Warwick Gaana Dance Society is perhaps the first-of-its-kind across universities in the UK and one of Warwick University’s newest societies from 2014 onwards. Warwick Gaana Dance was created as a result of the success of "The Machis", a dance group of four students within the university that gained popularity after winning the "People's Choice" award at the "Warwick's Got Talent 2014" competition. The group's enthusiasm to pass on its knowledge of the dance form led to the formation of the society. In its first year, members  of the  society were priviledged to perform in various shows such as Showbiz, Pizazz, TEDday, One World Week Fashion Show and many more. Notably, we participated in Kings of Gaana, a national University Competiton, after our successful audition in our very first year!



What is Gaana?

Gaana Dance is an energetic, expressive and upbeat form of street dance that originates from South India. It places huge importance on the folk genre, percussion beats and is often referred to as a symbol of celebration and festival. We envision to fuse with a variety of other dance styles, giving a wider appeal to students.


Aim and objectives

Warwick Gaana Dance’s main aim is to promote its dance style through performances and society-organised events, bringing students together and promoting leisure. 

As a society, we envision to achieve the following objectives:

  • Hold Weekly Classes: Designed for all abilities!! Classes will start from Week 2 every Tuesday 7-9pm in the IKEA Room for Term 1 in the SU! (Term 2 TBC) (First Class: Tuesday 25th October 2016)
  • Socials: Not only do we love to dance but we love to have fun and chill! Regular meals, clubbing nights, drinks nights, games nights, and many more exciting socials, are really good ways to make new friends and be a part of the family!
  • Globalise Gaana Dance: Showcasing the dance to mainstream music to encourage students with different cultural background to partake in the society’s activities.
  • Partake in General University Events: Events such as, Diwali Ball run by Warwick Hindu Society, ASOC Ball run by Warwick Asian Society and many other events at Warwick.
  • Partake in National University Competitions: Kings of Gaana, Western Thaalam, Thaala.





Prior to Warwick Gaana Dance becoming an official society, The Machis reached the hearts of Warwickers and achieved tremendous success by:.

  • Partaking in the “Warwick’s Got Talent 2014” competition organised by the “One World Week” group, further winning the “People’s Choice” Award.
  • Performing at the annual One World Week Festival
  • Collaborating with one of Warwick’s Biggest Societies, the Warwick Asian Society, to perform at its Annual Ball which hosted over 300 members.
  • Selected and participated at Kings of Gaana 2014 and Kings of Gaana 2015, a national University competition.
  • Performed at the major Warwick University Event run by Warwick Tap Dance Society, Pizazz.
  • Performed in Warwick University's TedX Conference
  • Represented Warwick Gaana Dance Society and Warwick Tamil Society at Western Thaalam Decennium run by UKTSU.
  • Scouted for Britain’s Got Talent
  • Competed and won Southampton's Thaala 2017

Executive Team 2017/18

President: Santhiya Sutharsan

Vice-President: Viknas Jeevagan

Secretary: Sai Prashanth Manoraj

Social Secretary: Branavan Hariharan

Treasurer: Mathan Packiarajah

Media and Comms: Akriti Pathania & Nerojaan Chandran


Social Media

Click on the buttons below to be directed to our Social Media pages and make sure you like and subscribe to our youtube channel and facebook page. ;)

Instagram: gaanagram/ Snapchat: snap-gaana (just scan the snapchat image below)

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Taster Classes will take place in the IKEA ROOM (Term 1) in the SU on TUESDAY, 10th October 2017 and TUESDAY, 17th October 2017 from 6-7:30PM

Dance Classes will take place in the IKEA ROOM (Term 1) in the SU every TUESDAY 7-9PM. Starting Week 4: TUESDAY 24th OCTOBER 2017



What does a membership entitle you to?

Free Classes

Performance Opportunities

Discounted Socials

Tonnes of fun


Special thanks to members of the Warwick Alumni and Founders:

Jay Patel, Vibeeshan Devarajah, Kohilan Amirthamoorthy, Anushanth Rajaram and Jiten Bhatia for their tremendous efforts and support to help GSOC set off as a society!

Join in on our journey to embrace the sensations of Gaana Dance!

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