Adult and Pre-Professional Division
Year-Round Educational Program
Chhandam’s adult and pre-professional division (ages 18+) provides rigorous and comprehensive pre-professional training in kathak dance for teens and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
~ 1 year
Students are introduced to basic kathak movement along with rhythm and music fundamentals. Upon completion of two semesters student have the opportunity to participate in a recital performance. Classes meet once a week over two 16-week semesters in the spring and fall.
Students focus on development of kathak technique, stamina, and speed through footwork, pirouettes and recitation. They learn an understanding of the body and its positions and are introduced to foundational kathak vocabulary and compositions. Students also enter the world of rhythmical mathematics, setting them on a path to virtuosity of the sophisticated rhythms and taal of the Indian classical music system. In addition to classes ranging from 90-120 minutes, students participate in regular intensives with international dance and music faculty. Advancement is based on consistent attendance, in-class teacher evaluations, home practice, and commitment to one’s study.
Milestone: Gungroo Ceremony
~1.5 – 2 years
Students begin to learn more sophisticated repertoire and compositions, integrating beauty and grace into the strength and technique developed in their fundamentals. They begin to delve into storytelling and expression as well as understand the intimate relationship of dance and music. Advancement is based on consistent attendance, home practice logs, music training, in-class evaluations, attendance of professional performances, and a passion and commitment to educate and promote the art of kathak.
Pre-Professional and Advanced Training
Level III and up
Students with talent and dedication receive the opportunity to pursue pre-professional
training in kathak. The training program focuses on ensuring that students develop advanced technique, an expansive vocabulary and repertoire, foundational skills in music and percussion, ability to learn advanced choreography, and strong performance skills. Students participate in weekly training in kathak and hindustani classical music, in immersive residencies that bring together dancers from around the world, and a range of performance opportunities, including professional productions by our resident dance company, the Leela Dance Collective.
Inquiries: (415) 333-9000
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