Not the Indian classical dance such as Kathak and Bharatnatyam. Arangetrams are okay for Chennai. In Mumbai we're talking salsa, samba, rhumba, belly dancing and krumping, break-dancing, waltzing, jiving and hip-hop. Learning, not just watching.

Dr. Priti Gupta, a medico who is a salsa and ballroom instructor and founder of Dance Sport India, attributes "increased awareness about different dance forms" to changing preferences. With the youth, particularly in Mumbai, taking up dance professionally, there has been a sudden surge in the availability of teachers for western dance forms. "When I was a kid, I thought ballroom dancing was exclusive to Army and Navy dances. I did not know that any person could learn ballroom dancing," reminisces the instructor.

A minimum of 10 dance forms are listed online, so you can try out salsa, ballroom dancing, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, krumping, break dance, afro, cha - cha, waltz, jive and meringue. With growing awareness, there is even new appreciation for Bharatnatyam and Kathak.

"Dancing has originated in India and there is no way classical dance will die. In fact, classical dance helps you pick up western classical at a later stage in life," adds Priti.

Also, with men realising that they can twirl a girl easily on the floor and be the leading partner, as is the case with most western dance forms, dancing is no more a forte of women alone.


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