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Malavika Santosh

The JAI GOVINDA DANCE ACADEMY operates under the umbrella of Mandala Arts and Culture in Vancouver BC as a premiere school of the Indian classical style bharata natyam. The excellence of the dance training received at the Academy is recognized and supported by the CANADA ARTS TRAINING FUNDS – CATF of Heritage Canada. The academy offers a comprehensive training program for students from beginner to advance levels as well as professional development.


The beginner classes is a stimulating introduction to the many aspects of the dance form, while the professional training program is designed for serious students who are prepared to follow a strict curriculum leading to a possible dance graduation/arangetram. Professional and post professional training is also a large part of the Academy’s program. Many of the Academy’s graduates are pursuing a career in dance as performers, teachers and creators, and are recipients of arts fundings and awards.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advance classes are offered every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm in the spacious studios of the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street) in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The year term is divided into 2 sessions of 18 classes each: Fall-Winter/Winter-Spring, starting in September and concluding in June. For this years schedule kindly go to the registration form.

NEW Beginner           6:00pm-7:15pm (Marpole Neighbourhood House

Intermediate 1            9:30am to 10:45am

Intermediate 2           10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Advance                    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Private and semi private classes are also offered  throughout the week at the Academy's studio. Registration for these classes are by appointment only. Saturday group classes are mandatory to those who wish to enrol in that program.


Bharata Natyam is one of the many Indian classical dance styles. Originally performed in the temples of South India by the devadasis as an offering to the gods, bharata natyam survived abolition and near extinction, to be revived and brought up to the stage some 100 years ago. The rebirth of bharata natyam was contagious. It inspired generations of illustrious masters, dancers and musicians, who insured the continuity and creativity of the art form to the present day. Today, through their fresh interpretations, bharata natyam artists bring new dimensions to the traditional repertoire. Bharata natyam is now taught and performed internationally by artists of various race, creed and genre, and continues to cast a spell on audiences around the world.



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