Who doesn’t want to Dance?
We are art lovers and we understand that Formal education integrated with art would help many relax and learn in a memorable way. Hence, we are encouraging art by providing Free Dance Classes. It is a humble attempt to make people fit through these Free Dance Classes which come for free only with the other paid courses at Digital Cutlet near Osmania University, Hyderabad. Also, There are many event Management companies who welcome trained performers and pay well for each performance. Hench a professional has a lucrative career
prominent Dance Forms
India owns a very rich and varied culture of dance since ancient times. All the innumerable dance forms are traditionally and regional representing a set of core ideas in different styles, expressions and costumes. The ancient and popular text “Natya Shastra” describing the dance forms dates back to 500 BCE. Most of the classical Indian dances are traditional expressive art performances of religious stories, epics, and spiritual virtues and literature. All these forms could be broadly categorized into three segments namely; tribal, folk and classical dance forms. Some of the most popular classical dance forms which are popular nation-wide and internationally are Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak.
Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical originated in Tamilnadu state situated in Southern India. Bharatanatyam is also considered as the oldest form of classical dance in India.
The name Bharatanatyam denotes three Sanskrit terms namely, bhava, raga, and taala meaning emotions, melody, and rhytm respectively. So, Bharatanatyam is a classical form expressing emotions or feeling in melody and rhythm.
Bharatanatyam is a solo classical dance performed only by women narrating religious and spiritual ideas in South Indian temples of Shaiva, Shakthi, and Vaishnava traditions. This ancient dance is dated back to second century CE with several ancient temples like Chidambaram and Kanchi temples portraying the carvings of Bharatanatyam postures.
A Bharatanatyam performer is a solo artist accompanied by a singer, musical instruments (drum and flute), and her Guru or teacher who directs and conducts the performance. In a costume of colorful sari and jewellery, the performer narrates with her codified hand and facial gestures, footwork, postures, and body language in sync with the singer and musicians. Bharatanatyam classical dance is famous for its foot work with flexed or bent knees and fixed upper torso combined with sophisticated sign language through hand, facial, and eye gestures.
After significant ban during British Rule, during the Indian Independence, the Bharatanatyam was revived back by eminent performers like E. Krishna Iyer, Arundale and Balasaraswati expanding it into a mainstream dance outside temples. Today, Bharatanatyam also includes fusion based as well as non-religious themes.
Some of the basic lessons of Bharatanatyam for a beginner include
- Syllables or Sollu kettu
- Various concepts of dance
- Basic steps or Adavus
- Hand gestures or mudras
- Benediction or mangalam
Kuchipudi classical dance, named after its origin village Kuchelapuram or Kuchipudi, is a dance-drama performance art native to Andhra Pradesh state of India. It is perfect mixture of quick footwork and narrative eye movements along with dramatic characterization.
Kuchipudi performer is supposed to learn Telugu and Sanskrit languages, music and other ancient manuscripts in addition to dance-drama. Though the dates back ancient scripture “Natya Shastra”, around 17th century a mendicant by name Siddhendra Yogi re-founded it and made it popular through his followers. Originally only men were allowed to perform the Kuchipudi classical dance. However, with time, changes and innovations were made and women were also allowed to perform the art. Dance aspects like dancing on a brass plate and dancing with a pot on head in rhythm with the accompanying musicians made Kuchipudi more distinctive.
The performer wears a custom designed saree similar to Bharatanatyam dress code along with other ornaments like arm band and necklace. The plait of the performer is also decorated with flowers and jewelry. All the ornaments are made of a very light wood called as “Boorugu”.
Vempati Chinna Satyam and Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Shastry were eminent proponents of Kuchipudi classical dance followed by others like Sobha Naidu, Raja & Radha Reddy, Swapnasundari and Yamini Reddy currently.
Indian classical dance Kathak was originated in the present Uttar Pradesh State, Northern India, from the then story-tellers. The Sanskrit term “Katha” in the word Kathak means story. Kathak is a dance form of narrating stories. Kathak performers narrate various stories from ancient epics and mythologies through facial expressions, hand movements as well as footwork. The Kathak performers were called as Kathakas or Kathakars.
With time, Kathak has evolved into few other variants like Thumri and Bhavai. It further underwent changes in artistic expressions and costumes with the change of political rule in Northern India passing through Bhakti Era to Mughal Era to British era and Post Indian Independence.
The most common musical instruments used in today’s Kathak dance are Tabla syncing with the rhythmic footwork and harmonium or sarangi.
Presently, the most popular forms or schools of Kathak are Jaipur style, Lucknow style and Benares styles. Pandit Birju Maharaj (Brijmohan Mishra) is considered as the living legend of Kathak classical dance.
Some of the basic lessons or chapters of Kathak class include
- Foot work or Teentaal
- Recitation or Padhant
- Ancient text and meaning or Natya Kramaha
- Perfection of posture or Anga Shuddhi
- Hand movements or Hastaks
- Spins or Chakkars
- Rhythmic movements or Chaals
- Cycles or Sums and
- Prostration to the Teacher or Guru Vandanam
Some popular Western Dances
Some of the popular western dances are Hip Hop, Break Dance, Salsa, Ballet, and Jazz.
Hip hop is a popular free-style street dance form originated in the United States during early 1970s. Some of the basic styles of Hip hop are ‘breaking’, ‘popping’, and ‘locking’. However being a free-style form, Hip hop is ever evolving with performer’s innovative ideas. With time and continuous evolution of new styles, Hip hop was later on commercialized in the form of movies, concerts, and pop music videos.
Break dance is another form of street dance tuned to hip hop music or funky music. Prominent with athletic style, it evolved during the early 1970s in the United States. Initially it was called as b-boying which later on changed to break dancing with increasing popularity.
Downrock, toprock, power moves and freezing are the four major elements of Break-dancing. Several individual styles developed in Break dance like Flavor, Blow-up, Abstract and Power.
Salsa is yet another vibrant western social dance form with main focus on rhythmic foot movements and steady upper body. Though the origin of Salsa is not specific, salsa evolved into various styles with time. New Salsa styles are often named after the geographic origin. Few popular Salsa styles are Afro-Latino style, Cuban style or Casino, Miami style, Cuban style or Casino, and Los Angeles Style.
One distinctive feature of Salsa is performing 3 steps for 4 beats of music which creates a unique rhythm of its own.
Ballet is another popular western dance form which started during Italian Renaissance around 15th century. With time and widespread of Ballet dance across the world, many styles evolved like Russian ballet, French ballet, Italian ballet, Classical ballet, Romantic ballet, and Contemporary ballet to name a few.
Ballet requires very strict, flexible and athletic body. Highly demanding postures like dancing on toes and bending the back and hips is a continuous challenge to keep the body fit and flexible. Mostly, ballet performers are trained at a very tender age of 5 to 7 years to attain body-flexibility and continue the practice every day.
Jazz is one of the most popular western dance form which spread internationally. Jazz originated in the United States among the African-American communities during early 20th century and is also considered as western classical music. With time and fusion, Jazz evolved into different styles from a street into a stage dance and introduced into movies and pop music.
Digital Cutlet, Kuchipudi Art Academy, Basant Natya Kala Mandir, Arunodaya Institute, Kathak Kala Kshethram, and the School of Classical are some of the Institutes in Hyderabad offering Classical classes for everybody.
Moon Walker Studio, Sunnyz Institute, Furor Entertainment are some of the institutes in Hyderabad offering Western Classes for all age groups.