Aarabhi Indian Dance School

Dance is not merely an entertainment! It's a way of living!

Aarabhi school is a professional organisation started in 2010 by Deepa Devasena for development of Indian dance forms. Aarabhi school has earned an unparalleled reputation for providing the highest caliber of artistic education. It is also renowned for offering a diverse array of dance disciplines under one roof. Our continued dedication to Indian dance community, state-of-the-art studios, structured dance education programs and widespread presence make us the ultimate destination for both the serious and recreational dancer. The school’s unique Bolly-Flex fitness program is a huge hit with the residents of Milwaukee.


Our distinctive short term and long term training projects are designed to develop movement awareness, working with aspiring and professional artists, corporate, youth and community through master classes, interactive lecture demonstrations, choreography workshops etc. In 2015 the school has touched a new milestone of getting affiliated with the International Society of Teachers of Dancing[ISTD] which earns a diploma/degree with the appropriate collage credits to the students training in the dance school.


 Aarabhi school also has an exclusive entertainment service division which provides customized dance performance for fundraiser, corporate events, wedding, private parties, etc. All our shows are designed with high standards of  presentation and executed with our acclaimed team of professional dancers.


Aarabhi school closes each dance year with an annual recital, where all the students have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned for family and friends. Taking place on a full-sized stage, students shine in imaginative, often custom-made costumes. Presented in creatively-themed acts complete with professional sound, lighting, props and backdrops, it is the experience of a lifetime for performers and audience alike!


We look forward to dancing with you!

Deepa Devasena

Deepa Devasena

Artistic Director

“Dance brings balance to my life, helps me live in the moment and also allows me to experience the delightful contentment”

* Deepa Devasena is the founder, artistic director and choreographer for Aarabhi Indian dance school.
*Her tryst with dance began as a kid and the love has grown leaps and bounds with time.
Even though she was side tracked to be an IT professional and aced the master degree in computers, she continued her dance education and earned a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Bangalore university and bachelor degree in Kathak from Allahabad university.

* Deepa has been trained in Bharatanatyam under late Sundari Santanam and Smt.Radha Sridhar were she got the opportunities to perform extensively at esteemed festivals and feature many times on Indian national television with her mentor’s group.

*Deepa Devasena has studied the Lucknow style of Kathak under the direction of Ms. Kiran Chouhan, senior disciple of the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj. She has undergone further training in expressive and interpretative aspects of Kathak from Smt.Nirupama and Shri.Rajendra who made her fall in love with dance all over again.
* Her varied experience in dance includes Bhangra, Bollywood, Bellydance, Indian folk and regional art forms
*She has shown her talents not only as a dancer but also as an aesthetic and elaborate choreographer. In 2013 she choreographed the world’s first Bollywood premiere of Fidelio, a German opera by Beethoven for Skylight music theater which was also showcased on times square, received critically acclaimed reviews in newspapers and magazines.
*While she is not busy dancing and making travel plans, she likes to design and build dance costumes. Her future plans include dancing in every country that she spots on the globe.
*In an effort to understand and appreciate music Deepa is currently training in Hindustani vocal and piano
*Along with giving performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and residencies in schools, universities, and private organizations Deepa Devasena currently choreographs, directs and leads Aarabhi Indian dance school