Kathak Intermediate

When and Where

11 Jan 2020 - 28 Mar 2020 (16.5 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 15:30 - 17:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Sushma Mehta
Course code

What you will learn

This course consolidates and builds on skills already learnt in Kathak. Progression will include emphasis on accuracy and quality of movement. The course content will include repertoire with varied footwork, sparkling rhythms, dramatic moves and subtle expressional phrases; accompanied by a tabla player for some sessions. Please note: online enrolment on term 2 of this course, starting in January 2018, is available for those enrolled in the autumn term. If you are new to Kathak at Morley, a minimum of one year's previous experience is required. For further information, please contact dance@morleycollege.ac.uk

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Present further appropriately complex compositions in teentaal -rhythmic cycle of 16 beats- {laya/bol jati
  • Perform Padanth (recitation) of all learnt compositions in teentaal
  • Do padanth (recitation) of jhaptaal and ektaal (rhythmic cycle of 10 and 12 beats) theka-s in single, double and quadruple tempo.
  • Practise tatkar (footwork) in jhaptaal and ektaal in single, double and quadruple tempo.
  • Practise compositions in jhaptaal and ektaal (rhythmic cycles of 10 and 12 beats)
  • Perform an expressional item- continuation of Hori

Class format and activities

doing a general and a style specific warm up to prepare the body for dance.
doing patterns of movements demonstrated by the tutor.
learning the padanth (recitation) of two different rhythmic cycles( jhaptaal and teentaal) and relating the syllables to the sounds on the tabla (Indian percussion instrument)
You will be learning an expressional item- a thumri (love lyric)
Sometimes you will work individually or in a small group and at other times as part of the whole class.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

At least a year’s previous training In Kathak. For some with experience of any dance form the period may be reduced at the discretion of the tutor.

Online enrolment on term 2 of this course, starting in January 2017, is only available to those enrolled in the previous term.If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this. If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course will help in building stamina. A level of fitness to undertake continuous activity for about an hour is expected. However adjustments can be made to meet personal physical and learning needs if the tutor is made aware of it. The students are required to dance in bare feet.

Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.

What you will need for your class

Clothes which allow ease of movement.
A notebook and pen /audio recording equipment
A bottle of water

What you can do next

The students will be encouraged to join the performance project in April when a new dance piece is choreographed to perform at Morley college’s summer dance concert.