Ritambhara Sahni: Mumbai’s Belly Dance Genius

Belly dancing: Middle East. Flash mobs: Too American.
What if we told you that right here in Mumbai you have belly dancing flash mobs! We had the same expression, bro, cluelessness and all that! Intrigued? Read on.


When the talented Ritambhara Sahni launched Belly Dance Institute Mumbai in 2005, it was the citys first dance school specialising in the dance form. For this privilege, the price was steep there was little awareness around belly dancing and it was limited entirely to TV sets. But Ritambhara saw that as a challenge and stuck to her guns, and the effort seems to be paying off.

Business is brisk, with an eclectic customer base comprising investment bankers and journalists as also school teachers. And it doesnt stop there you will find kids aged 10 and even senior citizens swaying to the beats. Now thats what you call dance, right? Something that makes you move as if theres no tomorrow!

Ritambhara choreographed Indias first flash mob in the year 2009 for Channel V. The event was a hit, with her students performing all over Mumbai, including theatres and malls. In fact, the event also culminated into a music video that played many times and for several months on Channel V.

Now, we all crave those curves, right? While there is little that we can do to modify our DNA, these classes can work wonders as far as getting in shape is concerned. Belly Dancing Institute Mumbai also conducts cardio and strength-training workouts. Their main centres are in Colaba, Khar and Andheri (W) and courses range from those for Beginners and Intermediate to Advanced.

Ritambhara plans to start her own dance troop and make Indian belly dancers famous worldwide. She was inspired by Shakira, and she is sure that with the right training, there is many a Shakira in the making.

Till then, we have Ritambharas amazing flash mob video and hope!

To get in touch with Ritambhara call +91-9619067129

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