What is the course about?
Kathak dance technique shares its roots with Flamenco dance and features graceful movements of the wrists, complex footwork sequences and dance turns; these movements are perfectly timed to the musical beats of the Indian time cycle. Experience the grace, precision and power of this North Indian classical art form, and develop presence, expression and co-ordination.
What will we cover?
Physical warm-up / cool-down.
Kathak posture and style
Basic co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrist curls
The origins of Kathak, its history, ‘gharanas’ or families of Kathak and it’s connection with Flamenco
Playing with the time cycles of Kathak with rhythmic hand-clapping and foot work
A short dance routine.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Embody the basic Kathak dance posture and style.
Demonstrate basic footwork.
Use basic co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrist curl.
Describe the origins of Kathak
Distinguish ‘taal’ (the rhythmic pulse, the beat) of Kathak
Perform a short basic dance routine.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners.
A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In this practical and dynamic class, you will be taught Kathak dance through explanation, demonstration, correction, copying, repetition & revision.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Should you wish to pursue your interest in Kathak, you would need to purchase ‘ghungaroos’ (ankle bells). Kathak is performed bare-footed in order to make good sound and grip the floor.
Women: Leggings and a long ‘kurta’ or loose fitting flared shirt to just above the knees. No jeans or baggy trousers please.
Men: Comfortable trousers and ‘kurta’ or loose fitting shirt. No jeans or baggy trousers please.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Kathak: beginners or Kathak: improvers.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details