Exploring Indian Dance For Actors

This immersive 8-week course is designed for actors and non-actors alike. Participants will explore the elements, technique, and expressive vocabulary of Odissi, one of India’s neo-classical dances. The form is known for its percussive footwork paired with curving movements and sculpturesque poses. Through excerpts from pure dance choreographies (Pallavi) and variations on walking and traveling, they will refine movement, transitions and develop a stronger awareness of framing and placement within the Odissi aesthetic. Anindita Nanda, one of the most accomplished Odissi dancers in the world will also touch upon history and cultural context. Using this knowledge and framework, students will create their own choreographies based on their own original written monologues.

Following the classical dance we will kick it up a notch and indulge in learning the various aspects of Bollywood dance. Bollywood Dance is a mix of dance styles performed in Bollywood films, including traditional Indian styles of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, folk styles, bhangra, garba and modern dances. We will learn the different routines set to a variety of Bollywood music and rhythms and will explore the different regional flavors of India. Students dance barefoot or with dance socks.

No experience required and all levels are welcomed.

This course will conclude with an intimate student presentation of original and learned choreography.

What is Odissi?

Odissi is an Indian classical dance form originating from the state of Odisha, in India and dates back to the 2nd century in its origin and antiquity. It is an ancient, breathtakingly beautiful form of sacred dance, which was originally performed in temples as a worship ritual. Highly stylized in nature, it utilizes powerful, energetic footwork with graceful postures and movements to create an illusion of sculpture coming to life. Handed down from teacher to disciple for thousands of years, Odissi emphasizes, and in fact, centers around spirituality and devotion. The practice of this dance form rejuvenates the body, refreshes the mind and creates a positive energy.

Who is this dance class for?

Our dance lessons are for actors and non-actors coming from all walks of life, those looking to gain insight into the vocabulary of the ancient arts which shaped all modern creative dances.

Dance in the ancient times was a part of theater and an insightful knowledge of this, will enhance a complete understanding of the arts. It also helps on building confidence, strengthening bodies, mind, improved body control, build an understanding of rhythm, choreography and improving the sense of timing.

Students who can benefit from this course:

  • Students from any level of theater and dance, interdisciplinary
  • Aspiring actors and dancers
  • Actors looking to refresh their skills
  • Students wanting to have total body conditioning
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Expected Outcome:

  1. 1. Understanding of the ancient arts, its history and evolution and current form as well understanding of the modern styles of dance from India.
  2. Improve posture, sense of movements, rhythm and space.
  3. Build muscle strength and endurance.
  4. Enhance your emotional performances by understanding the effect that emotions have in the mind and body.

Upcoming Classes:

The Exploring Indian Dance for Actors is a 8 Week course. See below for more details on price for the entire course, dates, and times of each session. All classes are held in Manhattan.

Exploring Indian Dance For Actors 8 Weeks

Register today for our Fall 2019 classes:

October 12th, October 19th, October 26th, November 9th, November 16th, December 7th, December 14th, December 21st


12:00pm – 1:00pm


Pearl Studio
500 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018






About the instructor

Anindita Anu Nanda is an exponent of Odissi and intensively trained under the lineage of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, in India. She has a Masters in Indian Classical Dance and Vocal Music and is the recipient of several titles in India like NrityaShree, Nritya Siromani, high honors for dancers in India. For over 15 years she has been working to promote the dance through concerts, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.
A much sought-after touring artist, Anindita is regularly presented by embassies, museums, universities, libraries, schools and cultural institutions across the United States, Europe, and India. She is the founder and director of SoorTaal, an organization that was created for the promotion and preservation of Odissi.

Anindita is also on the board of the World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC) and continues to contribute through her work in preserving and promoting world cultures. She continues her work in establishing Odissi in the US and abroad.

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