Education Outreach Programme

 

Attakkalari's Education Outreach Programme works towards spreading dance education at the School, Corporate and Community levels.

The different modules use Contemporary dance, Kalarippayattu, Music and Art to impart Movement Arts and its benefits and are customized to meet the school/ organization / community's requirements.

For the Community

 

Attakkalari conducts regular classes in Contemporary Dance, Classical Dance and Kalarippayattu for the public across all ages at its Studios in Bangalore. All the instructors have been trained in Attakkalari's unique movement language. Details of our current classes are below:

Contemporary - AG / S1 Mon-Wed-Fri, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The class will help the participants in widening their spectrum of motion, because she indulges in a different movement technique. The style does not confine to Ballet alone, but also has elements of Kalaripayattu and Kathak, thus incorporating the essence of modern and traditional dance and movement techniques. From landing jumps to recovering from an injury,the session teaches you how to take care of your body through Yoga and Pilates exercises which will aid in stretching and strengthening your core muscles. Using information and training modules from these varied forms, Anindita makes her class both challenging and trans-formative for both who are familiar with movement, as well as for beginners.

Details here.


Instructor: Anindita Ghosh has been a member of the Attakkalari Repertory Company since 2011.She is an avid performer and an enthusiastic teacher/facilitator. Release, Floor work,Improvisation and Contact work are some of the techniques that influenced her movement style. More information on Anindita here.

Contemporary - FH / S4 Mon-Wed-Fri, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

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Instructor: Fawas has been trained in various tribal, traditional and folk dance forms and has also received training in Classical ballet, Kalaripayattu, Yoga, Chhau, Release technique and different genres of contemporary movement techniques. More information on Fawas here.


Contemporary - SP / S1 Tue-Thu, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

In this class, participants will be introduced to basic techniques of contemporary dance. They will be able to explore and understand the body movements and the body itself in a detailed and interactive manner. They would even be guided nutritionally to maintain and or prevent the sore muscles, injuries and weight management. The class will be concentrated to introduce the dance technique, body strengthening and stamina building to the participants. Details here.


Instructor: Snigdha has received training in Classical Ballet, Kalaripayittu, Bharatanatyam, contact improvisation, Martha Graham technique and different genres of contemporary movement. More information on Snigdha here.



Kalaripayattu - SC / S2 Tue-Thu, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Instructor: Sreerag C is a member of the Attakkalari Repertory Company. His movement language is strongly influenced by Hip Hop and ​Kalarippayattu (Martial Art form of Kerala ). ​The class will focus on overall body conditioning, flexibility, ​and strength, ​taking into consideration ​each individual's capacity. More information on Nihal here.


Contemporary - HB / S1 Sat, 10:00am – 1:00pm

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Instructor: Hemabharathy Palani has trained in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi for more than 14 years and has also performed the forms extensively. She has also undergone training in Contemporary dance, Kalarippayattu,Yoga as well as Contact Improvisation, Ballet and Pilates giving her movement a strong, sensitive and precise quality.More information on Hema here.


Contemporary - MN / S2 Sun, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Learn to fly and fall through space and test your physicality with dance!

The class is about exploring dance in a way that we are able to experience the sheer joy of it and allowing this energy to be a source of upliftment inside and outside the class. In this context the class will focus on building strength, flexibility, stamina and awareness of our bodies as well as new and existing vocabulary, empowering us to express through our bodies. Details here.


Instructor: Meghna Nambiar is trained in Belly Dance, Contemporary Dance, Bharatnatyam, Yoga and Pilates. More information on Meghna here.



Contemporary - PB / S1 Sun, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Find your style and personality with this engaging Indian Contemporary Dance Style Teacher!

The class is designed to introduce participants to the notion of ‘Indian contemporary dance’. Lessons are planned to provide exciting hours of workout coupled with nurturing the students’ dance skills. The movement language of the class is influenced by Jazz, Ballet, Bharatanatyam and Kalarippayattu. Students are encouraged to develop and find their own style of movement and establish their persona through dance. The most important aspect of the class is creativity and skills enhancement. Tasks are tailor-made to introduce the students to choreography techniques. Details here.


Instructor: Parth Bharadwaj has received training in Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance. More information on Parth here.

Contemporary - PM / S4 Sat-Sun, 8:30am - 10:00am

This class deals with transformation of movement and a building of deep dance vocabularies that derives from a conscious stepping out of your comfort zone. Prashant will lead a class of body work, floor work, influenced by different disciplines like yoga, chi gong, martial arts to build a common energy. Sequences inspired from Flying Low, Hip-hop, Contemporary techniques and martial arts such as Kalaripayattu and Capoeira and also few parts from his movement research practices. Further, there is room to experiment and explore your own movement language through various tasks/methods and improvisation. The class will sharpen your understanding of spaces and body control and exchange of weights with partner/contact work. Although very physical, the class will follow a clear structure never breaking the flow but systematically guiding one from the beginning to the end.

Details here.


Instructor: Prashant More, a Contemporary performing artist, choreographer and dance teacher based in Bangalore, India. He started dancing at a very early age. From 2008 He started his journey as a freelance performer. He took formal training in Bharatnatyam Urban/street Dance and Contemporary dance and was involved in hip-hop culture events, state competitions, cultural performances and Dance productions.


Fitness Class - MN / S2 Mon-Wed-Fri, 7:00am – 8:00pm

Fitness classes at Attakkalari aim at creating a refreshing mind-body workout by providing a safe ,engaging, motivating space to de-stress and get fit. We use Yoga,Pilates and contemporary movement techniques to develop a strong, flexible ,lean body .There will be a lot of emphasis on the need of proper breathing ,correct spinal, pelvic alignment and quality of movement thus enhancing body awareness and encouraging intense, efficient and safe practice. Details here.


Instructor: Meghna Nambiar is trained in Belly Dance, Contemporary Dance, Bharatnatyam, Yoga and Pilates. More information on Meghna here.



Children - AJ / S2 Wed-Fri 4:30pm - 6:00pm (5 - 10 years)

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Instructor: Akshata Joshi has received training in Ballet, Pilates, Contact Improvisation, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance.. More information on Akshata here.


Children - SK / S1 Wed-Fri 5:00pm - 6:00pm (10 - 15 years)

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Instructor: Samera Kumar has received training in Ballet, Pilates, Contact Improvisation, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance.. More information on Akshata here.


Children - RM / S3 Sun 10:00 - 11:30am (8-12 years) & 11:30am - 1:00pm (5-8 years)

Children are naturally creative. Let them come to unfold and stretch their bodies and imagination through playing and moving together!

The class is primarily contemporary dance based with movements derived from from classical dances and martial arts. Creative activities focus on exploration of movements that come uniquely from the children’s physical and mental capabilities. The class begins with a warm-up session, followed by exercises in technique and space awareness. Creative sessions encourage the participants to develop their own movement expressions. The class ends with a cool-down session where the students are helped to relax and calm their bodies. Details here.


Instructor: Ronita Mookerji has trained extensively in Bharatanatyam for more than 14 years. She has also trained in Odissi, Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance. More information on Ronita here.


Young Adults - RM / S2 Tue-Thu 5:30pm - 7:00pm

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Instructor: Ronita Mookerji has trained extensively in Bharatanatyam for more than 14 years. She has also trained in Odissi, Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance. More information on Ronita here.


Bharatnatyam - HB / S1 Sat 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Sun 8:30am - 10:00am

Life imitates temple art frescos as the southern dances are brought to life with an expanding series of footwork and theatre!

The classes have been designed to prepare students for the Karnataka State Board exams at the Junior, Senior and Vidhwath levels. They follow the structure of classical dance training. The first phase of training focuses on Adavus (rhythmic footwork), Hastaviniyogas (hand gestures) and Recitation of the Slokas with specific movements. The second phase of the training focuses on a set of adavus which lead to the formation of the Jathis. The next phase of the training focuses on developing various Korvais. The concluding phase of the training are the three important components- natya, the dramatic element of the dance (imitation of character); nritta (pure dance), in which the rhythms and phrases of music are reflected in the movements and nritya, the portrayal of mood. Details here.


Instructor: Hemabharathy Palani has trained in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi for more than 14 years and has also performed the forms extensively. She has also undergone training in Contemporary dance, Kalarippayattu,Yoga as well as Contact Improvisation, Ballet and Pilates giving her movement a strong, sensitive and precise quality. More information on Hema here.


Carnatic Music (Vocal) - BH / S2 Sat 3:30pm - 5:00pm; Sun 7:30am - 8:30am

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Instructor: Smt Bhuvaneshwari Harish


Kalaripayattu - Children - SC / S2 Sat, 10:00am - 11:00am; Sun, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The class is specially designed for young children, and over a period of time with regular training the students develop the benefits like a better working mind and body, increased flexibility and stamina, a sharper and more focused mind, a stronger sense of self confidence and more self discipline. They will also achieve the indirect benefit of stress relief because of regular breathing exercises and meditation, with an overall sense of well being. Details here.


Instructor: Sreerag C is trained in Kalaripayattu at the Hindustan Kalari Sangam in Puthiyara, Calicut. He comes from the lineage of Kalaripayattu masters such as Guru Veera-sree Sami gurukkal.


For Schools


Designed to nurture young minds and instill creative thinking in the youth of today, Attakkalari has developed a comprehensive education programme through which we offer Movement Arts as an extra-curricular, co-curricular or curricular activity in schools and colleges. It is perhaps the only centre in India that has created a space for contemporary movement arts within educational institutions.


This is done through a series of programmes such as:

• Lecture-demonstrations on dance.
• Short- term workshops for children and teachers.
• Intensive Residencies.
• Teacher training programmes.
• Regular ongoing sessions in Dance Education throughout the academic year.
• Choreographing dances for festivals and competitions.
• Skills-enhancement for dance teachers working in schools and colleges.

Through this programme, trained facilitators conduct ongoing classes and workshops in Movement Arts in schools and colleges.

The Process
Our team employs a child-centered and inclusive approach to Movement Arts education, trying to make each session participatory, creative and self-contained. We try to bring fun into learning and at the same time take care to follow sound pedagogic practices.

The education outreach programmes are offered to students from all backgrounds irrespective of their financial status, language, caste, creed or religion. These include private schools, government schools as well as schools and organizations from the voluntary sector that work with children with special needs or from underprivileged backgrounds.

Dance artists of international repute who have undergone training in India and abroad in a variety of movement styles and aspects of pedagogy lead the education team at Attakkalari. We have a core group of dancers as our resource team with expertise in various forms such as Contemporary Dance, Indian classical dance forms, Yoga, Kalarippayattu, Ballet, Mechanics of Movement and Body Conditioning, Contact Improvisation and Choreography.

Our philosophy and approach to Dance in Education is not to train students to become professional dancers but rather to use dance as a means to develop Kinesthetic, Visual, Spacial and Musical intelligence in young people. We have developed a structured project with a proper syllabus, lesson plans prepared according to this syllabus and a well-defined process for conducting classes and training youngsters. A creative dance therapist was drawn upon to provide expertise on dance pedagogy. Typically, each session can range between 40 minutes to 1.5 hours and is customized based on the school's requirements.

We also train students in contemporary dance for School day, Annual day, Founder’s day, etc and offer theme-based choreography.

Benefits of Dance Education
Some of the benefits of working with dance are self evident such as enhancing physical fitness and motor coordination while giving children a sense of rhythm. In addition, dance helps develop extra-verbal communication skills and enables children to be self-assured and at ease in groups. It encourages children to develop skills to work in a world requiring teamwork, without compromising on individual creativity. Thus, Movement Arts on the one hand reinforce learning while on the other, encourage creative and critical responses.

Physical education develops physical competence and confidence, and the ability to use these in a range of activities. It promotes physical skillfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. It provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face different challenges individually and in a team. It promotes an affinity for active and healthy lifestyles.

Participants are encouraged to learn how to think in different ways to suit a variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through the process they discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, thereby understanding themselves better.

Over time they build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to work and play with other participants in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a various situations.

The education outreach programme has exhibited that it nurtures the following in a student:

  • Confidence & Self-esteem
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Spacial awareness
  • Sensorial awareness
  • Fitness & kinesthetic development
  • Lateral thinking
  • Self Expression
  • Positive processing of experiences
  • Channeling Energy
  • Observational Skills

Clients:

Over the last few years, Attakkalari has worked with over 35 schools and touched around 4000 students across diverse social strata. Some of the schools we have worked with are:

Al-Ameen School, Bangalore
- BKS High School, Bangalore
- Education Council,Bangalore
- Gaia Preschool, Bangalore
- Gear Innovative International School, Bangalore
- Golden Bead Montessori, Bangalore
- Greenwood High, Bangalore
- Gurukul, Bangalore
- Headstart, Bangalore
- Innisfree School, Bangalore
- Kattaikuttu Kalai Valarchi Sangham, Kanchipuram
- KGBV School, Bangalore
- Makkala Jagruthi, Bangalore
- Mastery International School, Bangalore
- National Academy for Learning, Bangalore
- Navkis Education Centre, Bangalore
- Neev Montess School, Bangalore
- New Horizon School, Bangalore
- Parikrama Learning Center (Hebbal) Bangalore
- Parikrama Learning Center (Jayanagar) Bangalore
- Parikrama Learning Center (Koramangala), Bangalore
- Prakriya, Bangalore
- Sindhi High School, Bangalore
- Sindhi High School, Bangalore

For Corporates


Stress has become an integral feature of the current business environment. Employers are faced with the huge challenge of fostering a positive environment in the work place and amongst their employees.

Attakkalari's Education Outreach Programme conducts various workshops that facilitate organizations to give an opportunity for employees to chill out, have fun, set goals, understand and express themselves creatively.

Corporate modules:

Stress Buster
Attakkalari is the pioneering organization in India conducting stress-relief programmes for corporate houses particularly in the BPO, Call Center and Software sectors. Stress Buster essentially comprises of contemporary dance-related physical movements and has been distinctively structured and tested on corporate houses. The programme has yielded positive results and is in much demand as an appropriate medium by which organizations can help their employees de-stress physically and emotionally.

Play Day
The Attakkalari Play Day module is a Creative Arts workshop which helps employees think outside the box, bond and relax. It uses diverse art forms and arts-based activities requiring no previous experience. A great leveler, the program is accessible to all, irrespective of any hierarchal bearing. The workshop is divided into three components: Dance, Drums and Doodle followed by a final presentation by the participants.

Classes for employees and their families
This encourages the employees to develop the art of expression through movement.

Customised Events
We can custom-build events or performances at conventions. This exercise can also be executed for individual departments at organisations.

Promenade Performance
Keeping the architectural features of the organisation's building alive, it will take the audience/employees on a trip around the campus, encountering exciting performances at different locations such as the aisles, foyer, corridors, steps, open areas, etc. This performance will have live action and projected images set to a captivating sonic world. The whole experience will be a feast to the senses and will be a welcome break during times of immense stress.

Benefits to the Company

• Promotes team-building and goal setting.
• Facilitates progressive ideas and right-brained activity which is intuitive and creative.
• Participation of all irrespective of gender and hierarchy.
• The Management get an opportunity to understand the potential and talent of reticent employees.
• Enables conflict resolution.
• Unearths different facets of the employees.
• Acts as a stress buster and invigorates the employees spirits.
• Enhances confidence, self-expression and leadership.
• It's fun, fun, FUN!

For more information, please contact:


Shanthi Ram,
Executive, Outreach Programmes,
Email: attakkalari@gmail.com
 
Photography Credits: Attakkalari