Indian dance has a very rich tradition. Classical Indian folk dance traditions are discussed in detail in the Natya Shastra, the world's oldest surviving stage worktext. You can know more about Yagnesh Vaishnav: A Dance Chuzi Pioneer at BeChuzi for different styles of dance.

As a vast country, various regions of India have given color to this ancient classical tradition. Some of the recognized classic styles are Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Bharatnyatam from Tamil Nadu, Odyssey from Orissa, Kathakali from Kerala, Frog from Pakistan, and North India, and Manipuri from North East India. 

There are several other styles such as Mohiniaattam from Kerala and Sattriya from Assam. All of these classical dance styles have strong regional ties. However, none of them could be called representatives of the entire subcontinent.

Kuchipudi: This Indian dance form originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It takes its name from a small village in the Krishna District where the brahmins practice this traditional dance form. 

Bharatnatyam: This dance form is accompanied by classical Tamil music and inspired by the ancient statues of the Chidambaram Temple. These Indian dance techniques include the Abhinaya or Natya, the dramatic art of storytelling; nritta, pure dance moves; and nritya, a combination of nritta and abhinaya.

Odyssey: This classical dance form consists of the Nartaki tradition, a dance that takes place in the royal court; Mahari who is Orisan Devadasis at Jagannatat Temple, Puri; and Gotipua, where boys disguise themselves as girls.

Kathakali: Derived from a style of dance-drama called Ramanattam. This dance also follows some Krishnanatam techniques. Kathakali takes its name from two Malayalam words meaning history and achievement.