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Indian Classical Dance Classes
Indian dance classes for adults and children are offered in New York and other parts of the US for people of both Indian and non-Indian origin.
By: Alicia Blaze
Learn a Classical Dance Form
Indian classical dance requires dedication and lots of practice. Most of the institutions providing dance classes offer flexible timing for the convenience of students. Based on prior knowledge and experience, the interested candidate would be put in either the beginners, intermediate or advanced learner’s batch. Most of the dance institutes in NYC teach the following dance forms:
Odissi: The Odissi tradition existed in three schools, Mahari, Nartaki, and Gotipua. This Indian classical dance has Mangalacharan, Battu Nrutya, Moksha, Pallavi, Abhinaya, and Dashavataar as its various forms. All these forms have their own vocabulary of foot positions, head movements, eye movements, body positions, hand gestures, rhythmic foot work, jumps, turns and spins. In the past, Odissi dancers used to perform outside on the temple courtyard.
Kathak: This dance form originated in North India and traces its history back to bards called kathakas. The work Kathak is derived from the word Katha which means the art of story telling. Dancers perform to the accompaniment of music with religious recitals and mythological tales. Kathak dancers are required to focus on dramatic and sensuous expression. It is one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world which can be performed by both men and women.
Learn from Qualified Dance Teachers
Indian classical dance classes are conducted by qualified dance teachers who have many years of experience to their credit. They would help interested candidates decide which dance is most likely to suit them and suggest the right type of clothes. They constantly motivate their students and help them master the dance technique. The students who perform well can even get the opportunity to stage shows for cultural events, programs and festive occasions.
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Indian dance classes at YICG in New York provide a fun-filled introduction to the culture, versatililty, and glamour of Indian dance. Young Indian Culture Group, Inc. provides classes for children and adults based in Long Island and Queens. The classes are offered for children aged 4 and above, and adults. Students of different cultural backgrounds including non-Indian backgrounds get an opportunity to understand India’s popular dance heritage.