Introduction to East Indian Classical Dance

The Basics of Movement
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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (23 ratings)
1,539 students
42min of on-demand video

You will learn to appreciate the diversity in East Indian classical dance styles.
You will practice basic hand gestures, footwork and movements.
You will learn the importance of posture, form and lines in movement.


  • You should be in good physical health and not have any medical conditions that can be adversely impacted by moderate to rigorous exercise.
  • You should have a smooth, flat surface on which to practice. The surface should be free from objects that can cause injury. Wooden or tiled floors are the most suitable as practice must be done barefoot.


This introductory dance course will cover the foundations of classical East Indian dance. An examination of the styles of dance in the East Indian genre will assist students in identifying the basics of posture, form and movement. It will introduce the Bharatnatyam style in practice but will focus on 'nritta' or the 'pure' dimension of the style alone.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners in East Indian Classical dance
  • Dance newbies
  • Anyone interested in Classical East Indian dance


Bioinformatician and Classical East Indian Dancer
Alana Abdool
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 1,539 Students
  • 1 Course

I have a MSc in Bioinformatics and write on ethical issues in science, technology and the environment. I am from Trinidad and Tobago and studied Bharatanatyam, folk and Bollywood styles of East Indian dance there for more than ten years. I taught dance part time for  ten years which included choreographing performances for major events. My gurus were Michael Salickram, Indira and AnnMarie Mahatoo and Rajkumar Krishna Persad.

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