Kathak Dance of Northern India

Artist: Chhandika
Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: K-12
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The ancient art of Kathak is one of the eight forms of classical Indian dance. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “story.” Kathak dancers use swift and precise footwork and graceful gestures to tell traditional Indian stories. Through movement, music and math, a dancer from the Chhandam School of Kathak dance will perform “Kathak Yoga” – a technique which unifies the recitation of taal (rhythm), the singing of a melody and the dancing of complex footwork and rapid spins. Students will learn to count out complex poly-rythmns to help the dancer keep time and a few volunteers may learn some basic Indian dance steps.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 500
Curriculum Connection: Indian Classical Dance, Indian Culture, Mythology, Math (counting polyrhythms)

Single Show: $625

Back-To-Back: $1,060

Three-In-A-Row: $1,500

Four-In-A-Row: $1,935

Workshops: $150 each

Travel Fee: Based upon mileage

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts


1 ready sound system w/aux chord to play CD or iPhone

1 standing/lav mic or 2 standing mics

1 foot mic

1 hip-height table to stand behind with feet visible

Changing room and restroom

Performance Space Requirements: Smooth, clean swept, solid floor surface (artists dance and spin barefoot)

Arrival time before first performance: 30 min

Strike time: 5 mins

Time needed between performances: 15 min

Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

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Tuesdays best, but other dates worth checking. Mornings best.

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