Madhuri Dixit opens online dance academy with husband Nene

By Hindustan Times

Madhuri Dixit has her hands full with two films, a reality show, endorsements and now an all new online dance academy, which she wants to use as a platform to reach out to those who want to learn to shake a leg. Post her marriage, Madhuri had relocated to the US for almost a decade. It was in October 2011 that she shifted her base back to Mumbai along with her family. And since then, the veteran actress has been a busy bee.

"Right now I am busy... I have two films (Dedh Ishqiya and Gulab Gang), I have Jhalak Dikhla Jaa coming up, I have this online dance academy. I think I need to take a breather now," Madhuri told PTI in an exclusive interview.

She recently announced the launch of Dance With Madhuri, an online dance academy, where you can pick up the moves from the dancing diva herself. "It is the passion towards dancing that got me into this. I love dancing. I have been dancing since I was three-year-old. I want to take the passion of dancing to every household, make people dance and enjoy dancing," Madhuri said. "Also my fans have loved me, my dancing, lot of people told me they wished they could learn dance from me. So I felt this was the good opportunity to give back all the love and affection that I have got from people," she added.

For over a decade, Madhuri ruled the roost and danced her way into the hearts of the audience with popular numbers including Dhak Dhak Karne Laga, Ek Do Teen, Humko Aaj Kal Hai', Chane Ke Khet Mein, Didi Tera Devar Deewana, Choli Ke Peechhe, Mera Piya Ghar Aaya, Kay Sera Sera and Maar Daala among others. Dance with Madhuri is a revolutionary product, which allows dance enthusiasts to enroll into the programme through their Facebook, Gmail or Yahoo id.

"This venture is one of its kind. There is no dance academy that is online. We are blind.. we don't know how people will react, what response we will get. Also it can be a medium to find new talent. We want to bring different dance forms be it classical, western or Bollywood style under one roof," Madhuri said.

Through this online dance academy, the 45-year-old aims to reach out to dance lovers and fans across the globe, where they can get to learn dancing from her and a team of choreographers. "I think if you have bricks and walls you teach dance to 200-300 people but this way (online) you can reach out to maximum number of people and they can hop on to it at their leisure, pace. They can learn dance whenever they want," she said. "The main thing for me is you reach out to lot of people... Time is no barrier whenever you want you can go online and dance. As time is becoming a commodity today, its very rare... you can learn it anytime you want," she added.

Initially, Madhuri would be giving lessons and for this, she has choosen two of her popular songs Maye Ni Maye from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Ek Do Teen from Tezaab. Later, she will rope in choreographers as well. Madhuri's dancing journey started from the age of three.

"My sister used to learn dancing.. I used to stand behind her and imitate her. The sir over there told my sister if I am keen to learn dancing then why not send me too here. That is how the journey started. Dance has been always close to my heart," she said.

"I got to work with wonderful choreographers like Saroj Khan, Prabhu Deva, Chinni Prakash, Kamal master, from whom I learned so much and also my guruji Birju Maharaj ji and Vasant Rao Gadhge. It has been a wonderful journey. I love dancing. It is very spiritual experience for me," she added.

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