Join us for an intro to Classical Indian Dance!
You will learn the history, goddess mythology, and basic physical elements of the art form to tell the story of the Divine Feminine. Footwear is not allowed so please don’t bring your dancing shoes. But if you got ankle bells lying around, go wild.
Bharatanatayam is the oldest form of dance in Indian culture, believed to be danced by the gods and performed by women in ancient temples. Considered harlotry and idol worship, the dance was banned during British rule but was brought back to life with independence. Today, dancers worldwide partake in this classical art form.
It incorporates technical footwork, hand gestures , eye movements, and facial expression allowing the dancer to tell her story. While traditionally those stories were limited to the tales of Hindu mythology, contemporary dancers have taken it on to tell their own.
About the instructor: Seetha began dancing at the age of 9 at the Abhinaya School of Performing Arts in Houston, TX. She joined the Nritya Sangam dance troupe at the University of Texas at Austin during her freshman year where she choreographed original, fusion pieces and performed both locally and statewide. She continues her practice in private and maintains a lifelong commitment to the art.
*ɴᴏᴛᴇ: ᴛʜɪs ᴇᴠᴇɴᴛ ɪs ᴅᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ. ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴇᴀɴs ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴏғ ᴄᴏʟᴏʀ, ᴛʀᴀɴs/ǫᴜᴇᴇʀ/ᴄɪs ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ɴᴏɴᴄᴏɴғᴏʀᴍɪɴɢ ɪɴᴅɪᴠɪᴅᴜᴀʟs.