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If you are you tired of your usual boring routine and want to experience a difference in your life, or you want to enhance your dancing/music skills to extent where you can be called a professional, or may be, you have a wedding function coming up where you’ll be pulled on the stage to dance on or sing a song or two and you’re scared about making a fool of yourself in front of your nudging relatives because they’ll never let the memories of your embarrassing performance fade away, then you must read on! Here is a list of five institutes in the NCR which can help you transform from a beginner to a professional when it comes to dancing or singing.

Delhi Dance Academy (DDA)
DDA aims at teaching its students ‘authentic’ western and modern Indian dances. Besides the regular courses, it also offers crash courses in Kathak and various fitness workouts. The various dance forms taught at the DDA are salsa, jazz, modern-contemporary, Bollywood, belly dancing, hip-hop, zumba, B-boying amongst others. The Academy has a variety of schedules for the regular classes, based on the dance form and level of the course which includes 5 days a week, 3 days a week, twice a week, and Sundays. Private classes and visits to home/office are also provided by the Academy.

School of Symphony
If you wish to enthrall everyone with your music, then the School of Symphony can prove to be a great help for you. This western music school based in New Delhi offers courses for Western Vocal Training, Piano, Keyboard, Acoustic/Electric guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, song writing and specialized courses like Music Production, Sound Recording and Music Therapy. If you apply to this institute, you can also appear for certification exams for Western classical music from Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, UK and Western Rock Music Certifications from Rock School of Music, UK. The institute also conducts workshops by various artists and concerts to enhance the performing skills of the learners.

National Institute of Kathak Dance
If you are attracted by your country, its culture and its art forms then, the National Institute of Kathak Dance is the place for you. A unit of the Sangeet Natak Academy, the institute is primarily dedicated to Kathak, though it also offers courses in Hindustani classical music (vocal). Various courses offered by the institute for a person older than 17 years are a 3-year Diploma (Hons.) course, a 2-year Post Diploma course and 5-year Diploma courses in Tabla and Pakhawaj playing. The institute has two branches, one each in North Delhi and South Delhi.

Delhi School of Music
The Delhi School of Music is probably one of the best centres for Western classical music in New Delhi. The School provides courses for learning musical instruments like piano, guitar, violin, cello, and flute. It also provides training in singing and dance. The School also functions as a centre for the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, England, as well as of the Trinity College of Music, London. The institute also provides training in ensemble playing, aural development and music appreciation.

Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts
Established by the renowned dancer Shiamak Davar, the institute aims to provide quality dance training and wants to make dance available to all. SHIAMAK dance classes run throughout the year at various locations for learners from ages four to eighty-four providing them with training in various dance styles by Davar’s faculty. Various programs include one year certification program, half yearly program and intensives which are short term programs that give dance enthusiasts an opportunity to learn various dance styles. The classes give them an opportunity to learn dance, express themselves creatively and perform on stage. Classes are available for children (4 to 6 years), juniors (7 to 11 years) and adults (12 years onwards).

So, it’s time for you to explore your hidden talents and let the dancer/singer inside come out and show itself to the entire world. And yes, you don’t need to worry about your nagging relatives anymore!

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Shaurya is a 2nd year B.Tech student from Hansraj College. She is an amateur photographer and also an aspiring poet.She is in love with sleeping and dreams about reading a lot of novels but never really ends up doing that!

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