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Indian Classical Dance Courses


 

Indian classical dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Mohiniaattam, Manipuri and Bharatanatyam are always admired and revered in the different parts of India and even outside India. They are well known for their body movements and facial expressions.

Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance from Tamilnadu. It is a blend of expressions, melody and rhythm. Bharatanatyam is the combination of three elements Nritta, Nritya and Natya. Nritta highlights body movements and rhythm. Nritya gives emphasis to dance postures and body movements. Natya gives importance to drama and poems. Done with complete concentration the dance form is as good as yoga. Read on to get a closer look at the countless health benefits it offers.

Bharatanatyam movements make use of various muscles tissues. Few hours of practice can give you a good exercise and improve your stamina. Practicing Bharatanatyam boosts endurance. Moving all limbs together at the same time, while the eyes follow whatever the hands do, requires a lot of stamina. Getting a single step perfectly correct slowly can take time but it builds stamina.


Course Title / Course Fee

 

Course Title

Class Time

Course Fee

Bharatanatyam

5:00--9:00

350 AED /8 Hrs

Mohiniyattam

5:00--9:00

350 AED /8 Hrs

Kuchipudi

5:00--9:00

350 AED /8 Hrs

Kathak

5:00--9:00

350 AED /8 Hrs

Yoga

5:00--9:00

350 AED /8 Hrs


Course Content

 

Bharatanatyam originated in southern India, Tamilnadu. It started as a temple dance tradition 2000 years ago and is perhaps the most advanced and evolved dance form of all the classical Indian dance forms.The name Bharatanatyam is a simple derivation from the four most important aspects of dance. The Sanskrit words are Bha from Bhava meaning emotion, Ra from Raaga meaning music or melody, Ta from Taala meaning rhythm and Natyam meaning dance. Thus Bharathanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance.The dance is performed in the stage as Nritham, Nrithyam and Natyam. Bharatanatyam is based on the theories of the books 'Natyasaasthram' and 'Abhinaya Darpanam'.The dance form is based on 'Adavu' (steps) and 'Hasthamudra' (hand gestures). The sequence of the dance performance is 'Alarippu', 'Jathiswaram', 'Sabdam', 'Varnam', 'Padam' and 'Thillana'. After 'Thillana', with a 'MangalaSlokam' the dance program ends. As a classical dance teacher, Mrs. Suchithra offers Bharatnatyam classes in Abu Dhabi and Mussafah.

This classical dance form of Kerala was first performed by women in temples, over a thousand years ago, as an offering to God, their beloved. The dance movements may appear simple, but effort is required to capture the grace. This dance form exudes enchantment grace and passion. Mohiniyattam (Mohiniattam)is a fusion of ' Bharathanatyam ' and ' Kathakali ', as it is a combination of the graceful elegance of Bharatanatyam and dynamism and vigour of Kathakali. In Mohiniattom, the Lasya element of dancing is predominant, and the mood created is Sringaram (erotic). Like many other Indian dance forms the aspects of Mohiniyattom can be divided mainly into two - Nritha (pure dance) and Nrithya (expository dance). When a child starts learning Mohiniyattam, she starts first with the Nritha (pure dance).

Kuchipudi, one of India's seven main classical dance styles, combines fast rhythms with fluid movements, creating a nice blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy. It presents scenes from Hindu Epics and mythological tales through dance-dramas combining music, dance and acting. The lyrics used in Kuchipudi are usually in Telugu, though Sanskrit verses are also used. While Kuchipudi, like BharataNatyam comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics, it is the use of speech as well that distinguishes its presentation as dance drama. For Kuchipudi classes in Abu Dhabi, please contact Keralanatanam.

Kathak is the classical dance form that prevails in the North of India. The word Kathak is derived from katha meaning "storytelling". The expression Katha kahe so Kathak means whoever tells a story in a dance form with song is a Kathak. The movements of hands (mudra) and body along with facial expressions (abhinaya) were used to tell a story with song and music and this gave birth to Kathak and Kathakars. Originally, the artists known as the Kathakars told mythological stories (harikatha) in the Hindu temples of Northern India and obviously their art was deeply rooted in the Hindu religion, philosophy and spirituality. The Kathakars' knowledge - compositions and choreography - were passed on from generation to generation through oral tradition.

Yoga helps children (and teachers!) focus, relax and be mentally alert. Take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to share all or some of these easy exercises with your students. They can be done with no special equipment, just sitting or standing at the desks. Breathing is done through the nose unless noted otherwise.


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