New Delhi, Feb 1 (Agencies): Salsa, tango, B-Boying and hip-hop, western popular dance forms, have become household names and people love to learn them thanks to a dance reality shows on TV. The shows are billed to be stepping stone for budding dancers who want to leapfrog to the glamorous world of showbiz.

Started with "Boogie Woogie" in 1995 on Sony TV, the small screen now has accommodated an array of dance reality shows - "Jhalak Dikhla Ja", "Dance India Dance" (DID), "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" and "Nachle Ve".

Choreographer Rajeev Surthi says that stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are a product of a dance reality show and these shows indeed help aspiring dancers.

"People want to see hardcore dance today and these shows are indeed exposing them to that. These shows also provide a big platform to people who really want to make dance their profession," Surthi, who participated in reality show "Nach Baliye" season one, said.

"These shows are a great platform. And I can say that because I have been a part of reality shows myself. It was after 'Nach Baliye' that Farhan Akhtar offered me to choreograph Shah Rukh's Ganpati song in 'Don'," he said.

Choreographer Pony Verma, who judged the first season of children's dance reality show "Chak Dhoom Dhoom", says these shows have brought hidden talent from different parts of the country.

"Dance has become a household name now with people taking a keen interest in learning different dance forms. Moreover, it has largely helped tap the local talent which otherwise would have died a silent death," Verma said.

Ashvini Yardi, programming head of Colors, says even middle-aged people are now interested in learning dance. "During the auditions of the new season of 'Chak Dhoom Dhoom', a group of older women came to showcase their talent...With housewives showing keen interest in dancing, this shows that times are changing," Yardi said.

After "Boogie Woogie", which is the longest running Indian dance show, "Nach Baliye" surfaced in 2005 on STAR Plus, where celebrity couples showed off their impeccable dancing skills.

Sony's "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa", the Indian version of internationally popular "Dancing With The Stars", also has celebrities from diverse fields teaming up with choreographers and performing several dance forms.

First aired in 2006, the show is now in its fourth season and has dancing divas Madhuri Dixit and Malaika Arora Khan as judges apart from choreographer Remo D'Souza.