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"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words."
- Ruth St. Denis
Bollywood
Students will learn steps to the latest and greatest Bollywood music that will expose them to some traditional Bollywood styles as well as some modern dance moves. All classes will begin with a 10-15 min. yoga like warm-up and then move onto choreography.

Bollywood/Folk/Hip-Hop
Intended for students that have been learning for more than 2 years and are ready to move onto different styles of dance. The students will learn all three types of dance throughout the year. The folk dance could range between Bhangra, Garba, Rajasthani, etc. styles of dance. The number of dances learned in the year depends on the level of the class.

Hip-Hop/Bhangra for Boys
Students will learn basic steps to Hip-Hop and Breakdance styles for the first half of the year and then move onto Bhangra for the remainder of the year. They will learn choreographed routines for both styles. Students must wear sneakers for the Hip Hop part of the class.

Bharatnatyam
A traditional dance style of Southern India originated in the temples as part of worship. The dancers sculpt and structure space in forms both graceful and powerful. Their dance becomes a poem with movements, gestures and expressions. Their dance becomes a prayer that celebrates the beauty, the wonder, the joy and the mysteries of nature. Students will advance at their own pace in this class but all will perform a piece at the year end recital.

Adult Bhangra/Bollywood
A great way for adults to work out and learn dance at the same time. Many of the steps learned can be used at parties but choreographed routines will be taught. Classes will switch between Bollywood & Bhangra for the first weeks of classes but then a full choreographed routine will be performed at the year end recital for those who choose to participate. All are encouraged to perform.

Kathak
Kathak originated from northern India, a dance form that uses instrumental and vocal music along with stylized gestures, to enliven mythological stories. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances. There are three major schools or gharanas of Kathak from which performers today generally draw their lineage: the gharanas of Jaipur, Lucknow and Banaras. The students will start from the basics and those who are committed will lead up to performing their own Nritya Arohan (Kathak graduation).




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