Class Levels

Class_Levels

Basic Kuchipudi

Minimum Age: 6-7yrs | 60-minute class

Previous dance experience not required.

Designed to teach:

  • Basic posture
  • Steps and exercises that include floor work
  • Different body positions, stretching and strengthening exercises to increase flexibility and endurance

Class Fee: $25 per session (Bethesda Studio) | $30 per session (Ashburn Studio) | $30 per session (Hanover Studio)

Kuchipudi I

Minimum Age: 7-8yrs | 60-minute class

Pre-requisite: Basic Kuchipudi class.

Students will be introduced to:

  • Basic Kuchipudi movement vocabulary
  • Terminology for basic foot positions (pada-bhedas)
  • Hand gestures (hasta-mudras)

Emphasis will continue to be placed on:

  • Posture building and muscular strength through core exercises
  • Balance and endurance exercises

Students will complete:

  • 1/3rd of their fundamental steps
  • Practice time outside of class required

Class Fee: $25 per session (Bethesda Studio) | $30 per session (Ashburn Studio)

Kuchipudi II

Minimum Age: 8-10yrs |  60-minute class

A beginner/Intermediate class for older students with one to two years of prior dance experience.
Pre-requisite: Must complete Kuchipudi I class.

Designed to focus on:

  • Development in technique
  • Completion of all basic steps in different rhythmic meters and pace
  • Head and neck movements will be introduced
  • Students will learn the many different hand gestures (Samyuta, Asamyuta and Nrtta hastas), which are an integral part of Kuchipudi dance
  • Practice time outside of class required

Class Fee: $25 per session (Bethesda Studio) | $30 per session (Ashburn Studio)

Kuchipudi III

10-12yrs | 60-min class

An Intermediate/Advanced class for students with 3-4years of prior dance experience.
Pre-requisite: Must complete Kuchipudi II class.

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Technique development and mastery of footwork
  • Students will learn more complex movement phrases (jathi sequences) in different rhythmic measures will learn basic shlokas from the Natya Shastra
  • Practice time outside of class required

Class Fee: $30 per session (Bethesda Studio) | $35 per session (Ashburn Studio)

Kuchipudi IV

12yrs and up | 60-min class | 90-min class

An advanced class for students with 6 or more years of prior dance training.
Pre-Requisite: Must complete Kuchipudi III class.

Greater emphasis will be placed on:

  • Interpretive movements and expressions
  • Students begin learning basic items in the Kuchipudi repertoire and begin the study of Abhinaya

The classes continue to emphasize:

  • Strengthening of skills
  • Mastery of more challenging movement and vocabulary
  • Focus on perfecting all aspects of dance technique and mastering dance as an art form

Class Fee: $35/ $45 per session (Bethesda Studio) | $40 per session (Ashburn Studio)

Common Class

12yrs and up | 120-min class

The common class is open to students of all levels.

We believe a lot of dance is learnt from observation. In individual classes, students do not get an opportunity to observe students from different levels. The intermingling of different levels in one class has many benefits to learning.

This class will allow students to:

  • Improve stamina and endurance
  • Reinforce technique
  • Build core and flexibility

Class Fee: $120 per trimester (Bethesda Studio) | $145 per trimester (Ashburn Studio)

Private Classes

12yrs and up | 60-min class

We offer private classes to those that do not fit into our group classes, and to those that need more individualized attention. We have limited space for our private classes, and so reserve the right to judgment on who qualifies for them.

One on One – We enroll just one student per class.
Semi-private Class – We enroll two students per class.

Class Fee: $100 per session (One on One) | $55 per session (Semi-private)

Required Attire

  • Comfortable Cotton Top – Knee to mid-calf length, with slits on either side
  • Ankle length knit/stretch pants or well fitting salwar
  • Sash to tie around the waist
  • Hair secured back into a ponytail or braid
  • No street clothes allowed