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We have 20 years’ experience of working with schools, cultural organisations and communities in Birmingham, the West Midlands and across the UK. From this wealth of experience, we can provide unique, enjoyable, and meaningful learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Our range of artist-led workshops and activities span dance, music, storytelling and visual arts to explore South Asian culture, and is perfect for schools and HE/FE establishments.

We also love to collaborate and create bespoke learning opportunities, performances and events. Whether you need a one-off workshop, a regular booking or a longer-term residency – please get in touch to discuss what we can offer!

  • Celebrate South Asian culture and promote those with South Asian heritage.
  • Promote gentle conversations about citizenship, diversity and equality.
  • Workshops led by professional dancers, musicians and visual artists.
  • All workshop leaders DBS checked.
  • Suitable for all ages, including participants with Special Educational Needs
  • Available in Birmingham, Black Country and West Midlands

“Thank you so much for organising the workshop for class 5. They had a blast this afternoon and were so captivated by it all. When we described the workshop in one word…it was a room full of ‘amazing’, ‘incredible’, ‘really, really, really epic’, the best.” Steiner Academy, Hereford

Kathak Dance workshop

Pupils will be introduced to a dance and movement vocabulary from the discipline of Indian classical dance. Workshops explore themes including:

What is covered?
  • Learn how to tell a story, depict different characters and environments through movement and dance.
  • How to express feelings and emotions through movement and dance. Using movement and dance to process difficult subjects like bullying, world conflicts or climate change.

“The children thought the workshop was great fun, all of them were engaged and particularly enjoyed the speed of the movements of the dance. We would be very excited to do the workshop again.” Bournville Village Primary, Birmingham

Learning Outcomes
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

Workshops for GCSE and A-Level Dance

Kathak is the most naturalistic of all the Indian classical dance forms – derived from simple everyday movements. It is a perfect vehicle to either explore the elements of pure dance or to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of the wide range of dance choreographed and performed in the UK today. Our practical and interactive workshops provide a fantastic opportunity for students to explore and critically engage with the cultural similarities and differences of different dance styles.

Kathak Taster Day

A one-day introduction to the art form of Kathak, focussing on its unique percussive, musical and storytelling elements. The taster day will cover:

  • Technical skills.
  • Spatial and dynamic elements.
  • Interpretative and performance skills.

Kathak Intensive

A two-day, in-depth programme looking at the elements of Kathak in detail. The programme will cover:

  • Stylistic features and form.
  • Terminology within the genre.
  • Choreographic approach and the mathematics of dance.
  • Technique and biomechanical methodologies.
  • Subject matter: traditional and mythical vs current, social, or political.
  • Relationship between rhythm, note and movement.
Learning Outcomes
  • Physical and technical skills: spatial and dynamic elements, interpretive and performance skills in both solo and group performance.
  • Choreography: introduction into traditional and contemporary chorographical practices in Kathak.
  • Critical Engagement: style, technique, influence, movement components, dancers (solo and group), aural and physical setting.
  • The interrelationship between the creation, presentation, and viewing/appreciation of dance

To book, request more information or discuss a bespoke project, please email Mary Ryder on MaryEmail

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