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Bharatanatyam

Teacher: Hema Iyengar

Bharatanatyam has its roots deep in Indian mysticism, legends and rituals, depicting achievements of heroes and Gods. The stories are told by the body, face and different positions of the hands each movement expressing a well-defined role. Kajal (eyeliner) rimmed eyes draw attention to facial expressions. The body, seen as the temple of the soul, is adorned with jewels; the ankles and feet, beating the rhythm, symbolize the creative vibration as well as dissolution of the Universe. The hands and feet draw geometric forms in the air, the so called yantra describe the qualities and symbols of each divinity or the tale; those who understand Indian symbology can easily read and interpret these movements.

All the dances are structured around the nine rasas or emotions: lasya (happiness), krodha (anger), bhibasta (disgust), bhaya (fear), shoka (regret), viram (courage), karuna (compassion), adbhuta (surprise) and shanta (serenity). The dances differ from one another due to different ethnic reasons however, the hand movements or hasta mudra are the same for all the rasas.

In her classes, Hema introduces the beginner as well as those with prior training to her style of Bharatanatyam, starting with the mudras, (hand gestures), the adavus (steps with hand and foot movements), and then progressing to full length dances. She also creates fusion dance styles, mixing Bharatanatyam steps and expressions to popular film music.

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class;
Private lesson - $25/hour

Class Times:

Saturday Level 2: 10:30 - 11:30 am; Adults: 11:30 am –12:30 pm
Saturday Beginners: 1:00 - 2:00 pm; Level 3: 2:00 - 3:00 pm; Level 4: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Contact:

Email – nritya.anjali@gmail.com

Kuchipudi

Teacher: Prafulla Velury

Kuchipudi dance is a classical Indian dance form that originated in Andhra Pradesh. It is a dance drama performance art. In her classes, Prafulla will teach movements and exacting footwork, expressive gestures of hand (mudras), eye and face movements.Classical music as it relates to particular dance pieces will also be introduced to the students. For beginners, the class will cover various warm-ups, basic steps and beginner shlokas. Students at the intermediate and junior level will learn basic foot movements (pada bhedas), jatis, and dances such as Ganapathi kauthvam, pooja nrityam,jatiswaram, and shabdam. As students advance to more senior levels, they will learn detailed expressions, advanced jatis, rendering of jatis, and for students over the age of 20 they will learn Nattuvangam.

Class Times:

Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Kathak

Teacher: Moumita Banerjee

Kathak is one of the major forms of classical dance in North India. The word “KATHAK”means to tell a story. Through Kathak dance, one can feel the invisible presence of dreams and ambitions with its circular movements, delicate footsteps and subtle expression. In Kathak, the dancer can create enough space for improvisations and suggestive emotions or Bhavas. Kathak is found in three Gharanas-Jaipur, Banaras, and Lucknow Gharana from the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved.


The class will include basic theory of Kathak dance which is an integral part of each class, essential for developing an insight into the dance form.
Beginner Class: A beginner student will learn the basic technique of Kathak such as- Laya (tempo), Taal (beats) such as Teental (16 beats), Namaskar, Tatkar (footwork), Hand movement, Chaal (stylized way of walking), Chakra (spin), Abhinaya (acting) through Gat and Gat Bhava, and Bols (composition) like-Toda, Tukda, Amad, Salami and Paran.
Intermediate Class: In the intermediate class students will learn the next level of skills, with more complicated repertoire. They are expected to perform this material in different Taals. Also, they will increasingly focus on expression and Abhinaya (acting) through Vandana, Bhajan, Thumri, Tarana, Gat Bhav, Kabit etc.
Advanced Class: In the advanced class the student will focus more on performing experiences while focusing on Abhinaya (acting), choreography, and fusion dance all of which bring forth their individual creativities.

What to bring:

Ghungroos (further direction will be provided by the teacher in class), one file folder with blank papers and a pen. The beginner and intermediate students should bring this to each class.

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class; Private lesson - $25/hour

Class Times:

Saturday: Beginner Adults Class (Ages 11+): 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Senior Students (Ages 11+): 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday: Junior Kids class (Ages 3-5): 4:00 – 4:30 pm; Kids class (Ages 6-11): 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Fusion

Teacher: Jaikishan

Inspired by the high energy music from Indian films, our Bollywood class is the perfect platform to dance to fast paced, high energy Bollywood songs. Bollywood dance includes many forms of movement and dance styles such as hip hop, Indian folk and freestyle. Apart from learning dance you will also be given the opportunity to perform for various stage shows across New England. Classes are suitable for students of all levels. No prior dance experience is required.

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week

Class Times:

Kids 8-12 Sunday 5:30 – 6:30 pm; Kids 12+ Sunday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bollywood Dance

Teacher: Nikita Rao

Nikita's unique dance style and choreography fuses a diverse repertoire including Indian styles, such as Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, and Folk; and, western staples such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Her unique choreographies fuse modern dance styles with today’s most popular and vibrant Hindi music.
Classes are being offered at three levels:
- Kids Bollywood Hip Hop, Ages 4-7: will learn to move and groove! This super fun and high energy class is all about finding the rhythm and style of the music!
- Junior Bollywood Hip Hop / Contemporary Fusion, Ages 8-12: will learn to move and groove! This class is suitable or intermediate to advanced dancers for their age, and is a GREAT way for dancers to keep their technique and bodies in shape over the summer.
- Adult Bollywood, Ages 13 and over: This is a super energetic class! Learn dancing and choreographed steps, and lose weight at the same time!

Price:

$70 per month

Class Times:

Kids 4-7 yrs, Wednesdays 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Junior 8-12 yrs, Wednesdays 6:45 – 7:30 pm
Adult 13 and over, Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Let’s Nacho – Adult Bollywood Dance Class

Teacher: Pooja Ravi

Bollywood dance style is a beautiful blend of all Indian dance styles be it semi classical Indian dance, south Indian folk dance or the more current hip hop and rock and roll dance. Pooja is a trained Bollywood Instructor with 10+ years of experience of dancing on stage. She will guide you through a set of choreographed dance movements to the latest Bollywood Songs. You will learn to dance with precision, expression, exaggeration and energy which are all key elements of Bollywood Dance. Enroll now and get trained to simply enjoy dancing or to perform on stage at local events!

Price:

$70 per month; walk-in $18

Class Times:

TBD

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Bhangra

Teacher: Boston Bhangra / Amrita Vadhera

Bhangra! Bhangra! Bhangra! This is your chance to come and learn one of the most popular forms of dance in the world by one of the most recognized name brands in the US! This class is a collaboration between the Center for Arts and Wellness and Boston Bhangra. It focuses on basic/intermediate dance techniques with the addition of more advanced steps over time. The class uses modern Punjabi/Bhangra songs making the dances energetic and fun for dancers. The goal of the class will be to teach steps for the first half of class and then integrate choreography for the second half. This way students can apply the moves that they are learning with actual choreography. The class will cover a range of styles from the subgenres of bhangra, including Jhumar, Dhamaal, Daankara, Luddi, Jugni, and much more!

What to bring:

All you need for class are comfortable clothes and sneakers, a water bottle and a fun attitude!

Price:

$60 per month or $18 walk-in

Class Times:

Kids (ages 10 and under): Sunday 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Older Kids (ages 10+) and Adults: Sunday 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

BollyAerobics

Teacher: Sunita Ramnani

If you are looking for a fun way to increase your heart rate, and get it pumped through cardio and full masti then this is the class for you! This unique fitness class intermingled with the style and creativity of Bollywood steps will help integrate your body, soul and mind to feel immense energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and achieve the highest potential for well-being. You will sweat out all the toxins from your body, tone and strengthen your muscles and have a more active lifestyle. Come join me in a routine that is intense and full of fun.

What to wear: Fitness clothes and any sport shoes (please no outside shoes)

Price:

Walk-ins - $12;
6-class session - $70; 8-class session - $90; 10-class session - $100

Class Times:

Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Min of 4 registrations needed to run a session

Zumba

Teacher: Ruchi Shandilya

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy - and is perfect for everybody and every body! It includes a variety of rhythms, including Latin, hip-hop and Bollywood, and incorporates low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party! The steps are easy to follow.

What to bring:

All you need for class are some comfortable clothes and sneakers, a water bottle and a fun attitude!

Price:

Walk-ins - $12;
6-class session - $70; 8-class session - $90; 10-class session - $100

Class Times:

Saturday 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Min of 4 registrations needed to run a session