Matru Dance Academy offers following Dance courses.
Classical /Bharatanatyam Dance
Bharatanatyam is oldest and most popular classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India. Classical dance is based on Shastras. It has definite rules and regulations. The classical dancer has to have mental and body discipline. It needs regular rigorous hours of training and practice. The technique that is learned through these styles of dance is important in becoming a multitalented, graceful, and strong dancer. Bharatanatyam can be performed by both male and female. The word itself says its meaning: BHA- Bhava (Expression), RA- Raga (Music), TA- Tala (Rhythm) and NATYAM (Dance).
Indian classical dance has a divine origin. It was performed in temples, so the theme is Bhakti. After that phase some of the dances came to the courts of the king as a form of entertainment and so Sringara rasa was also incorporated in the dance. Now it has taken its place in auditoriums.The classical Dances of India are Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kuchi-pudi, Mohiniattam and Odissi.
Matru Dance Academy offers Bharatanatyam course work which begins with introduction to Namaskar- Stamp and bow down, addavas – dance steps, hastas – elaborate hand gestures, Head Movement, Neck Movements and slokas – sanskrit hymns directly related to the dance form. Students learn a variety of dance items in the Bharatanatyam Margam (course work). Upon mastery of the dance, students are invited to perform an Arangetram – a solo graduation performance ceremony.
Semi-Classical/Fusion has been specifically designed to display application of Bharatanatyam with modern styling. It is unique choreography combining classical and modern Indian dance components.
When the folks assemble together and dance in joy, it is known as folk dance. It is usually performed during religious festivals and social gatherings. it is performed in public places in groups . The aim of performing these folk dances is to forget the daily tensions and to bring pleasure to the mind. In this type dance the steps are very simple. It does not need rigorous practice nor years of learning. Geography and History play an important role in the folk art. Folk dances are passed on from one generation to the other. On seeing the folk dances, one comes to know about the culture, attire and the costume of the particular place.Some of the
folk dances of India are: Bhangra- Punjab
Lavani and Koli-Maharashtra
Kummi and Kollattam- Tamil Nadu
The music in the folk dance is also simple and the meaning is also easily understandable. It is not as philosophical as classical dance.
Bollywood style of dance or music not only limited to films but exposed to stage shows, Indian wedding, wedding receptions, private parties, concerts, corporate events, social/public events and festivals.