FALL CLASSES BEGIN in SEPTEMBER!

NEW Children's group classes in Jackson Heights, Queens. Adult Group classes in Kalakshetra-style Bharatanatyam in Manhattan are offered at Chhandayan and Flamenco Vivo at 4 West, 43rd street, New York, NY 10036.

For rates and Registration, submit a message on the form below or email malinianddancers@gmail.com.

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. Chhandayan

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm: Advanced Adult class/Varnam. Registration closed. Chhandayan

Wednesdays 3-3:45pm/4-5 year olds, Introduction to Bharatanatyam using child-friendly methods to introduce your little dancer to the rhythms, music and movement of Bharatanatyam. Jackson Heights, Queens.

Wednesdays 4-5pm/6-8 year olds Introduction to the steps and hand gestures of Bharatanatyam through structured dance exercises and sloka chanting. Classes focus on putting together a dance sequence. Jackson Heights, Queens

Thursdays 7-8pm: Intermediate/Mixed level Adult Students. For students who have learned Kalakshetra-style adavus. Warm up and adavu class focuses on developing and maintaining posture and core strength. Nritta and nritya pieces including Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Sabdam, Varnam, Thillana, and Kirtanam. Flamenco Vivo

Thursdays 8-9pm: Body-Natyam. A drop-in class for non-dancers, students of dance and experienced dancers. A class exploring the core and relationship to the ground in natyam. Focuses on understanding the body, tapping into its potential and experiencing dance with freedom. Culminates in a movement sequence to music. Flamenco Vivo.

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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