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Take Me To Bollywood

Trained in Indian classical dance, Bollywood instructor Ranjeetha Arya has grown her clientele from four students to over 100 in just seven years at Arya’s Bollywood Dance in Frisco. Students ages 3 and older meet Arya in her home for 45-minute lessons that teach the essential steps, hops, shoulder shakes and hip moves needed for a stunning Bollywood performance. Students who have attended her dance school for at least three months perform in 7–10 shows a year at local Indian cultural events, senior centers, children’s hospitals and more. Register in person.
Cost: $50 for four classes per month
When: Saturday 10–10:45am, Sunday 4–4:45pm or 5–5:45pm
Where: 15209 Sea Eagle Lane, Frisco, 972/740-8199

At Grace and Grooves, dance instructor Hetal Joshi teaches beginners ages 3 and older the no-rules art of Bollywood dance at studios across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since Bollywood is a mix of cultures, languages, dance techniques and entertainment trends, Joshi takes inspiration from folk and traditional Indian dance and Bollywood master choreographers such as Shampa Sonthalia to choreograph her one-hour Bollywood classes. Although the choreography changes from song to song, the warm-ups are the same — kids limber up with waist and neck stretches and lip-syncing exercises. Call to schedule a free trial class.
Cost: From $8 per class
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call for specific times.
Where: 2223 Kinwest Parkway, Irving; 612 S. Valley Ranch Parkway, Irving; 116 Brown Knight Lane, Lewisville; call for more information about Flower Mound, Frisco, Plano and Southlake locations.
972/979-2559

Movers and shakers ages 4 and older incorporate the traditional hand movements of Indian folk dance into the cardio-style steps of Bollywood at Masti Dance Academy in Plano and Frisco. Founder and instructor Madhu Peshwani invites children with no prior dancing experience to learn Bollywood-style dance in ten-week sessions that culminate in a final performance at venues such as the State Fair of Texas and Southern Methodist University. Children are grouped according to age (4–7, 8–9, 10–11, 11–12) but receive personalized, one-on-one instruction if their attention span is a little shorter than the hourlong class. Students in the current Spring session, which began Jan. 29, will showcase their routine at Liberty High School in April. Tuition includes catch-up lessons for mid-session registrants and costume rental. Register online via the customer portal.
Cost: $200 per 10-week session
When: Frisco: Fridays, 7–8pm; Plano: Sundays, 4–8pm
Where: 3-D Performing Arts Academy, 26772 US Highway 380 E., Little Elm
Hathaway Academy of Ballet, 2865 McDermott Drive, Suite 140, Plano
Spice Fitness, 9400 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving
469-939-9550

Milaana Dance Studio keeps kids active on the weekends with 90-minute Bollywood classes that introduce students to Indian culture. Beginners ages 5 and older learn the South Asian dance form from Indian and Bengali instructors who incorporate Hindi language into the repertoire. Every semester, students participate in at least one group performance; past performances have been held at the Plano International Festival and Plano Art and Wine Walk. Once your child has mastered the basic Bollywood steps (hip swivel, horse gallop and shoulder strut), she can advance to the intermediate class for more unified troupe dancing. Curious about Bollywood? Sign your child up for a free trial class.
Cost: $90 per month
When: Beginner, Sunday 2:30–4pm; intermediate, Sunday 4–5:30pm
Where: Coppell ATA Training Academy, 110 E. Sandy Lake Road, Suite 160, Coppell, 972/370-3460

Kids ages 5–8 dance their hearts out and gab with their friends at Rhythm India in Plano (expanding to Frisco later this year). In addition to teaching classical and hip-hop Bollywood styles using original choreography, instructor Arthi Gunaseelan encourages kids to speak up, share opinions and build friendships during weekly 45-minute classes. If kids need extra practice getting their windshield-wiper arms just right, Gunaseelan sends videos via private YouTube links. Try a free trial class before enrolling for a full month. Register online.
Cost: From $76 per month; $22 per walk-in class
When: Sunday 1:30–2:15pm
Where: 2220 Coit Road, Suite 440, Plano, 281/968-9479

Kids learn Bollywood basics in an easy-to-remember sequence at Rhythm of Dallas School of Dance in Garland and Carrollton. Shiny Philip, one of eight classically trained instructors, teaches children ages 4 and older the foundational footwork and traditional hand and finger gestures before moving on to bigger steps like lunges and jumps. At the end of the 60-minute lesson, kids combine their moves into one Bollywood-worthy performance. The last Saturday in May, students take the stage in costume at the school’s Carrollton location for the annual recital. Year-round registration is available anytime for kids of all experience levels.
Cost: $60 per month; $30 one-time registration fee; $15 costume fee
When: On the hour Fridays, 6–9pm; Saturdays, 9–6pm; Sundays, noon–6pm
Where: 1609 W. Hebron Parkway, Suite 120, Carrollton
3820 Broadway Blvd., Garland
8150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 168, Irving
4020 Hedgecox Road, Plano
214/223-7529