Movement | Self-Expression | Traditional and Contemporary Culture
Dance! Express! Inspire yourself! Introducing students to the world of Indian Dance and culture, Chandralaya will deliver a short performance demonstrating the flavour of Bharathanatyam, an Indian classical dance and storytelling art form.
This performance is followed by a workshop giving students the opportunity to explore breathing techniques, movements and gestures used in Indian Classical Dance through the creation of a short routine. The workshop explores storytelling through movement, guiding students to create a storyline and express it through a combination of hand gestures and facial expressions. Students can take some time to play with these movements and practice them before performing in front of the workshop audience. The session finishes with stretching and mindfulness through yoga movements, to unwind the body and mind. The performance and workshop will provide students with a good introduction into Indian classical dance, diving into expressions, gestures, and movements.
Students will gain an appreciation of the art form, its rich history and culture and an understanding of how dance can bring mind and body to work in harmony and improve mental health and physical well-being. This program focuses on sharing and expressing ideas, teamwork, responding, and communication.
Chandralaya is an Indian Classical & Contemporary dance school based in Melbourne aimed at nurturing and developing the inherent artistic interests of students, giving them a friendly environment to dance, express and be inspired. Founder and Artistic Director of Chandralaya, Deepa Mani is a South Asian Performing Artist primarily trained in Classical Indian (Bharathanatyam) and modern Contemporary art forms. Drawing from her cultural background, Deepa’s practice includes a great passion for story telling, weaving music and movement to convey deep, meaningful messages.
For more information, visit chandralaya.com.au