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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 : Westboro,Sudbury and North Attleboro. Register for classes at any locations.

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What to bring:

Water, Notebook

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class;
Private lesson - $35/hour;
Group Lesson $80/month for 1.5 hour/week class

Class Times:

Bharatanatyam Beginners - Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bharatanatyam Adult - Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bharatanatyam Seniors - Saturday: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Bharatanatyam Level 1 - Sunday: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Dance (Kids & Adults) - Nikita Rao

Teacher: Nikita Rao

Nikita's unique dance style and choreography fuses a diverse repertoire including Indian styles, such as Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, and Folk; and, western staples such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Her unique choreographies fuse modern dance styles with today’s most popular and vibrant Hindi music.
Classes are being offered at three levels:
- Kids Bollywood Hip Hop, Ages 6-8: will learn to move and groove! This super fun and high energy class is all about finding the rhythm and style of the music!
- Junior Bollywood Hip Hop / Contemporary Fusion, Ages 9-13: will learn to move and groove! This class is suitable or intermediate to advanced dancers for their age, and is a GREAT way for dancers to keep their technique and bodies in shape over the summer.
- Adult Bollywood, Ages 13 and over: This is a super energetic class! Learn dancing and choreographed steps, and lose weight at the same time!

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Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class; Walk-In/Trial Class: $18

Class Times:

Bollywood Dance - Young Kids - Wednesday: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Bollywood Dance - Junior Boys - Wednesday: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Bollywood Dance - Tweens/Teens/Adults - Wednesday: 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Dance (Tiny Tots) - Nivetha R

Teacher: Nivetha Ravichandran

This class is tailored to the young dance enthusiast who loves music and loves to move! The class will introduce the kids to Bollywood music and dance and include warm ups, stretching, fun routines, repetition and loads of dancing. The choreography will incorporate Bollywood dance steps, Indian folk dance, free style dance, and hip hop. Kids will also get opportunities to perform at various local events.

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What to bring:

Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a bottle of water.

Price:

$70/month for one-hour per week; Walk-In/Trial Class: $18

Class Times:

Kids1 - Monday: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Kids2 - Sunday: 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Fusion (Juniors & Teens)- Jai Kishan

Teacher: Jai Kishan

Inspired by the high energy music from Indian films, our Bollywood class is the perfect platform to dance to fast paced, high energy Bollywood songs. Bollywood dance includes many forms of movement and dance styles such as hip hop, Indian folk and freestyle. Apart from learning dance you will also be given the opportunity to perform for various stage shows across New England. Classes are suitable for students of all levels. No prior dance experience is required.

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Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class; Walk-In/Trial Class: $18

Class Times:

Bollywood Fusion - Juniors & Teens - Sunday: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Indian Fusion Dance - Bolly Beatzz (Adults)

Teacher: Priya Asthana

If you love dancing and want to perform on stage, join us for this 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 with stage performance skills and no prior dance experience both are welcome. Some students will be shortlisted for competitions and will be mentored for participating on stage in the New England area.
First performance will be at VERVE 2019 on June 8!

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What to bring:

Wear comfortable clothing. Some dance genres might require dance shoes.

Price:

$80 for 8 classes

Class Times:

Adults - Men & Women - Monday: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

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Price:

Group lesson - $198/Spring Session Kids Junior (for a one hour/week class);
Group lesson - $220/Spring Session Beginner & Intermediate Teen/Tween/Adult (for a one hour/week class);
Private/Semi-Private lesson - $35/hour

Class Times:

Spring (April-June) 2019: Kids Junior (3-8 yrs) - Saturday: 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring (April-June) 2019: Intermediate Level Tween/Teen/Adult - Saturday: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Spring (April-June) 2019: Beginner Level Semi-Private- Tween/Teen/Adult - Saturday: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com