In the article Gender and Performance in classical Indian dancing by Mandakranta Bose, it says that dance in India was organized from the beginning not only with culture tradition but along with the gender lines. In Indian dance both the feminine grace and masculine vigor (physical strength and good health) assigned to the movement and expressions.
According to Bharatha the writer of Natyashastra Dancers were the women young dancer he uses the Sanskrit word Narthki [literally a female dancer- Bharatha; 1956: 274-8]. But most of the dance teachers and theorist were men; this remained fixed for centuries and to a degree continues today.
Article also talks about the position of female dancers from the beginning, in Sanskrit dramas, status of Devadasis, Rajadasis and Alankaradasis and how they became the property of temple, royal patrons and public property. Article also talks about the women dancers of the later period and their contribution to the field of dance irrespective of gender lines.