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About us

Shivam Dance Academy, NZ – known as SDANZ – is your premier Kathak, Folk and Bollywood Dance school in Wellington. We pride ourselves on not only teaching and performing professional, creative, energetic dance styles, but also playing a big part in the personal development of all our students.


SDANZ is a community uniting children, youth, and adults through a shared love of  dance. We focus on helping our students consistently succeed, as well as improving their  mental, physical and overall health. 


More than a dance school, SDANZ is a big family. We welcome people of all dance backgrounds and age groups – AGE IS NO LIMIT!!!


We provide professional dance training through various classes for all age groups and skill levels. Whether you want to learn a new style, prepare for a performance, or just try a fun new way to stay in shape – we have the right class for you!

SDANZ values:
  • Creating International interest in the community through their own annual productions,multicultural stage programs for various organizations and educational institutions.

  • To give the students self-confidence, exposure through stage appearances and also be able to give them the opportunity to perform with live musicians, celebrities…etc

  • Students are taught how to teach and pass on these various dance forms to the newer generations in order to preserve the art form by giving them teaching, choreography  and leadership opportunities.

  • Offering dance as an outlet for creative self-expression for all ages.

  • Teaching and promoting the knowledge and awareness of  Indian culture.

  • Dance and SDANZ in particular has proven to play a big role in youth development and help with mental health.


Beginner classes include basic pure dance techniques of Nritta, basic footwork tatkar, and different variations of footworks including ladi and tihai, basic movements and combinations, small tode, tukras, and pirouettes. Abhinaya (mimetic aspect) or Nritya through both historical stories and self-exploratory stories. Through these, students develop their awareness of space, body and rhythm and learn discipline, which is an indispensable requirement for Indian classical dance. Thus they work on building a very strong foundation.


Intermediate classes focus on the above with more complicated grammar and technique of Kathak, as well as introducing the students to other rhythmic cycles and abhinaya through Vandana, Bhajan, and Gat Bhava etc.


Advance classes are geared towards students interested in more performing experience, while focusing on in-depth technique, abhinaya and choreography. Emphasis is placed on stage presence, communication with musicians, responding to music and audience, building stamina for performances. Advanced students also learn to instruct classes and choreograph dances, which brings forth their individual creativity.


Theory sessions are an integral part of the classes to develop insight into the dance form.


Whether you are a budding dancer, just want to learn for recreational purposes, or socialize while learning to dance and bust a move or two on the dance floor, EVERYONE IS WELCOME. You don’t have to be a professional dancer, or have any prior dance training to enjoy dancing. All you need is a positive attitude, a desire and willingness to learn, and motivation to stay fit and healthy.


Our classes are casual, informal and a LOT of fun! Each class starts with a light warm-up which includes cardio, stretching, and preparatory technical exercises specific to Indian dance. Following the warm-up, we will learn step-by- step choreography set to Bollywood music. The combination of steps taught will strengthen the dancer’s awareness of music, timing, spacing and precision. The choreography will progress over several classes. The training will give you the confidence to execute mesmerizing performances at any level. All students start as beginners and continue to enhance their level of performance.

Students start off with BollyFit or age-based classes, before progressing to Intermediate and Advanced batches. Our classes focus on growing confidence and having fun, and we encourage and motivate people who are shyto lose their inhibitions. The dance moves are energetic, using every part of the body, giving it a great workout. During the classes, students will learn modern Indian dance with a combination of folk (bhangra, garba), semi-classical, Indian, jazz, funk, latin and hip hop - performed to the old and gold, as well as the latest and popular Bollywood tracks.

Students can choose to perform during various festivals and celebrations. This is optional. Students will also have the option of taking part in our Dance Production where you or your child will have the opportunity to shine on stage!!!

Bollywood fitness - All Skill/Fitness Levels Welcome!

A great way to stay fit and healthy with our SDANZ student fitness tutors. Dance topopular Bollywood tunes, stretch and get flexible, and learn some basic bollywood moves. Get fit in a fun, casual environment. All fitness levels welcome!

New enrolments for Term 4 open!
Term 4 starts 23rd Sept!

First class free!

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