CLAP Wings presents Dance workshop with Shilpi Saini

Workshop I 1hr

“When words are lost, it’s dance that speaks.” Dance is an art form that has its own language, which allows the individual to emote unsaid feelings, through beautiful expressions and elegant moves. Dance is not just confined to be a physical activity; it is beyond that, it binds the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual. C.L.A.P Wings comes together with Shilpi’s Dance Akademi & Activity Centre to promote and conduct Dance workshops. All our courses are structured in two levels, Beginners and Advanced.

“Any kind of dancing is better than not dancing at all.” 
– Lynda Bar

Classical dance forms:

  • Khattak dance: Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers. The Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements, adorned with small bells (Ghungroo), and the movement harmonized to the music.
  • Bharatanatyam:  Bharatanatyam is a major form of Indian classical dance that is indigenous to Tamil Nadu. Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance tradition in India. It was nurtured in the temples and courts of southern India since ancient times. It is one of eight forms of dance recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. 
  • Odissi: Odissi is a major ancient Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha. Odissi is traditionally a dance-drama genre of performance art, where the artist(s) and musicians play out a mythical story, a spiritual message or devotional poem from the Hindu texts, using symbolic costumes, body movement, abhinaya (expressions) and mudras (gestures and sign language) set out in ancient Sanskrit literature.
  • Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi is one of the eight major Indian classical dances. It originated in a village named Kuchipudi in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance. It developed as a religious art linked to travelling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs, like all major classical dances of India
  • Kathakali:  Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance. It is a “story play” genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colourful make-up, costumes and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. Kathakali is a Hindu performance art in Kerala. The traditional themes of the Kathakalī are folk mythologies, religious legends and spiritual ideas from the Hindu epics and the Puranas.
  • Chhau dance: Chhau is a semi-classical Indian dance with martial, tribal and folk traditions, with origins in eastern India. It is found in three styles named after the location where they are performed, i.e. the Purulia Chau of Bengal, the Seraikella Chau of Jharkhand, and the Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha. The themes for these dances include local legends, folklore and episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and other abstract themes.

Semi-classical and fusion:

Semi-Classical dance has its origins in Indian classical and folk dance, which when put together, is called Semi-Classical dance form. The steps and moves of semi-classical dance are not as complex or intricate as pure classical forms. However, the authenticity of the Indian dance form is preserved, and students can grasp these lighter semi-classical dances easily. Semi-classical dances are fun and fluid.



The style of dancing in earlier Bollywood films was based on Indian Classical Dance or Folk Dances from various parts of India. After experimenting with Classical, Semi-Classical, Folk, Cabaret & Disco styles of dance, came an era which introduced Bollywood Free Style of dancing which was well represented by dancers like Govinda who developed their signature style of dance.

 Age group:

  • Classical dance: 6 to 60 years of age
  • Semi-Classical & fusion: 6 to 60 years of age
  • Bollywood: 2 to 75 years of age

Class schedules: 

  • Classical dance forms: Days: Tuesday & Saturday, Timings: 7 pm to 8 pm
  • Semi-classical & fusion and Bollywood: Days: Saturday & Sunday Timings: 6 pm to 7 pm 


  • Classical and semi-classical dance forms: INR 5000/- per month
  • Bollywood dance form: INR 3000/- per month

About the Host:

Shilpi Saini:
She is a trained classical dancer and performer, and a Visharad in Kathak. She began her journey in the world of Classical Dance at the age of 7. She runs the” Shilpi’s Dance Akademi & Activity Centre” in Mumbai, which has trained a number of students and helped them excel in the art of dance. The academy focuses on imparting training of varied Dance forms under one roof.

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