Kalbeliya dance is now recognized as a form of Indian “folk” dance and as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This dance form was conceptualized and developed by women from the Kalbeliya community of Rajasthan, India, from the 1980s onwards. We will build on movement fundamentals (including footwork, hand movements, and chakris/turns), develop our skills of improvisation, and start engaging with moderate level aspects of the technique (such as jhukna/arching). We will play with two modes of composition used in Rajasthani dance-making: abstract rhythmic movements, and lyrical gestures. The collectively created composition will be performed at a scheduled student dance concert.
- Teacher: Pritika Agarwal