1. Is there a dress code?:
Wearing jeans can restrict your movements while dancing. Similarly wearing Skirts and Plazos will not allow the instructor to understand your dance movements and correct them. Hence Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni recommends to wear something that is comfortable and allows us to correct your limb movement. For eg:- leggings and T-shirt.

2. Do I have to invest in dancing shoes?:
Like many Indian classical forms of dance, Belly dance can also be done without any footwear. However, people with feet sensitivity can wear socks, Jazz shoes, ballet shoes, etc

3. Do I have to wear revealing clothes?:
No. Showing off stomach or wearing short clothes is a personal choice. Ritambhara Sahni's Belly Dance Institute - Mumbai prefers you being at ease.

4. What about the people who have never danced? Would Belly dance be challenging for them?:
No. Our courses enables the students to learn Belly dance from the very basics. Ritambhara Sahni's Belly Dance Institute Mumbai believes in strong foundation for every student.

5. I like performing on stage. What are my options?:
Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni organizes a stage show cum event called "HIP-NOSIS" Every student is encouraged to participate and are trained by the professionals to enhance their stage performance. We also regularly organize HAFLAS [parties] or a Mini HIP-NOSIS.

6. Is the participation for the stage shows mandate?:
No. every student has the liberty to decide if they want to join / participate.

7. How long will I take to learn Belly dance?:
Beginner's level is for 3 months. If you attend all your classes regularly, Belly dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni assures you to belly dance with very little effort. Please refer to the following link to see what 4 sessions with us can do for you.

8. I don't know where to find Arabic songs.:
Every student is provided with the name of song and the artist for them to download easily.

9. I have a hard time to remember steps and dance, what should I do?:
Every student can contact our WhatsApp number between Monday to Friday, 12pm to 5pm. We will forward you with the music and choreography.

10. I would like to see your dance studio.:
Please feel free to visit us at our studios in Colaba, khar and Andheri during the working hours. We are happy to message you the address and the timings of the working hours.

11. Where do I buy the belly dance waist belts from?:
Our trainers will help you with the necessary information to get the Belly dance waist belts.

12. I have done my Belly dance basics from XYZ studio. I now want to join "Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni" for my further levels. What is the procedure?:
Every dance institute has a unique way of teaching their students. It varies for every institute. When a student says that they have had previous training, we would be unsure about what the student has learnt. Hence we follow a simple procedure. We treat every student as a fresher to Belly dance and teach right from the Basics. This helps us to make sure that all the students get everything that they are paying for. Also it helps them to participate in various workshops and events arranged for the beginners level. In case the student still wants to join further levels, then, we at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni strongly recommend them to continue the further level at the same institute where they learnt the basics. However, we are more than happy for all the interested students to join the beginner's batch and experience us right from basics.

13. I am 55 and I still want to join Belly Dance Is it Possible?:
Absolutely if you are more than 12years of age and free from any medical issue, you can join us. In fact the kind of training we provide here at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni is safe for people above 65 years as well. You can go through out the article published in Harmony Magazine that talks about how Belly Dance is Beneficial For Senior Citizens.(Link Provided).It Features the Experience of one of our Students who is more than 60.

14. I travel a lot, hence I miss a lot of Class, what should I do?:
You don't have to worry at all. All our Students have the liberty to Practice/cover-up missed session in any of the batches across all the centres. All you have to do is check the current month's Beginner's Batch time table and come to any of those batches at any center according to your convenience.

15. After I enrol for the course, am I allowed to bring my family member's / kids or friends to the class to watch me dance?:
Our students who have kids are strongly requested to NOT bring their kids to class as we don't have separate rooms for them nor do we have qualified staff to take care of your kids. Watching you perform during the class means watching others perform as well causing discomfort to others. So we don't allow anyone except registered students of the class. However if you participate in our in house event of Hip-nosis, everyone associated with you can come and see you perform on stage.

16. Do you guys have free session for trails?:
Our course content includes techniques & choreography from day 1. Since the content of class does not change for any student... giving a paid or free trail session would not be fair to the students who have enrolled for the entire course. However please click on the links provided below to see our students perform and for you to understand what you would look like and get at after religiously attending just four sessions of Belly Dance Class with us at the beginner's belly dance course.

17. I want to lose weight will you guys help me?:
There are many advantages for your body and mind that you can experience while belly dancing. It is a fun workout routine that helps you to strengthen your core muscles. The Process is slow but gradual. Here at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni students are given the liberty to come and practice in every batch of their respective courses in any of the branches as per their convenience. Regularly practicing belly dance would definitely improvise more workout for students. However, we only promote Belly Dance -- no promises for weight loss.

18. How important is to wear the Hip Belt?:
The way Kathak is incomplete without the ghungroos. Belly Dance is incomplete without the Hip Belt. We strongly feel that the Hip belt is a strong link between you and the art of Belly Dance. Hence Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni strongly insists on wearing the hip belt for belly dancing.

19. My Boyfriend wants to learn belly dance from Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni, What is the procedure?:
Men are completely capable to do belly dance. We encourage such talents. However Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni is strictly meant for girls. Boys are not even allowed as observers. We apologize to all interested males out there.However, you guys are most welcome to come to see the stage performances of our dear students at our event -- Hip-nosis.

20. I would love to see your class before I decide to enrol?:
You can come to visit us to see the class and watch the students perform for a couple of minutes. However allowing a visitor to sit for the entire class might make our students uncomfortable. Students comfort is the first priority at Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni.The good news is that you can follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our youtube channel and like us on Facebook to watch our students perform and view various photographs to get a vibe of joining Belly Dance Institute Mumbai by Ritambhara Sahni. Also this is our website which is almost 11 years old, so because of space issues here we have created a new website, do watch the videos and pictures on our new website as well with complete updated information which we cannot completlely update here.
New Web Address: http://www.bellydancemumbai.com/
Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/bellydanceinstitutemumbai/
Youtube Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr9nt4vl99r8HlJjkUZgQKA
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/retubellydance

21. Do u guys provide certificates for the courses?:
Yes, however a student needs to finish her levels with 100% attendance. She can of course change the batch as per her availability to finish her attendance. After which a student has to give her exam for every level. The exam is never held during the course. It is always held on a later day. This enables us to grill the students hard enough to perfect their forms and techniques & this helps every student to clear the exam easily, Correction of technique and form is either done by the Head Instructor of Ritambhara sahni or Ritambhara Sahni herself.

22. I have Sciatica, can i still join?:
Belly dance has proven beneficial for certain health conditions, however all dance forms can result in further damage to your health condition if not done under proper guidance. Women suffering from sciatica are recommended not to join us and consult a doctor in case you decide to join anywhere else, we request you to declare all kind of health issue before joining the class. We will decide on enrolling you based on your doctor's recommendation only. Belly Dance Institute Mumbai will not take any responsibility related to any health problems you experience after joining the class.