Diploma in Movement Arts & Mixed Media

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In 2006, Attakkalari launched its Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media, the first of its kind in India. This carefully crafted programme is designed to enable young dancers with the requisite skills to work both in the performative and educational contexts, in India and internationally.

The programme prepares technically sound and strong performers adept in varied movement approaches and provides an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to evolve into creative, aware and thinking practitioners of the art of dance and dance-making.  Attakkalari’s pioneering research over the past years into Indian physical traditions and the wealth of knowledge from its large pool of international artists is enormously beneficial to the course.

Currently, Attakkalari is offering a one-year certification and reputed teachers of Indian physical traditions, contemporary dance, ballet and other movement techniques, choreographers and leading practitioners in the fields of digital and sonic arts comprise the regular and visiting faculty. The course is physically demanding and lays emphasis on body conditioning and technique classes, ensuring correct body posture and alignment, safe movement practices, balance, strength and flexibility. Body conditioning classes combine Kalarippayattu, Yoga and sports training strategies and are supported by classes in basic Anatomy.

Technique classes include the movement languages of Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Bharatanatyam and Ballet among others. Creative exercises consist of movement improvisation and introduction to choreographic techniques. Brief modules in Light Design, Dance Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Art History are also part of the curriculum.

Graduates of the program have gone on to join the Attakkalari Repertory, Residency and Exchange programs in the UK and elsewhere and to pursue internationally successful careers in Contemporary dance, Physical theatre, Choreography, Teaching, etc.

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The academic year is from September to August. The fee is Rupees One lakh per annum for Indian applicants and Euro Three Thousand per annum for international applicants.

Artistes from a range of movement and allied disciplines spend time sharing their knowledge with students of Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media and dancers of the Attakkalari repertory. This semester we are delighted to welcome:


Erica Kaufman is a dancer, choreographer, yogini, creative expressionist, contact improviser and founder of Lila Yoga. Her teachings emphasize physical alignment as the external manifestation of internal clarity. As an E-Advanced+ Registered Yoga Teacher with over 10,000 hours of training, Erica holds the highest possible level of registery with the Yoga Alliance and teaches internationally - Europe, Israel, India, USA. Erica directs the Lila Yoga Studios in Pennsylvania USA.


Kama Jezierska trained in Poland and Iceland and specializes in teaching contemporary dance, choreography, improvisation and European performance practices. She is finding and developing her personal movement vocabulary by combining release technique with physical movement and martial arts. She is constantly searching for new ways of moving, using the floor as a tool to understand the "rules" of gravity and playing against them with joy.


James MacGillivray, acting Artistic Director Scottish Dance Theatre, began dancing at the age of 11, at Harlow Ballet School. He graduated from the Central School of Ballet and started working with Ballett Schindowski, Germany, creating and performing solo roles. James joined Scottish Dance Theatre in 2000 and was appointed Rehearsal Director in 2002. In summer 2008 he received Professional Development funding from the Scottish Arts Council and SDT to study with the Martha Graham Dance Company and School in New York. James enjoys working with the diverse range of choreographers who are invited to make pieces for SDT and finds each new work a challenge and a thrill to create and perform.

For more information, please contact:

Eliamma Rao
Manager, Education & Development,
Email: attakkalari.diploma@gmail.com


Photography Credits: David Coleman