Find the best Odissi lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to dance Odissi. There are eight classical dances in Indian culture and Odissi is one of the oldest. The dance originated in the region of Orissa and, with its age, it has many religious influences. The dance consists of Bhangas, which are foot stomps and poses that represent different figures in Indian history and mythology. Suppressed by the British Raj, the dance form has taken on a whole new life since Indian independence and is continually practiced to this day.