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Dance like a girl

At 10, Tanya Ghai teaches dance to students six times her age.

entertainment Updated: Feb 05, 2010 00:32 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

She is 10 and can make you dance. Literally. Tanya Ghai is a dance instructor at Kanhai’s Institute of Performing Arts (KIPA), Defence Colony. She was also the youngest to win the Best Dancer award at the institute, when she was just nine. Her students range from 10-year-olds to 60-year-olds, whom she teaches Bollywood, hip-hop and salsa.

“I love dancing and I’m very passionate about it,” says the class 6 student of Bluebells International School. She doesn’t compromise on her playtime either. “Apart from studies, whatever free time I get, all I think of is dancing,” she says.

Tanya has been an instructor at the institute for nine months now and takes classes twice a week. She also does stage shows and goes for summer camps with schools as an instructor.

“Tanya joined dancing classes in the kids’ batch, but seeing her exceptional skills, she was soon shifted to the adults’ batch,” says Madhav, CEO, KIPA.

Little master
Seeing a 10-year-old instructor does make some of the learners apprehensive, but only initially. Shruti Arora, 15, says, “When I came for admission, I got hesitant when I learnt that my instructor is 10 years old. But when I saw her dance, the doubts just vanished.”

Others may call her a child prodigy, but Tanya’s mother Vimmi makes sure that the exposure doesn’t mar her innocence. “Having become a dance instructor has disciplined her. She has matured and developed leadership qualities. But I don’t want her to be burdened by the pressure of proving herself. She likes dancing and it’s nice to see her enjoy,” she says.