Immerse yourself in the beautiful classical dance form of kathak with acclaimed dancer, choreographer & teacher Jin Won.
Taalim offers kathak classes in New York City and New Jersey. Kathak is for everyone! Students of all ages (young children, teenagers, professionals, adults, grandmothers) are welcome to come enjoy the benefits of this beautiful Indian dance form.
Kathak is among the major classical dances of India, known for its fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins (known as chakars), grace, and storytelling. With influences from the Bhakti movement, temple and ritual dances of India, Persian and central Asian dance forms, Kathak emerged from the confluences of cultures over time in northern India. Kathak’s evolution continues as it has made it’s way into modern Indian dance forms as the most popular classical dance used in Bollywood dancing.
At the Taalim School of Indian Music, students will learn the two major aspects of kathak – nritta (pure dance) and natya (expressive dance).
Initial training in nritta, begins with basic footwork (tatkar), movements, and chakars, as well as technical compositions such as tukda, bant, tihais, gats, etc. As the student advances, the technical repertoire will expand to include that, uthan, amaad, gat, etc. Given Ms. Won’s background as a tabla player as well, students will gain a strong understanding of rhythm and the rhythm plays in music and dance.
Natya or the story-telling aspect of kathak is taught through vandana, thumris, and bhajans. In addition to traditional stories from Indian culture, stories from American culture are also interpreted through kathak to make the dance form more accessible.
Throughout our kathak classes, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding the body through movement, with a focus on body alignment and posture.
As with training in any other classical dance form, learning kathak instills discipline and focus.
While becoming a professional kathak dancer takes years of training, similar to ballet, basic to intermediate training in kathak is considered a major asset for all dancers, especially those interested in Bollywood dance.
Kathak classes in New York City and Hoboken / Jersey City will begin in September 2014.
Group, semi-private, and private classes are offered in central New Jersey based on skill level. Semi-private and group classes offered in Piscataway, NJ on Monday and Thursday evenings. Private classes are available in the comfort of your own home.