A semi-classical fusion class which combines Indian classical (Bharatanatyam) & Bollywood dance. Explore some of the technical aspects of Bharatanatyam in a fun yet challenging context! Suitable for current Bolly-Natyam students or those with prior Bharatanatyam experience. New students – please email us prior to enrolling to confirm whether this course is suitable.

Dates: To Be Confirmed
Time: Saturdays 1pm (1 hour class)
Teacher: Jaya Karan
Price: TBC




In this course you will:

  • Learn and revise some foundation Bharatanatyam hand gestures and footwork
  • Gradually learn a complete semi-classical fusion routine
  • Get a great stamina and strength workout
  • Learn from Studio J founder – Jaya. Melbourne’s top Bollywood choreographer, dancer and teacher with over 10 years Bharatanatyam training
  • Get weekly practice videos to support your learning outside of class
  • Have access to a private WhatsApp group, to encourage communication with other students and your teacher
  • Learn performance skills by creating a dance video in the final lesson. Your routine is professionally filmed and edited by Studio J. You will have full access to the final dance video, to share with family & friends (non-commercial use)


Teacher – 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 was a corporate Physiotherapist in her previous career, but eventually gave that up to pursue her childhood passion. With no prior dance training, she started dancing as a hobby in her early 20’s, and decided to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 32. Since then, Jaya has gone on to choreograph, teach, perform and work with some of the best in Australia’s Indian dance community. She has retired from corporate life and now works as a full-time dancer and studio owner. Having personally experienced how dance can create positive change, Jaya feels strongly about encouraging others to dance at any age. Read more about Jaya in our full interview here.