Program Philosophy

The aim of this school is to educate, elevate and entertain through the universal language of dance, Bharata Natyam. Students entering the school are taught basic body movements, Hindu mythology, Indian classical music, Indian Language. The aim is to create a performing artiste out of every student who joins the school. This entails not only learning body movements but also the techniques of stage craft, developing a stage personality and self confidence and ultimately becoming a dance persona.

Our classical arts have a sacred element and so there are expectations in learning a classical art. Successful students have demonstrated the following and reached graduation called Arangetram.

  • Families are expected to come with an open mind to classical Indian dance.
  • Families are expected to treat dance as a serious form of education which must come second in their list of priorities, school being the first.
  • Families are expected to be able to meet the financial obligations that dance requires.
  • Families are expected to get involved in their child’s activities.
  • Families are expected to show support to the school and attend all of the school’s functions.
  • A deep and abiding devotion to Hindu Philosophy, religion and respect for the classical arts and tradition is required.
  • Commitment, hard-work and dedication are required.

Dance education is an investment in the classical arts.

School Policy

Age: Minimum age of enrollment should be 5 years or more.

Term and Duration:

  1. Classes will be conducted weekly. Time duration will be 1 hour for about 8 to 10 students and cohorts will be formed from time to time.
  2. School will be in session for four terms:

Fall term from Sept through the end of December.
Winter term from January through the end of March.
Spring term from April through June.
Summer term July through August will be in a workshop format.

School is closed in August

Fees and Registration:

Students are placed in the subjunior, junior, intermediate and senior levels and the fee structure is based on the placement. Please call for the prevailing fees.

      1. Fees will be collected in three terms:

                 Fall Term is Sept through Dec and Registration for this is Aug 25th through Sept 1st
                 Winter Term is January through March and Registration for this is Dec 15th thru January 1st
                 Spring Term is April through June and Registration for this is March 25th through April 1st

  1. There will be a late fee of $25 if you miss the registration dates.
  2. Payment can be made by check or cash. Make checks payable to Dr. Malini Krishnamurthi
  3. If you wish to mail the check the address is: 612 Columbus St. West Covina, Ca 91791.
  4. Amount to be paid in full regardless of number of classes attending.
  5. Term fees are non refundable.
  6. There is a registration fee of $20 for new students.

 

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Classes:

    1. Classes will be offered in groups, semi private and private format.
    2. Classes are offered at subjunior, junior, intermediate and senior level.
    3. All Classes will be taught by Malini or her senior students at all levels and in all the locations. Senior students have been performing and teaching under Dr. Malini’s supervision for several years. Natyanjali follows the “big sister” or “Akka” or “Didi” system of teaching and learning.
    4. In the event of a missed class from us, it will be rescheduled & we will give you sufficient notice.
    5. Parents are encouraged to drop their child and pick them up after class.
    6. Class visits are allowed only upon request.
    7. If you anticipate extended absence please let me know so that we can make some alternate arrangements for your classes.

Curriculum:

The Natyashastra which is a comprehensive body of knowledge on dance prescribes a format for learning dance called the “Margam” and this school follows that format.

The margam consists of learning steps, which are the alphabets of dance. This then leads to Allaripu, which incorporates steps into a simple dance and then this is followed by Jatiswaram, which incorporates more complex dance units. Sabdam, incorporates facial expression. Varnam, incorporates more complex dance units and facial expression. Padams incorporate facial expression and dramatic elements and Thillana is a display of interesting dance units and footwork.

Holidays:

  1. The school will be closed on major holidays. New Year, Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
  2. School will be closed in July and August and will reopen the weekend after Labor day.
  3. Workshops and additional classes and concerts will be held in August.

Dress Code:

  1. Students should follow a dress code. Fitted Chudidhar or salwar kameez or tights or leggings and a long dupatta. Hair should be combed away from the face and there should be a bindi on the face.

School Performances:

  1. Dussera puja will be observed and a student performance will be arranged. All are expected to attend with friends and family. Admission and dinner are free.
  2. Annual fund raising performance will be held in July and students are expected to participate in this performance. Well known professional musicians will provide the orchestra music.
  3. Participation in this annual fund raising performance requires payment of fees and sale of tickets. An announcement will be made in October and registration will begin in November.
  4. Costume and jewelry and accessories must be purchased from me and must meet my approval.
  5. Besides the Dussera performance and the annual performance other performances will be arranged in local venues and at community events and students are expected to participate and have full dance costume. Participation in these events are free.
  6. All student recitals must meet my approval and additional lessons may be required before students perform outside.