Students in these classes are taught the basic elements of dance, including steps (adavus), neck movements (atami), eye movements (dhristi bheda), walking (chari), and hand gestures (hastas). They also start learning combinations of steps (Korvais) and simple dances and shlokas.
Adavus, levels 1, 2, 3, 4
Students continue to practice the basics of dance as they begin learning their first margam, or list of required dances. Students are properly grounded in thala (beat) and laya (rhythm).
Students delve into expressing emotions in various kinds of interpretive dances. Students also begin to explore more complex thalas and rhythmic structures.
Students prepare to give their solo stage debut performance. They select their margam of dances and prepare through intense private lessons as well as vigorous training both individually and in groups.
Students are expected to have reached a high level of proficiency. Students begin directing, teaching, and choreographing.