World Cultures Dance and Arts Festival
Sat June 6th & Sun June 7th ONLINE

International Dance Instructor – Meghana Rao

Dr Meghana is an art enthusiast. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5 and has been practising dance ever since. She has given more than 500 stage performances across several parts of India and Ireland. She presented her ‘Arangetram’ in the year 2008 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru, India.

Meghana has secured a distinction in her Bharatanatyam certification exams held by the Karnataka State Government. She was also a dance examiner at the Karnataka Dance Examination Board. She is a freelance Bharatanatyam performer, teacher and choreographer.  Check out official website:  www.noopuranaada.com for all the information you need.

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Meghana’s Workshops at Shakefest

6th of June 2020 | 12pm Introduction to Bollywood!

***This workshop will take place on Zoom and is FREE. Please register at info@shakefest.net or shakecelebration@gmail.com and ensure you have Zoom installed.  Spaces limited to 10 so book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If there is more demand, Meghana may consider conducting an additional workshop. 

Meghana’s Bollywood Dance workshop needs no prior experience in dance. Meghana has carefully structured this program to suit beginners who are new to the world of Bollywood. She has picked music which is catchy with a medium energetic tempo that can be enjoyed by all.


Bollywood is the nickname given to the Indian film industry – it is a play on the word Hollywood. The B comes from Bombay (also known as Mumbai), a big city in India. Bollywood is massive. It makes up to 800 films a year – twice as many as Hollywood and about 14 million Indian people go to the
cinema every day (source: BBC). Most movies have song and dance sequences that support the storyline. A Bollywood film is not complete without its iconic free style dancing. The dances incorporate elements from both western and eastern dances blended with Indian art and colours to suit the taste of Indian viewers.

Please feel free to have fun and dress up, lets celebrate all of the beautiful colors of Bollywood together!

 

7th of June 2020 | 12-1:30pm   

Indian Classical – General Level

***This workshop will take place on Zoom and is FREE. Please register at info@shakefest.net or shakecelebration@gmail.com and ensure you have Zoom installed. Spaces limited to 10 so book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If there is more demand, Meghana may consider conducting an additional workshop. No previous dance experience necessary, it is for anyone to try.

Introduction to Indian classical dance with key focus on Bharatanatyam. The practical session includes basic footwork, hand gestures, eye and neck movements, facial expressions, basic make-up and dressing. Dance to one complete song/dance drama. Explanation of mythological characters involved in the dance drama.

Designed structure of the workshop:
Stage 1
Meghana will demonstrate an Indian classical choreography and the participants are expected to observe the movements carefully.
Stage 2
Meghana will teach the steps, body movements and facial expression and guide each of the participants. Participants will practice the dance and Meghana will provide live feedback and corrections wherever required.
Stage 3
The participants can perform the taught sequence along with Meghana and enjoy the experience.
Stage 4
Meghana will discuss the nuances and answer questions posed by the participants.
Stage 5 (after the workshop)Meghana will provide the video of the choreography with the participants for further practice.

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7th of June 2020 | 3-4:30pm 

Indian Classical Dance (Intermediate Level- Bharatanatyam)

***This workshop will take place on Zoom and is FREE. Please register at info@shakefest.net or shakecelebration@gmail.com and ensure you have Zoom installed. Spaces limited to 10 so book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If there is more demand, Meghana may consider conducting an additional workshop. Participants will need to have completed the basic steps in Bharatanatyam, or have 5 years of previous dance experience in any genre.

The dance texts Abhinaya darpana, and Natyashastra are used as theoretical basis for classical dance theory.
Students will learn hastas and viniyogas (hand gestures and their utility), eye movements, neck movements and navarasa (nine types of emotions).
Practical dance session: One complete dance item with intermediate difficulty depicting the nuances of Nritta (presentation of rhythm through graceful movement of the body) and Nritya (dance involving acting techniques) of Bharatanatyam.

The designed structure of the workshop:
Stage 1
Meghana will demonstrate an Indian classical choreography and the participants are expected to observe the movements carefully.
Stage 2
Meghana will teach the steps, body movements and facial expression and guide each of the participants. Participants will practice the dance and Meghana will provide live feedback and corrections wherever required.
Stage 3
The participants can perform the taught sequence along with Meghana and enjoy the experience.
Stage 4
Meghana will discuss the nuances and answer questions posed by the participants.
Stage 5 (after the workshop)
Meghana will provide the video of the choreography with the participants for further practice.

 

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View some of Meghana’s Videos HERE


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