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Bharatanatyam

Teacher: Hema Iyengar

Bharatanatyam has its roots deep in Indian mysticism, legends and rituals, depicting achievements of heroes and Gods.

All the dances are structured around the nine rasas or emotions: lasya (happiness), krodha (anger), bhibasta (disgust), bhaya (fear), shoka (regret), viram (courage), karuna (compassion), adbhuta (surprise) and shanta (serenity). The dances differ from one another due to different ethnic reasons however, the hand movements or hasta mudra are the same for all the rasas.

In her classes, Hema introduces the beginner as well as those with prior training to her style of Bharatanatyam, starting with the mudras, (hand gestures), the adavus (steps with hand and foot movements), and then progressing to full length dances. Her students have performed at various shows and competitions.She actively trains students for arangetrams.

Classes are taught at various locations: Westborough and North Attleborough. Register for classes at any location after initial consultation with the Center.

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What to bring:

Water, Notebook

Price:

Beginner Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class;
Private/Semi Private lesson - $35/45 min;
Intermediate Group Lesson $80/month for 1 hour/week class; Senior Group lesson - $100/month

Class Times:

Bharatanatyam - Intermediate - Monday: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bharatanatyam Registration - Tuesday: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Bharatanatyam Adult - Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bharatanatyam Beginner 2 - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Dance (Kids & Adults) - Priyanka Joshi

Teacher: Priyanka Joshi

This class includes a unique dance style and choreography fusing a diverse repertoire of Indian styles, such as Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, and Folk; and, western staples such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz.
Classes are being offered at two levels:
- Kids Bollywood Hip Hop, Ages 5-9: kids will learn to move and groove! This super fun and high energy class is all about following the music and finding your internal rhythm and style!
- Junior Bollywood Hip Hop / Contemporary Fusion, Ages 9-15: kids will learn more detailed choreographies and styles. This class is suitable for all levels.

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What to bring:

Water

Price:

Group lesson - $165/ Fall Session (one hour/week class; 11classes + 1 make up class); Trial Class: $10

Class Times:

Bollywood Dance - Kids (5 - 9 yrs) Fall 2020 - Monday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bollywood Dance - Kids (9 - 15 yrs) Fall 2020 - Friday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Team (Adults) - Priya Asthana

Teacher: Priya Asthana

If you love dancing and want to perform on stage, join our Center for Arts and Wellness-BOLLY BEATZZ Bollywood Team, a fun class that gives exposure to various dance genres. Students will dance to various Indian and western songs. Bollywood dance will be fused with other genres like hip hop, jazz, contemporary, waacking and semi classical. The class will be interactive with creative dance idea sharing sessionsas a group that will help in individual dance skill development.
Students of all levels are welcome.

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What to bring:

Wear comfortable clothing. Some dance genres might require dance shoes. Bring a bottle of water.

Price:

$80 for 8-classes. $10/class for any additional classes

Class Times:

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Kathak - Moumita Banerjee

Teacher: Moumita Banerjee

Kathak is one of the eight forms of classical dance of India with its origins in Northern India. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kathaʼ which means ‘storyʼ and the one who tells the stories is called ‘Kathakʼ.

Kathak dance is filled with circular movements, delicate footsteps and subtle expression. The dancer creates enough space for improvisations and suggestive emotions or Bhavas. Every syllable produced by accompanying Indian percussion instruments of Tabla or Pakhawaj resounds with the footwork and the Ghungroos (string of bells) worn on the feet by a Kathak dancer. The scintillating footwork, pirouettes, recitation of dance verses on rhythmic patterns and timings with use of Ghunghroos in Kathak are particularly noteworthy. Kathak’s repertoire includes Pure dance or Nritta characterized by fast rhythmic footwork set to complex time cycles; and Expressive dance or Nritya performed with subtle gestures and facial expressions. The intricate footwork and the virtuous whirls and turns make the dance aggressively beautiful. This dance style from Northern India has evolved over the centuries with all the political and cultural changes of Indian history.

Kathak is found in three Gharanas-Jaipur, Banaras, and Lucknow Gharana from the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved. These classes at the Center will focus on the Benaras and Lucknow Gharanas.

Classes will include basic theory of Kathak dance which is an integral part of each class, essential for developing an insight into the dance form.

Beginner Class: A beginner student will learn the basic technique of Kathak such as- Laya (tempo), Taal (beats) such as Teental (16 beats), Namaskar, Tatkar (footwork), Hand movement, Chaal (stylized way of walking), Chakra (spin), Abhinaya (acting) through Gat and Gat Bhava, and Bols (composition) like-Toda, Tukda, Amad, Salami and Paran.

Intermediate Class: In the intermediate class students will learn the next level of skills, with more complicated repertoire. They are expected to perform this material in different Taals. Also, they will increasingly focus on expression and Abhinaya (acting) through Vandana, Bhajan, Thumri, Tarana, Gat Bhav, Kabit etc.

Advanced Class: In the advanced class the student will focus more on performing experiences while focusing on Abhinaya (acting), choreography, and fusion dance all of which bring forth their individual creativity.

Register for classes after initial consultation with the Center and to determine class level and availability

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What to bring:

Water

Price:

Group lesson - $260/Fall Session (for a one hour/week class; 13 classes+1 make-up class);
Private/Semi-Private lesson - $35/45 min; Trial Class: $22

Class Times:

Kathak (Beginner Kids Junior-7 classes) - Fall 2020 - Monday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kathak (Beginner Adults-11 classes) - Fall 2020 - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kathak (Private) - Fall 2020 - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Kathak (Adults Level 2) - Fall 2020 - Saturday: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Kathak (Kids) - Fall 2020 - Saturday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kathak (Beginner Kids) - Fall 2020 - Saturday: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Odissi Dance

Teacher: Jayashree Mohapatra

Odissi traces its origins to ritual dances performed in the temples of ancient northern India. Today the name Odissi refers to the dance style of the state of Orissa in eastern India. This dance style combines both Tandava and Lasya. Come learn the intricacies and nuances of this artistic and very graceful classical dance form from a very established instructor.

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What to bring:

Water, Notebook

Price:

Group lesson - $260/Winter Session (for a one hour/week class; 13 classes);
Private/Semi-Private lesson - $35/45 min; Trial Class: $22

Class Times:

Odissi Beginner - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com