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Career in Dance

Dance is a form of communication that brings the innermost feelings and simultaneously depicts the cultural aspects of a civilization Dance is an age-old tradition in India. Indian classical dance is an intricate art requiring skill, hard work and discipline. Bharatnatyam is believed to be the oldest and purest form of dance.

If you aspire for a career in Indian classical dance, you should have an inborn talent which can be sharpened with training and guidance. There is no specific age to learn dancing. All you need is the desire and the will power to learn and master the art.

Educational requirements: To take up a course in this field, the basic requirement is 10+2. For postgraduate level courses, graduation in the subject is compulsory. Courses offered in this area are certificate courses, bachelor courses, diploma courses and postgraduate level courses.

Institutes offering courses in dance:

  • Kathak Kendra in Delhi
  • Kalakshetra in Chennai
  • Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi
Course: Course areas include history and evolution of dance and dance forms, the characteristic features of dance forms one specializes in, covering all aspects of dance as a performing art.

Personal attributes: Main attributes required are: talent, versatility, sense of rhythm, dedication, grace, an expressive facial and body language, an ability to interpret roles, attractive appearance, stage presence, creativity and physical stamina.

Job prospects:
Dance graduates can find employment in
  • Kala Kendras
  • Academies
  • TV channels
  • Dance troupes
  • Self employment (private classes, starting a school)
Career prospects: One you are a trained dancer, you have to make your debut with the arangetram. Once you are done with the arangetram, you can step into the field as a professional. Career options available in the field are that of a performer, teacher and choreographer.

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