Indian Dance Center (IDC) is a traditional Indian dance school based in Tustin, CA and operated by its artistic director, Ruchi Lamba.

The school is a formal branch of Australia-based dance school, “Shri Raghavan Nair’s Indian Dance Centre” which is often referred to as IDC in the Australian community.

IDC in USA is an independent dance school under the complete guidance and mentorship of the dance teachers who taught and mentored Ruchi Lamba in Sydney.

About Ruchi:

Ruchi Lamba is an Indian dance teacher from Sydney, Australia who has been settled in California for the last 11 years. She started learning Kathak at the age of 4 in Bombay, India and continued learning from Smt Shakuntala Nair in Sydney. She also learnt Kuchipudi from from Shri Raghavan Nair, and she studied Jazz and Hip-Hop with the Sydney Dance Company in Australia. She was one of the main dancers in Australia’s Indian Dance Center and also taught Kathak at the Kalabharati School of Dance in Sydney.

Before teaching dance in California, Ruchi lived in London where she also taught Bollywood and Kathak dance. She runs a dance school in Tustin called the Indian Dance Center (formerly known as Monsoon Dance Academy) and teaches Kathak and Bollywood.

In 2014, she was chosen to be a judge at the Neema Saree Dance Competition. Her Kathak students performed the opening ceremony “Ganesh Vandana” for the same competition in April 2015.

In February 2015, Ruchi brought her dance guru in Australia’s official dance-drama “Ramayan” to the USA for the first time and received rave reviews in the Indian media for the show. She formally changed the name of of her dance school from Monsoon Dance Academy to Indian Dance Center (IDC) as a tribute to her dance teachers in Australia – where IDC is a household name.

IDC Statement of Philosophy:

  • We believe that dance is a tool that can help students develop a positive self-image.
  • We believe that students, especially children, deserve to have teachers who are capable and caring and whose values enable them to be excellent role models.
  • We believe in the value of fair treatment of all people.
  • We believe each student is an individual and should be treated with respect and encouragement.
  • We believe that bringing out the best in each dancer is important.
  • We believe that each student has different talents and it is our job to develop them to the fullest.
  • We believe teaching the art of dance is an honor.
  • We believe teaching the art of dance is an honor.



13242 Wheeler Pl
North Tustin, CA 92705