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Dance is weaved in India's tradition and culture through mythological times.

"Breathing is to man, dance is to divine"

Dance is an art form which is incorporated in our daily life in various forms. It can be reflected in a gesture, a leap, a hop, a prance and even a stance. Dance is weaved in India's tradition and culture through mythological times. Thus, its origin goes hand in hand with the origin of mankind. In the olden days, dance was restricted to only pleasing the kings, emperors and landlords and the ones who danced were called the 'devdasis' or the 'nautch' girls. Now, it is not important to be a born dancer. It can be learnt, imbibed and cultivated into a talent. It is not only a means of entertainment but the strongest form of expression. Lord Shiva was known for his peculiar dance form (the taandav through which he used to vent out his anger), Lord Krishna and Radha were also known for their 'raasleela' which they performed to express their happiness and love towards each other. Hence, dance is a medium to convey one's emotion and thoughts.

Who is a dancer?
A dancer is one who performs the dance. He/she communicates his ideas through physical movement. There are various dance forms which can be learnt and have their particular reason of existence which have originated from different parts of the world. You may not know the D of dance but can learn and make it a career option. The one who dances is a dancer and the one who sets/creates the whole dance is a 'choreographer'. Dancing as a career is on the rise in today's time. It has not only become a sought after profession but also a highly respected one. It has become a trend to become a good dancer as you get huge amount of exposure and recognition from the masses. Dance is not only a money making serious business but one also enjoys himself throughout the process as the basic idea of dancing is to let go off oneself and have fun.
Skills required

Ability to move different parts of the body

  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Good sense of rhythm and music
  • Co-ordination
  • Strength
  • Mental focus
  • Memorization skills
  • Artistic
  • Innovative
  • Creative
  • Determined
  • Resilient
  • Broad and open perspective
  • Ready to learn
  • Quick minded
  • Enduring
  • Expressive
  • Stage presence
  • Versatility                    

Which are the entrance exams to undertake to become a dancer?

  • Mumbai University Entrance Exam
  • Gujarat University Entrance Exam
  • Bangalore University Entrance Exam
  • Banaras Hindu University Entrance Exam
  • Nalanda Dance Research Centre Entrance Exam
  • Shivaji University- Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences Entrance Exam
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University Entrance Exam
  • Academy of Music and Dance Entrance Exam
  • UGC-NET Exam for Dance and Drama
  • Lasya College of Music and Dance Entrance Exam
  • Osmania University Dance Entrance Exam

Where to study?

Top Dance Institutes in India:

  • Banaras Hindu University, Unnao.
  • Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
  • Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore.
  • Nalanda Dance Research Centre's Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai.
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Central Delhi
  • Top International Dance Institutes:
  • American Ballet Theatre (New York City, USA)
  • Julliard School (New York City, USA)
  • National Performing Arts School (Dublin, USA)
  • Salzburg International Ballet Academy (Austria)
  • Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow, Russia)

Course and Eligibility

Bachelor of Performing Arts

Duration- Three years

Eligibility- Open to students passing the two-year foundation course in dance or the higher secondary certificate examination of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary/Higher Secondary Education or an examination recognised as equivalent.

Master of Performing Arts

Duration- Two years

Eligibility- Open to students who have the degree of Bachelor of Performing Arts of university or a degree of another university recognised as equivalent.

Diploma in Dance

Duration- One year

Eligibility- Open to students with a graduate degree in dance from a statutory university or a graduate degree in Physio-Therapy from a statutory university with minimum three-year training in dance or a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from a statutory university with minimum three-year training in dance or a candidate holding a certificate in Indian Martial Arts like Kalari Payettu/Thang-ta/Chhau from a recognised institution and having passed 12th H.S.C. or equivalent examination or a graduate degree in medicine (Allopathy, Ayurvedic or Homeopathy) with minimum three years training in dance.

Foundation Course in Dance

Duration- Two years

Eligibility- Open to students who have passed the Secondary School Certificate examination held at the end of Xth Std. conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education, or an examination of another university recognised as equivalent.

Certificate in Dance

Duration- One year (Part time)

Eligibility- Open to students who have have passed 12th Standard (H.S.C.) or equivalent examinations.

Job Profile

  • Work as a part-time choreographer.
  • Teaching in dance classes.
  • Organising dance communities.
  • Working as a dancer or choreographing in theatres, films and television serials.
  • Leading community workshops.
  • Employment Opportunities
  • There are number of job opportunities available in the performing arts field. 

There are various levels or roles a dancer can play which are as follows:

  • Professor of dance
  • Assistant Professor of Dance
  • Choreographer
  • Assistant Choreographer
  • A Member of a Dance Crew
  • Professor of Theatre
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre
  • Dance Instructor
  • Performers in Social Events


The remuneration of a dancer/choreographer depends on the quality of his/her talent and the experience that he/ she possesses. A beginner might as well earn upto 1.5- 2 lakh a year and gradually by improvising and becoming known in the industry their earnings may increase by bounds. There is no limit to the appreciation one achieves in the industry in terms of cash and kind provided he/she is good at what they do.
Famous Personalities

  • Ganesh Acharya
  • Prabhu Deva
  • Shiamak Davar
  • Remo D'souza
  • Terence Lewis
  • Farah Khan
  • Saroj Khan
  • Ashley Lobo
  • Geeta kapoor
  • Bosco Caesar