Particle dynamics is a wonderful addition to the 3d software. In Maya you can create a wide variety of effects using particle dynamics. Instancing is the commonly used method to create mind blowing Hollywood effect and motion graphics. In Maya particle instancing is easy and more productive. You can control the instancer using custom expressions and attributes. This technique gives maximum freedom to technical artist to create whatever he like to do. But these possibility can be achieved only if you know Maya well and some scripting.
In this half an hour length video tutorial you will learn the basics as well as some advanced functions of Maya particle instancing. This tutorial is more towards motion graphics but using the same technique you can create debris of blast and other possible instance of dynamic object. Please note that this tutorial skips some basic of dynamics and collision attributes because those are not necessary for this tutorial.