Levels

Beginner
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
Korvais
Prayer songs

Intermediate
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).

Allaripu
Jathiswaram
Shabdam
Varnam
Folk Dances

Advanced
Students delve into expressing emotions in various kinds of interpretive dances. Students also begin to explore more complex thalas and rhythmic structures.

Padams
Javalis/Ashtapadis
Keerthanas
Thillana
Second Margam

Arangetram
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.

Post-Arangetram
Students are expected to have reached a high level of proficiency. Students begin directing, teaching, and choreographing.