Indian Dance – Classical Blend
Ajna Dance Company's signature and unique class that goes where mainstream Bollywood classes do not go. In this class you will develop technique, discipline, expression and grace found in classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam and Kathak) while exploring and incorporating these elements into semi-classical Bollywood choreography. We will be working on eye and head movements, complex footwork and mudras (hand gestures). The aim of the class is to enjoy the freedom and joy of Bollywood while maintaining the integrity and incorporating the beauty and structure of classical Indian dance. The class will begin with some Yoga, followed by technique and conditioning and concluding with work on a semi-classical choreography This class is prefect for dancers looking for a class with more depth, to improve technique or want to learn more about classical Indian dance. Some dance experience is suggested. Wednesdays – 7-8 pm 519 8th Ave Instructor: Alisha Desai
Ajna Dance Company is New York’s premier Indian dance company, specializing in artistic and authentic choreography. The company was created in 2012 with the purpose of sharing Indian dance in all its forms – folk, classical, and film – with a global and diverse audience. The Ajna Ensemble and teaching staff are trained in a broad range of dance styles and pride themselves on offering stunning performances and highly skilled instruction. Ajna’s signature style is elegant, high-energy, and blends the excitement of Bollywood with the grace and technique of classical dance. Ajna offers classes in a number of styles for dancers of all levels. These include Bollywood, Bhangra, classical Indian dance (Bharathanatyam and Kathak), semi-classical blend, Gujarati folk dance, cardio dance, and yoga-movement. Weekly group classes (available for both children and adults) teach technique, conditioning, expression, and choreography. Ajna also provides private classes for technique and special event choreography, and educational Indian dance workshops and assemblies for schools and corporations. The Ajna teaching staff is professionally trained and is adept at teaching and choreographing for your skill-level, age, and preferences. The Ajna Ensemble dancers have had the honor of performing at various high profile events for such venerable institutions as the United Nations, Macy’s, Barclays, Wells Fargo, S&P, Google, Nasdaq, MoMA Film, and The Rubin Museum. Ajna works with a number of nonprofits and professional organizations including the Women’s Education Project, NY Cares, and the American India Foundation. The company has had the ho
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