Dance is a sport, an artform, a language, a lifestyle

Great dancers are made through commitment, dedication, and passion. Our approach blends modern themes with the story-telling artistry and elegant movements of classical dance styles.

We work hard to develop the full dance potential of every student while, at the same time, ensuring that dance education is a fun and positive experience.

Our Promise.

We promise to make your dance education as awesome as we can by offering you a safe space, great classes, and lots of opportunities to showcase your talent.

Safe & Supportive

Our studio is a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for students to express themselves, learn, and have fun. No judgement. No bullying. No exceptions.

Performance Opportunities

Dance is a performing art. Opportunities to perform are essential for a well-rounded dance experience. Students will have performance opportunities throughout the year, including a year-end show.

Fun For All

Our mission is to ensure that students not only develop their technique, form, and performance skills, but also have many incredible fun-filled experiences.

We Are Classical

Classical dance creates a foundation of technique and strength in young dancers and prepares them for a wide variety of styles. Abhinaya teaches Bharatanatyam and Kathak - with a modern twist.

Our Mantra is Modern

At Abhinaya Dance, we teach students to tell stories through expressive movement. We combine modern and classical Indian dance styles - with a focus on rhythm, facial expression, hand gestures, and storytelling - to ensure students gain a diverse set of dance skills.

Meet Our Founder and Artistic Director

Inaya Lakhani

Inaya has been dancing since the age of 8 and has nearly a decade of Bharatanatyam training. In 2018, she participated in Jubilee Arts festival, performing as a solo artist at the national level. Abhinaya Dance was born as a result of her passion. She teaches dance with focus on facial expressions, hand gestures, and postures. Inaya believes that it is a teacher's responsibility to foster a student's drive and nurture it to fruition.

OUR CLASSES.

We have classes that will get you moving, learning, and having fun... no matter your age or skill level

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Ages3-7

KIDS

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Indian Classical dance. They will develop a strong dance foundation and discipline. Abhi-Kids will be taught the importance of recognizing the beat and the rhythm of the music.

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Ages8-17

YOUTH

Students will continue foundational training with emphasis on proper technique and execution. Additionally, students will begin to learn facial expression and intermediate/advanced movements, poses, and hand gestures.

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Ages18+

ADULTS

Through Indian Classical routines and exercises, students will strengthen their bodies, as well as increase their flexibility. The main focus in this age group is to develop physical literacy and promote mental and physical wellness.

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AgesAll

PRIVATE

Private classes are a fantastic way for students to accelerate their learning. These classes are also perfect for those who need to quickly put choreography together for a performance, such as at a wedding.

Inaya is patient while teaching difficultdance moves yet instils discipline to ensure we’re keeping form. When I had to bring my toddler, she went out of her way to welcome and occupy him with activities. I firmly believe in dance being therapeutic for the soul, and classes at Abhinaya dance schoolhave exceeded my expectations and continue to inspire my love for classical Indian dance.

Nishita Wadhwani

Student, Abhi-Adults

Inaya is very passionate and did a great job choreographing our danceperformance. She was always willing to work around our schedule,and was very considerate of our preferences. Both my sister and I really enjoyed workingwith her, and absolutely loved her friendly personality!

Mehwish Hanif

Student , Abhi-Exclusive

My daughter has been dancing here for a few age-groups now and so far she learntso much in such a positive environment! Fantastic and encouraging teacher! Inaya is awesome.Also, the kids get to perform which I think is perfect.

Saharnaz Soufi

Parent

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Our Location

49 Coral Keys Villas NE
Calgary, Alberta