Intro to Classical Indian Dance & Bollywood Dance

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Wednesday, June 7th – 7:30-9pm
Intro to Classical Indian Dance (Kathak)

$25/pp (bring your own ankle bells)

or $40 (includes a set of ankle bells)

Kathak is one of the ten major forms of Indian classical dance.[1] The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers.[2] The term Kathak is derived from the
Vedic Sanskrit word Kathameaning “story”, and kathaka in Sanskrit means “he who tells a story”, or “to do with stories”.
The invocation (vandana) consists of the dancer coming to stage and offering respect to his or her guru and the musicians on the stage. If the team is from the Hindu tradition, the dancer(s) combine facial expressions and hand gestures (mudra) to invoke Hindu gods and goddesses.

Wednesday, June 14th – 7:30-9pm

Intro to Bollywood dance – $25/pp

An International Sensation!

It is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in a Bollywood film. The international appeal of Bollywood dancing is something that has been in the making for many decades. Originally it was found only in places that had a significant consumption of Indian films. But today it is rising in popularity in the US, Canada and Europe. With the success of films such as the Oscar winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”

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