Kathak Dance of Northern India

Artist: Chhandika
Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: K-12
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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, a dancer from the Chhandam School of Kathak dance will 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.

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

Single Show: $625

Back-To-Back: $1,060

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

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

Workshops: $150 each

Travel Fee: Based upon mileage

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts


-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 chord 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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