Summer classes begin on May 8!
NEW: Basic Beginners Class for Adults, Tuesdays 6-7pm at Chhandayan
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Bharatanatyam Classes for CHILDREN
Saturdays 10-10:45am/4-5 year olds: Beginner Bharatanatyam. Introduction to Bharatanatyam using child-friendly methods to introduce your little dancer to the rhythms, music and movement of Bharatanatyam. At Chhaya in Jackson Heights, Queens. 15-class session (Spring dates: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19)
Thursdays 4-5pm/5-10 year olds: Beginner Bharatanatyam Introduction to the steps and hand gestures of Bharatanatyam through structured dance exercises and sloka chanting. Classes focus on putting together a dance sequence. Indian Consulate, 3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY. Class fees due at the beginning of each month.
Thursdays 5-6pm/6-16 year olds: Intermediate Bharatanatyam For students who have learned Kalakshetra style adavus or are transitioning styles. Warm up and adavu class focuses on developing and maintaining posture and core strength. Nritta and nritya pieces including Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Sabdam, Thillana. Indian Consulate, New York, NY. Class fees due at the beginning of the month.
Bharatanatyam Classes for ADULTS
NEW Tuesdays 6-7pm/Adult: Basic Beginners Bharatanatyam. For NEW adult students who have little or no background in this dance and want to build a strong foundation in the Kalakshetra style. Classes focus on alignment, structure, rhythm, and adavus/dance steps. Chhandayan, 4 West 43rd Street, #616, New York, NY.
NEW Tuesdays 7-8pm/Adult: Advanced Beginner Bharatanatyam. For students who have learned Kalakshetra-style adavus and are now working on the Alarippu. Warm up and adavu class focuses on developing and maintaining posture and core strength. Chhandayan.
NEW Tuesdays 8-9pm/Adult: Advanced Bharatanatyam: For students who are advanced practitioners of Bharatanatyam (preferably with 8-10 years of dance experience...and ready to dance! Permission from the teacher and a possible audition is required for this class). Chhandayan.
Thursdays 6:30-8pm/Adult Intermediate/Mixed-level Bharatanatyam. Indian Consulate, New York, NY. For students who have studied Kalakshetra-style Bharatanatyam for 3-5 years. Nritta and nritya pieces including Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Sabdam, Padam, 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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