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Art and Culture - Indian Dance and Music Schools in  Washington DC and Virginia >> Art & Culture >> Washington DC and Virginia

Classical Indian dance and music of different genera -- South Indian, North Indian, classical, Hindustani, Carnatic-- are taught in schools and academies across the US. In this and other pages of the Art and Culture section of you will find extensive listings of academies, dance, music and other schools. This comprehensive collection is unique on the web since most other music academy, dance school, institutes or listings of gurus on the web are either classifieds or restricted to a few cities. 

The individual associations and academies are responsible for their links. Please click on the appropriate state to go to the actual listing. For listings of other states in the US, please visit the Art & Culture main section.

District of Columbia  and Maryland   //    Virginia


Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company - a young dance company that performs and presents Indian forms, such as Bharata Natyam, and Modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation South Asians. Address:1816 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 109,Washington, DC

Desi DancercizeInvitation to work out Indian ishtyle!!!!
Here's a chance enjoy Indian Dance uniquely blended with an exercise routine. It does not matter if have not learnt dance before. The workout is designed in such a way that everyone can follow the workout and learn a different culture while exercising and enjoying pure movement! You get to learn different kinds of regional folk dances. Each session consists of 12 classes over three months. At the end of the session you will be making others dance to your tunes! We also choreograph folk dances for parties, weddings for all ages! We conduct classes in and also perform Bharathnatyam. Our Indian dance presentations are traditional, innovative and unique. 
Yoga ~ Low impact stretches and Breathing exercises // Folk Dances ~ From North, South, East, and West India 
Dance Movements ~ Indian Movie music, Indian martial arts & Contemporary
Contact Email: Ph: (301) 528-7326

Dhoonya Dance School 
As profiled in The Washington Post's Express and Washingtonian Magazine, as the hottest new 'crash course in South Asian movement!' Dhoonya Dance School offers premier Indian dance instruction as well as workout focused classes for adults. Filmi, folk, semi-classical and bhangra classes for boys and girls of all ages as well as adults are forming in an area near you! Dhoonya Dance Troupe also specializes in professional dance services for weddings, community events, and film, and music video choreography. Learn to dance for your Wedding day. We help create customized wedding skits! Contact directors Kajal at 225-802-9669 or Priya at 856-625-8406. Email:

11112 Candle Light Lane, Potomac, MD, 20854
School for learning Tabla of Farukhabad gharana Teacher: Pt. Samir Chatterjee
Now operating in New York and Washington DC metro area. For details please refer to the website.

Dance To Health Society (DTHS)
Offers a fitness program which teaches Indian classical dance Kathak, Folk dances- Bhangra, Garba, Rajasthani, and Bollywood. Learn an art and stay in shape. Society also teaches solo or group dances for weddings in Bollywood and Bhangra style.
email: kumud_mathur or Contact: Ms Kumud Mathur at (301) 299-3334

Geetanjali Online Music School
We provide one-on-one online lessons for Carnatic (vocal, Veena, Violin, Flute), Hindustani Vocal, Bhajans/Devotional, Bollywood and Light Music. Students of all ages and levels accepted. Free trial for those seriously interested. Bowie MD 20720
email: or phone 240-245-0093

Hari Singh
Sitar Teacher: "I am a sitar teacher with over 45 years experience in playing the sitar."
Contact email:  or
Phone: 240.364.4654

Kalairani Natya Saalai (KNS Inc.)
Bharatanatyam Guru: Rani. A dance school based in Maryland, USA. 
1909 Wooded Way, Adelphi, MD 20783  email:  or
Phone: 301-439-7264

Kuchipudi Kalakendra
Founder and Artistic director - Subha Maruvada
This dance institution offers pure Kuchipudi style, located in Gaithersburg, MD.
Contact Subha Maruvada -  or Phone: 301-330-6624

Kuchipudi Kalanidhi
Anuradha Nehru-Artistic Director
A premier Institution of Kuchipudi, which teaches the beautiful and graceful style of Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam. Anuradha  serves as the chairperson of IDEA (Indian Dance Educators Association), a unique network of about 20 dance organizations, established in 1995 to mainstream Indian Classical dance in the United States.
Contact 6816 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD - 20817 Tel. #: (301)469-8529; (202) 361-3067 or 

Know India Organization
Dedicated to promoting Indian Culture and Traditions and bringing it closer to the people of Washington DC metro area. Activities include Music lessons vocal and instrumental, Dance Lessons (Bharatnatyam), Language classes (Hindi, Punjabi), Organizing concerts and dance performances, Inviting artists from India to perform Lecture Demonstrations at schools and colleges, Music Albums, Produce cultural programs for TV and radio.

Konark Dance School
Konark Dance School is located on two different locations. The first location is Herndon, VA and the second location is in Maryland. The director (GURU) of this school is Jayantee Paine Ganguly. Her focus is classical Indian dance of Odissi, though she also teaches Kathat,Mohiniattam, Modern dance, etc.
Contact Tel. #: (703) 450-4291 or 

Lisa Santhanam
Lisa Santhanam is an Odissi dancer in the Washington DC and VA metro area. She is a passionate and committed teacher and a perfomer eager to spread this graceful art. Contact Tel. #: (703) 450-4291 or or 

Mridangam Artiste  
News for Carnatic Music lovers in Richmond VA. Mridangam Artiste available for Concerts and Mridangam Classes in Richmond, VA. Contact Sriram Rekapalli: 804-248-6587 (Mobile)/804-525-6733(home) or Email:

Natya Nilayam and Radha Ganesan
Bharata natyam school in Maryland, USA. 13503 Broadfield Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 e- mail:

Natyabhoomi School of Dance 
A premier dance institution in the Greater Washington Area that trains students on Bharatanatyam, the elegant and extremely popular dance form of South India. Dance Class Location: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Contact Email: INFO@DANCE-DC.COM Ph: (240) 491.3467 

Natya Kala Mandir 
School of Bharatha Natyam. Classes offered in Baltimore, MD and York, PA
Dance Class Location: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Contact Email: Director: Vatsala Srinivas Ph: (410)561-0414

Sutradhar Institute of Dance & Related Arts
The Sutradhar Institute introduces dance through a blend of yoga, creative writing, story-telling and music--all links in the chain of Kuchipudi aesthetics. This holistic approach to an ancient art form enhances its attractiveness to young people, allowing them to connect to dance from a deeper and more expressive core. SIDRA’s mission is to transcend cultural and gender barriers with re-imagined, innovative and cross-cultural choreographies of ancient Kuchipudi and to nurture and encourage dancers and artists to overcome language and cultural boundaries through dance.
Contact: 1525 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring Maryland 20910 | Phone : 301-593-2664 | E-mail:

Spilling Ink 
Classes taught by Nalini Prakash and Vijay Palaparty, co-artistic directors of Washington DC-based Spilling Ink. Classes include fundamentals of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Carnatic vocal music, and theory and history of dance. Building on the foundations, advanced classes include learning repertoire in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, along with vocal music and theory of dance.
Contact Names: Nalini Prakash / Vijay Palaparty

Contact Email:
Contact Phone Numbers: 301 256 8034 / 440 212 2928

VIRGINIA Indian Dance and Music Schools

Abhinaya Tharangini - Academy of Kuchipudi Dance
Director, Krishnaveni Gurrapu, student of Smt. Vempati Nageswari, Dr. Vedantam Ramalinga Shastry and Dr. Yasoda Thakore (student of Smt.Shobha Naidu), teaches Kuchipudi dance in Ashburn VA. Contact email. Contact email:

Arpan Kathak Dance Academy
Sterling, VA. Dance Director, Bratati Saha, an authentic Kathak performer and teacher, is pursuing this dance for many years and have performed several places in India, Germany & US. She holds Sangeet Visharad (Bachelor Degree) in Kathak and is offering classes in Washington DC metroplex and in Sterling, Herndon, Reston of Nothern Virginia. For more detials, please call 703-430-9316

Indian Bollywood Dances
Vanita Kumar is promoting Indian Bollywood dances throughout the region of Virginia.
Contact Phone: 703-723-9584

Kalavaridhi Bharatanatyam  
At Kalavaridhi, Guru Sheela builds upon her gurus' teaching methods, creatively adapting them to each student. Following the traditional curriculum for Bharatanatyam, Sheela teaches both the theoretical as well as practical aspects at each level.
Contact : Sheela Ramanath, Director, Email:  

3120 Harrison Hollow Lane, Herndon, VA 20171

Kamallata Singha 
“Nritya Rangam-Temple of Dance” 
6512 Tassia Drive, Alexandria, VA 22315 
Ph: (703) - 339 - 1958  or e-mail:

Konark Dance School
Classes conducted in Odissi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Modern Dance, Contemporary Indian dance by Jayantee in Virginia and Maryland area. "Konark Dance School also provide staged performances for your weddings and engagements."

Kuchipudi dance classes
Mallika Ramprasad , disciple of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam is offering dance classes to boys and girls of all ages and learning levels. Admissions are open and classes are enrolling now. Covenient evenign and weekend schedule. In Ashburn, Reston VA, Potomac , MD
Contact 703-889-5577 or e-mail:

Mudra Arts Center 
Mudra Arts Center is committed to promoting Indian culture to younger and older generations alike. There’s something for everyone! With our small class sizes, students will receive the individualized attention they deserve. Highly experienced performing artists and professionals offer training in the following fields throughout the year:
Bharatnatyam,Kuchipudi, Oddissi,Kathak,Bollywood Dance, Carnatic - Vocal, Mridangam, Violin, Hindustani - Bhajans - Ghazals, Classical Music,Instruments: Tabla, Keyboard, Flute, Sitar, Violin, Languages: Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali,Yoga.Contact : Ms. Preeti Email: Ph: (571) 432-6920

Natyabhoomi School of Dance 
A premier dance institution in the Greater Washington Area that trains students on Bharatanatyam, the elegant and extremely popular dance form of South India. Dance Class Location: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Contact Email: Ph: (301)762-0343 

Notes N' Beats (Summer Camp Program available) 
Music (Vocal, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion) and Dance in Herndon, VA (Northern Virginia). Over the years, the teachers at Notes n' Beats developed a curriculum to do music JUST the way kids want. We have many offerings such as Weekly Lessons, Summer and Winter Camps and an after-school program. We take fun to the next level by doing "Indian Rock Band", Jamming sessions and regular recitals.
Address: Studio located at 44190 Waxpool Rd, Suite 162, Ashburn, VA 20147 (we serve the rest of Loudoun and Fairfax counties as well). Contact Email: Ph: 855-MUSIC-20 or 855-687-4220 

Nritya Niketan
Guru: Janaki Rangarajan, Student of Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam.
Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Nritya Niketan was founded by Janaki Rangarajan in order to promote South Indian classical dance in the Nation’s Capital.
Contact (703) 282-6359 - Annandale (DC area) or (804) 360-9501 - Glen Allen (Richmond area) or email:

Nrithya School of Kuchipudi Dance Richmond VA
Sarada Jammi, Disciple of Padmabushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam is teaching Kuchipudi for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students of all ages. Her advanced students have performed their Rangapravesam. Well versed with dance, music and thalam, she is an excellent teacher for boys too. Ph: 804-562-1192 or

Learn Hindustani Classical Vocal !!!!!!! -- Sterling VA - Excellent opportunity for kids (5+ and up) and adults to learn Hindustani vocal and/or light music. Contact: Sweta Malviya at 703 310 6643 or Email :

Radhika Ippatoori - Traditional Kuchipudi Dance Classes offered in Richmond,VA. Classes by Radhika Ippatoori student of Sri.A.Sanjeeva Babu, student of Sri Vempanti Chinna Satyam garu. Email:

Roomjhoom Nrityalaya
A Kathak and Bharatnatyam Dance Institution. Roomjhoom Nrityalaya is a dance school based in Fairfax, VA that specializes in Indian Classical Dances Kathak Lucknow Gharana) and Bharatnatyam.Srabanti Roy is the Artistic Director of this school. Srabanti has extensive training from India in these dance forms. She has over 30 years of experience in these dance forms. She is a Nritya Prabhakar (Graduate Degree) in Kathak from renowned Indian dance and music institution Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahabad, India. She has been teaching in the DC area since 1996. Please Email: . Please Email: email
  or call 202-670-1031 for more information.

Swaram School of Music in Ashburn, Sterling and Herndon, VA
Learn Indian music from teachers who have the passion to work with children and adults of all ages. The programs that the school offers are uniquely tweaked and tailored to today's child and adult. We specialize in vocal lessons in 2 different areas: 1. Carnatic Classical Music and Theory and 2. Non-classical music that covers semi-classical, private albums, folk and songs from the Indian cinema (new and old).
If interested, please send email to or call 703.444.8653

The Academy of Indian Culture & Arts (AICA) - School offering classes in various Indian dance and music forms and other cultural areas in our community. The school hopes to target primarily the Indian community but would also love to welcome any other persons interested in learning the centuries old traditions of India. The school would be within easy access of residents in the Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly and Centreville area. AICA aims to acquire a not-for-profit status in the near future. The school hopes to offer classes in the following art forms: Music ? Hindustani vocal, Carnatic vocal, Bengali folk, Tabla, Sitar, Keyboard Dance ? Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Fusion/Bollywod, Bhangra Other ? Traditional Painting, Yoga Classes will start from 10 th September 2006. Contact: Soma Roy @ 703 729 3336 Sabita Panda @ 703 622 3245 Joyeeta Dasgupta @ 703 880 4647 or Email:

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Note: Page last updated: Feb 2018





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