university & college
master dance classes
In the first half of the class we offer an overview of the history of Bharathanatyam and then cover the basics of stance, posture, footwork, eye movements, and neck movements of Bharathanatyam (south Indian classical dance) to learn a short dance sequence of pure dance (nritta) set to traditional dance music. In the second half of the class we learn the techniques of storytelling with hand gestures (known as mudras), expressions (abhinaya) created through the combination of the nine rasas (emotions), and the use of the entire body in transforming oneself into the characters portrayed. The use of space and transitions will be discussed and students will apply their knowledge of abhinaya to choreograph a simple scripted story that will be attached to the short dance sequence learned in the first half of the class.
elementary & high school
Lecture demonstrations are designed for grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12 in which we present a perspective into India, its rich and diverse culture, and a deep dive into the world of Indian classical dance, music and storytelling. These highly interactive presentations include student participation, an introduction the principles of rhythm and emotion as a mode of communication, a full Bharathanatyam opening and closing dance demonstration and a question and answer session.
montessori & preschool
In classroom presentations
In-classroom explorations of classical Indian dance and music allow children ages 2-6 an interactive introduction to the colorful aspects of Indian culture. We begin with a small dance demonstration followed by an exploration of the basic rhythms of Indian classical music accompanied by the basic steps of Indian classical dance. Next we look at pictures of various traditional dancers in traditional costumes and pass around pieces of traditional jewelry and clothes for everyone to experience up close. Finally we learn the art of storytelling using special hand gestures known as mudras to reinforce the power of body language.