Top 5 Dance Competitions in India for Contemporary Dancers

Top 5 Dance Competitions in India for Contemporary Dancers

  • 13/05/2019

Dance is an art. For some it is life as it helps them to sway to their favorite music and forget stress and worries.

Salsa, Hip-Hop, Jazz, has different forms but all of them have a beautiful and artistic value to them.

If there’s a dance lover in you – how about showing people your amazing dance moves? After all, performing your talent for dance in front of an audience is a special feeling that every dancer wants to experience in life.

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry!

Here is a list of different dance festivals and competitions for contemporary dancers to showcase your talent and hone your dancing moves –



Goa Contact Festival

The Goa contact festival takes place every year at Arambol beach. The festival showcases different contemporary performances.

People can take part to perform and increase body awareness. They can also enjoy the heartfelt performances in the beautiful surroundings.

It is more like a festival than a competition. Make sure that you enroll your performance beforehand to display your talent. You would also get a chance to win exciting prizes and attention from a huge crowd of dancers!

The festival happens from December till February and is suitable for contemporary dancers of every skill level – beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Learn more here.


Attakkalari’s Interim Festival

The main aim of Attakkalari's interim festival is to spread the art of contemporary dance. You can witness remarkable performances of different dancers from different countries.

The festival is supported by the Department of Culture (India) and various art councils, theatres and embassies of foreign countries. The festival focuses on contemporary arts and strengthens international collaborations.

If you think that you can perform contemporary dance passionately, then you should register yourself for the performance. It is open for both teens as well as adults who think they can dance.

You never know who would get impressed by your dance and help you take the next leap forward for your love for dancing!

Visit their website.


Dance Plus

Dance Plus is a reality dancing show and so far four seasons have been aired on Star plus.

It is an excellent platform for contemporary dancers. They can go in a group, solo or duet. If your group pulls off plays with some contemporary dance, then you can be a strong competitor.

The judges of the show include Shakti Mohan, Dharmesh Yelande and Punit Pathak while the super judge is Remo D’suouza.

In season two, Tanay Malhara won the title by slaying his contemporary dance which you can watch here.


India Dance League

Just like Dance Plus, this competition is open for all ages and all styles of dance. Be it solo, a duet or a group category, anyone can take part  in India Dance League to show their dance moves.

Over 1000 dancers take part every year and the show is a digital dance show which would be aired on different social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Recently they have announced a sub completion “Dance Ka Swag” which is an excellent opportunity for all style dancers. You can also mail your audition video to take part in India’s exclusively digital dance show.

For more details, you can visit their website here.


Shiamak Davar IIFA

Everyone knows Shiamak Davar - the king of contemporary dance in India who is known for his amazing dance moves.

If you love the Shiamak’s style and are influenced by his theatre style contemporary dance, then you should enroll yourself for the next IIFA awards.

Shiamak Davar choreographs and designs all the performances at International Indian Film Academy Awards every year. 

The registrations are open for IIFA Bollywood Contemporary Dance. So, hurry up to get your chance to learn from the Guru of Indo-contemporary dance and hone up your dance skills.


Prayatna Film & Dance Festival

Every year the festival is organized to celebrate contemporary dance. The festival aims to bring different artists from different corners of India to celebrate dance as an art form.

Hrishikesh Centre of Contemporary Dance, Pune is the organizer of this festival which was started in 2014.

Participants can contact the organizers and register themselves for the performances that include a variety of artists from non-contemporary backgrounds like folk and classical as well.

It a great platform if you want to experiment with the fusion of contemporary style and practice your dance skills. Maybe you can team up with a Bharatanatyam dancer and explore a different side to dancing too!

Visit their Facebook page for details.  


Indywood Talent Hunt

This talent hunt would be conducted in Hyderabad. It is for solo performances. The competition is open to all the dance genres and contemporary dance lovers can also enroll themselves.

This national level competition can help you showcase your artistic side. Grab the opportunity to get selected under diverse award categories. You need to register yourself and then upload a link of your dance performance on their given details.

The judging would be done based on choreography, energy, innovation, and overall impact. It is a great opportunity for dance lovers to bond with like-minded people and share their love for this art form.

Visit their website for more details.


Ready to Dance?

We hope this post inspires you to take your love for dancing to the next level. Dancing on stage in front of an audience is a magical feeling and now’s the time to let the world know about your love for dance.

If you’re looking to practice and improve your dance skills in Delhi, we recommend you to check out our post on the best dance academies in Delhi.

You can hone your contemporary dance skills by learning from the best contemporary dance classes near you with MillionCenters

Happy Dancing!

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Ananya Shetty is studying Physics in IIT Madras and is the co-founder of a startup called Quantica Computacao. She is a passionate entrepreneur, blogger and traveller who has also published a novel named A Fuse in Time The Vision of the Future

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