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My daughter loves to dance and move to music and was very interested
when she saw her cousins doing their bollywood dance routines. I've
found a bunch of Indian dance classes for children in the South Bay,
but I can't find anything in the Oakland or Berkeley area. My daughter
is half Indian and we think this would be a good way to not only expose
her to a new type of dance and movement, but also to introduce her to
another aspect of her heritage and culture. We're looking for a group
dance class, not one on one dance instruction. Any ideas or
I saw your post about Bollywood style dance classes in the
Berkeley/Oakland area. I've been doing a similar search as we recently
moved to the area and also have a half Indian daughter who wants to do
Indian dance (as well as a full Indian daughter who wants to do
non-Indian dance . We're interested in folk dancing and possibly
classical, if she tries it and likes it. In my searches, I've found the
Kalanjali School of Dance in Berkeley which I hope to call this week so
here's the number if you'd like to try as well: (510) 526-2183. Also, I
read that the YWCA of Berkeley/Oakland has Bollywood classes. Anyway,
feel free to email me and maybe we can locate some good classes in the
You should try Chhandam school of Kathak. They are fantastic and they
have a branch in Berkeley that my daughter has attended for the past 2
years. She loves the teachers, the dance, the school and the community.
There are kids (girls and boys!) from all backgrounds and they teach you
dance but also singing, rythm, math, philosophy and they really help the
kids of indian descent connect to their heritage.
I believe classes start at age 4 but you can always email them/ talk to
www.kathak.org look on the Chhandam school tab.
I too have a daughter who is 1/2 Indian and my Indian side
of the family told me that they took kids classes at
Ashkenaz in Berkeley: http://www.ashkenaz.com/html/classes.html. It
you will have to call for more detailed info. to see if they
presently offer classes to kids. Good luck.....
I have a 4 year old girl who loves to dance, but doesn't like to perform.
We are looking for an Indian/ Bollywood style class in the
Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area. Any recommendations?
My daughter has loved Danceversity
- very Bollywood and other
Middle Eastern influenced dances. She has done it now for several
years and started with Hannah, who runs the program, in the summer
camp program. I'm not sure if they start as young as four, but do
have young kids (boys and girls but mostly popular with girls). The
camps we have done have been at Ashkenaz.
Hannah is (and her other dance instructors are) tremendous with the
kids, very encouraging and welcoming. She has terrific props -
scarves and sparkly costumes that capture the spirit. For the camps
there is a final performance, most kids want to do it but Hannah is
All abilities and body types are truly welcome. My daughter has
been doing this a number of years. Now she is hovering around
puberty - I can't imagine a more elegant and affirming program to
be part of through a sensitive phase.
Check out www.danceversity.com.
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