Sunday 21 February 2016

News Article on Belly Dance By Ritambhara Sahni (Hindustan Times) Belly Dance Institute Mumbai By Ritambhara Sahni

Ritambhara Sahni  Belly Dance

All the credit apparently goes to the video of Shakira’s hit single Whenever, Wherever, where she is seen belly dancing to jungle beats. According to choreographer and dance instructor Ritambhara Sahni, who runs The Belly Dance Institute in Mumbai, the perception of the dance form got a much-needed boost due to the pop star. “It suddenly got accepted in India. Earlier, people looked down upon it. That image has changed now,” says Sahni.

On January 28, a show titled Hip-Nosis, The Ultimate Belly Dance Show of The Great Goddesses will bring together 200 young women from the city for a belly dancing performance. As part of it, they will move to Arabic, Egyptian and Bollywood beats.

Sahni, more importantly, is happy that the women who come to her institute, some of whom are investment bankers, journalists and even schoolteachers, don’t hesitate any more. “Belly dance is not akin to mujra
. The beauty lies in the way the dance is performed. It is a very sensuous form, which if presented well, looks sophisticated.”

She also dispels the myth that one needs to have a flat stomach to be able to do justice to the dance. “Any woman can do this irrespective of their shape or size. In their performance this weekend, the girls will also use props like veils, finger cymbals and swords for a balancing act.”

At the same time, Sahni insists that belly dancing also has many health benefits as it helps a woman emotionally, physically and mentally. She says, “For me, belly dancing is spiritual. It targets your
 core muscles and shapes you up. Not only do your stomach muscles get toned, it also works wonders for your curves.”

Ritambhara Sahni's Belly Dance Institute Mumbai

Review / Testimonial by Our student at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni

I have always been fond of dancing and it has always been something that I enjoyed. But after having my baby 5 years ago, there had been no opportunity to dance. Exercising has also fallen by the way-side… I decided that I needed to start doing something to get some exercise! My health was starting to suffer and my joints had started to hurt and my shoulders were sore . And So, it was with great anticipation and excitement that I joined up for the 3 months beginner's course in belly dancing hosted by  - Ritambhara Sahni of Belly Dance Institute Mumbai. A friend recommended me to join her institute and had great things to review about this belly dance class in Mumbai. She was at the Colaba center and i joint the belly dance class at their Bandra Khar center and would also practice at their Andheri center at times as we could do so without any extra payments which i truly appreciate. So, i would also love to write my testimonial as my experience with Ritambhara Sahni's belly dance institute Mumbai has become my dreams to dance and belly dance come true and now i am living my dream. 
I didn’t know what to expect and thought that as long as you knew how to shake your hips you were good to go… I could not have been more wrong! From the moment I tied the belly dance belt around my hips I was hooked! Belly dance itself fascinated me but so did the belly dancing belt so much always. I have realized that belly dance belts create a new and amazing experience to belly dance and belly dancing belts was my new addiction. However when i belly dance , i stick to the belly dance belt i have. I am now really attached to my belly dancing belt.  And the pain! Gosh, I could hardly walk for days after my first class! But Ritambhara Sahani mam has opened a whole new world to me and with every belly dance class and choreography that I saw her perform I was more and more inspired, intrigued and mesmerized!
Having completed my first ever performance in Ritambhara Sahni's belly dance show in Mumbai - Hip-nosis Mumbai with my beautiful class mates, it has also taught me that Belly Dancing is for all shapes and sizes and is a form of dance that celebrates being a woman. It has also vastly improved my self-esteem, confidence and self-image. All thanks to Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni , i now only dream like a belly dancer.
- Rihana Savani - student at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai

It was surly a dream to learn the beautiful art of belly dance but we at belly dance institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni not only managed to popularize the dance art in our country but also created and made 200 Indian belly dance artists come together on one stage and perform in their belly dance belts and costumes which made the stage shine. It was Mumbai's 1st belly dance show and event- HIP-NOSIS - MUMBAI. We had solo and group performances.
For more videos on the event visit our facebook page. Link below.



Belly Dance Institute Mumbai - centers at Colaba, Bandra West, Khar West and Andheri West

About Ritambhara Sahni and her articles

Review by Students

Testimonial By Students

About Belly Dance Institute Mumbai - student information


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  2. After long search for belly dancing classes I finally found this institute..This is one of the best classes I have ever been to..They teach you right from the basics to advance of very techniques..The instructors pay special attention to each and every student and help them achieve their best... Ritambhara mam is one of the best mentor you could have.. Not only is she an excellent teacher but she is also a wonderful friend to all her students..She and all the other instructors are very helpful and approachable.. They have made this process of learning very funny loving and I am very sure like me all the other students too look forward for attending their classes.. And to top all this this classes also provides you with certificates( couldn`t ask for more, right ?)The belly dancing institute has made me fall in love with this dance form... <3 keep shimmying <3

  3. I am very thankful to Ritambhara and her team.. I feel extremely positive about myself..Ritambhara I can say is my friend and guide as well apart from being such a wonderful teacher. I have got immense amount of positivity being here and I feel I can achieve whatever I want from life.. Thank you Ritambhara and your team for making every dream of mine come true. You changed me from within and bought a beautiful me that even I was not aware of.
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  4. Back in 2012-13 when I started belly dancing, it was just a new thing I wanted to learn which was also not common and very unique. Little did I know that this would grow on me, not just as a dance but even helped me learn more about myself and taught me to be disciplined and focussed. Many thanks to The lady behind all of this - Ritambhara Sahni , she has helped not only attain knowledge about dance, but overall, helped me grow as a person too. Her technique of teaching is so different and wonderful, makes me want to keep doing this always.
    Her warm vibes and wonderful methods are the reason Belly dance institute Mumbai is the best. She is a wonderfully graceful dancer which is extremely inspirational and motivating too.

    Today, belly dance is not only another dance form but has become a passion and all thanks to belly dance institute mumbai and Ritambhara Sahni of course .
    Thank you :D keep teaching wonderfully as always :D

  5. Belly dance is a dance form that transforms a girl into a beautiful woman. Belly dance institute of Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni is the best place to experience this transformation. Ritambhara is such a talented dancer and it is my honour to be her student. I learn more with every class I attend. The way she minutely focuses on teaching the techniques is incredible. I strongly recommend her dance class to everyone.

  6. Wow Ritambhara mam..dint know you have taught so many dance forms. It's really amazing. And love this blog and it's wonderful reading about you.

  7. Wow Ritambhara mam..dint know you have taught so many dance forms. It's really amazing. And love this blog and it's wonderful reading about you.

  8. Belly dancing makes you fall in love with your matter what your shape or size is...

  9. Loved reading about you Ritambhara Sahni. I am Ritambhara Sahni's student from her bandra - Khar branch. So i take this opportunity to share my experiece/review/testimonial with you so that others know what a beautiful person and teacher you are. I LOVE BELLY DANCE! In the past, I’ve joined many dance forms and gone religiously for about 2 months and then I’d find an excuse to miss a class. One excuse would lead to another and before I knew it, I was out. That is not the case with Ritambhara Sahni's belly dance institute Mumbai. I absolutely must be one of their biggest fans! They make each class so much fun that I can’t wait to go! Honestly, I look FORWARD to working out with them. My friend whose 49 years old, having multiple sclerosis, and has been struggling with 20+ extra kgs for several years has also benefited a great deal with your belly dance classes. In just 2 months of belly dance classes, twice a week for two hours each, I’ve improved my balance, lost 11 kgs and 4 INCHES! It took me about 3 classes to get comfortable with the moves, but now I go crazy in there! I feel like the harder I work and the more I shake, the faster the inches will come off. AND IT’S WORKING! I’m not done yet. I want to continue to lose a few more kgs and inches and look forward to keeping it off! belly dance institute Mumbai and Ritambhara Sahni make belly dance so much of fun. There is something out there for everyone. IT’S SO MUCH FUN AND IT WORKS! What more could you ask for? 6 months later... "Ritambhara Sahni taught me how to dance my way into shape. Belly Dance and Belly Dance Toning helped me lose 11 kgs! Those snake arm drills shaped my arms, and what woman doesn't want to have great arms?! I can't diet, I had to change my lifestyle and Belly Dance and Ritambhara Sahni's motivation made all the difference! I've also made a lot of great friends in class! Life is good!!!

  10. Belly Dance Classes in Mumbai with Ritambhara Sahni mam also become life lessons. She is loyal, committed and caring as a second mother to her students. She is generous with her time, her knowledge and her love of dance and belly dance, and this can only be beneficial for others. I have been a part of Belly Dance Institute Mumbai for the past nine years. I have gained so much confidence and developed a great passion for belly dance through the encouragement, patience, caring, and expertise of all the instructors at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni. I am always excited to go to this belly dance class in Mumbai to learn, and to grow with all of my amazing team-mates I have become so close to.Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni is not all about the achievements made, but about the laughs we make, the smiles we make, and the memories we make." In my testimonial here , I just wanted to send out a huge thank you for the wonderful belly dance classes i have had in all these years with Ritambhara Sahni's belly dance institute Mumbai. My sister also takes belly dance classes with the institute and we both are in love with our belly dance belts. we just to love put on our belly dance belts and shimmy all day. The noise of the belly dance belt is so magical to the ears , it just makes you want to get up and belly dance. My sister also has to say in her review here that Ritambhara Sahni mam is calm, patient and so incredibly positive that we will sit, sing, dance and participate in moments and places we never thought we would connect to. She is an amazing teacher and we truly look forward to Friday evenings at her Colaba center and Saturdays at here Bandra Khar center. I also love how clean and spacious all the studio are , be it Bandra, Khar or Andheri at belly dance institute Mumbai. We have never felt cluttered or cramped when trying to arrive or leave our classes in all these years . We’re also always treated with a “Hello” and “Have a great weekend” from Ritambhara Sahani mam and her team of instructors that makes us feel extremely welcomed. All in all we enjoy the service we have been given from Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni and look forward to future classes."

  11. Congratulations Ritambhara Sahni and belly dance institute Mumbai once again on another article in the Hindustan Times this time. I had joint your classes reading about you guys in the Bombay Times and this is so amazing again. I would like to convey to the others reading this here that I’ve been coming to Ritambhara Sahni's Belly Dance Classes in Mumbai - Belly Dance Institute Mumbai at her bandra and khar center for several months now with my mother. We have also attended her classes at her other centers which are Colaba and Andheri and the experience has been amazing i really want to convey here in my review. Belly Dance institute Mumbai is a great belly dance class in Mumbai which is really the most important part of my testimonial here. We look forward to Friday all week as we have so much fun in these belly dance classes in Mumbai as well as getting some much needed exercise. Belly dancing is really graceful and of course there are the opportunities to wear lots of pretty sparkly outfits! Everyone at the class is really friendly and Ritambhara Sahni is a fantastic teacher. Ritambhara Sahani taught us several short and long routines at our belly dance classes and everyone had a great time. The stage show that followed definitely had the wow factor, colorful, exotic and very entertaining with colorful costumes and belly dance belts. My mom and me are crazy about belly dancing with our belly dancing belts. So are all the girls and ladies at class. My belly dancing belt makes me really happy to belly dance with. I feel the dance art has a complete finishing when done with a belly dancing belt. It was a pleasure to liase with Ritambhara Sahni who was so helpful and most willing to adapt to our requests. The workshops as well with belly dance institute Mumbai was amazing! I am so grateful for the effort they put into getting us up here. I have been taking Ritambhara's Belly Dance Class in Mumbai for a few months and have found loads of benefits. I work 9hours a day at a desk, and never move until i go home. I suffered with bad upper back pain for a few years, which gave me a lot of grief. But since attending classes my back is a lot better. Any age can attend. I am 27 and my mother 58, we both look forward to the next class at Ritambhara Sahni's institute, and some times I have to drag my Mother home – she doesn’t want to stop. I surly have read all the reviews and testimonials here and i can attest that all are what my mom and me agree with. Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni is surly a great place to learn belly dancing.