Welcome to Dancing Art Academia
“Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti,
Yatho Drishti thatho Manah
Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava,
Yatho Bhaava thatho Rasa.”
Where the hands(hasta) are, go the eyes (drishti);
where the eyes are, goes the mind (manah);
where the mind goes, there is an expression of inner feeling (bhaava)
and where there is bhaava, mood or sentiment (rasa) is evoked.
— Source: Natyashastra
Dancing Art Academia takes pride in introducing you to the world of traditional dance art forms from India. These traditional dance forms have been there since ages and have evolved over centuries to become richer in expressions, styles and grace. Today they form the basis of many modern styles of dancing including the popular Bollywood style.
Dancing Art Academia is an upcoming endeavour by Gargee, to teach Indian classical, Semi-classical and Bollywood dance forms. It aims to encourage the learning of Indian culture, among children and adults, through the medium of dance.
The academia believes that any classical dance style involves discipline, rigor and repetition for mastery. All these aspects of a classical style of dance lay the right foundation for an individual to adapt to movements in other dance forms easily.
Hence training students in classical dance styles is the essence of the academia. The academia however embraces the idea that fusion of two different art styles can result in a richer form of expression through the art. Hence western dance movements find place in many dance pieces choreographed for shows by the academia.
Students will be able to explore and seek training in any of the dance forms – Classical, Semi-Classical, Folk or Bollywood. The Academia not only aspires to be an unmatched dance learning centre but it’s an institution where personalities are in making and where values of discipline, dedication and diligence are held in highest regard. It’s the place where classical meets contemporary.
The Academia is presently focussing on teaching the following dance forms:-
- Kathak Dance(Classical)
- Odissi Dance(Classical)
- Semi Classical Dance
- Folk Dance
- Bollywood Dance
It follows the syllabus of ISTD, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (http://www.istd.org/home) and prepares the students to appear for Kathak Test.
Gargee The Guru
Gargee, a native of Patna (Capital city of Bihar), India had keen interest in dancing to different songs and melodies since she was 5 years. She was always appreciated amongst friends and family. She nurtured her interest and started with formal training soon after.
While Gargee earned a lot of recognition and accolades as a student, her performance as a teacher has been no less commendable. Gargee first discovered the Guru inside her when she started teaching Kathak and Odissi to students in Prangan Cultural Institute located in Patna, India. She taught there for three years and added immensely to the recognition and fame of the institute with her own performances during various shows. She choreographed dances for several successful shows organized by the institute.
Gargee has also been a co-examiner since 2005, with Ms Priya Pawar (www.priyapawar.fsworld.co.uk), a renowned Kathak and Odissi dancer based in London. They have together examined the students of Pushplata Dance Academy, a dance institute founded by Ms Priya.
Her rich training in classical dance forms combined with her friendly and outspoken personality makes her an excellent Guru for kids and elders alike. Years of training, practice and exposure to a variety of audience, has helped her define a niche for her own style of dance performances.
She says “I have extensive experience in Choreography and Presentation of other dance forms like Folk, Bollywood and Indian Semi-classical Dances. My inborn characteristic enables me to incorporate elements taken from Western dance into my Choreography and reproduce it with my own stylistic flavour. My training in Kathak and Odissi has helped me to shape up my style. In order to enable the aspirents of Dancing Art Academia to exhibit their talent in different areas we shall build a strong foundation in Classical Dance which will enable them to get their body accustomed to the required flexibility so that they can easily adapt to the other forms of dance.”