what age should one start learning to dance?||
Ideally speaking, the right age is 7 years.
By this age, children mature
enough mentally and physically. Their body organs too are developed. Even if they
want to pursue a career in dance, they get the proper span to learn, to develop,
study all the major aspects of dance and start performing or conducting classes.
The body is flexible at this age. To learn the dance as a hobby, one can start
at any age. As long as you walk or move, you can definitely dance.
also help to stay healthy and fit.
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many styles of classical dance are there in India?|
There are seven classical dance styles in india:
Kathak from North India,
Manipuri from Manipur,
Oddissi from Orissa,
Kathakali and Mohiniattam
Kuchipudi from Andhra pradesh and
Bharatnathyam from South
India (Tamil Nadu).
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is the difference between all these styles?|
All these dance styles have a religious tradition. They have been basically
developed for offering puja to religious deities.
The costume in each style
is different and associated with the region where the style originated from.
Kathak and Oddissi has North Indian music while other styles have South Indian
music. All styles though have a religious base.
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long does it take to complete the course?|
This is an art and thus involves a never ending learning process.
you go on learning, you realise that this beautiful art form is impossible to
learn completely in a life time and yet, to adopt the basics can take at least
a minimum of five to seven years, to learn. If you desire to undergo a certificate
course, there are different institutes that offer different packages.
All India Gandharva Mahavidyalaya University student, for example, has to
undergo seven levels of examinations to acquire a "Nritya Visharad",
a degree equivalent to Bachelor of Arts. If the student wishes, she can take a
gap before proceeding to complete the two-year Post Graduation.
of Pune, in the meanwhile offers a two-year Diploma and a two-year Degree Course.
One can opt for either.
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does Indian Dance differ from the Western Ballet?|
The Western ballet is based on a two or three beat cycle while the Indian dance
is based on the concept of "Taal."
The "Taal" is a
rhythmic cycle of definite beats of 8, 10, 12, etc. Costumes and jewelry hold
significant importance in this Indian art form. This is not so in the Western
dance. Indian dances can be performed solo which is not the case with ballet.
Another interesting difference is the absence of any footwear on an Indian
classical dancer's feet, since we believe the dance is an offering of obeisance
to God and not merely a form of entertainment.
It is the happiness of the