Trusted teacher: About the Artist My name is Chandrima and I am trained and a professional classical Bharatnatyam dancer. I have been dancing since I was 5 and have experience in classical bollywood fusion contemporary and Freestyle dance forms. I love teaching and find no age bars to learning any dance form. Bharatanatyam is one of the most cherished and the most popular of classical Indian dance-forms, not only within the country but also outside it. It is considered the epitome of Indian cultural expression. Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Beginners Level 1: This level introduces the students to Bharatanatyam. Students here learn to appreciate the art form and also discipline their body and mind for further complicated movements to come. PRACTICAL COURSE - Postures - The basic postures in Bharatanatyam are taught which are - The Samapada The Araimandi or ardhamandala and the Muzhumandi Warm up exercises - These exercises are a prerequisite for learning any step in Bharatanatyam. We begin here with exercises to strengthen the knees and thighs in order to sustain araimandi while dancing Asamyuta and Samyuta Hastas - These are one hand and two hand gestures used in Bharatanatyam. According to the Abhinaya Darpana there are 28 Asamyuta hastas and 23 Samyuta hastas. Students would learn to depict these hastas with the shloka given in the Abhinaya Darpana. Adavus - These are the steps used in Bharatanatyam and form the base for Nritta or pure dance. There are many categories of adavus in Bharatanatyam which can be divided on the basis of difficulty levels. The first set would comprise 30 adavus. Rhythm is the most important aspect of dance. Thus we inculcate a sense of rhythm in the dancers by making them perform adavus in three speeds.