Group classes in Kalakshetra-style Bharatanatyam for Adults in Manhattan are offered at Chhandayan 4 West, 43rd street, #616 New York, NY 10036
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm: Adult Beginners. For students who want to build a strong foundation in the Kalakshetra style. Classes focus on alignment, structure, rhythm, and adavus/dance steps. Items such as Pushpanjali and Tisram Alarippu are introduced.
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm: Mixed Level Intermediate 1 and 2. For students who have learned Kalakshetra-style adavus and at least 2 items. Classes focus on nritta and nritya pieces including Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Sabdam, Varnam, Thillana, and Kirtanam.
Private classes are offered to students who wish to deepen their practice and develop their technical and expressive skills as a solo dancer.
A note from the teacher:
As a teacher, I aim to transmit to my students the discipline and rigor of Kalakshetra-style training along with the ease and joy that my mother and grandmother embodied as dance artists. I encourage each of my students to cultivate a uniquely personal understanding of classical technique. This involves understanding how one's body relates to classical form, and how each of our personal experiences informs our understanding of poetry, characters and content. Many students combine private classes with group classes in order to enjoy the dynamics of the group while growing as an solo dancer. I see each class as an opportunity to bring a different aspect of the Bharatanatyam tradition alive wherever we may be.
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