Kadam Asian Dance & Music, Luton

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90020 - Support activities to performing arts
Date of Incorporation
17 Jan 1995
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PRI/LTD BY GUAR/NSC (Private, limited by guarantee, no share capital)


Kadam leads the debate on the development of South Asian dance and music as forms connecting people and places and encouraging the sharing of artistic values across cultures. Based at the Hat Factory in Luton, Kadam plays a local and regional role in supporting classes, workshops and performances and providing artist development in conjunction with the Hat Factory. Kadam publish Pulse: the leading magazine for South Asian dance and music with a global outlook. In addition Kadam runs the only national choreography course for South Asian dancers- Unlocking Creativity.

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Keep fit and feel the grace and strength of the body with South Asian dance. South Asian dance covers a multitude of styles from classical to contemporary, and from traditional to modern. Each style is distinct in its look and feel and can build from simple steps to a complex co-ordination of a hundred body parts. Intricate rhythms emphasised by percussive footwork, detailed hand gestures and the expressive use of the eyes and face are common elements of South Asian dance forms. Bharata Natyam is currently the best known of all the styles of classical Indian dance. It originated in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in south India. It has associations with temple dancing. Bharata Natyam is marked by a linear and geometric quality.
It uses the aradhamandali, the open flexed knee position, which lends the form its characteristic strength. Kathak is the other popular classical Indian dance in Britain. Kathak developed in north India with Jaipur in Rajasthan and Luckhnow and Benares in Uttar Pradesh as important centres. Its main difference with all other styles is the upright stance with parallel or slightly turned out feet. From this position the dancer is able to exercise great control over the footwork. The stamping of intricate rhythmic patterns is matched by the extreme subtlety of neck, head and wrist. Improvisation is an important element of a Kathak performance.
Odissi has emerged form the mid north eastern area, the state of Orissa. The style is marked by the tribhanga (three bend) stance. The use of the torso gives a flowing and sensuous quality to the dance. The tribhanga is contrasted with the chauka (square) stance in which the arms are held at right angles to the shoulders and knees turned out similarly. Artists such as Uday Shankar and Ram Gopal are considered by many to be the pioneers of a new form of South Asian dance created for the context of the theatre, yet distinct from the classical forms.
Dance Courses, Dance Teachers, Dance Classes, Dance Lessons, Dance Schools, Learn to Dance, Folk Dance, Indian Dance, Asian Dance, Classes, Performing Arts Services, Performing Arts Support, Bollywood, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali
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