Samarpana dance academy founded by Preetha Arun provides personalized instruction for the serious student who aspires to excel in classical Bharatanatyam.

Dance lessons at Samarpana follow a comprehensive, well-rounded, immersive curriculum that places emphasis on quality and encourages the pursuit of excellence. The Bharatanatyam curriculum includes instruction in Indian Classical Dance theory and cultural history, fitness and body conditioning, and rigorous fundamental training and technique refinement.

What is Bharatanatyam?

Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest classical dance forms of India originating in Tamil Nadu. It is the most popular Indian classical dance form in the world. The name ‘Bharata’ is after Bharata Muni, the great author of the “Natya Shastra” which is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world. It is a dance of mind and soul. It’s antiquity lies about 3000 years ago with a mythological as well as a historical origin. Meaning of Bharatanatyam is the dance (natyam), that beautifully blends the three elements – ‘Bha’ – Bhava (from expressions), ‘Ra’ – Raga (from musical melody)and ‘Ta’ – Tala (from rhythm).

What are the benefits of learning Bharatanatyam?

Some of the benefits for young kids are:
• They learn to follow instructions
• They gain a sense of discipline through learning new positions They learn co-ordination, balance and how to control their bodies in motion
• They are active and getting daily exercise
• They become comfortable performing before groups

As a child continues to pursue Bharatanatyam, you will see more benefits emerging – especially when they become adolescents and into the teenage years.
• They develop long and strong muscles from the practice
• They gain a sense of self-confidence and pride in their bodies and what they can accomplish
• They learn how to work to get what they want out of their performance
• The skills learned in Bharatanatyam are useful for other forms of dancing – be it classical or contemporary if they want to take that up later
• They learn about proper nutrition to keep their bodies in shape so they can dance