What is the course about?
Learn classical Kathak dance technique and theory, understand complex rhythms, challenge your movement skills and learn the subtle beauty of Kathak.
What will we cover?
Physical warm-up / cool-down
The anatomy of Kathak
Complex co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrist curls
Further exploration of the Indian time cycles of Kathak with rhythmic hand-clapping and foot work
Development of facial expressions in dance
A short dance routine.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Develop your understanding of complex musical rhythms
Create fluidity and sharpness in your movement
Generate explosive footwork & dance spins
Refine your expression and character
Explore the subtleties of gaze and eye contact in dance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an improvers class open to all who have attended a beginners class or have a basic foundation of Kathak training.
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.
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?
Continue with Kathak: improvers or explore Bollywood, Flamenco or speak to the tutor for advice and guidance.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details