Studio J UNLIMITED!

Welcome to our first ever Studio J UNLIMITED! That’s 4-weeks of unlimited online dance for just $99! 10 unique Indian dance styles, running every day of the week, streamed live from our studio. Learn a new routine in every class, with multiple camera views, HD quality audio-visuals, and all live sessions recorded for re-play if …

Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of dance! Need an awesome gift for the Bollywood fan in your life? Surprise them with a Studio J Gift Card! They’re easy to order online and can be used for any of our classes, including in-studio, online courses, casual classes, tutorials, private lessons and more! Buying a gift card is simple! …

Wellbeing At Work

Helping create happy workplaces! How can Studio J optimise your workforce happiness? Hi, I’m Jaya – Studio J Founder and dancer-physiotherapist who spent 2 decades working in the corporate health sector. I understand the challenges of encouraging a healthy, happy workplace – especially with employees working remotely and in isolation. I’ve partnered with expert artists, …

Studio J Wellness

Welcome to Studio J Wellness! The past year has shown us what an incredible community of people we have. Your love and generosity have been everything that we’ve needed to keep us going. We have been so moved by your passion to keep dancing, and by your support to our teachers. So we’re giving back! …

Online Dance Courses

Live too far from our studio? Can’t attend classes due to work & family commitments? Or perhaps you find dance studios a little intimidating? Whatever the reason, now you can learn Indian dance at your own pace and from the privacy of your home! We bring the studio to you, so now you can join …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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

Private Classes At Studio J, we offer private lessons by our experienced and friendly teachers. The lessons are designed to meet your individual needs, where you can work at your own pace and choose a time for the lesson that is convenient (pending studio availability). We can help with anything from the fundamentals to specific …

Event Entertainment

Studio J and our sister company, Sapphire Dance, bring together Melbourne’s elite dancers to deliver the highest quality Indian dance entertainment! Our performers are highly skilled, multicultural, and talented. We offer a huge range of dance styles including Bollywood, Bhangra & Indian classical dance by authentic artists. Looking for something unique? We are experts at …

In-Studio Courses

**TERM POSTPONED DUE TO LOCKDOWN. ENROLMENTS CURRENTLY CLOSED.**​ Click here to learn from our pre-recorded tutorials for now! Time Courses Course Fee MONDAY 6:00pm Bhangra (Beginner) by Joshinder $220 7:00pm Bharatanatyam Advanced (90 mins) by Govind $385 (10-weeks) TUESDAY 6:00pm Bolly-HipHop (Beginner) by Gerard $220 7:10pm Bolly-HipHop (Intermediate) by Gerard $220 8.15pm Bolly Heels (Open) …

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 …

Jaya Karan

Jaya is owner and director of two dance companies, Studio J and Sapphire Dance. A dancer-entrepreneur at heart, Jaya has been the driving force behind both companies success. Jaya started dancing as a hobby in her early 20’s, and eventually decided to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 32. Since then, Jaya has gone on …

Joshinder Chaggar

Our Studio Manager, Joshinder, has been dancing, choreographing and teaching since 2002. One of the first Bollywood dance instructors in Melbourne, she released Australia’s only ‘Get Fit with Bollywood Dance’ DVD nationwide in 2006. Joshinder later moved to Pakistan, where she was one of the leading choreographers in the country at the National Academy of …

Gerard Pigg

Described as a “rare soul”, Gerard has the extraordinary gift of being an equally exceptional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Gerard has trained extensively in hip hop, Bollywood, contemporary, jazz, Latin and commercial. He is founder of Provokativ Dance and is respected as one of the best in the industry. A highly sought after artist, Gerard …

Ida Ghatge

With over 18 years of dance experience, Ida is a Kathak dancer who trained under guru Shri. Harish Gangani. She has trained across all three gharanas (styles) of Kathak – Lucknow, Jaipur and Banaras. Ida was one of the youngest to complete her diploma in Kathak and went on to complete her bachelor degree in …

Raina Peterson

Raina Peterson is one of Australia’s very few professional practitioners of Mohiniyattam, which they learned from their guru Smt. Tara Rajkumar. Raina is also a dancer-choreographer with a background in Kathakali (classical theatre), Kalaripayattu (martial arts), folk dance and Bollywood, and will soon be starting a yoga school. Together with dance partner Govind Pillai, their …

Govind Pillai

Govind is one of a few Australian male practitioners of Bharatanatyam. With an international track-record of sell-out productions and festival appearances, he has choreographed, directed and performed at venues and events including the Victorian Arts Centre, Sydney Opera House, Midsummer Festival, Woodford Folk Festival etc.and has roles as Director of Karma Dance, Board Member of …

Divya Kumar

Divya Shreejit Kumar is a Bharatanatyam artist with an active practice in performance, teaching and choreography. Learning from the age of five, she completed her Master Diploma in Bharatanatyam under Smt. Priya Dinesan. Her 25 years of classical dance practise includes a brief stint at Mohiniyattam. In Melbourne she joined Karma Dance and resumed her …

Imdad

Imdad is originally from Chennai, India and specializes in styles such as urban, lyrical, popping, locking, housing, Bollywood and South Indian dance. In India, Imdad performed and choreographed for ‘Strangerz’ dance crew, winning numerous titles including World of Dance (India). Imdad is currently Director and Choreographer of urban Bollywood dance company Desi United. Imdad teaches …

S.L.Mohomad Rashan

Rashan started learning Kandyan dance in Sri Lanka, at the age of 10. He later went on to learn Bharatanatyam, and graduated from the Kalakshetra in Chennai, India. Rashan was the first Muslim Bharatanatyam and Kandyan dancer in Sri Lanka, and his dedication to dance has been unwaivering. Since arriving in Melbourne 4 years ago, …

Pragya Khare

‘To dance is to extend yourself – larger, more beautiful, more powerful’. Pragya believes dancing is a soulful experience for her. Being a professional Bellydance and Bollywood dance instructor, she never skips a beat to learn and experience number of other dance styles such as Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Contemporary, Hiphop, Jazz, Kathak and more. Director …

Australia’s Home of Indian Dance.

Welcome to Studio J – a world-class dance studio that spreads the love of Indian dance!

Studio J is currently closed due to Melbourne lockdown, but we hope to welcome you back soon. In the meantime, we are running a new online program – Studio J UNLIMITED! Click here for more info

We teach traditional, semi-classical, modern and cross-cultural Indian dance, with classes available both in-studio and online. Our teachers are independent artists of South Asian heritage, who are highly trained and specialised in their unique art forms. We offer 8 week performance courses (in-studio) that enable you to master a dance routine and be featured in our professionally produced dance videos. We also offer online classes and dance-on-demand tutorials. Choose from our huge range of dance options, and start learning dance on your terms, from anywhere in the world!

We’re so confident that you’ll be able to learn dance at Studio J, that we’re the only dance studio offering a dance guarantee. If you complete a course and find that you’re unable to learn the dance routine, then we will refund your fees. It’s that simple. We’re here for our dance family. Dance. Guaranteed.


Jaya Karan, Founder

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Laki Vasan

Laki has been dancing since the age of 5, and is highly experienced as a Bhangra, Bollywood and Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and choreographer. She co-founded and coached Ranjhe, an all boys Bhangra team which won both the IFFM Telstra Competition in 2017 and the Red Dot Bhangra 2018 competition in Singapore. She has performed on …

Anagha Iyengar

Anagha Iyengar has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for over 11 years, with experience in Bollywood, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. She has choreographed for numerous shows and weddings in India, and taught Bollywood across all ages groups including kids and seniors. Anagha recently worked for Cult Fit (Bangalore, India) where she trained and worked as a …