Dance India Dance is an Indian dance competition show that airs on Zee TV, produced by UTV Software Communications. The show is the national TV version of the Zee Bangla dance reality show Dance Bangla Dance which also has Mithun Chakraborty as the Grandmaster.
The show first premiered on 30 January 2009. The first season was hosted by Tarana Raja; since the second season it has been hosted by actors Saumya Tandon and Jay Bhanushali. The show features a format where dancers from a variety of styles enter open auditions held in Indian metropolitan cities to showcase their unique style and talents and, if allowed to move forward, are then put through mega-audition rounds of auditions to test their ability to adapt to different styles. At the end of mega audition, the top 18 dancers are chosen as finalists who move on to compete in the competition’s main phase where they will perform solo, duet and group dance numbers in a variety of styles in competition for the votes of the broadcast viewing audience which, combined with the input of a panel of judges, determine which dancers will advance to the next stage from week to week.
The show features a variety of Indian cultural and international dance styles ranging across a broad spectrum of classical, contemporary, Bollywood, hip-hop, jazz, Kalaripayattu, salsa, samba and musical theatre styles, amongst others, with many subgenres within these categories represented. Competitors attempt to master these styles in an attempt to survive successive weeks of elimination and win a cash prize (typically Rs 50 lakh) and often other awards, as well as the title of “India’s Best Dancer”. The show is choreographed by Indian choreographers, such as Terence Lewis, Remo D’Souza, Geeta Kapoorand Mudassar Khan, Feroz Khan, Shruti Merchant, Govinda (actor), Punit Pathak, Gaiti Siddiqui. The show has won several television awards for “Most Popular Dance Reality Show”.