Upahaar School of Dance was founded by Shalini Shivashankar with the simple
desire to share the joy experienced from expressing and communicating through
dance. It was started in Croydon in 2003 and now has branches in Sutton, Croydon,
Twickenham and Crawley. Upahaar offers training in Bharatanatyam, Kathak,
Mohiniattam and Carnatic music.
One of the core philosophies of Upahaar is that dance and music can be learnt and
performed at any age. The school aims to bring Indian classical dance to every sector
of the community through its various activities and events and to offer high quality
training by a team of well-qualified and dedicated teachers and Gurus from India
and UK. Upahaar students of all ages regularly present solo and group performances
across the UK. Lecture-demonstrations and workshops in schools and other
institutions has been a unique project undertaken by Upahaar over the last five years,
highlighting the organisation's commitment and dedication to promoting the arts.