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Storytelling through Kathak: Classical Northern Indian Dance

from The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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Teaching Artist Derek Phillips brings the 16th century traditional dance of Northern India to life in this beginner friendly program. Learning the expressive hand gestures, arm patterns, and footwork of Kathak, students will learn to tell a simple story through movement. They will also learn about the  cultural significance of Kathak through the centuries and how it can be used to explore the rich history of India.

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By Request: $175.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

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55 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

International, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Career Education, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading Dance

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available Monday-Friday between 9;00-4:00 PM Central Time.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Cowles Center is the flagship center for dance in Downtown Minneapolis, dedicated to providing a performance, rehearsal and administrative home to more than 15 Minnesota arts organizations and educational resources statewide. Integral to the Center’s mission is providing high-quality arts education to students throughout the State of Minnesota.

Elyse Chambers

Program Details


This session will include demonstrations of Kathak dance, instruction of basic Kathak symbolic hand gestures, arm patterns and footwork, as well as discussion of the historical and cultural significance of Kathak Dance.


1. Explore...
various sounds that can be made by the feet

2. Understand...
how hand gestures can be used to create and tell a story

3. Learn...
basic body positions
basic footwork patterns
basic arm movements
hand gestures (water, fire, deer, peacock, writing, searching)

4. Demonstrate...
a simple storytelling sentence

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards:
Content Standard: 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
- Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions
- Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
- Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary
Content Standard: 2: Understanding choreographic principles, processes, and structures
- Students successfully demonstrate the structures or forms of AB, ABA, canon, call and response, and narrative
Content Standard: 3: Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
- Students observe and explain how different accompaniment (such as sound, music, spoken text) can affect the meaning of a dance
Content Standard: 5: Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
- Students competently perform folk and/or classical dances from various cultures; describe similarities and differences in steps and movement styles