Dance like a queen

Debarati Palit Singh
Sunday, 29 April 2018

As we celebrate International Dance Day, let's take a look at Bollywood actresses who are trained dancers 

Bollywood is all about music and dance. In fact a major criteria to survive in the industry is to know your dance moves well.

Several actors are blessed with the skills of shaking their leg. Many younger actors are spending great deal of time and effort in learning newer forms of dances. Here's a list of Bollywood actresses who are also incredibly trained dancers that may not be known to all.  

Taapsee Pannu (Bharatnatyam)
The actress has proven her acting versatility in films like Pink, Naam Shabana, Judwaa 2 and over two dozens of films not in Bollywood but down South. But before stepping into the film industry and modelling, Taapsee was a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She pursued her love for dancing while she was a kid and performed in various inter-school dance competitions. We would love to see this dancing diva once while performing Bharatnatyam in one of her upcoming films.

Richa Chadha (Kathak & Street Jazz)
The actress Richa Chadha is known for speaking her mind other than showcasing her acting skills on silver screen. She is also known for her bundle of talents like singing, writing books and scripts, producing short films and now venturing as a director with a short film. Not many know that she is also a trained Kathak dancer, though we haven't seen much of her dancing skills on screen. Other than Kathak, Richa has also learnt Street Jazz from celebrated choreographer Ashley Lobo. It's time someone offers her a dance movie. 

Nora Fatehi (Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Free Style, Pole Dance)
The Indo-Canadian dancer, model and actress is a popular face on various social platforms especially on YouTube and Instagram owning to her dancing skills in various styles. Nora Fatehi is a self-taught dancer and has also participated in dance reality show. She performs in various dance forms easily like Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Free Style and Pole Dancing. She started off her dancing career at an early age.  

Radhika Apte (Kathak & Contemporary) 
Her name has been associated with indie genre films since the time she began her career in Bollywood. Most of her films don’t give her much space to perform on dance tracks or look glamorous. But very few people know that Radhika Apte is trained Kathak dancer and she also received training in contemporary dance form in London. 

Kriti Sannon (Kathak)
The svelte figured actress has already given some memorable dance number in her films including break dancing in her last film Bareilly Ki Barfi. But Kriti is a trained Kathak dancer. So far audience has seen her performing to Bollywood dance numbers in the film but it would be delight to see her in a dance form that she excels.

Sayani Gupta: (Kathak)
The actress has created a name for herself in indie film circuit with her acting skills.  But not many know that Sayani Gupta also a trained dancer and has liking for the medium. She is a trained Kathak dancer and has learnt it for 14 years.

Shweta Tripathi (Bharatnatyam and Kathak)
The actress who shot to fame with her role in the film, Masaan hasn't got a chance to display her dancing talent yet. But Shweta Tripathi is a trained Bharatnatyam and Kathak dancer. She has also learnt dancing at Shiamak Davar's dance institute.

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