Kathak is a north Indian classical dance form that draws upon ancient Hindu temple and Mughal era court traditions.
The truly vast repertoire comprises poetic, dramatic and pure dance. The art form continues to flourish and evolve with hallmarks including intricate footwork, pirouettes, sculpted poses and expressional storytelling.
Classes aim to ground students in technique through footwork, movement and pirouette exercises. Featuring rapid footwork and fast spins with sculpted poses, this dance gives grace, strength and co-ordination. You will learn small dance pieces as well as working on technique. Technical compositions and expressional dance pieces are also taught.
Students can also be coached for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Kathak examinations.
Please note the teacher cannot accept card payments for this class.
Parbati Chaudhury is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher.
Her training in kathak began in 1998 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan with Sushmita Ghosh and Abhay Shankar Mishra, and continues independently with Urja Desai Thakore.
As a performer, Parbati regularly features in Pagrav Dance Company, Akademi (Navodit & Bells Revisited) and Kadam (The Rose and the Bulbul & My Soul is Alight) productions. As a teacher, she leads kathak classes across the city for Pagrav Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, and Srishti.
In 2015, Parbati was the winner of two national youth dance awards: Akademi’s Kathak Solo Category of Yuva; and Milapfest’s Yuva Nritya Ratna Award.
Parbati was awarded her first choreography commission from Akademi as part of an initiative created to continue the professional development of South Asian dance choreographers. The piece, Growing Pains, addresses the UK’s housing crisis, and was presented at a sharing of new dance works as part of the Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival in May 2017.
She recently performed in Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s SLUT at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and also worked with visual artists Chila Kumari Burman and Emily Briselden-Waters on their latest works set on film, which were premiered at Light Night Liverpool 2017 and the Royal College of Art Show 2017 respectively.
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