Do you offer trial classes?
Though classes are run by the session, students are permitted to take 1 paid trial class. The fee will depend on the class level.
Do I have to register for the full session?
Yes, we do not offer walk in classes, as classes are taught in a progressive manner.
I have studied Bharatanatyam before, do I need to start in the Beginner group?
The level for all new students will be determined by the teacher. In some cases, if the style is vastly different, the student will be asked to join the beginner group to refresh adavus and foundational steps. All classes do begin with a warm up with adavu practice regardless of level.
Will I get performance opportunities?
Every Spring, Jiva presents Vidyanjali, which features the talents and achievements of students at all levels. Vidyanjali provides an opportunity for students to experience dancing with live orchestral accompaniment, a very unique and special experience for all students. The show is funded every year through tickets sales by all the students and our patrons. In some cases, students would have to purchase/rent Bharatanatyam costumes and jewelry for the performance.
More experienced students will get opportunities to perform at various events and festivals throughout the year as well.
What is the dress code for class?
Students are asked to wear cotton salwar kameez and dupatta. If students do not have a set, they can wear loose fitting t-shirts and gym pants in the interim. Older students may be asked to wear a dance practice sari.
What materials do I need to bring to class?
Students should bring a notebook, the theory notes and practice log which will be emailed to them and a pen.
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A course for dance students to introduce the concepts of Carnatic Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). The understanding of Carnatic music is essential for any Bharatanatyam dancer in order to internalize the rhythms and melodic complexities inherent in the music compositions for dance.
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This course is designed to gently introduce the dancer to the main concepts of Carnatic rhythm and melody through verbal demonstrations, discussions and practice. The goal is to strengthen the skills which will allow the dancer to become fully aware of the music they dance to, to become better and more aware artists and students, and to eventually acquire the skills necessary for teaching and creating their own work.
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Piyali Kothari was a Bharatanatyam dancer all through her childhood growing up in Chennai, India, the Bharatanatyam center of the world, and continues to have a keen interest in it today. She holds Bachelors degrees in Economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India and from New York University. She was an analyst at Goldman Sachs Equities and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, New York, for many years and then proceeded to be the Director of Business Development at Deepbridge Content Solutions, New York.
Piyali lives in Manhattan with her husband, Nakul Krishnaswamy and two children. She is the admissions liaison for the Gateway School of New York, a specialized school for kids with learning disabilities. She enjoys Indian classical dancing and music, reading, travel and jewelry design.
Ami Jain brings to Jiva a deep commitment to the preservation and expansion of classical performing arts in the New York City area. She is a yoga teacher who has taught adults and children for over 11 years and has also studied Bharatanatyam as a young adult. She was the co-chair of Jiva’s first Gala in 2013 and has strong experience in fund-raising for non-profit organizations such as Sakhi for South Asian Women and All Souls School. Prior to becoming a student and teacher of yoga, Ami worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for two years in financial risk assessment for regional banks. She then focused on lending to Fortune 50 companies at National Westminster Bank for three years in the Chicago and New York offices. Ami received her B.A. from The University of Michigan in Economics and French.