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Kathak Classes

Nurturing talent, enriching education through the Indian classical dance form of Kathak.
About Karishma Sharma

Karishma is trained in Kathak in the Lucknow Gharana over 15 years. She started her immersive training at the leading Kathak dance academy in Ahmedabad, Kadamb. She continues to advance her training under Guru Prashant Shah, senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia. She has been actively performing at local Bay area events to promote awareness of Kathak to broader audiences. In January 2019, she performed in Geneva, Switzerland with the Kathak Company Prashant Shah & Dancers at the prestigious International Dance Festival Au Dela des prejuges.


Kathak Performance - Video 

Kathak Classes & Curriculum

Kathak classes are taught by Artistic Director Karishma Sharma. Students develop the skill and understanding of Kathak, at the same time as building a sound technique, by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way. 

Learning and Progression

Classes are conducted at Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels. A clearly defined structure allows learning to take place in the context of safe dance practice. The levels build up progressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare for more complex movements as the student progresses.

The class is structured around three focus areas:

Technical Skills

Correct use of body in dance, Laya and Taal (Rhythm awareness through recitation and theka), Movement Vocabulary (Arm and hand movements, Tatkaar, Chakkars, Travelling patterns). Abhinaya (use of the face and body to communicate narrative)


Nritta (Tukdas, Footwork in rhythmic patterns such as Ladis, Baant)

Nritya (Kavit, Shloka or Vandana incorporating Abhinaya)

Creative dance exercises 


We will discuss the history and theory of Kathak. Students will be required to keep a notebook for class.

Attire Requirements

  1. Girls should wear a kurti or a long length t-shirt, salwār or churidhar pants or leggins
  2. Boys should wear a kurta or a t-shirt with chiridhar pants or track pants 
  3. Hair should be pinned away from the face, drawn back in a single braid or bun.
  4. Ankle bells must be brought and students should wear them right before class starts. Ankle bells will be introduced at the appropriate time depending on each student's readiness
Class Schedule 
Regular weekly classes resume in Winter 2020 on Feb 3
Preteens 7+ yrs (Beginner)
Mondays 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Adult (Beginner) 
Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm 

For more information:
Call Karishma at 650 796 5064