Indian Cinema has always been the greatest motivators of Dance in India. Especially with the increasing number of Dance Reality Shows, people do not find it impossible to find a career in Dance in India. Dance as an Art is a medium which requires third party opinion and reflection, therefore it is always recommended that we take an offline course.
But what if you are yet not sure? What if you want to get some taste of Dance before you really take that class? There are many opportunities these days. There are millions of tutorial videos online. But DanceWithMadhuri.com is a little different.
Started in 2014, ‘Dance With Madhuri’ is India’s first celebrity backed, online dance academy creates a place where we are allowed to learn dance and stay fit.
In this venture, her enthusiastic first-time partner is her own real-life partner- Dr Sriram Nene. Together they wish to make India fitter and get Indians to dance. If you fancy learning dance from Madhuri (especially steps to her most popular dances), Terrance Lewis, Birju Maharaj and many other dancing talents, then this one is your place.
How does it work?
Dance with Madhuri provides online dance courses on Bollywood, Street Dancing, Indian Classical, Club, Latin, Ballroom and Contemporary Jazz as main dance forms in the form of videos. Their Bollywood dance course is a recommended one, by many online communities. Apart from these dance forms, there’s special emphasis on Fitness which includes on:
- Dancercise (Dance + Exercise)
- Body Conditioning Workout
- Core Strengthening
- Tabata (High-Intensity Interval Training Workout)
- Functional Training (Functional training is a classification of exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life.)
Most of the videos have a free preview. If you want access to actual learning sessions, you pay. These are not live sessions, these are just videos. Another benefit is that it allows the users to exhibit their talents by uploading their videos and progress.
How much does it cost?
(From their website)
Who are the Trainers?
Apart from Madhuri Dixit, there is legendary Birju Maharaj training in Classical. There is Terrance Lewis and Remo D’souza too. You can also see some of the known dancers from Dancing Reality Shows like Jhalak Dikhlaja and Dance India Dance.
Can you really Learn to Dance Online?
Learning dance online is definitely convenient in a country like India where taking a personal tutor and joining classes could be costlier. The packages on ‘Dance with Madhuri.com’, look reasonably priced. But it really depends on what are you looking for. If you want to dance for yourself in your living room then just do that. If you want to improve for professional reasons then you will need to do quite a few classes. The human body is such an intrinsic machine that we need outside observers to point out the tiniest mistakes in alignment. Also, If you are sceptical, you could try a monthly pack or even start with free Youtube videos to see if this style of teaching works for you.
Which are some Youtube channels from which one can learn Dance?
This is no exclusive or finite list but looking for dance videos is a continuous process. Just like looking for videos on exercise. If you keep going, keep trying (while staying safe and without hurting yourself); you’ll learn to dance.
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