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Phone

(732)-476-8745

Location

Center for Kuchipudi Dance,
20 Greyhound Ct,
Kendall Park, NJ – 08824

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Kuchipudi?

Kuchipudi is one of the 8 classical Indian dance forms that originated in the south Indian village of Kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi draws inspiration from the ancient Sanskrit text on performing arts called the Natya Shastra, and is known for its unique combination of dance, music, and acting.

2. How is Kuchipudi different from other classical dance forms?

Each classical Indian dance form, including Kuchipudi, has its own distinctive style and repertoire. Kuchipudi is known to have a perfect blend of Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (expressive dance), and Natya (dramatic representation). It stands out for its graceful movements, intricate yet fast-paced footwork, expressive storytelling using elaborate facial expressions, complex hand gestures (mudras), and vibrant costumes. Though Kuchipudi encompasses a unique blend of traditional and devotional themes, it gives choreographers a flexibility to portray spiritual and secular narratives.

3. Can anyone learn Kuchipudi?

Yes, people of all ages and backgrounds can learn Kuchipudi, if they have the dedication and passion for it. Many dance schools offer classes for beginners, and with dedicated practice, anyone can learn and enjoy this classical art form.

4. What is the significance of costumes in Kuchipudi?

Kuchipudi costumes are vibrant and traditional. Female dancers often wear colorful sarees with intricate designs, while male dancers don dhotis. The costumes, along with traditional jewelry, contribute to the visual appeal of the performance.

5. How long does it take to become proficient in Kuchipudi?

The time it takes to become proficient in Kuchipudi varies from person to person and depends on various factors such as practice, dedication, and prior dance experience. A dedicated practice schedule and guidance from a qualified teacher are key to learn the skill.

6. Is Kuchipudi only performed solo, or are there group performances as well?

Kuchipudi can be performed solo or in a group. Solo performances often involve a dancer portraying multiple roles, while group performances involve synchronized movements with intricate choreography.

7. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center have only group classes?

Yes, our classes are conducted mostly in groups. However, when a student is preparing for Rangapravesam, we give them one – to – one instruction and training.

8. If a student misses a class, is there an option for a make up class?

If a student misses a class for a valid reason (illness), we allow them to attend a similar class in one of our other locations.

9. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center have online classes?

Though we did have online classes during Covid, we are now back to in-person classes fully. We believe that the dance instructions can be best imparted to students in person, than online.

10. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center follow an annual curriculum or schedule?

No, we do not follow an annual curriculum or schedule. New students are welcome to enroll with us anytime during the year.

11. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center offer any certificate courses in Kuchipudi?

Yes. We provide additional training to any student interested in pursuing a Certification from our affiliated university. Please refer to Training and Certifications on our website for more information.

12. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center give performance opportunities to students of all levels?

Yes, students of all levels get an opportunity to perform at our school’s annual recital. In addition, we encourage students of all levels to participate in the cultural events that KDC participates in, throughout the year on various occasions.

13. How long does it take for a beginner level student of Kuchipudi Dance Center to reach the level of Rangapravesam?

Typically, it would take a minimum of 6 to 7 years for a student to progress from Beginner level to Rangapravesam. However, it varies from one student to another and is dependent on the student’s interest, practice, and commitment to the art form.

14. Does Kuchipudi Dance Center provide costumes and jewelry?

We encourage students to have their own costumes and jewelry. We can guide a student on where to procure costumes and jewelry from.

15. What are the eligibility criteria for enrolment in your school?

Our only eligibility criterion is a minimum age. We take anyone who is aged 5 and above.

16. Do you have classes for adults?

Yes, we do have classes for adults.