a very theatrical style.



Kalbelya is the dance of a Rajasthani gypsy caste called Kalbelyas, or Saperas. Traditionally snake charmers, the Kalbelya dance recalls the swifts and sinuous moves of the snake in such a way people sometimes refer to it as Snake dance.


One of the seven classical Indian dance, Kathak is from the north of India. It stands out from all other classical forms because it’s the only dance that has entered the Court under the Mughol rule. Not only was Kathak a temple dance, consecrated to worship, it had also become a dance for entertainment. It then incorporated elements from Middle Eastern dances (Persian dances mainly), and developed intricate and fast paced footwork and spins, which have now become the Kathak signature.


Another classical Indian dance, it comes from the state of Orissa, in Eastern India. Its origins are quite uncertain: some say it comes from the dance of temple servants, the Devadasi, inspired by temple carvings ; others claim it the evolution of a more folkloric dance performed by young boys before they turn into men. What is certain is that Odissi is unique thanks to its extensive use of curves in its postures, making a very soft and feminine style.