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Indian Dance Workshop

Indian Dance Workshop
This workshop introduces students to Bharatanatyam, the oldest Indian dance style that has been in existence for approximately 2,000 years. Students will learn basic stances, poses, steps and mudra (symbolic hand gestures) used in the dance. They will also compare Bharatanatyam with Western dance styles such as ballet, modern and hip-hop. Knowledge and skills of Bharatanatyam can help students to improve in a chosen dance form. This workshop aligns with Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards in Dance, Music and Visual arts. The accompanying Study Guide provides lesson plans, post-workshop activities and resources. This workshop can be offered in conjunction with Surapsari's performance "Dance & Drama from India". It can also be expanded up to a five-day residency, where the students practice to present an Indian dance-drama.

Artist Background

Surapsari presents dance, drama and shadow puppetry from Japan, India and Bali, where she has lived and cultivated intimate relationships with the local arts and cultures. Born in Japan, she grew up immersed in rich traditional arts of that country. She was particularly drawn to Kagura, the centuries-old mask dance and drama from Shinto shrines. She studied this ancient art with Osamu Wakayama, the lineage holder for the Wakayama school of Kagura, which is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. Surapsari also has lived in Bali for more than 15 years and mastered dance, drama and shadow puppetry. Additionally she has studied Bharatanatyam Indian dance in the U.S. and India. Surapsari has performed internationally.

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