We bring diverse communities together through dance. “Unity in Diversity” is a signature dance bringing international dance styles together to share the message of Unity.

What we do

We strive to present Dances of India in its purest form and continue to build trust and community cohesiveness through artistic collaboration with other international dancers.


We are committed to teaching the highest quality of South Indian classical dances namely Bharatha Natyam, and Kuchipudi. Students learn Theory, Self-Discipline, Time Management, Epics and Literature, Teaching Techniques, etc., while building Self-Confidence.


We perform traditional Indian classical and folk dances along with world dances at various venues and Organizations, Including Schools, Universities, Corporate Events, Festivals Etc.


We provide cultural education through Speeches, Demonstrations, Power Point and Video Presentations, Audience Participation, Lectures, Discussions, and Research.


What people say

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Dances of India is not just dance, it brings you through a journey, an experience like no other. I have seen many shows, plays and performances and none enlighten and bring you personally into the experience like Dance of India. Dr. Gingrich exudes perfection, involving the audience, teaching, moving the audience and many times to tears. The movements and detail of all the talented dancers is beyond imagination. The message of “Unity in Diversity” is close to heart and I can only Hope that everyone that experiences this dance movement is inspired to see that we are all interconnected in so many ways.
Tammy Rader, MBA, CEO/Founder New Hope Specialty Clinic
Dances of India is an intentional and beautiful experience where audiences of all ages explore and learn about Indian culture and history through dance and storytelling. I love the participatory elements of the experience which builds community and connection. It is one of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s community treasures.
Krista Terrell Past President, Arts & Science Council (ASC)
Dr. Gingrich is extremely passionate about sharing this art form and making it accessible to any of her students who have the desire to learn. She invests in the development of each of her students individually. Her integrity and desire to pass down traditional dances inspires us to always give our best in dance class and in other endeavors. We learn many skills beyond dance that motivate us to achieve our goals and dreams.
Jaren Abraham

Dances of India

Providing cultural enrichment and unifying diverse communities through performing arts.

We have been serving the Carolinas since 1987, enriching the cultural lives of our community and the students. Education is the primary focus of our institute. We share the stories, history, and similarities of the world cultures during the performances. Our most anticipated annual show “Dances of India”, also known as “Broadway show of India” continues to celebrate 20 plus years of success. It continues to keep the record of full house performances attracting diverse audiences from many countries, states, and cities. We continue to perform all over the Carolinas spreading the joy of Indian classical dances and other world dances.

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Dr. Maha Gingrich

Guru Dr. Maha Gingrich is an exponent of Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak classical dance forms, along with traditional folk dances of India. She is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, TV anchor, educator, and a community leader.

Dr. Gingrich is the founder of the most anticipated “Dances of India” production, a stellar show celebrating 20+ years of full house performances. Dr. Gingrich’s mission is to research and carefully choreograph each dance to represent the ancient dances in their purest form. She has set very high standards of training in these dance styles and has been teaching these untarnished dances since 1987 to the dance lovers in Charlotte and the Carolinas. So far, over 85 plus students have graduated from her dance academy.

Dr. Gingrich believes that art and education must go hand-in-hand. She has set an example for her students by attaining degrees in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Global Leader award, Women of Distinction award, Distinguished Rotarian award, and a 50 Most Influential Women award.

Besides being a professional classical dancer and an educator, Dr. Gingrich hosted the TV show “Charlotte, a City of International Success,” and co-hosted Indian TV Show “Nazar”.  On “International Success” TV Show, she has interviewed more than 100 international leaders in the region, including President Solis of The Republic of Costa Rica, many CEOs and Honorary Consul members.

Dr. Gingrich is active in her community. She serves on many boards in Charlotte, NC, promoting diversity in her role. She is a regular contributor to the “Dances of India” column in Saathee Magazine, and has written about Epistemologies of Second generation Asian Indians.


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