Class Room Policies & Guidelines:
Students are inspired to continue the tradition of this beautiful art form by growing into professional dancers and teachers after performing their Arangetrams (solo dance debut).
- Dance classes are one-hour long including prayers and warm up.
- Parents are not allowed in classes unless requested by the instructor or to video tape during the last 10 minutes of class.
- Parents and students can video-tape students to support learning.
- No chewing gum, eating or drinking during class, other than water.
- It is absolutely essential that the correct dance clothes be worn in all classes.
- If a student comes to class wearing anything other than proper dancewear, they are only permitted to sit and observe the lesson.
- Hair pulled up in ponytail or secured away from face.
- Beginners must wear salwar/kamees or churidar kamees with a dupata to tie around the shoulder and at the waist.
- It is important for the instructor to see the student's feet while dancing. Please make that pants/leggings/salwars/churidars do not fall past the ankles.
- All intermediate & advanced students must wear half sarees to class.
- Rules are made to be followed, not broken.
Contact Information/Waiver forms:If you have not filled out and returned a Contact Information/Waiver form, it will be available on the first day of class. Fill it out completely, and return it to one of the dance instructors. Contact information is maintained in a database that is used to communicate information on class schedules, practice times/locations, and upcoming events. If your contact information changes, please download a blank form from the website, fill it out, and submit it to your instructor as soon as possible.
Practice:Students must practice regularly to keep up and make progress. The recommended practice rules are posted on the website. Practice log has been updated and is also posted on the web site.
Annual Performance:Raga Mayuri hosts an annual performance for enrolled students every year during the Spring Quarter. Student participation is required. Bharatanatyam is a performance art and dancing on stage represents a critical part of the learning process and is a gauge for progress. Preparing for and participating in the annual performance helps students grow in the following areas:
- Appreciating the dynamic of dancing with students from other locations
- Learning from other students and instructors
- Observing the learning process of others, junior or senior to the student
- Forming closer bonds with fellow students
- Becoming more proficient at donning hair/flowers, make-up, costume and jewellery
- Understanding the logistics and technical components of a stage performance