Studio J turns 4!

On our 4th bday, we look back through the eyes of our very first student – Saachi!! Saachi enrolled when we opened on 24 Oct 2016. 4 years on, she continues to dance with her Studio J fam. “What can I say, I’m very loyal!” (laughs heartily):⁠ What brought you to Studio J?⁠ Dance has …

Beyond Studio J with Anagha

“I really believe in the law of attraction and manifesting what you want. I applied to Coles eighty-four times and was rejected. But I didn’t give up. Then one day, I got the job.” Always ready with a smile and a helping hand, Anagha sparkles with positivity. Starting off as a teacher, and then coming …

Beyond Studio J with Laki

“Being the only girl in a guy’s team, I don’t want to be seen as the weak link. I want to be the strongest. If I’m not tired at the end of the day, then I haven’t put in enough.” Founder of Bharatanatyam dance school, Natya Praana, co-founder of Ranjhe Bhangra, and co-owner of LAKS …

World Mental Health Day

This year has been tough. We talked to our dance fam about how they’ve looked after their mental health during lockdown. Here’s what some of them have shared: Anagha: Waking up every morning & thinking of all that I was still blessed to have, what other people have lost, has kept me going. I’ve started …

Dance & Conversations

“I was so focused on fixing things in my dance that the love wasn’t present.” It always surprises me what one conversation can reveal. Sitting with our guest teacher, Emily, on a Tuesday evening, I mentioned that I’m in awe of how her dancing has transformed and blossomed over the last year. How did it …

Prosecco with Divya

“When I moved to Australia, I came with all my dance costumes. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to dance here, but I still brought them, for the sake of happiness.” An insight into the many facets of our passionate Bharatanatyam Beginner teacher, Divya Shreejit Kumar! Destined to be a dancer, Divya talks …

Maret – Our Bollywood Superstar

Everyone knows that we love sharing our student journeys, and we’re certainly not going to let a virus change that. Social-distancing and isolation – but still connecting, sharing stories and celebrating life. Today we’re featuring our beautiful Bollywood Seniors student, Maret, in her Bollywood style music video! Maret (71 yrs) watched the film ‘Marigold Hotel’ …

Coffee with Ida

From a huge online fan base to sold out dance classes, plus the glamour of performing with Sapphire Dance…one would think life is a bed of roses for Ida Ghatge. But as the saying goes, everyone has a story! Equally passionate about dance and mental health, read on to find out about our Bolly-Kathak queen’s …

Are You Good Enough?

A coincidental tram ride home together after class one day, turned into discovering the amazing life journey of Natsuko Mineghishi, our Bolly-Heels student. When Natusko dropped out of science-engineering to pursue studies in classical opera singing, her family repeatedly asked her, “Are you sure you’re good enough?” Harsh words for a young woman, especially when …

Coffee with Govind

“I think it’s amazing what people can do for themselves when they love something.” At the age of six, Govind started to learn classical Indian dance from his older sister. Many years later, when his sister became a survivor of domestic violence, Govind set up Karma Dance, as a means to help her heal through …

Swag at Sixty

“Your heart is always right, even though it’s on the left.” Over the last couple of years, I have come to realize how we underestimate just how alive and active senior citizens are. From joining choirs, to patchwork clubs, volunteering at nursing homes, rescuing animals, going to the gym, commuting on bicycles, they never fail …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Supporting local artists

Studio J Founder & Director, Jaya Karan, recently opened up about the pressures of running a small business in the arts world. The messages of support were incredible and deeply appreciated. There were many who shared similar stories of their own and we decided to give back a little something of our own. We offered …

STUDIO J OPEN DAY!

  Studio J is having it’s first ever OPEN DAY! Join us on Sunday 6 May for a whole day of workshops and teacher demonstrations! Only $10 to try as many styles as you like, redeemable when you sign up for any Term 3 course! Book tickets via https://www.trybooking.com/VGYH. Full program below: