What is Belly Dance all about?
Belly dancing has entranced audiences around the world for centuries. Despite its name, belly dancing draws on full body movement from head to toe - not just the belly! The art of belly dancing originated from the Middle East and other Arabic influenced regions many centuries ago. It was popularized in western countries in the late 1890's.

Why learn?
Also known as "The Goddess Workout", belly dance engages the body, mind and spirit. The body, which becomes increasingly supple and graceful through practicing the dance, literally learns to move more beautifully. Dancers feel a heightened sense of elegance and poise when they dance, and this delightful confidence remains long after the class or performance is finished. The body awareness that comes from belly dancing often triggers an emotional response. Women with low self-image begin to honor their bodies.

What are the benefits?
Your entire body will feel the benefits as the aerobic exercise works large muscle groups, and the dance enhances strength and coordination of small muscle groups in the trunk, hips, and arms. You will lose weight, gain confidence while enjoying a low impact workout The dancer often finds that a session of slow, graceful dancing will clear the mind and induce a state of mental relaxation. Soothing belly dance movements such as rolling the hips, figure of eights and undulations can help to alleviate congestion in the pelvic area such as.

About the Instructor
We are proud to present to you the Banjara School of Dance, an initiative to bring together different dancers from different styles and cultures of dance. Banjara School of Dance is India's first and largest Belly Dancing School.
Banjara is not merely a dance company but an artistic shelter where different minds, bodies and souls will meet to create higher and greater levels of dance in this country. We also promote folk, classical, oriental and gypsy dance forms.
The basic aim of Banjara is "to express, not to impress". To give a life through dance to change the opinions that people might have about art and artists. Belly dancing is pursued as a dance form across the world except India. Banjara intends to change that by promoting it as a professional dance form.
The Banjara Troupe - We're all travelers. We're all wanderers. We're all artists. Banjara School of Dance was started by Meher Malik. She is an accomplished belly dancer in India. Our team consists of professional dancers and we perform Oriental Egyptian, Tribal Fusion with swords/veils, zagat and fan veils. Meher performs solo and we also perform in a troupe. We also custom make shows depending on our client's requirement.

Our Work
Meher Malik has choreographed a song "Aga Bayi Hala Machayi re" featuring Rani Mukherjee and the Banjara Troupe, from the movie "Aiyyaa" (Director - Sachin Kundalkar).

We have performed at various platforms in the past years. We have been featured on various television shows in India including Just Dance, India's Got Talent Season 1, India's Got Talent Season 2, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega and Comedy Circus.

Meher Malik was one of the finalists (chosen from India and abroad) in Just dance which was featured on Star Plus. She was amongst the Top 8 dancers on the show. We also perform at various dance festivals across the country and abroad.

Watch us performing on our official YouTube Channel


Here are some quick links for our performances:

Meher Meher Malik in India's Got Talent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77DQZlnGqUA&feature=plcp 
Banjarans - Quarter Finals, IGT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O09ItFwroZo&feature=plcp 
Banjarans in India's Got Talent Khoj 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfLtBKJIoE&feature=plcp 
Banjarans - Comedy Circus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6DWD99tCqo&feature=plcp 
Banjara in EKLKBK semi final http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttb-s0k6ELY&feature=plcp 
Meher Malik And The Banjarans - Just Dance Finale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LirDLiIgL-U&feature=plcp 
AICHA - Bellywood'12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaRwE6V0OVc&feature=plcp