Dance Classes in Popular Indian Classical Dances Offered at YICG

Indian Dance Classes Available for both Adults and Children in New York.
By: Alicia Blaze
May 7, 2011 - PRLog -- Young Indian Culture Group, Inc. (YICG), a non-profit academy based in New York is offering classes in popular Indian classical dances for adults and children. The dance classes are in keeping with YICG’s goal to help Asian Indians in New York understand and appreciate their rich Indian heritage. The training is directed at students from the Long Island and Queens communities in NYC and is held at the Herricks Middle School, 7 Hilldale Drive, Albertson, NY 11507.

Training in Classical Indian Dance

YICG is currently offering training in three classical Indian dances namely Bharata Natyam, Kathak, and Odissi. Bharata Natyam, a classical South Indian dance form is considered to have originated in Thanjavoor, Tamil Nadu. The term comes from the three fundamental theories of Bhava, Raga, and Thaala. The basis of the dance form is steps (adavu) and hand gestures (hasthamudra).

Kathak is of North Indian origin and can be traced to the ancient nomadic bards of this area who were called storytellers or Kathaks. The term “kathak” comes from Sanskrit “katha” which translates as “story.” The Sanskrit word “katthaka” means “he/she who tells a story,” or “concerned with stories.” The usual kathak performance follows the structure of a progression from a slow to a fast tempo, and culmination in a dramatic climax.

Odissi is the dance from of Orissa. It incorporates repeated use of the thrice deflected posture or tribhangi which is bending of the body in three places. This along with the typical side to side shifting of the torso makes Odissi a difficult yet enjoyable dance form.

Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels to Suit Different Needs

Students looking for basic, intermediate, or advanced training can benefit from the classes. Highly experienced professionals impart training to the students. Some of the elements that are covered in the dance classes are:

•   Theory
•   Stretching and warm-up routines
•   Achieving gracefulness and precision in body movements
•   Precision in facial expressions and hand gestures
•   Moving in sync with music beats
•   Performance appraisals

According to a YICG representative, “Our classes give the students the necessary confidence to dance alone or in a group and do their best at dance competitions, stage shows, and maybe even choreography.”

More information about the dance classes in New York conducted at YICG can be got by dialing 1-516-739-1575 or sending an email to

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