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Art and Culture - Indian Dance and Music Schools in  North-East of North America >> Art & Culture >> North-East >> New York and New Jersey

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

New Jersey   //   New York  

NEW JERSEY Indian Dance and Music Schools

Ambika Raman 
Bharatanatyam Classes in Dayton, South Brunswick, NJ
Contact Ambika Raman; Telephone : (732) 438-0304 or Email : Ambika

Arya Dance Academy 
ADA offers dance classes in kathak, filmi fusion, bhangra, garba/raas, and bharatnatyam to students of ALL Ages. Classes are taught in fully mirrored studios, located throughout the USA and UK. 
NY: Manhattan, Queens, Long Island // NJ: Parsippany, Edison, Bridgewater, Baskingridge // PA: Bensalem & Lansdale
MA: Burlington & Cambridge // GA: Atlanta
Contact Email: Rupal Patel Ph: (866) 279-2468

Archana Joglekar-Mulye 
Dance Academy of Kathak in Princeton, New Jersey. Learn Kathak from one of the topmost Kathak dancer from India - Guru Archana Joglekar. In this academy one can take in depth training of Kathak upto masters level. Affiliated with Akhil Bharatiya Gandharv Mahavidyalaya Mandal. Contact 609 309 3288

Abinaya Natyalaya - Bharatanatyam Classes in Jersey City/Edison/NYC
Guru Archana Viswanath (student of Kalaimamani Nrithya Rathna Krishnakumari Narendran) has been conferred the title 'Nrithya Kala Seva Niratha' by the Kanchi. Experience of over 22 years in dance with hundreds of dance performances world-wide.
Contact Rina Shah; Phone: 814-777-7958 or

AATMA Performing Arts
Dance classes in New Jersey and New york Contact: 

Bharatakala Dance School
Bharatanatyam, folk dance and fusion dance taught to children of all ages at Edison, NJ. Please Contact Divya @ 732 393 9438
Contact Email: 

Bollywood Dance Fitness
520 West 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Contact Rina Shah; Phone: 646 769 0978  or

Dance Classes conducted in South Brunswick, New Jersey by well trained exponent with over 25 years experience.
Contact email:

Bhakti Music
Learn Carnatic music - fast track. With a Carnatic music base, it will be easy to sing film music and/or bhajans, light classical etc
Contact Nanda Nayar Telephone: 732-393-9438 or Email:

Center For Kuchipudi Dance
Artistic Director - Indira Sreeram; Classical Kuchipudi and Folk dance classes held in South Brunswick and Bridgwater in New Jersey; Contact 732-940-7409 or email:

Diwakar Performing Art Group, Inc.-Professional Bollywood Choreographer & Instructor with 10 years of experience in Bollywood choreographing and performing with many of the big Indian stars and professional choreographers is now running his own performing arts group in the U.S. and India offering his talents to young aspiring artists to learn Bollywood, Indo-Western, Hip-hop, Modern
Jazz, Filmi Classical and Folk dancing. Classes offered in the PA, NJ area. Expanding classes to the NYC Metro area.

GuruGriha School of Dance
Offers Kathak and Bharathanatyam dance classes in various places in NJ. The Bharathanatyam dance classes will follow the Kalakshetra style of dance and will also include light classical dance, folk dance and depiction of various fictional and mythological characters in the form of dance dramas to educate and sustain the interest of young students, besides giving them valuable stage exposure. The kathak dance class will follow gurushishya parampara. 
Contact Call: 732-940-8912 or Email: 

Govind Music
Teaches bhajans, devotional songs & semi-classical songs.
Contact Call: 848-203-5918 or Email: 

Indian Bollywood style dance classes
Experienced dancer and choreographer trained by famous Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan and by Shiamak Davar’s (sdipa), teaches students to move to bollywood tunes with expressions, posture and moving different parts of the body. Now operating in New York and Washington DC metro area.   Email: Pooja

Indian dance Classes
Conducted in in North Bruswick NJ Contact Sowparnika Dance Academy 8 Pin Oak Drive North Brunswick NJ-08902 Contact Ph-732-501-8647 Email:

Kavi's School of Dance
Teaching Indian classical dances, Bollywood, Bolly-salsa, Bolly-hop, Bolly-belly and Indian folk. Designed BOLLY ROBIKS- a bollywood style dance workout that combines popular International dance forms like salsa, hip-hop, belly dance etc. A great way to burning loads of calories. classes on weeknights and Sunday. 
Contact Call: 1-908-821-6014 or Email:

Kuchipudi Dance Classes - Kuchipudi
Neeharika Pendekanti, NJ.  Ph: 908-252-0784

Kuchipudi Dance Classes
Kuchipudi Taught in New Jersey by Swathi Gundapuneedi
Contact Email:  or Ph: 732-429-2948

Kuchipudi Dance Classes
For further information please contact Radhika Ippatoori; Telephone:973-743-616 or Email:

Kalashri school of arts New Jersey and New York
Teacher Bina menon
Types of dance - bharatanatyam, mohiniyattam, kuchipudi, folk, movie, bajans  etc..For info call 973 243 5831 or email:

Lasyaleyam School of Dance
Classes available for Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced in Bharathnatyam, Mohiniyattam, Folk and Cinematic. Please call or email to set up a class date.
Address: 15 Anna lane, Edison, NJ - 08820; Contact PH: 347 885 4886 or

Music Sunita
Learn to sing from Clebrity Bollywood Singer,'Sangeet Vishaarad' Sunita Kapur. At musicsunita you get to learn various styles of Indian Music; Indian Classical, Bhajans, Ghazals, Bollywood, Karaoke, Folk and in various languages too in NY/NJ Learn to interact with an audience, breathing and microphone techniques, discipline, confidence.Prepare for singing competitions such as Sa re ga and Indian and Desi Idol etc.... Each student performs at musicsunita's Annual Recital UBHARTE KALAKAAR, to showcase his/her talent.Students get Certificates. All ages welcome!Individual and Group lessons offered.
Contact Sandeep at 201- 658 -9220 or email

Bharatanatyam Bharatanatyam dance classes are being offered on weekends for children and adults in Jersey City, Wayne and Woodbridge in New Jersey. I have been a student of Padma Shri Shri Adyar K Lakshman and have been teaching the Kalakshetra style of dance. I have performed dance recitals, margams, including semi classical performances in the New York-New Jersey area. My formal training in Bharatanatyam theory and practice commenced under the esteemed tutelage of senior disciples of Rukmini Devi Arundale ofKalakshetra, Chennai and is furthered at an advanced level of abhinaya and nritta along with training in Carnatic Vocal music.
Please contact (848)-702-9253 or email for details.

Nila's School of Odissi
Nilanjana Banerjee offers Odissi classical dance classes at the Hindu Samaj temple, Mahwah, NJ. Individual and group lessons are offered to kids and adults in North Jersey /New York areas. Nilanjana is a senior disciple of Guru Smt. Mitra Purkayastha. She strictly adheres to Guru Padmashree Murlidhar Maji's gharana. For the past few years she has been performing extensively in the US. For more info visit her website or Email: ;

NJ Kalamandir Kathak and Creative Dance
As one of the oldest running Indian Classical dance schools in the tri-state area, and performances worldwide with classes offered every day, join Kalamandir of NJ and give your child (or yourself!) the best!
Email: ; Phone: 732-397-3619

Nupur Zankar Academy Of Performing Arts & Research Center
Our Kathak Dance classes are based on the techniques of Pandit Birju Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana. Kathak Classes are designed on the basis of Examination and Performance system. Classes for all Age Groups including Adults and Seniors.
Email: ; Phone: + 1 609 865 3186 / + 1 201 905 1001

Nritya Creations Academy of Dance
Artistic Director - Meena Basu Nag specializes in Creative Classical Indian Dance, Bharat Natyam, Creative Fusions dance. Competition Wins: Naya Andaz, FIA, Film Dance Competitions. Classes held for ages 6 through Adults in Monmouth County: (Marlboro, Manalapan, Old Bridge, Freehold, Holmdel, Matawan, NJ area.). Now offering classes in North Jersey also: Summit, Oranges, Newark, Morristown, New Providence area as well as Edison.
Email: or ; Phone:732-598-7079

Nritya Madhavi School of dance
Bharathanatyam Dance Classes in Kalakshetra Style around Northern New Jersey
Contact Moulee pushpanathan Ph: 201 991 2953 or

Natyalayam Performing Arts Center
Director: Divya Yeluri - Divya is an accomplished Kuchipudi artiste and is a senior disciple of Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam and Smt. A.B. Bala KondalaRao.
Address: 15 Anna lane, Edison, NJ - 08820; Contact Ph:(908)-226-0580 or

NrityaSadhana Dance Institute 
Offers Bharat Natyam, Garba, Movie and Folk Dance Classes at Somerset.
Contact Dipal Prajapati. Ph : (732)398-0609 or Email:  

Nrithyanjali Instiute of dance, North Brunswick NJ
fNrithyanjali Institute of Dance is a non-profit organization founded in 1990.'The goal of this institute is to provide opportunities for aspiring students to learn Bharathanatyam, and to increase awareness of this art form in the United States. Nrithyanjali offers ongoing classes for students of different age groups in North Brunswick, New Jersey and Allentown, Pennsylvania under the able guidance of Ramya Ramnarayan, who is the artistic director of the institute. The institute also presents several educational and informative programs to bring in awareness of this art form to the main stream audience. To accomplish this goal the dance company presents lecture and demonstration in various venues such as Libraries, schools, senior homes, community centers, museums, colleges and Universities.'
Contact:(732) 398 9895 or

Mujrah house--- School for vocal and tabla
23 Hudson place, Weehawken, NJ 07086
Contact phone: 212.630.9988 ext 202 or Email:

Odissi Dance Class for kids
Odissi dance classes for kids (4-12years) in Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Kendall Park, NJ. Traditional Odissi course starting from steppings, hand gestures, expression, body movement, combined with yoga, warm up exercise and stretches. I have been practicing the dance form for last two decades and have been combining Odissi with various contemporary music.
Contact Rai Dey. Phone: 8483919173 or Email:

Menka's Dance Academy
Offering classes in Kathak, Folk, and Film dance. Menka Kakar has been trained in Indian as well as American dance. She has been performing professionally since 1991and teaching since 1993. Menka's Dance Academy offers private as well as group classes. A recital is held at the end of every school year.
New Jersey Contact Email:
Menka Kakar   or (201) 794-8804

Raagam Music School
Carnatic music (vocal) classes to students ages 5 and above are available in Hillsborough,NJ.
Instructor: Radhika Email:  or Phone: 908 829 0342 (H)

Rita Dance Academy
Offering dance classes of Kathak and Folk dances. Movie dances are also tought to students of ALL Ages. Learn Kathak from well-trained, well-qualified Kathak exponent - Rita Sharma. Rita Dance academy provides in depth training of Kathak up to masters level. Affiliated with Pracheen Kala Kendra. Classes are held in Edison and North Brunswick Areas of NJ. Phone: 732-940-6065 and 732-500-5003 or email:

Rhythms of Dance & Music (Classical Odissi & Manipuri)
Teacher: Mitra Purkayastha. Mitra teaches in Somerset area in New Jersey as well as Morristown in New Jersey. She is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher, teaching students of all ages and imparting a passion of art in the fields of classical dances such as Odissi (Orissi) as well as Manipuri since 1979. She has Sangeet Prabhakar, Sangeet Visharad and Sangeet Sudhakar degrees in Dance besides Masters degree in English, Indian History, European History as well as MLitt form India as well as USA. She learnt the art from Guru Padmasri Muralidhar Majhi,  teacher in Orissi, Guru Khelendra Mukherjee in Manipuri and Dr Manjusri Chaki- Sircar in contemporary choreography techniques. Contact Email:  or Phone: 973-984-3605

Sattvika School of Dance
Offers bharatanatyam, Indian folk dance and yoga classes for interested students of all ages.[yoga lessons would be free along with dance class as it is very essential for physical fitness, to be an eminent dancer].lessons will be taught by a highly experienced dancer from India. contact: sathya stephen. "let your spirit dance"
Contact Email:
SATHYA_S2003@YAHOO.COM  or Phone: [cell] 201-220-2252,[home] 201-337-6018

School of Indian Traditional Arts (SITA)
Learn Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Carnatic Vocal, Hindustani Vocal, Flute, Tabla, Mridangam, Harmonium, Ghazals, Bhajans, Art, Yoga all under one roof in the heart of Somerset County, NJ
Address: 56 West Somerset Street, Raritan, NJ - 08869

Contact Email:  or Phone: 908-218-5665, 908-256-0995

Sowparnika Dance Academy
Indian Dance Classes in in North Brunswick, NJ. Classes offered in Bharathanatyam,Mohiniyattom,Folk Dances,Semi-Classical & Movie Dances for all ages.
Contact :Malini Nair or Phone:732-501-8647

Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of performing Arts Inc. (SPNAPA) based in Princeton, NJ, serves as a facilitator for cultural preservation, presentation, and exchange of ideas for South Asian Performing Arts with a primary focus on Indian classical dance - Bharata Nrityam. The Academy is guided by the vision and dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Bala Devi Chandrashekar. Bala is an acclaimed senior artist, choreographer and teacher of Indian Classical Dance - Bharata Nrityam. Trained under eminent Guru, the noted Bharata Nrityam exponent Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Bala works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line - typical of classical dance. Bala had the unique opportunity to learn the core components of the 108 Karanas (temple sculptures). Contact 369 Mercer Street Princeton NJ 08540 Phone: 609.430.0301

Surati Dance & Performing Arts Academy 
Performing arts company based in New Jersey. Since 2001, the dance and music school has been providing an insight into Indian art to its students. Contact Email: Rimli Roy or Ph: (201) 7922650

Suresh Wadkar's Ajivasan Music Academy
Established way back in 1932 in Srinagar by Suresh Wadkar's guru, Acharya Jialal Vasant, Ajivasan has groomed several budding musicians in India. Suresh Wadkar has brought the skills taught at his Mumbai academy to the west. The Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music School located in New Jersey and New York is fully supported by Suresh Wadkar based on the same principles, teaching techniques, and curricula he established at his Mumbai Academy Contract no - 551-404-0540

Swar Music School - Teaching Hindustani Classical Music to children(5+) and Adults. Advanced teaching techniques to get you going. Located in greater Princeton Area, NJ. Email - or Phone - 609-3SWAR-10 (609-379-2710).

Yoshita Chandrani - Sitar classes for all age groups : starting from age 7. Sangeet Visharad ( Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, India), Bachelor of Music- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, Masters of Performing Arts- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Trenton-Ewing (Mercer County) area Email - or Phone - 609-439-3090.

NEW YORK Indian Dance and Music Schools

AshavariDance School
Read about this school of Kathak based in New York, USA and India. The site is maintained by Gargi.

Anamika-Navatman Project
Offering classes from beginner to advanced level in many, many styles of Indian classical music and dance in Manhattan. Every class is taught by performers/teachers who have dedicated their lives to their particular art form and are highly qualified in their field. Right now offering bharatanatyam, kuchipudi, kathak, mridangam, Carnatic vocal, veena, and will be adding other genres such as Hindustani vocal, sitar, odissi, tabla, etc. Classes are available for students of any age level.".
Contact Address: 344 W. 38th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10018 or Phone:: (646) 559-2207 or email: Sahasra Sambamoorthi

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York (USA).
Institute of Indian Culture, USA. Offers training in Bharata Natyam, Kathak, folk dances, as well as vocal music and Indian culture to children.

Bollywood Performing Arts
(Director, Sunita Sadhnani)
A Multi-Talent School of Dance and Music which Offers Mixed Styles of Dance by Anil Diwakar, Vocal Training with Jesse Singh, Classical Kathak Dance, Yoga, Salsa Dance, Instruments - Tabla by Ustad Kadir Khan, Guitar and Harmonium. Additional Summer Camps for Kids and Hindi Classes are Also Avaiable.
252 Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY 11801
Phone: 516-933-2787

34-34, 77th St. # 6L, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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.

Dakshina Palli Natyam
Founding/Artistic Director: Jaan R. Freeman; Associate Director: Dr. Shanti Pillai Bharatanatyam classes, workshops, performances in the lineage of Tanjore Balasaraswati. 
P.O. Box 1851, New York, New York 10009, USA
Contact (212) 946-5348 or email:

Dance and Music School of India Latham, New York:
Serving tri-city and upstate NY area teaching Indian Classical and Light instrumental music on Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar, Violin, and Sarod; vocals with tanpura and harmonium, and north indian dance Kathak and Folk. Learn from renouned artist, performer, and professor of music Veena Chandra. 
Veena Chandra or Contact: 518-786-1309

Dance School of Mayura Nritha Vedi
School dedicated to South Indian Dance ( Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Folk, and Cinematic). Albany, NY 12208
Artist: Bindiya Prasad Phone: 518-489-4246

East-West School of Dance
Locations in Manhattan, Queens, Westchester, Monroe, Long Island and NJ
Pandit Satya Narayana Charka is a distinguished Kathak dance performer, choreographer and teacher of international acclaim. His gurus include Pandit R.K. Shukla, Pandit Shambhu Maharaj, Shrimati Maya Rao and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Pandit S.N. Charka has won many prestigious awards, including first place in the All-India Dance Competition. Over the last 35 years, he has presented numerous traditional dance recitals as well as dance dramas, bringing myth to life for today's audiences.
Tel: 845.783.7514, 845.782.5575 or email:

Harrice Miller Entertainment Inc
HME artists have performed at Christie's, Chopra Center NYC, Sirius Radio, ABC Home, Hotel Pierre, the ARCH, and Jivamukti Yoga.
Phone 917-853-1416 or Contact:

Indian Bollywood style dance classes
Experienced dancer and choreographer trained by famous Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan and by Shiamak Davar’s (sdipa), teaches students to move to bollywood tunes with expressions, posture and moving different parts of the body. Now operating in New York and Washington DC metro area.   Email: Pooja
Kathak classes are available to those who are residing within the Tri-State Area, (New York, New Jersey and Conn.).

Jiva Performing Arts, New York, NY
An organization based in NYC that seeks to present and preserve the classical arts of India. Classes are offered in Carnatic violin and mridangam by AR Balaskandan. Balaskandan has performed in prestigious venues throughout India, Europe, US and Canada and has accompanied many international artists. He offers classes in both mridangam and violin in Manhattan and Queens, NY. Contact AR Balaskandan: 917-208-2424 or email:
Bharatanatyam classes offered by Sonali Skandan, disciple of Professor CV Chandrasekhar CV Chandrasekhar and Smt. Bragha Bessell of Chennai, India. Sonali has performed extensively in the US, Canada, UK and India. Contact Sonali Skandan: 646-251-7463 or Classes are offered to children and adults in group, private and semi-private settings.

The Kathak Ensemble & Friends
one of the oldest Kathak schools in New York. Since its founding in 1978 as an informal performance collective by four young American-born artists, The Kathak Ensemble has collaborated with several hundred dancers and musicians, supported by choreographers, composers, lighting designers, videographers, publicists, photographers, sound engineers and stage managers.
Janaki Patrik, Artistic Director 

Lotus Music and Dance
262 West 38th Street, Suite 1006, New York, NY - 10018 USA
Phone (212) 627-1076 or Contact: Jaan R. Freeman (Bharata Natyam Instructor)

The Mewati Gurukul(Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation) was founded in 1995 by living legend Pandit Jasraj along with his senior disciple, the illustrious classical vocalist Pta. Tripti Mukherjee. Branches in Manhattan & New Hyde Park in NY, Iselin,NJ and Pittsburgh,PA. Based on Guru-Shishya parampara. Admission open to all. Adress: New York: 76-42 266th St., New Hyde Park, NY 11040 & 4 W 43rd St, Room #614, New York, NY. New Jersey: 258 E George Pl, Iselin, NJ 08830. Contact Telephone: 718-470-1331 or Email: 

NYC Bhangra
A successful organization based in New York City that offers classes in Punjabi folk dance at all levels (with students of all backgrounds), and performs as well. Some notable performances include: Dance Parade, Indian Consulate, United Nations, City Hall, South Asian Excellence Awards at the Waldorf Astoria. Furthermore, NYC Bhangra has performed at several private events and weddings, including a party for Sant Singh Chatwal, CEO of Hampshire Hotels and Resorts, and HSBC's Diwali celebration. You can find more information on our website.
Contact at 212-372-8001 or email

Nritya kala kendra classes
Academy of Indian Dance Art and Culture. Classes held in Kathak, Vocal tabla at studios in Queens and Bayside.
P.O Box 604182, Bay Side, NY11360 Tel: (718) 391-8693

Natya Anubhava dance academy- The academy promotes BharataNatyam. Guru Nalini Rau, the director of Natya Anubhava, is a leading exponent of the legendary Dandayudapani Pillai Bani. She has performed widely and is the recepient of the Natya Navaratna award from the former president R. Venkataraman. She has been teaching with passion and dedication for the last 13 years in Westchester.
Natya Anubhava has branches in White Plains, Elmsford and Yorktown heights.
and Yorktown heights. Email : or Phone : 914 243 7855

Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy Director- Satya Pradeep
Satya Pradeep is the Artistic Director of Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy, specializing in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, classical dance forms. Address:11 Comet Road, Syosset, NY 11791, Ph. 516-681-2048 or Email: Satya Pradeep

Capital Region's premiere school of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music is now accepting new students. Please contact Sudharsana Srinivasan at or (518) 372 1248.

Rageshree Music Institute(not-for-profit organization )aims to presents Indian Classical Music in America through sponsoring live concerts, education through group and individual instruction on the various instruments and voice and making recorded music available. Address: 40-29 48th St. Sunnyside, NY 11104

Taalim School of Indian Music
With the blessings and guidance of Tabla Guru Pandit Divyang Vakil, the Taalim School provides high quality tabla, kathak, guitar and drum lessons in a private and/or group setting. Classes are available all over the tri-state.
Phone (732) 89-TABLA or Email:

Veena Chandra
Dance and Music School of India in Latham, New York serving tri-city and upstate NY area teaching Indian Classical and Light instrumental music on Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar, Violin, and Sarod; vocals with tanpura and harmonium, and north indian dance Kathak and Folk. Learn from renouned artist, performer, and professor of music Veena Chandra. Call for private and group lessons, lecture / demonstrations, and concerts at 518-786-1309. or Email:

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