Bollywood & Indian dance classes in Tri Valley

Today, there are many dance academy or classes in the tri valley cities of San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville and Livermore. They tend to primarily cater to a growing tendency of parents to have their children train in some form of bollywood dancing, as well as some are more culturally serious and go into the dephths of Bharatnatyam and Kathan, the traditional dance forms.

Typically youngsters are attending these classes on weekends. The classes are held in one rented dance studio or another. They pick up one or two of the recent bollywood numbers and have the class learn steps to the music. The classes typically end in a performance in one of the auditoriums in the area. For the final performance, parents buy tickets which cover the cost of renting the facility and arranging for dresses, etc.

Like any other kind of basic training anywhere else, these classes cost USD 10-15 per hour (per week) – and are typically arranged for 8-10 weeks a time. Some of the companies are local to Bay Area, while some have national presence. While a couple are local programmes, for the classical forms.

Mona Sampath Dance Company
Bollywood Dance, Fitness – all levels
Dublin & Pleasanton Classes
Dublin Fitness 2000: 7373 Village Pkway, Dublin, CA 94568
Pleasanton Spark: 3550 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Rented Studio

Gurus of Dance
Bollywood Dance
Fitness 2000 7373 Village Pkwy Dublin, California 94568

Arya Dance Academy
Nationwide presence – classical dance to bollywood – Troupes, Pageants
Fitness 2000 7373 Village Pkwy Dublin, CA

Stepz Bollywood Dance
Dance and fitness – Bollywood dance
1901 Camino Ramon, Suite C, Danville, CA 94526
Taal Studio 6715-E Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

Nupoor Dances
Taal Dance Studio, 6715 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568

Vrindavan Indian Dance Academy, Dr. Bindu S. Shankar
Bharatanatyam and Folk Dances
c/o San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
101 Ryan Industrial Court,
San Ramon, CA 94583.

Kalaikoil Dance and Arts of India, Swetha Dixit
Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Vocal, Hindu Vedic chantin
6715-G Dublin Blvd, Dublin Ca 94568
Livermore – near the Hindu Temple

4Ever Dance Studio
Saira Khan – Bombay Jam, Meera Sarkar Riar – Kathak, Karan Riar – Bollywood
6635 Dublin Blvd Dublin, CA 94568

Riar Academy of Performing Arts
Bollywood and Kathak classes in Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore
6635 Dublin Blvd Dublin, CA 94568

Earthly Delights Fitness
7063 Commerce Cir Pleasanton, CA 94588

Desi nanny in San Ramon

Its been interesting to note how many people search for (and hence are looking for) desi nanny services in San Ramon/Dublin area.

If you a desi nanny looking for more work,  or are looking for a desi nanny, please use the comments space below to share it with others!

You could also try Sittercity.

Difficult to find a desi or Indian in this website in the tri-valley area, but you never know when someone adds!

Also try craigslist here:

Handyman services in Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton

Its a known fact that many desi’s can go to extremes when it comes to managing small household repairs and handyman kind of work. While many prefer to offload or outsource such services to a handyman, others can go to great pain to work themselves to repair anything, small or big.

Typically high income double salary professionals would prefer to call in a handyman – there are enough other things keeping them busy.

A network of referrals always helps here. You don’t always want an unknown person from craigslist in your kitchen helping fix something, or painting your child’s bedroom.

So please share here any handyman that has worked for you and you would prefer recommending to other fellas!

Yahoo group for desi community in tri-valley

This is a group for Desi folks in the East Bay Area ( mainly San Ramon , Dublin , Pleasanton , Livermore , Danville ) to meet other fellow desis. Everyone is encouraged to participate and organize events for the group. Our intention is bring together people from the East Indian / Pakistani community in the East Bay area . So if you are looking for a place to interact with people from India or the Indian Continent, to make new friends, you’r in the right place.


Sample of questions being addressed:

Can you please refer any good driving instructor here in San Ramon? I prefer someone who can come to San Ramon and teach my wife.
Ladies dinner on oct 23rd fri evening at 6:30pm
Looking for a Nanny
Feedback on Pleasanton KinderCare
Need Vegetarian Catering service
  • Can you please refer any good driving instructor here in San Ramon? I prefer someone who can come to San Ramon and teach my wife.
  • Ladies dinner on oct 23rd fri evening at 6:30pm
  • Looking for a Nanny
  • Feedback on Pleasanton KinderCare
  • playdates
  • Need Vegetarian Catering service

Holi celebration in Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton Mar 7, 2010

Holi kab hai…Kab hai holi…?!

For the second year, the Tri Valley India Association is organizing the Festival of Colors ‘Holi Dhamal’  in the Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon area. The Holi itself is on Mar 01 (Monday) as per and is being celebrated widely in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

  • When: Mar 7th, 2010 (Sunday)
  • Location: Emerald Glen Park, Dublin, CA (Use 4201 Central Parkway, Dublin CA – 94568 for GPS/Online directions)
  • Time: 11:00pm – 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults $7; Kids (4 -12 yrs):$5; Kids 4 and under: Free; Group of 10 of more -Adult $5; Group of 10 or more – Kids $4  (Apparently Cost includes  colors)

No water guns allowed

Email [email protected] for tickets or more Info

Tickets Available At:

  • Kamal Spices (Pleasanton) – 6700 Santa Rita Road Pleasanton, CA 94588-3467 (925) 227-1600
  • New India Bazaar (Dublin) – 4552 Dublin Boulevard Dublin, CA 94568-7564 (925) 875-1692
  • New India Plaza (Dublin) – 6040 Dougherty Rd (at Houston Pl) Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 829-9950
  • ONLINE at
Holi - Festival of Colors Celebration 2010 - at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin CA (Pleasanton San Ramon Livermore Danville - Bay Area)
Holi - Festival of Colors Celebration 2010 - at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin CA (Pleasanton San Ramon Livermore Danville - Bay Area)


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Career Neworking Group in San Ramon

This group is primarily for people living in the San Ramon, Dublin & Pleasanton areas which include large communities like Windemere and Gale Ranch. The primary purpose is to provide a forum for people to meet other like-minded individuals face-to-face in a friendly environment and foster career-oriented professional networking..

This Group will help those who want to improve their careers as well as those who are looking for work.. Topics of discussion include, typical interview questions/answers, technical discussions, presentations, work-place issues, job sectors etc.Occasionally, we have guest speakers as well.
The members also notify the group of important career oriented topics, seminars, networking opportunities that they become aware of, from time to time.

If you are interested or if you think you can contribute something to this group, please let us know…This is a voluntary and non-profit activity and all programs are free to the participants.

India Republic Day 2010 Celebrations

India Republic Day (January 26) Celebrations will be on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 6:00 PM at Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560. There will be a cultural program, patriotic songs, followed by dinner with invited guests.
Contacts: or 51O-938-8668.

Also announced are the 18th Festival of India and Parade Celebrations on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont (Corner of Paseo Padre and Walnut Ave – same location as previous years).

Organized by Federation of Indo Americans of Northern California.


Desi Indian New Year Parties 2010

No, the Trivalley area still does not have the critical mass of Desis to successfully host a party on its own. Private get-togethers for sure, but not the kinds where an entrepreneur can take initiative to put some classy entertainment together, book a party place, and take the risk of selling enough tickets.

But its apparent that almost all the better known Bay Area desi spots will have one or more parties being thrown together. Works for families and groups, and partners and singles. A DJ and dance floor is apparently the minimum denominator; some of the higher end ones have a celebrity or two visiting as well.

This year can drive to Fremont, Milpitas, Sunnywale, Newark, San Jose, Concord, or even Sacramento! In the coming year or two, hopefully we will see a party right here in San Ramon, Dublin or Pleasanton.

Leave behind 2009 in style, enjoy the evening and entertain yourself!
Here is a quick list of what events are scheduled in the Bay Area to welcome the new year 2010:

Holiday Inn – San Jose
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Dance Performance by Kashmera Shah and Stand-up Comedy
General Tickets – $75.00

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Performance by Upen Patel , Celebrity Fashion Show
Minimum $75.00

Diamond Palace , Fremont
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Sukshinder Shinda, Micki Narula
Tickets $99

India Community Center , Milpitas
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Stand-Up Comedy, Dance
Tickets $79

The Diamond Palace, Fremont
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Andhra Dance, Telugu DJ, Tambola
General Tickets – $59.00

City Beach, Fremont
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Akhil Tatreja DJ and Remix
General Tickets – $69.00

Udupi Palace, Newark
General Tickets – $25.00
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: DJ – AR Rahman Beats

Hilton Concord Hotel, Concord
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Live Band, DJ, Professional Photographer
General Tickets – $65.00

Hilton Hotel, Sacramento
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: Multiple Ball Rooms, DJs
General Tickets – $65.00

Sneha – Banquet Hall, Sunnyvale
New Year 2010 Program Highlight: DJ, Dance
Tickets $50

Happy New Year!

How we decided on Dublin Emerald Glen as the best place to live!

Its not an easy situation to be in. We finally decided that we are ready to uproot from Burbank (Los Angeles), and would settle down somewhere else. I started travelling to projects to make the transition easy. Now the deal was to find an ideal place to live in the entire US, for us as an Indian family with two little ones 5 and 2.
It wasn’t easy to figure out what that some place could be. The place needed to be liberal and cosmopolitan such that we as immigrants feel comfortable.
Away from vagaries of weather and snow meant that east coast was not the best. And Chicago and Minneapolis. Florida and Texas was too hot and humid, though the real estate prices were enticing. And places like Austin fell out of the list based on economic opportunities.
California still seemed golden. If not south, we decided to consider the bay area. As we focussed more, it just seemed too expensive. A good school district and nice houses couldnt just seem to come together. Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont. Then San Ramon came into picture. Though a litle away from center of action in the silicon valley, this city seemed to have it all – excellent schools and parks, new, nice, houses, a lot of Indians. Seemed like this was where the silicon valley was new and growing. So one day, we searched on internet to find the options for a three bedroom apartment on the ground floor – and it just so happened that we found availability in the small city of Dublin, next to San Ramon; signed up on the lease for six months, and within two weeks, moved there just in time before the schools started.
The idea was to continue scouting for houses as they came on sale, primarily, but not limited to San Ramon. As we started driving through the city we really liked the plenty of parks and schools, the library – it looked like a beautiful city with good roads, slightly hilly and scenic. The newer San Ramon, the Windermere and Gale Ranch and all, were either too expensive or too small. And with a higher tax rate. But then we found out that shopping and entertainment was a challenge in San Ramon. Going up to Walnut Creek or coming down to Dublin didn’t seem very practical – taking Dougherty Road all the way down didn’t seem easy. The idea of driving many miles for anything but schools didn’t seem very appealing, and we started questioning the very idea. Then some realtor gave us the long and short of living the tri-valley area. San Ramon afterall was designed as a family, residential community, with no plans for a mall or big shopping, other than plans for a high end shopping square. We weren’t so sure if we liked that. Even access to the BART system or nearest freeways seemed at least 20 minutes away. We heard the concentration of Indian and other Asian students was very high in the otherwise above par schools of the city. The schools were great, but we then also wondered if we instead would prefer a more rounded and cosmopolitan group in the schools…
We next checked out Danville; the downtown was cute, but the communities, many gated, seemed to have an over-emphasis on golf. If golf was not important, the city which was anyway even farther off from commute perspective didn’t seem very appealing in terms of the value of the houses.
We started checking out Fremont again, and Pleasanton. But couldn’t seem to be find a right balance between size, age, schools and location. By this time, we had already increased our price range by 25% since we had come to the bay area.
Then, we thought why not Dublin – we kind of seemed to like the town. Specifically the Hacienda-Tassahara area in the east. We saw that a lot of collataral benefit of the growth of San Ramon and surrounding area was actually coming to Dublin. It had in its catchment area big parts of San Ramon, Pleasanton, and probably even Livermore and Danville. We realized many people were actually coming down to the Hacienda area for restaurants, shopping or spending the evening. And some new, exciting developments were about to take shape – Whole Foods, the super new and up coming shopping area called TheGreen, The Promenade, etc. And that is where our daughter’s elementary school was as well – at no less than 945 API. And not to forget BART and the fact that 580 was right there. We quickly started scouting the Emerald Glen and Dublin Ranch area for any houses coming on sale. Dublin Ranch seemed like good value – but for some reason it just seemed to much of an extension or a new development and seemed a little far out there on the hill. Luckily a house came up for sale in a street right facing the Emerald Glen park within the main Dublin city, and we wasted no time in snapping it up.
We are all set to move in there with the closing around Thanksgiving this year (09). Only time will tell if east Dublin is really the best value in terms of weather, reasonable commute to an area of immense opportunity, good schools, and good value for the home in terms of age and style, in the entire US of America, or not. We have made out bet that it is!

Guru Nanak Movie Project, Dublin, CA

…dedicated to the idea and making of a movie on one of the most important in Indian history, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The Guru Nanak Movie Project

(925) 858-5781 (ph)

(925) 905-2141 (fx)

4101 Dublin Blvd Ste F #134

Dublin, CA 94568

[email protected]

The Guru Nanak Movie Project
(925) 858-5781 (ph)
(925) 905-2141 (fx)
4101 Dublin Blvd Ste F #134
Dublin, CA 94568

Balagokulam in San Ramon

Every Sunday from 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Coordinators: Subramanya Gupta, Shivangi Bhatnagar
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA

Every Sunday from 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Coordinators: Subramanya Gupta, Shivangi Bhatnagar

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA

Life in Tri-Valley