Dance Classes for Kids and Girls
Classical and Bollywood Dance Classes
The following dance forms are taught in the children’s dance classes conducted by Mrs. Suchithra in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Bharatnatyam originated in southern India, Tamilnadu. It started as a temple dance tradition 2000 years ago and is perhaps the most advanced and evolved dance form of all the classical Indian dance forms. The name Bharatnatyam is a simple derivation from the four most important aspects of dance. The Sanskrit words are Bha from Bhava meaning emotion, Ra from Raaga meaning music or melody, Ta from Taala meaning rhythm and Natyam meaning dance. Thus Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance.The dance is performed in the stage as Nritham, Nrithyam and Natyam. Bharatanatyam is based on the theories of the books ‘Natyasaasthram’ and ‘Abhinaya Darpanam’.The dance form is based on ‘Adavu’ (steps) and ‘Hasthamudra’ (hand gestures). The sequence of the dance performance is ‘Alarippu’, ‘Jathiswaram’, ‘Sabdam’, ‘Varnam’, ‘Padam’ and ‘Thillana’. After ‘Thillana’, with a ‘MangalaSlokam’ the dance program ends. As a classical dance teacher, Mrs. Suchithra offers Bharathanatyam classes for Indian communities in Abu Dhabi and Mussafah (Shabia 9, 10, 11, 12 / Shabiya).
This classical dance form of Kerala was first performed by women in temples, over a thousand years ago, as an offering to God, their beloved. The dance movements may appear simple, but effort is required to capture the grace. This dance form exudes enchantment grace and passion. Mohiniyattam (Mohiniattam)is a fusion of ‘ Bharathanatyam ‘ and ‘ Kathakali ‘, as it is a combination of the graceful elegance of Bharathanatyam and dynamism and vigour of Kathakali. In Mohiniattom classes, the Lasya element of dancing is predominantly taught. Like many other Indian dance forms the aspects of Mohiniyattom can be divided mainly into two – Nritha (pure dance) and Nrithya (expository dance). When a child joins Mohiniyattam classes, she starts first with the Nritha (pure dance).
Kuchipudi, one of India’s seven main classical dance styles, combines fast rhythms with fluid movements, creating a nice blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy. It presents scenes from Indian Epics and mythological tales through dance-dramas combining music, dance and acting. The lyrics used in Kuchipudi are usually in Telugu, though Sanskrit verses are also used. Kuchipudi, like BharataNatyam comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics; it is the use of speech as well that distinguishes its presentation as dance drama. For Kuchipudi classes in Abu Dhabi / Shabia, please contact us.
4. Kerala Natanam
Kerala Natanam which means “Kerala dance” is a new style of dance that is now considered as a distinct art form evolved from Kathakali, a famous form of Indian dance-drama. Unlike traditional Kathakali and Mohiniattam, a variety of many musical instruments were also added to this presentation. Kerala Natanam is comprised of Nritha, Nrithya and Natya based on traditional Kathakali, without detracting from its basic tenets but has some of its complex involutions and intricacies. Kerala Natanam is a classical dance following rudiments of ‘NatyaShastra’ and practicing basics of Kathakali techniques. It is ideal for solo, duet and group performances and is designed for dramaturgy. Mrs. Suchithra Sajeev has got opportunity to learn Kerala Natanam from Guru (Dance Teacher) Sivanandan Nair, SwathiThirunal college of Music, Thiruvanathapuram.
5. Bollywood Dance Classes
‘Bollywood dance’ is a fusion style popularized by the Bollywood film industry. Its origins lie in Bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance, and several classical styles: Kathak, Odissi, and Bharatnatyam. More recently, Bollywood dance classes have incorporated elements of street, hip-hop, jazz, and other commercial styles. Millions of people across the world watch Bollywood movies and are inspired to dance & join Bollywood dance classes in the city. Mrs. Suchithra spread awareness of Bollywood dance in Abu Dhabi & Dubai, through performance & participation. Our Bollywood dance classes are open to all ages from children through to teenagers and adult ladies, providing a fun and exciting workout as well as dance skill & technique.
6. Folk Dance
Keralanatanam provides folk and Bollywood dance classes in Abu Dhabi. Kerala has a rich verity of folk dances. They are highly developed and reflected and the temperaments and moods of the localities in music and costume. Life experiences and relevant incidents in the community are seen in almost all of these folk dances, even in those performed in connection with harvests, sowing of seeds, festivals etc. Many of these dances are performed by man alone, some exclusively by women. Bollywood dances are performed to the accompaniment of Hindi songs with vibrant music. Please contact us for getting trained in Folk dance in Abu Dhabi (for kids & girls only).
Dance classes in khalidiya | Indian Dance classes in Electra Street | Bollywood dance classes in Madinat Zayed, Mohammed Bin Zayed city (MBZ) and Shabia
What you’ll get with learning dance
Benefits of Learning Bharatnatyam
The patient practices of the adavu along with guru bhakthi propagated by Bharatanatyam dance ensure that the child is disciplined at an early age to climb the ladder of success.
To shed shyness
Dancing with other students and in front of so many people will boost the morale of your child to bring out the extrovert in your child.
Healthy Body & Mind
Bharatanatyam is not just a dance form. Learning Bharatanatyam will help children suffering from obesity and in keeping the body impeccably fit and flexible.
Augments the mind
The subtle movements of the feet along with the hand-eye coordination in the adavu (steps) help the child to have a lucid and sharp mind which will help to perform well in academics.
Learning becomes fun
Bharatanatyam is precisely that dance form where children learn the art with all vim and vigor. When inducted at the right age the dance becomes a fun process.
Exercise more of your left/right brain
Indian classical dances teach head, neck and limb coordination, slowly and steadily, such that you exercise your left and right brain to do different things.
Focus on the present
While staying in specific dance postures and practice these classical dance forms, you are basically training your mind to focus on one thing for extended periods of time.