Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni

News Article on Belly Dance By Ritambhara Sahni (Hindustan Times) Belly Dance Institute Mumbai By Ritambhara Sahni

All the credit apparently goes to the video of Shakira’s hit single Whenever, Wherever, where she is seen belly dancing to jungle beats. According to choreographer and dance instructor Ritambhara Sahni, who runs Belly Dance Institute in Mumbai, the perception of the dance form got a much-needed boost due to the pop star. “It suddenly got accepted in India. Earlier, people looked down upon it. That image has changed now,” says Sahni.


On January 28, a show titled Hip-Nosis, The Ultimate Belly Dance Show of The Great Goddesses will bring together 200 young women from the city for a belly dancing performance. As part of it, they will move to Arabic, Egyptian and Bollywood beats.

Sahni, more importantly, is happy that the women who come to her institute, some of whom are investment bankers, journalists and even schoolteachers, don’t hesitate any more. “Belly dance is not akin to mujra

. The beauty lies in the way the dance is performed. It is a very sensuous form, which if presented well, looks sophisticated.”

She also dispels the myth that one needs to have a flat stomach to be able to do justice to the dance. “Any woman can do this irrespective of their shape or size. In their performance this weekend, the girls will also use props like veils, finger cymbals and swords for a balancing act.”

At the same time, Sahni insists that belly dancing also has many health benefits as it helps a woman emotionally, physically and mentally. She says, “For me, belly dancing is spiritual. It targets your core muscles and shapes you up. Not only do your stomach muscles get toned, it also works wonders for your curves.”

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3 thoughts on “Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni

  1. This is the best place ever to learn authentic belly dance. Ritambhara Sahni is a great great teacher. i have joint many places but no one corrected me like her. i realized what is belly dance only with her teachings. i would recommend this to each and every person. Ritambhara Sahni’s Institute for belly dance is the right place to learn the dance art. i love the way she helped me choose the right belly belt for me….everything about her as a teacher is just so right.

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  2. I was so excited to learn belly dancing when I heard one of my friends joining Ritambhara Sahni Belly Dance Institute. The entire registration process was so cordial as I even had one of the representative of the institute collect the fees from my house as I could not make it to pay the fees which is the best service I have got. On day one of my class least that I was expecting Ritambhara herself being there but I was wrong, there she was the diva of belly dancing. She made me feel so comfortable and it didn`t feel like it was day one of class. As a teacher she is very graceful, dynamic, enthusiastic, motivating, passionate about her work, full of zest, extremely dedicated towards her students and last but not least she has a streak of naughtiness and is fun loving which makes her a spirited teacher. I would recommend every individual who wishes to learn dancing to join her lovely institute.

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  3. I joined this institute 10 months back and after each class, I have walked out of the room feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Belly dancing has helped me improve my flexibility and raise the energy levels. The classes are a lot of fun and a complete stress buster. Cheers 🙂

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