Odissi Classes

Priyadarshini teaches at the following locations:
  • Manhattan, NY
            Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
            Odissi Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced
            Project SHAKTI
            519 8th Avenue (between 35th and 36th Street), New York, NY
  • Manhattan, NY
            Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
            Odissi Beginner and Intermediate / Kids and Adults
            12 E 32nd Street (between Madison and 5th Avenue), New York, NY
  • Hartsdale, NY
          Fridays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM 
          Saturdays/Sundays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          Odissi Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced
          Shibaranjani School of Dance
          300 High Point Drive, Hartsdale, NY 


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Course Descriptions

Odissi - Beginner I (Ages 6 years and above):  Students will learn the fundamental principles of Odissi in the style of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, including the basic steps in the two distinctive positions – Chauka (the square stance) and Tribhangi (the three-bend stance). These will be woven together with traditional hand gestures, walks, turns, neck, eye and head movements in a simple choreography – Sthayi (traditional pure dance sequence) – to create an enjoyable practice for young beginners with the aim of exposing them to the experience of performance and ensemble work. Students will also learn to chant the basic eight beat bols, and learn about the history of Odissi. 

Navatman Annual Student Showcase, June 2012, Alvin Ailey, NYC
Odissi beginner students of Priyadarshini

Odissi - Beginner II:  The Chauka and Tribhangi steps set to eight to ten beat cycles will be introduced and added to the Sthayi choreography. Torso movement will be taught at this stage for each of the ten basic Chauka and Tribhangi steps. Students will also learn the choreography for a Vandana (hymn) as an introduction to Mangalacharan, the traditional invocatory piece which forms part of the Odissi repertoire. 

Beginner Students - Lale and Akile

Odissi - Intermediate:  Mangalacharan's rhythmic sequence of steps forming the Bhumi Pranam (salutation to Mother Earth) and Trikhandi Pranam (three-fold salutation to God, the Guru, and the audience) will be completed. This class will focus on learning the basic items of the Odissi repertoire – Batu Nritya and Pallavi (pure dance sequences), and Moksha (the dance of salvation which concludes a performance).

Fee structure

Generally, $20 per class.