Apsara art’s EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY programme uses South Asian dance and related art forms in ways that are stimulating and relevant to life in the UK today. Its participatory projects encourage learning, creativity and well-being for a wide range of communities, while raising awareness of the richness and diversity of South Asian culture.
Our programmes are for people of all ages, ethnic origins, backgrounds and abilities. We can offer workshops and residencies in a wide range of settings including schools, colleges, youth clubs, day centres, residential homes and hospitals.
Our projects can be tailor-made to suit the specific needs and interests of each group. Workshops are led by professional and experienced artists. Performance opportunities are often constructed for participants, raising the profile of the work and generating wider interest in South Asian arts and culture.
Bollywood dancing is a form of dancing that is used in Indian (Hindi) films. The dance itself combines the rich texture of India’s many classical and folk dances, fused with elements of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Arabic and Latin forms. The dance is about storytelling. A song can be about a celebration or a seduction or about falling in love. Bollywood is all about fantasy and glamour and there really are no limits to the creativity. It is a fantastic workout. It’s upbeat, energetic and so much fun. Anyone can do Bollywood dance.
This popular style for dancing at weddings, clubs and party has its roots in Punjab. The training will involve learning modern and traditional moves to the popular funky modern punjabi tunes. This workshops are great way to keep fit, improve dance skills and are suitable for mixed group
Kathak is a classical dance style of northern India. Kathak derives its name from the word Katha, which means the art of story-telling. The Kathak dancer was originally a story-teller, conveying the ancient stories and legends of Hindu mythology in the temples. With the coming of the Moghul emperors and the influence of Islamic culture, the content and presentation of Kathak dance changed and developed, being introduced as a form of entertainment in the courts and evolving into a pure dance form. Kathak is characterised by fast spins, by finely detailed movements and by intricate footwork, which is enhanced by the sound of ankle bells. Passages of dramatic interpretation based on themes from Persian and Urdu poetry exist alongside the dances of Hindu mythology.
A stick dance from Gujarat danced by men and women, using circular movements and accentuated by rhythmic beatings of the sticks. The workshop teaches the basic moves to more latest styles popular at the festival of ‘Navratri’. The workshop can also be designed for a performance piece.
A very famous Gujarati dance, present at all auspicious occasion. The dancers move in circular movements clapping their hands and expressing their ecstacy in several graceful movements. The workshops teaches the basic moves to more latest styles popular at the festival of ‘Navratri. The workshop can also be designed for a performance piece.