India has over eight classical dance styles and hundreds of folk styles which have made an impact on the world of dance. This two-day intensive presented by the Ailey Extension, The Anamika-Navatman Project, and The Sa Dance Company, will engage the dancer in a myriad of movements ranging from the rich techniques of Indian classical styles to the festive and energetic nature of folk and Bollywood. The intensive will include eight introductory level classes taught by master teachers from around the world such as Maya Kulkarni, Sridhar Shanmugam, Uttara Coorlawala, Pooja Narang, Sarina Jain, Malini Srinivasan, Pratibha Vuppuluri and me. Students will gain insight into the beauties and intricacies of South Asian dance and music through instructors who have shown to be inspirational teachers within their field.
Register soon for the full workshop, or classes of your choice, at the Alvin Ailey webpage.
Here's the schedule for the two days:
Day 1: Saturday, August 13
10:00 am - 11:30 am - Rhythmic Instrumental Class with Murali Balachandran
11:45 am - 1:15 pm - Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi with Malini Srinivasan, Pratibha Vuppuluri, and Priyadarshini Roy
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Free-style Folk Garba, Raas and Bhangra with Payal Kadakia and Sarina Jain3:15 pm - 4:45pm - Contemporary Blend with Uttara Coorlawala10:00 am - 11:30 am - Kalari Payattu with Sridhar Shanmugam11:45 am - 1:15 pm - Kathak with Parul Shah1:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Abhinaya with Maya Kulkarni (Chadda)3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Bollywood with Pooja Narang
The complex, tightly woven rhythms of Indian dance are deconstructed and abstracted in this percussive, fast-paced work by choreographer Robert Battle. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized rhythmic syllables of Sheila Chandra's jazzy score.