Indian Dance School
Indian Dance School is a charitable organization formed by Gauri Jog under IRS Section 501(3)(c) with EIN 26-3110772 to promote physical fitness through Kathak dance and to learn rich cultural heritage of India. Since 1999 the school has provided basic dance training to more than one thousand students. For needy students the school offers free Kathak dance education. The school also offers online Kathak education.
About Gauri Jog
Gauri Jog (formerly Gauri Kale) is Indian classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has been practicing Kathak dance since 1975 and received her training from Guru Madan Pande, Madhurita Sarang and Lalita Hardas. Her command over rhythm, powerful pirouettes, crisp footwork, creative choreographic skills has made her one of the finest exponents of the Lucknow-Jaipur dance style.
As of November 2014, the school has staged more than 350 dance shows in North America and India with acclaimed creations such as Krishna Leela, Shakuntala, Jhansi Ki Rani, Kathak Yatra, East meets West, Fire – the Fiery Tale, Ramayana, Dance For Olympics, among others. The group regularly performs for community organizations, schools, colleges, state and federal agencies, fairs, temples and corporations.
What is Kathak?
Kathak dance is a North Indian Classical Dance form that integrates elements of dance, music and drama. Rhythmic footwork, recitation, pirouettes, elaborate gestural movements and dramatic storytelling form part of the repertoire. Originated and nurtured in the at Hindu temples around 15th century, Kathak dance has over the centuries, attained refinement and enriched itself with various hues and embellishments.
Why learn Kathak?
With increasing use of Social Networking and Web Browsing, we clearly see the reduction in physical activities of our kids. For all the kids of Indian origin growing up outside India, there is need to learn about their roots. Learning Kathak dance will give you an opportunity to know about our culture, meet new friends and get required physical. Dancing Kathak makes our body strong, active and fit by helping lose the excess calories.
The biggest recognition we have received is love and affection of so many. We are proud to perform for more than 65 not-for-profit groups and help them raise money for their cause. The school appears frequently in news media which cover our dancing events. We take pride in each certificate because we put so much of hard work to make every dance a rewarding experience to both our audience and dancers.
Mothers who learn dance with their daughters build special relationship. Their partnership and teamwork is phenomenal in studio and on the stage. Working together and spending quality time with your kid is very important and we at Indian Dance School help such pairs learn dance together and lead a healthy lifestyle. Learning and practicing Kathak together at home with your daughter is very pleasurable way to nurture relationships. Many mother-daughter pairs from various parts of the world through online learning are building special bond with their daughters. Don’t you think you should be part of it?
Research on Dance
This website contains lot of information about my research on Indian Dances. If you are an Indian dancer, then I encourage you to contribute something to our efforts, your help is much appreciated. Starting in January 2015, we will be hosting full length dance programs available on our website. No ones makes DVDs anymore, everything now a days is online. I request all dancers to send their recital video to us so that their students and friends can download them instantly for a small fee. We highly encourage you to send your videos for your past programs so that they are available at one common place for you to watch anytime.
If you are a an Indian Dance teacher, we highly encourage you to affiliate your school or name to our school. If you operate under Indian Dance School, you can reap benefits of common branding, sharing all research material including books, videos, audios, share teacher resources to evaluate your students, issue certificates under common brand, share ideas for next recital, attend workshops of eminent Indian Dance Gurus and so on. The benefits are rewarding if we work as a group. Remember the happiness is beyond teaching 100 kids, earning money and having a big ego as a best dance teacher..there is always someone better than you!
Indian Dance School acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.