Learning & Participation

‘Working tirelessly to keep Indian classical music and dance alive with and for each generation’ 

For over 21 years, SAA-uk has been nurturing and developing the creative talent of Children, Young People and Adults.

Our SAA-uk Music and Dance Academies provide training in Sitar, Dilruba, Sarangi, Taus, Santoor, Tabla, Vocals, Sarod, Keyboard, Violin, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Participants are trained by world renowned artists in the field and each participant develops a deep understanding of the basics, laying a solid foundation to grow and develop their own freedom of expression through Indian classical music and dance. Our end of year productions build confidence, pride, and team spirit, to inspire and motivate each generation.

Our Annual Music Summer School held in Leeds attracts participants from across the UK, Europe, South Asia and USA, imbeds and develops music practice, understanding and appreciation of an ancient music tradition. Participants  have the opportunity to dip their toes into the fine art of Indian Classical Music, while others consolidate their music practice under the guidance of the world renowned musicians.

Our Folk Music of Punjab classes enable participants to develop confidence in music activity that reflects and enhances cultural events such as weddings, Asian festivals and other related activities.  The classes are fun and a great way to make friends.

School workshops and residencies promote the breadth of South Asian art forms and give pupils and teachers insight into the cultures and histories that have originated in Indian subcontinent, which are now part and parcel of the Britain’s rich cultural landscape.


Term Dates (10-week long courses in Indian Music and Dance)


Tuesday        Punjabi Folk Academy                              Winter                        15 January – 26 March 2019

Khalsa Science Academy, Leeds, LS17 7EZ                Spring/Summer          23 April – 2 July 2019


*No Winter classes on 12 and 19 February 2019 – Half Term break

 **No Spring/Summer classes on 28 May 2019


Wednesday   South Indian Music Academy                     Winter                        9 January – 27 March 2019

Meanwood Community Centre, Leeds, LS7 2QU         Spring/Summer          24 April – 3 July 2019


*No Winter classes on 13 and 20 February 2019 – Half Term break

 **No Spring/Summer classes on 29 May 2019



Friday            Indian Dance Academy                             Winter                     11 January – 22 March 2019

Northern School of Contemporary Dance, LS7 4BH    Spring/Summer           26 April – 5 July 2019


*No Winter classes on 15 January 2019 – Half Term break

 **No Spring/Summer on 31 May 2019



Sunday          North Indian Music Academy                      Winter                     13 January – 24 March 2019

Punjabi School, GNNSJ, Leeds, LS11 6DP                    Spring/Summer           28 April – 14 July 2019


 *No Winter classes on 24 February 2019 – Half Term break

 **No Spring/Summer classes on 26 May and 2 June 2019


We are always looking for new ways to engage new participants and audiences, so feel free to contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 and ask for our Learning and Participation Officer or email education@saa-uk.org