On my short trip to New Delhi, I met an old, close friend. She was studying in Essex Univ, in UK and then went back to Delhi looking for a job. Strangely enough, we saw each other driving. She recognised me and contacted me on Facebook. Small world eh?
Anyway, we met and were discussing what kind of businesses can be started in Delhi – businesses that’ll involve providing a service, not a product. She told me about research she had done on things like Aerobics classes, starting a Gym or may be Yoga and Pilates classes. Since in her surveys of her area she didn’t get a very positive response, she was looking for more ideas. I suggested looking into the Spa market as some new Spas opened in Greater Kailash and Vasant Vihar are doing business of upto 1.5 lakh rupees a day (thats about 3000 US Dollars a day). Was a good lunch meeting, she went off with the idea and guess what? She has indeed decided to start a Gym in Gurgaon. Way to go!
So anyway, since I was in Delhi and was actively looking to acquire new skills, I thought maybe yoga or dancing would be interesting to learn. Especially with Slumdog Millionaire doing so well, there’s more Indian music and the need to know Indian dance. I started my little research for dance classes in Delhi, dance schools in Delhi and dancing in Delhi in general. I found a couple of good chains like Shiamak Dawar and Ashley Lobo but none close to where I live. Actually there was one dance class close to where I live, but it for for 16 to 18 year olds – in other words “dance classes” not good for me.
I also wanted to know what kinds of dances are taught in Delhi. On asking some neighbourhood ladies I found hip-hop dance classes, salsa dance classes, western dance classes (duh!), belly dance classes, bollywood dance classes etc among the ones people are interested in. Not too keen to learn hip-hop or salsa, but more inclines toward bhangra or modern Indian dance, I kept searching. That’s when I came across Delhi dance academy. You won’t believe this – they give hopping, locking (with nunchucks, sticks), hip-hop, Indian classical, salsa lessons – you name it. But locking, popping with nunchucks? I was thrilled. I went ahead and met these young guys who’ve participated in a local Indian TV program called “Boogie Woogie” 🙂 Was fun to meet them and I went ahead for some trial classes.
Since my stay in India wasn’t long enough, I couldn’t really complete a lesson, but had great fun learning these cool dance moves. Still can’t dance like Michael Jackson, but I’m sure I have improved.
If dance classes Delhi is what you’re looking for, then go have a look at their website and enroll yourself for some trial classes in their South Delhi dance classes centre. Happy Dancing !!