Creative MovementFor age 4–5 years:
Students in this class begin with basic pranam, exercises for improved posture and breathing, and stretches via children’s yoga postures. This class introduces children to the basic concepts of rhythm and movement, dance terminology, dance formations, facial expressions, and basic hand and foot movements through Hindi songs and dances. Our goal is to improve a child’s coordination, poise, and self-confidence in a fun and creative atmosphere to ready them for the next step in our dance program– Intro to Kathak.
Beginner KathakFor age 5 years & above:
This class is for the child who has taken creative movement and is now ready for the next level. This class teaches the basic concepts of Kathak and dance in general. By the end of this level, students will be able to independently perform dance with music. Dance performances will be on semi-classical or rhythmic hindi songs.
Beginner 2For age 6 years & above:
This class is for those who have completed Intro to Kathak I and are ready for a slightly advanced class. The emphasis in this class will be on developing the child’s self-discipline and proper conduct required for classical dance. The student will also be introduced to basic hand counting of 16 beats (Teen Tal). At the end of this level, students will be able to independently complete pranami, basic tatkar, and selected tora-tukras. Dance performances will be on semi-classical or rhythmic hindi songs.
Kathak DanceFor age 7 years & above:
Beginner Kathak defines Taal (Beats), Laya(Tempo), Vilambit Laya(Slow Tempo), Madhya Laya(Moderate Tempo), Matra(beat), Tali(Clap), Khali(Empty) and Saum ( Closure).• Counting ‘ Beats and Bol ’ : Hand counting for 16 beats(Teen Taal) – Single, double, quadruple time in different speeds.• Dance Footwork/Hand Gestures: Various hand positions/gestures, different poses. Various movements of Kathak Dance -Tatkaar [Foot work, using feet with Gungharoo (ankle bells)], basic Tora, Tukra, Chakra(Circles).
Intermediate KathakFor intermediate learners:
Intermediate Kathak starts with History of Kathak Dance and covers introduction to various schools of thoughts and styles.• Vocal and practical demonstration: Knowledge acquired in Dance Footwork and Hand Gestures as a beginner will be applied for more rhythmically complex Tora Tukra, Tehai, Parran, Aamad, etc. Student will start to explore various Hast Mudras (Hand Gestures) and how to integrate them in the dance and learn new Taals.
Advanced KathakFor advanced learners:
Advanced Kathak Students will consolidate prior knowledge and will have further expansion. New techniques such as Single spin, Double Spins, Gatbhav, Gatnikas will be introduced. Special emphasis will be drawn on experiencing the body – feeling and poses, relaxed and tensed, breathing techniques and axis of the body. In addition, students will learn ‘Abinaya’ (Story telling in Kathak)’, Taal like Rupak, Jhaptaal, Dhammar etc. Furthermore, students will be introduced to dance compositions based on Tarana, Thumri, Bhajan, Ghazal, etc.
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