Courses & Faculty

Dance India is designed to continually challenge participants to bring out and further enhance their skills.  After 10 years of Dance India, we thought it would be a great time to adopt a slightly different approach to training along with a new generation of teaching faculty!

This year, there are four courses offered in Dance India 2017:

  • Bharatanatyam Advanced
  • Bharatanatyam Intermediate
  • Bharatanatyam Beginners
  • Kathak Advanced
  • Kathak Intermediate
  • Odissi Advanced

Bharatanatyam
This year, the advanced and intermediate Bharatanatyam groups  will share their Dance India experience with each other by spending alternate training sessions with Rama Vaidyanathan and Bragha Bessell. With Rama the focus will be on nritta / technique development and with Bragha it will be on abhinaya.  This structure will enable students to benefit from the expertise of each teacher in a more focussed and detailed manner.

Bharatanatyam – Advanced
This level of training requires a minimum of ten years experience and a high level of fitness for this physically demanding programme. The advanced group will explore performance skills and choreographic approaches in greater detail through a taught piece or by investigating repertoire, with an emphasis placed on abhinaya (facial expression) technique.  Dancers will also explore quality of movement, rhythm and dynamics and spend a great deal of time strengthening technique, performance skills and enhancing repertoire.

Bharatanatyam – Intermediate
This level is suitable for dancers with a minimum of five years experience in their chosen style. This programme will focus on the dynamic use of space, in addition to articulating and finding a range of qualities in movement. The programme will also focus heavily on refining technique and developing performance skills and will develop a piece of repertoire  geared towards utilising these newly refined skills. Dancers will be required to move at a faster pace and will be expected to have a high level of fitness and the desire and willingness to explore and discover new depths in their dance.

Bharatanatyam – Beginners
This level is suitable for students with a minimum of two years of Bharatanatyam training. This course explores the process of creating dance using body and space, in addition to articulating and finding a range of qualities in movement by looking at various levels of tension and effort. The course will also focus on refining basic Bharatanatyam technique and developing the beginnings of performance skills through a taught choreographic piece.

Kathak
The Kathak course will differ from the way the Bharatnatyam course is run –  each Kathak class will work with their main assigned tutor during the week.  Milapfest will however endeavour to create as many opportunities as possible for both teachers to work with both sets of students.  

Kathak – Advanced
The Kathak class requires students have a minimum of 10 years of Kathak dance experience.  This challenging class will experiment with and explore traditional Kathak repertoire (tukdaas, tihaai, paeans etc) along with traditional movements to find innovative ways of expressing and building on Kathak vocabulary.  A great deal of emphasis will be placed on finding and understanding one’s own body and accordingly learn to create a style of dance to suit individual physical capacity and talents.

Kathak – Intermediate
This level is suitable for dancers with a minimum of five years experience in their chosen style. This programme will focus on the dynamic use of space, in addition to articulating and finding a range of qualities in movement. The programme will also focus heavily on refining technique and developing performance skills and will develop a piece of repertoire  geared towards utilising these newly refined skills. Dancers will be required to move at a faster pace and will be expected to have a high level of fitness and the desire and willingness to explore and discover new depths in their dance.

Odissi – Advanced
This level of training requires a minimum of ten years experience and a high level of fitness for this physically demanding programme. The advanced group will explore performance skills and choreographic approaches in greater detail through a taught piece or by investigating repertoire, with an emphasis placed on abhinaya (facial expression) technique.  Dancers will also explore quality of movement, rhythm and dynamics and spend a great deal of time strengthening technique, performance skills and enhancing repertoire.

*Please note that while you may apply for the level of study appropriate to your experience, the Dance India faculty retain the final decision in this process. This is ensure each participant receives the greatest benefit from the Dance India experience. 
Find out more about Dance Indiathe faculty and how to register as a participant.