Kathak Dance of North India - Rhythm, Storytelling, History, Philosophy and Organic Math!

Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: K-12 (and college)
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The ancient art of Kathak is one of the eight forms of classical Indian dance. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “story.” Kathak dancers use swift and precise footwork and graceful gestures to tell traditional Indian stories. Through movement, music and math, Kathakas perform “Kathak Yoga” – a technique which unifies the recitation of taal (rhythm), the singing of a melody and the dancing of complex footwork and rapid spins. Students will learn to count out complex poly-rythmns to help the dancer keep time and a few volunteers may learn some basic Indian dance steps. Performances are tailored to the grade levels of each audience. For older grades, performeres delve deeper into rhythm, math, history and philosophy. 

Remote adaptation: A full performance is availble online, and even through the screen, participants can join in on clapping, stomping, moving from head to toe while learning the meaning of hand movements, and how characters are sketched through movement. 

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300-500
Curriculum Connection: Indian Classical Dance, Indian Culture, Mythology, Math (counting polyrhythms)

Remote Single with One Dancer (Live): $500

Remote Single with Two Dancers (Live): $624

Performance with One Dancer-Audience Limit 300

Single Show: $625

Back-To-Back: $1,060

Three-In-A-Row: $1,500

Four-In-A-Row: $1,935

Performance with Two Dancers-Audience Limit 500 (Limited Availability)

Single Show: $780

Back-To-Back: $1,325

Three-In-A-Row: $1,870

Four-In-A-Row: $2,420

Travel Fee: Based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.



  • An aux cable set up so the artist can plug their iPhone into a sound system to play music from.  Please have this set up before the artist arrives so they can simply plug their phone into the sound system and test the volume of the sound for the audience before the audience arrives.  It is helpful to have someone who is familiar with the sound system on hand to meet the artist when they arrive. 
  • Ideally the dancer is on a stage or space with tiered/theater seating to maximize the audience view of the dancer from head to toe, so they can see and hear the facial expressions, body movements, and footwork.  That said, they are experienced in adapting to any space. 
  •  Changing room and restroom

Sound equipment needed:

  • 1 ready sound system w/aux cord to play music from an iPhone with proper speakers so audience can hear.
  • 1 standing mic 

Performance Space Requirements: Smooth, clean swept, solid floor surface (artists dance and spin barefoot)
Arrival time before first performance: 30 min
Strike time: 5 mins
Time needed between performances: 15 min

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist. 

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