Kanika’s story

In October 2018, Kanika moved to Melbourne from Sydney to get away from a broken heart. In her own words, she was “reserved, unhappy and refused to try anything new”. She never danced at weddings or parties, even though her siblings and cousins loved to rock the dance floor. She just didn’t have the confidence. …

Believe It

“You have to believe it before you see it” Well before there was a business plan (there still isn’t), I had a vague idea of what Studio J might be. Melbourne has no shortage of talent, so I knew something amazing would have to happen if we all came together, and shared our creativity with …

Dance + Travel = Tolerance

Lately we’ve had an influx of students who joined because they are planning their first ever trip to India. ‘Dance is such a great introduction to another culture’, said Theresa, who joined Studio J in preparation for her trip to India this year. “It’s like learning a foreign language.” Another student, Jess, recently returned to …

Studio Hire

Studio J is a gorgeous space with lots of natural light, right in the heart of Richmond. Our Bollywood themed studio has a spacious, open plan layout, with polished floorboards, air-conditioning, and floor to ceiling mirrors. Our studio is located on the first floor (stair access only), with Swan St bars, restaurants and public transport …

Enough

“Do you earn enough from dance?” A question I hear all the time. But this question raises another – what is ‘enough’? Is it ‘enough’ to be doing what you love? Is it ‘enough’ to earn a living through your art? Is it ‘enough’ to prioritise things in life that you enjoy and appreciate? Is …

Dance Blog

That’s the way, Malvika Ve!’ “I’m not worried about making mistakes, or being as good as anyone else. I’m just there because I love to dance.” Malvika, a physiotherapist working in age care, is also a die-hard lover of Bollywood and one of our regular students. Earlier this year I watched her dancing in Belly-Bolly, …

Private Class, Weddings and Workshops

Wedding choreography and bridal dance lessons We have helped numerous couples and bridal parties with a routine to perform on their special day. We can choreograph a dance to your preferred song/s and cater to different abilities from absolute beginners to those with previous dance training to really wow your guests! Whether you’re after a …

Event Entertainment

Our teachers are booked for events via our event company, Sapphire Dance. The Sapphire Dance troupe are accomplished artists and some of the best in Melbourne’s Indian dance industry. From traditional to modern, we have all your Indian dance requirements covered! We also train the next generation of dancers right here at Studio J, and …

In-Studio Courses

**UPDATE: Our casual class timetable has now moved here** Prices below are for attending IN-STUDIO (1/147 Swan St, Richmond VIC), and reflect the full course fee (click on individual courses for specific dates). Can’t attend in person? Try our ONLINE classes instead. Can’t commit to a full course or looking to start classes right now? …

Contact/FAQs

In-studio classes are held at Level 1, 147 Swan St, Richmond (entrance via Waverley St). For general enquiries, please refer to our comprehensive ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below. If you need help deciding what’s right for you or would like to enquire about private classes, school incursion programs or event entertainment, then please email jaya@studiojdance.com.au or …

Fathers Dance Too

“When a child is born, a father is born …” – Frederick Buechner Children learn from what we do, not what we say. I admire the dedication of the modern father, ferrying his kids to soccer, piano, karate and tennis; but it makes me sad to hear in conversation that the same father has given …

5 ways to find time for Dance

“How do you find time for dance?” is a question I am often asked. With family, kids and work commitments, I’ve had to find some creative ways to fit dance into my schedule. Here are a few things that have worked for me over the years – hopefully you find a few of these helpful for you too! 1. …

‘Old’ has become old

All it takes to live a creative life, says Eileen Kramer, is to follow your desire. It’s just that most people don’t. • Eileen Kramer, an Australian dancer and choreographer is still active at 104 and will be staging a theatre production in 2019. • Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno performed on his 100th anniversary. • …

Make Dance Not War

The delicious diversity of multicultural Melbourne has organically shaped many of our fusion classes. One of our most popular classes, Bolly-Heels, is a classic example of East meets West. Here’s a glimpse at what brings some of our non-Indian students to Studio J: Helen – Australian “Years ago I watched a Bollywood movie on SBS …

The ‘Thumka’ effect

‘The women who break down barriers, are the ones who ignore limits.’ Recently, while introducing a beginner class to the magic of the ‘Thumka’, (my all-time favourite Bollywood move – the hip shake), I stumbled upon a shocking social conditioning. This is what my students had to say: “All my life I’ve been told NOT …

Chasing a dream

Recently I gave an acquaintance a lift in my 12-year old (and very beaten up) Mazda 3. On the way there, she gently asked “so…is this your second car?” She didn’t seem convinced when I explained that no, it’s my only car, but it’s so much fun to drive… oh and that I also rent …