Kathak is one of the main classical Indian dances that inspires and delights audiences with its fast spins, energetic footwork, intricate hand moves, and artistic presentation.
Jaipur and Lucknow, the two principal schools of Kathak, differ considerably. The former is more athletic and vibrant, while the latter has a subtler and more emotive style. Like most dance forms today, Kathak is learning to reinvent and reinvigorate its classic lines with more modern fusion elements, such as remixed classical music and vibrant original compositions by vocalists and musicians. However, the basic core of nritta, or pure technical dance, remains a top requirement in any piece.
In traditional classes, foundational skills are endlessly repeated until they are more than second nature. The ability to generate nritya, or expressive, emotional dance, is integrated into the learning process early on, but really only develops over time and with consistent practice. Many gurus say that life and experience make for the truest ability to portray emotions. All of these facets of dance come together to form natya, the full drama in which dance and artistry play a very important role.
The wonderful quality about Kathak is that it can be learned and enjoyed at any age. The current evolution of the dance allows for a continuation of the strict classical style while incorporating more exciting and dynamic modern elements. This makes it even more accessible to a wider artist and audience range. We definitely foresee a revitalized future for lovers of Kathak!
Utpalasia will be presenting advanced Kathak workshops this summer. Each session will include a different piece that focuses on the following:
Two years of prior experience with Kathak is highly recommended for these workshops. Questions? Just shoot us a line at https://utpalasia.org/contact/. We hope you’ll join us for a great experience and super workout!
After a long, hot summer it’s time to get back into form with classes in Indian Kathak and Bollywood! So grab your dance bag, take off those shoes, strap on your ghungroos and make plans to attend India School’s 2016-2017 registration this coming Sunday, September 18, starting at 10 am. New and returning students will be placed in the appropriate level by our instructors on the first day of class, September 25th. More info at: http://theindiaschool.com/how-to-register/
Posted February 6, 2015. Filed under Class Info.
It’s still not too late to join our Bollywood and Kathak classes at India School in Bethesda. Whether your interests are to learn a classical Indian dance style or just rev up that energy with the latest Bollywood songs, we have a level to fit your needs. Classes run Sunday mornings at Thomas Pyle Middle School. Details can be found at indiaschoolinc.com.
Posted September 5, 2013. Filed under Class Info.
The start of the next semester at India School is fast approaching. Registration for the fall semester will be held Sunday, September 15th at the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 22nd and we’ll be offering Kathak and Bollywood classes.
Posted January 27, 2013. Filed under Class Info.
The second semester at India School in Bethesda, MD begins tomorrow, January 27, 2013. Classes will include Kathak, Bollywood, and folk dance, and will be held at Thomas Pyle Middle School. Kathak begins promptly at 10:00, followed by children’s Bollywood and folk at 11:20, and adult Bollywood at 12:20. We hope to see everyone there!
NDS has kicked off a new series of Bollywood dance classes at Audrey Moore ReCenter designed to accommodate busy teens and adults. You can register directly with the Center at 703-321-7081. We are also offering Bollywood at the India International School on Saturday mornings from 11:30 to 12:30. For those who just want a taste of Bollywood, please join us for one of our Workhouse Workshops. Details are available on our calendar and at Lorton Arts.
Starting in February we will be giving after school enrichment classes for students in two levels at Ft. Hunt. Please contact the school directly for further information at 703-619-2600.
NDS will be touring all around the state for YAV in the coming months presenting our Himalayan Trails and Kathak/Bollywood programs. We look forward to meeting and working with all of your children and staff members!
NDS is pleased to add a new location for Bollywood and Kathak dance! We will be at Audrey Moore Rec Center in Springfield every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. In addition, we are also offering our regular classes at Fairfax County schools through the Park & Rec Department: Monday nights at Fairfax County Government Center, Wednesdays at Longfellow Middle School, Thursdays at Navy Elementary, and Fridays at Stone Middle School. Check your ParkTakes magazine, available at all local libraries for schedules, fees, and times! These classes are limited to 15 people per class, so sign up early!
Private classes are filling fast for the Fall season. Times allotted to regular students will be given first preference, but we need confirmation to hold your space. Instruction is offered privately in the following dance styles: Kathak, Bollywood, Nepali Folk, and Tabla.
NDS also has a packed Fall schedule with performances for Young Audiences of Virginia (details coming soon), all around the state, and through CAPs right here in Fairfax County.
We hope you will join us on October 6 at the National Theatre when NDS performs a program highlighting the various dance styles of Nepal and India.
Nepal Dance School now offers fine quality tablas and madals, as well as providing service and repair.
Posted January 6, 2008. Filed under Class Info.
Welcome students to the New Year of 2008. We wish all of you every good thing – health, wealth, and happiness! Join us at one of our many venues to learn Bollywood. County classes begin on Monday, January 7 with a new location at the Fairfax County Government Center.