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Indian Dance Styles

Recreational – Bollywood Session

Get ready to immerse yourself in Indian culture with energetic and graceful dance pieces! Bollywood is known for captivating, colourful and expressive choreography and sequences. Join us as we celebrate and explore the old and new eras of Bollywood! We are currently offering 8 week sessions beginning on Monday, March 6, 2023. The price is $130+HST for 8 weeks. 3 Sessions available:

Click Here to Register Now – Monday Night, 5:45-6:45 PM, Age 6-10

Click Here to Register Now – Monday Night, 6:45-7:45 PM, Parents with Kids 6+ (Only the parent needs to register. 1 price, 2 enrolments)

Click Here to Register Now – Monday Night, 7:45-8:45 PM Age 11 to Adult

Recreational – Indian Classical Dance

Bharatanatyam is a dance of southern India. It traces its origins back to the Natyashastra, an ancient treatise on theatre written by the mythic priest Bharata. Originally a temple dance for women, Bharatanatyam often is used to express Indian mythological stories and devotions. 

The dance movements are characterized by legs, while feet keep rhythm. Hands may be used in a series of mudras, or symbolic hand gestures, to tell a story.

The repertoire of this performance art are categorized into three brackets namely ‘Nritta’, ‘Nritya’ and ‘Natya’ mentioned in ‘Natya Shastra’ and followed by all major Indian classical dance forms. 

  • ‘Nritta’ is a technical performance where the dancer presents pure Bharata Natyam movements emphasising on speed, form, pattern, range and rhythmic aspects without any form of enactment or interpretive aspect. 
  • Nritya’ the dancer communicates a story, spiritual themes, message or feelings through expressive gestures and slower body movements harmonized with musical notes. 
  • ‘Natyam’ is usually performed by a group or in some cases by a solo dancer who maintains certain body movements for certain characters of the play which is communicated through dance-acting. 

The dance form typically comprises of certain sections performed in sequence namely Alarippu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Varnam, Padam and Thillana.

Classes are $75 + HST per month. 1 night per week. Costumes for end of year recital performance are $120+HST billed in 2 payments. The first deposit is on February 27th ($75).