How to become a bollywood dance instructor

Bollywood Dance Fitness Certification from Home

Ready to become a BollyX instructor but don’t see a Certification Training workshop near you? Consider taking the BollyX or BollyX Low Impact online. There are no pre-requisites in order to register. Our training program provides education and online support to assist you every step of the way as you prepare for your online multiple choice exam to obtain your certification to teach BollyX! Complete your certification at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. You’ll have step-by-step guidance from a Community Mentor/Trainer as you train, certify, create your playlist, teach your first class, and learn how to harness the power of our marketing tools! There are no deadlines and no pre-requisites. All fitness levels welcome. We’ll also help you decide between getting certified to teach BollyX and/or BollyX Low Impact. And don’t worry if you pick the wrong format! You can always switch later if you find one to work better for you than the other :)

Overview of Process for Online Trainees

  • Sign Up for Online Training
  • Join our virtual community including other online trainees, your Regional Trainer, and Community Mentor for one-on-one coaching on Whatsapp
  • Login to the BollyX Online Instructor Portal to access the manual to prepare for your online multiple choice exam (first 30 days is complimentary, $20 value)
  • Submit and pass the online multiple choice exam with mentorship throughout the entire learning process
  • Receive a BollyX T-shirt or tank top in the mail
  • AFAA-certified trainees receive 7.0 CEUs after passing online multiple choice exam
  • NASM-certified trainees receive 0.7 CEUs after passing online multiple choice exam
  • ACE-certified trainees receive 0. 8 CEUs after passing online multiple choice exam
  • Obtain your BollyX Certificate of Completion and Instructor Certificate after passing the online multiple choice exam!

BollyX Instructor Membership

Our community is full of rockstars and they can’t wait to meet you! Once you’ve gone through the online training curriculum, get plugged into the BollyX community through our Post Training Mentorship Program so you can connect with other instructors around the world. Your membership to the BollyX Portal gives you access to BollyX choreography to learn for your future classes, as well as maintains your certification to teach BollyX, The Bollywood Workout. Check out some of the hottest features:

  • Library of ROCKSTAR choreography (over 500 routines!)
  • Marketing materials to help you promote your classes
  • Helpful tips for teaching successful classes (Education 101 blogs)
  • Personalized instructor profile and bio to share
  • Class management tools so people can find your classes
  • BollyX Blog
  • Exclusive discounts in our BollyX Swag Shop
  • VIP access to BollyX events and parties
  • Continuing education to keep your skills sharp
  • Discounts to additional trainings (i. e. BollyX Low Impact and BollyX Kids format)
  • Monthly or annual membership (See FAQ page for details)
  • And much more!


For more information on maintaining your certification, please visit our FAQ page.


Teach BollyX the Bollywood Workout

Become a Certified BollyX Instructor

  • Step 1Sign up for a training (we offer 3 types of training: online, over Zoom, and in-studio)
  • Step 2 – Activate your instructor portal (access your training materials immediately)
  • Step 3 – Complete your certification (take a master class & pass an online multiple choice exam)
  • Step 4 – Prepare to launch a class (receive 1-on-1 mentorship to launch our pre-choreographed format with success)
  • Step 5 – Launch your BollyX class with world-class tools and a community of 4,000+ instructors to support you!

Choose Your Training Style

  • Online Training – Complete your certification at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. You’ll have step-by-step guidance from a Community Mentor/Trainer as you train, certify, create your playlist, teach your first class, and learn how to harness the power of our marketing tools! There are no deadlines and no pre-requisites. All fitness levels welcome. We’ll also help you decide between getting certified to teach BollyX and/or BollyX Low Impact. And don’t worry if you pick the wrong format! You can always switch later if you find one to work better for you than the other :)
  • Virtual Training (over ZOOM) – Everything in online training plus you’ll get to attend a ~3 hour virtual training session conducted by a Community Mentor/Trainer over ZOOM. This virtual training experience simulates the practical guidance and lecture components typically received during Live (in-person) workshops.
  • In-Studio Workshop – Complete your certification with a combination of online pre-learning AND in-studio live learning. You’ll receive the same mentoring and support from signup through class launch. The only difference is you’ll receive additional live assistance to help you complete your certification. It is highly encouraged that you go through the online manual BEFORE your workshop so you can make the most of your training day. Workshops are ~3.5 hours, including a 50-minute master class to kickoff the session (optional to attend, but highly encouraged).

Can Anyone Do This?

Absolutely. One of the best things about our training process is that we tailor it to YOU! Every person has their own unique journey in fitness – training programs should mirror that.

Many of our members use our instructor training program to gradually build up their skills, technique, rhythm, fitness level and confidence, taking things one song at a time until they feel ready to take the next step. Others use BollyX to destress and keep active – sometimes, all it takes to achieve your goal is a team to help keep you accountable, to cheer you on and help remind you that your fitness dream IS achievable! More experienced fitness instructors can utilize our fast-track to launch classes within weeks. It really doesn’t matter which route you take – our philosophy is, as long as we are all progressing together, empowering each other, receiving useful feedback to help us grow, and building a true family in the process – that’s what BollyX is all about.

Read real stories about BollyX rockstars just like you!

How Does Teaching & Payment Work?

BollyX provides you with all the tools that you need to launch a branded, safe and effective Bollywood-inspired fitness class. We train you in our class format, we certify you to teach, and we give you access to over 500+ choreographies to help you teach BollyX classes anywhere you like. Could be at your local gym, studio, community center, office, school campus, hospital, non-profit site or even in your backyard! Just about anywhere you can imagine. You can set your own prices (with help and guidance from our community experts), and any money you make while teaching you keep 100%! The only requirement from BollyX (aside from smiling with ALL your teeth ????) is that you maintain an active instructor membership, for which we charge one of the most affordable rates in the industry. Many comparable programs cost over $300 for just training alone, plus an additional $30-$35 per month in subscription (membership) fees. With our program, you get everything you need for over 50% less than the cost of those comparable programs.

BollyX Instructor Portal Access

Monthly Membership – Maintain your BollyX certification ($20/month). Receive:

  • Access to our online instructor training portal, including monthly choreography releases
  • 5+ new choreographies released every month to hot Bollywood, Bhangra and Top 40 songs
  • Detailed choreography notes along with song translations, tips and tricks, and a growing library of tutorials
  • Ongoing 1-on-1 mentorship from Regional Trainers and Community Mentors to help you prepare to launch a class
  • CEUs (Continuing Education Units) with AFAA, ACE, and NASM
  • Instructor certificate upon completion of your training
  • Permission to use BollyX logo and branded marketing materials in class & event promotions
  • Ability to list your classes on the BollyX website (like this, for example!)
  • Exclusive discounts in our BollyX Swag Shop
  • Access to our exclusive BollyX Instructor community Facebook group
  • VIP invites to special community events
  • 24/7 Customer Support!

Annual Membership – For a limited time, get everything in our monthly membership for just $12/month* (billed annually). Monthly membership fees for comparable dance fitness programs are around $30-$35/month, making BollyX one of the most affordable certifications on the market. And in case you’re thinking, “there’s gotta’ be a catch!”… nope, there’s no catch! Our membership prices are actually increasing soon. All members who join now will get to keep their current rates!

*Must upgrade within the first 30 days of accessing your training materials to be eligible for the annual membership promotion listed above. For more information on maintaining your certification, please visit our FAQ page.

Now’s the time to jump on board – let’s grow this movement together!

Bollywood dance school. Indian dances - tutorial

You can find Indian dance lessons in Moscow using our portal, which contains the most detailed and up-to-date information about the city's dance studios. We offer to find an Indian dance studio suitable for the area or metro station, study the prices for one-time lessons or full subscriptions. The feedback left by the students about the classes will be very useful!

One of the main attractions of India is the elegant and mesmerizing Indian dances. Originating over several millennia ago art and today enjoys unchanging popularity in all countries of the world. During the performance of the dance, Hindus improve spiritually, developing your mind and aesthetic senses, improving the artistry and flexibility of the body. Classical Indian dance emphasizes the natural beauty of the dancers, and gives the real enjoyment of the process. Young people will appreciate modern Indian dances, with special dynamics and brightness.

Indian dance for beginners

You can start learning by choosing the most suitable direction. More often of all, beginners prefer classical Indian dances, which are unusual way combine dance plasticity and grace, acting expressiveness and brightness. All dances of this direction are based on the sacred Hindu dance and music Natyu's style, which includes not only dancing, but also singing, the art of facial expressions. More modern types of Indian dances are also performed by men.

In Europe, eight styles are classified as classical dances of this direction: Kuchipudi, Kathak, Satria, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Bharata-natyam, Odissi and Manipuri. Bharata Natyam and Odissi belong to the so-called "dances of liberation souls", in which there are practically no dialogues between dancers, rarely light facial expressions are also used. Kathak is one of the most difficult Indian dances. performed on outstretched legs with varied and rich facial expressions. Each of types of these dances is complex in its own way - even the most demanding student will be able to choose the perfect option for your needs and wishes.

Features of teaching Indian dances

In order to master these directions perfectly, the dancer must have excellent physical fitness, understand Indian culture and mythology, since initially these dances arose as an addition to religion. Today dance studios offer both classical Indian dance lessons and pursuit of its more modern directions. During training, future dancers master the art of pantomime and expression of emotions, develop artistry and get real pleasure from dancing.

Let's immediately pour a bucket of water on the heads of those who loudly proclaim that any dance can be learned on their own at home, for example. There is one, but a serious obstacle to such an opportunity - your self-organization. If you are a person who is not able to force yourself to engage systematically, if your hobbies are in most cases fleeting, then you simply cannot do without a coach.

How to start studying

If the first impression you saw live or on TV or the first trial lesson showed you that this is exactly what you would like to do, that it is worth studying and that it is worth studying, then go on there can be two fundamentally different schemes of your actions.

First. In case of low self-control, it is highly recommended to buy the most expensive subscription to classes in the studio. There is a chance that a large amount of money paid will become exactly the incentive that will make you complete the entire course of classes without missing a single one. Moreover, you should immediately choose the longest subscription. The first one runs out, buy the second, third, etc. There will come a moment when you realize that without Indian dance you simply cannot.

Second. You know what you want and you know that you have enough willpower to master the basics on your own. In this case, you can learn belly dancing on your own, in any case, the basics on the Internet: paid or free.

In any case, you can first study the information about the dance: when, who, what and how danced. A lot of thematic information today is posted on various Internet resources. Absolutely all Indian films contain a large number of national dances of varying degrees of complexity and skill. In older tapes there are more dances, in recent films it is most often the final song-dance in the style of "Bollywood" - a modernized dance "based on".

There is a lot of printed literature from which you can draw the spirit and basics of technology. From artistic classics, you can plunge into the atmosphere, understand the aesthetics and partly the historical spirit of Indian dances, for example, from I. Efremov's book "The Razor's Edge", which may not teach, but it will awaken interest in Indian culture for sure.

The modern variety style of Indian dance "Bollywood" can be learned from video lessons by almost everyone, but mastering the dances of the traditional folk school is a long and painstaking work. The folk dance of India is one of the most ancient. They have been performed for about five thousand years. Only the reverent attitude of the Indian people to their traditions made it possible to bring the dance to our days almost unchanged.

For such a rich history, Indian dance has acquired a rich language of gestures and postures. And in order to master the latter, at a certain stage you just need a teacher. The whole philosophy of India is built on a student-teacher tandem, dance is no exception. Moreover, the higher the level of the student, the higher the degree of skill and knowledge of the teacher.

Therefore, a brief scheme for teaching Indian dances can be conditionally concluded in the following points:

  • Reading about the history, culture, philosophy of India - like it, interested;
  • We watch free video lessons on the Internet, buy paid ones and try it - it's fascinated;
  • We are looking for a dance studio - it turns out;
  • We are looking for a professional coach, we improve the level - we grow.

We repeat the last point, repeat, repeat ... until we move to the next level of mastery, of course, subject to an unbearable desire to practice Indian dances.

The teacher comes when the student is ready!

Dance schools

Chakkar dance school

Indian classical dance school



Ekaterina Seliverstova

announces admission to the group of beginners.

Our address: 2nd Maryina Grove Street, 16,

sports and leisure center

"wider circle"

Directions: Maryina Roshcha metro station, exit from the first car towards the Satyricon Theatre. The 2nd street of Maryina Grove passes behind the Satyricon Theater (at the moment the theater is under repair). To the left of the Satyricon is a street that leads to the Satyricon. Follow it to the nearest intersection and traffic light. On the opposite side of the 16-storey tower - this is the house 16 on the right street. Entrance to the club from the yard

Free form for the first lesson.

The set will be held for adults (no age limit) and for children from 10 to 14 years old

Inquiries by phone:

+7 903-977-09-86


The main direction of teaching at the Chakkar school is the classical Kathak style (Jaipur gharana).
Optional - bollywood, pastiche, fusion, folk.
Opportunity to participate in competitions and concert programs individually and as part of an ensemble Opportunity to receive correspondence education at the Prayag Sangeet Samithi Institute (Allahabad, India).
Exclusive performances, beautiful costumes, friendly staff and a lot of hard work!
Uniform for classes - shalwar-kameez.
Classes in the area of ​​metro station Maryina roscha, metro station Savelovskaya
Provisional schedule: Wednesday and Saturday from 19:00 to 20:00.
The group will start training on May 8th. .

Russia's leading Indian dance school specializing in classical Kathak was founded in 2000. The leader, teacher and choreographer is Ekaterina Seliverstova, a graduate of the KATHAK KENDRA Institute (Delhi).

The name of the school in translation into Russian means "Turn". The name is not accidental. Firstly, the dizzying series of turns are as much a hallmark of the Kathak style as the sophisticated fractions that the dancer beats with his feet. And secondly, what Chakkar is doing can definitely be called a new turn in Kathak. The dance school successfully coped with the most difficult task: to adapt Indian classical dance for perception by the modern Russian public, without violating the strict canons of this ancient art. Indian dance connoisseurs and ordinary spectators always note the technical skill, impeccable coordination of the performers, an unconventional approach to choreography, as well as luxurious costumes and decorations for dancers. "Chakkar" takes part in all major events held by the Embassy of India in Russia, the Cultural Center. Jawaharlal Nehru (JNCC), Indian Community (Hindustani Samaj), Association of Indian Dance Performers in Moscow (AIITAM), Foundation for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of India "Nritya Sabha", is a multiple winner and laureate of festivals and competitions held in Moscow and other cities of the country.

In 2009, on the personal initiative of the Ambassador of India to Russia, Mr. Prabhat Shukla, the students of the school performed at the concerts on the occasion of the Opening of the Year of India, which were held at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and at the Academic Philharmonic in St. Petersburg. "Chakkar" became the only team in Russia awarded this honor.

In addition to concert performances, "Chakkar" is constantly engaged in educational activities, holding lectures and demonstrations at the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow. Rehearsals and training of the ensemble are held at the Cultural Center. Jawaharlal Nehru (JNCC) at the Indian Embassy in Russia.

Especially some of them. Also, when performing Indian dances, it is important to express emotions with the eyes in an expressive way. Indian women have eyebrows involved in the dance, and lips stretched in a wide smile, and burning eyes with inviting looks. But beginners should first deal with the first difficulties. These, unfortunately, also include the choice of teaching method.

If you want the most economical option, but one that will teach as well as any instructors, you can choose the proposed video lessons suitable for all beginners. Who said that the art of Indian dance, despite all its complexity, cannot be learned on its own? At home, especially being in splendid isolation in a room, a beginner dancer feels much more comfortable and relaxed. Have a nice and productive viewing of the girl, the main thing is to believe in yourself and everything will work out!

Video lesson: Indian folk dance (online learning)!

Video lesson: Indian dances - tutorial!

Video lesson: Bharatanatyam - video training!

A selection of Indian dance lessons for beginners:

Below is a selection of step by step Indian dance lessons for beginners at home that will surely teach you something useful and useful.

If you have questions, objections, or would like to express your opinion or point of view, you are always free to leave a comment below. We wish you good luck in your endeavor!

The classic of true Indian dance is a unique combination of physical and spiritual principles. All of them are easily recognizable by the specific movements of the dancers, each of which has its own meaning and significance. "Indian Dances - Tutorial" will help those who want to master or improve the technique of the original movements of Indian dances.

Hindu legends insist on the divine origins of the dance, the main movements of which were invented by the god Shiva, he is also called the Lord of the dance Shiva or Nataraja. He initiated the secrets of the movements to his wife Parvati, and then passed them on to men, and Parvati to women. Many lines of movement coincide with yoga.

Video-training "Indian dances - self-instruction"

Classical dances

Their movements captivate the attention of the audience and subjugate the consciousness, as if transferring them to a world with another dimension, with other colors and divinely sublime images.

Many ancient treatises on dances are known, which "legitimized" its traditions. And yet, they have their own "handwriting". Kathak is popular in northern India, Bharata Natyam in the south, and Odissi in the east. According to the classification of the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, there are eight types of classical Indian dances:

  1. Bharata Natyam.
  2. Kathak.
  3. Kathakali.
  4. Kuchipudi.
  5. Manipuri.
  6. Mohiniattam.
  7. Odissi.
  8. Sattriya.

Until the beginning of the last century, temple dances belonged only to temple rites. They are based on spiritual practice and are of the same age as yoga. The performers, along with the musicians, were held in high esteem and were even kept at the expense of the church. They took part in all the ceremonies dedicated to the cult of God. The place around the temple was considered the only place where people could admire the dance. During the period of British rule, it began to lose its ritual purpose.

Folk and dances that viewers are used to seeing in Indian cinema are not canonized and there are no traces of them in any writings.

Mudra and Hasta

position of fingers and hand gestures. Then master the "alphabet" of the movements of the body, as well as the neck, head, eyes, etc.

Movements with one hand are called asamyuta hasta, and with two - samyuta hasta. In every movement, some meaning is encoded - Hasta Viniyoga. In technical dances, where the main semantic load is aesthetic perception, hasta, there is nothing more than an artistic framing of movements - rasa.


Once upon a time, the dances were called “dances of the “servant of God”, i.e. temple dancers, and is known as the most ancient dance - theater. All of them are canonized. Alaripu and jatiswaram are accompanied and have their own melody and fixed sequence of movements. They looked at the European audience more than others.

Alaripu. Literally means "flower bud". The dancer acts as a flower, offers the deity a dance and a flower. At first motionless, but gradually coming to life. Then the eyes come to life, parts of the body gradually begin to move. The dance is performed to the recitative sollukatta, smolukatta, accompanied by a drum.

Jatiswaram in jati means “variations” and swaram means “range of notes”. The beginning is fast with a gradual slowing down of the tempo followed by corvey dance blocks.

Indians cultivate folk traditions and well-established dance steps with their dances. For Europeans, they are interesting for their originality and the possibility of adaptation, like a show, adding variety to the dance art palette.

Lose weight like Bollywood stars: Indian dance class

Article author:

Lyudmila Vasilchenko

  • Why are Indian dances good?

April 29 is World Dance Day. We invite you to celebrate it in a fun and healthy way – master the most striking dance moves of Bollywood films! And our video lesson of Indian dances will help to do this.

April 22



There are many varieties of Indian dances, and most of them have become famous all over the world thanks to Bollywood films. One of these we will learn today.

In addition to the obvious - Indian dances are very spectacular and energetic (read, they help to burn quite a lot of calories) - it is also worth noting that they strengthen the muscles of the body and shoulder girdle well. “Unlike, say, bellydance, where the belly of the dancers is usually relaxed, in Indian dances, the abdominal muscles should be tense and tightened,” explains Alina Yasmin , leader and choreographer of the dance group BOMBAY DANCE BOLLYWOOD. “At the same time, during the dance, all parts of the body receive a uniform load: arms, legs, and the body are involved and energetically work in movements.”


Plus, such activities have a positive effect on the work of internal organs. “Due to the basic movements of Indian dances, the abdominal organs are massaged,” adds Alina Yasmin. “And in the course of mastering the dance, we also learn the correct deep breathing.”

We offer you to learn some basic Indian dance movements from a video lesson with Alina Yasmin.

Our expert recommends practicing daily and mastering the dance moves slowly, gradually increasing the pace. “When you feel more confident, start connecting individual elements into small bundles and dance them already,” adds Alina Yasmin. “And be sure, even at the initial stage, fill your dance with emotions.”

Looking for inspiration? We recommend watching this and this Bollywood movies.

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