Sunday, March 25, 2012

Odissi Dance Classes in New York - Manhattan & White Plains, and Connecticut - Stamford

I current hold group and private classes for beginner, intermediate and advance students at three locations - Manhattan and White Plains (NY) and Stamford (CT). 

Fee structure
Generally, $20 per class.

Email or to confirm registration for a class. You can drop in for a FREE trial class anytime.

Manhattan classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm, at  519 8th Avenue, or 12 E 32nd Street. 
White Plains classes are held on Fridays 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturdays/Sundays, 10 am - 12:30 pm, at 300 High Point Drive, Hartsdale, NY 10530.

For further information on locations and schedules, email at, or click here. 

Class Description

Odissi - Beginner I (Ages 6 years and above):  Students will learn the fundamental principles of Odissi in the style of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, including the basic steps in the two distinctive positions – Chauka (the square stance) and Tribhangi (the three-bend stance). These will be woven together with traditional hand gestures, walks, turns, neck, eye and head movements in a simple choreography – Sthayi (traditional pure dance sequence) – to create an enjoyable practice for young beginners with the aim of exposing them to the experience of performance and ensemble work. Students will also learn to chant the basic eight beat bols, and learn about the history of Odissi. 

Odissi - Beginner II:  The Chauka and Tribhangi steps set to eight to ten beat cycles will be introduced and added to the Sthayi choreography. Torso movement will be taught at this stage for each of the ten basic Chauka and Tribhangi steps. Students will also learn the choreography for a Vandana (hymn) as an introduction to Mangalacharan, the traditional invocatory piece which forms part of the Odissi repertoire. 

Anamika-Navatman Student Showcase, June 17, 2012, NYC  - 
Odissi beginner students performing Thei Thei (a simple choreoraphy for beginners using basic Odissi steps)

My Beginner 1 Class practicing a sequence of basic steps

Odissi - Intermediate:  Mangalacharan's rhythmic sequence of steps forming the Bhumi Pranam (salutation to Mother Earth) and Trikhandi Pranam (three-fold salutation to God, the Guru, and the audience) will be completed. This class will focus on learning the basic items of the Odissi repertoire – Batu Nritya and Pallavi (pure dance sequences), and Moksha (the dance of salvation which concludes a performance).

Priyadarshini in "Saundarya" - a highly-acclaimed cross-cultural dance theater

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