232 Inman Ave. Colonia, NJ
Shiva Tala Institute of Bharatanatyam was founded in 2009 by the danseuse and artistic director Gayathri Higashide in order to promote the enchanting and ancient south Indian classical performing art form: Bharatanatyam. The school is structured to nurture discipline, creativity and confidence while perfecting all elements of Bharatanatyam. Classes are taught in Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam with the incorporating relevant technical touches of other classical dance forms such as Kuchupudi, Kathak and Ballet. Shiva Tala's performances are set to vibrant and intricate classical carnatic, hindustani music and tracks that intelligently and intimately combine the classical instruments of India with instruments from all over the world.
Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance and it's theoretical foundations can be traced to the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra from the 2nd century CE.Bharatanatyam is a highly sophisticated Indian classical performing art form characterized by intricate footwork, expressive movements of the hands and face, rhythmic intensity, swift turns and elegant stances. Wearing rows of small brass bells on each ankle, the dancer alternates between recitation, footwork, fixed compositions, improvisation and interpretive narration of mythical legends and spiritual ideas from the vedas.
8 classes a month on average for (beginners 2 and up) 1 Level class, 1 Group class each week.
4- 5 classes a month for Beginners 1
Theoretical: Slokas, Mudra Hasthas, Vinoyogas, Bedhas, Mandalas, Abhinaya theory, Syllable recitation, and Talas.
Advance: History of Bharatanatyam, , note-taking techniques, Rasas, Talas, Advanced mandalas, Nayaki/Nayaka Bhavas, a study of Natya Shashtra & Rasas.
Practical: Thorough & comprehensive instruction of steps, stretches, bharatanatyam exercises, poses & stances, jumps, balance techniques, jathis & entire margam of dances.
A yearly syllabus tailored for each class.
Bi-monthly evaluations and comments,
Weekly practice logs to track practice and progress
An Online Log-In ID with access to Bharatanatyam resources to aid with practices and study.
Yearly cumulative review and practical and theoretical exam.
Students Intermediate 2 levels and above are given opportunities to teach and choreograph with the head teachers and are appreciated with awards and certificates for their hard work.
A special thanks to all our hard working volunteer parents, our show coordinator Amy Savla, and our volunteer Poornema Ramasundaram for her outstanding make up skills.