UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Turning Passion to Purpose

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” Shakespeare famously said. Today, that part is getting more and more important. As time runs in dizzy circles, performing arts have acquired a meaning like never before. The rapidly evolving global economy demands a dynamic and creative workforce. The arts and its related businesses are responsible for billions in cultural exports for India. In fact, arts and performance are a country’s heritage and its greatest currency. The world needs people who think with the creative side of their brains. It enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively. Only then are we prepared to play our parts better in this theatre of dreams called the world.

FLAME University’s dance program has very specific objectives, all of which are toward making FLAME a university of excellence in the teaching and promotion of dance, through an interdisciplinary approach. We do this in an environment of trust and faith in order to encourage and nurture individual artistic expression. We aim to encourage innovation and opportunities that challenge the existing norms of teaching dance in India.

We strive to encourage and facilitate innovation and learning in dance. We aim to do this by providing education, disseminating knowledge and promoting appreciation, through a unique pedagogy and interaction with the arts of other countries and collaborations with arts institutions the world over. Education in dance is one of the most creative ways we have to hone the students’ enthusiasm for life and spark their creativity and imaginations.

Grounded in the philosophy of liberal education, inter-disciplinary and applied learning, FLAME University offers a minor in dance at the undergraduate level. Through the process of experiential learning, students are enabled to develop sufficient level of understanding in their area(s) of interest in artistic practices. Besides classroom work, our students are benefited from opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, festivals and residencies. Focusing on practice as well as theory in dance, our students are provided space and resources to hone individual artistic skills and develop critical thinking.

Program Aims

  • To offer education in dance within a liberal education setting.
  • To provide academic training and practical experience for students who wish to explore their interests in dance.
  • To afford the opportunity for students to develop a significant level of competency in dance.
  • To create conducive environment for process-oriented practice work and research within specific socio-cultural context in India.
  • To engage in process orientated explorations through multi-disciplinary forms in which all of the arts and humanities, knowledge and life skills intersect.
  • To provide a broad based curriculum, exceptional professional and liberal education opportunities in fine & performing arts, which enables students in developing collaborative, creative and critical thinking.
  • To integrate theory and practice in order to exceed existing boundaries of expression.
  • To offer applied exploration and observation toward new forms of artistic and scholarly excellence.
  • To offer culturally enriching opportunities to all students and members of the FLAME and regional communities.

DANCE MINOR COURSES

12 MINOR COURSES

1. Principles of Dance Movement 5. Dance Technique III 9. Aesthetics for Dance
2. Indian Dance 6. Performance 10. Creative Movement
3. Dance Technique I 7. Choreography 11. World Dance
4. Dance Technique II 8. Fitness for Dance 12. Folk Dance Workshop

Principles of Dance Movement

This course is designed to help the student learn to perceive dance and develop sensitivity to expressive devices in dance. Aspects of skill and proficiency, accompaniments, the occasion of performance and standards of excellence expected within a cultural milieu.

Indian Dance

This course traces the origin and evolution of Indian Dance over the period of 2000 years till early 21st century. Indian dance is a broader concept which involves Classical dance, tribal and folk dance, ritual dance along with Indian Modern and Contemporary Dance. This course will also help students to understand what is ‘Indian’ and what is ‘contemporary’ in the context of Indian Contemporary dance practices.

Dance Technique I

The focus of this course is on learning two ‘nritta’ compositions from Bharatnatyam repertoire,   Alaripu and Jatiswaram. Alaripu, a preliminary composition performed to the recitation of simple syllables set to basic tala in Tishra or Chatushra is learnt and performed by the student. Then the student is introduced to the structure of Jatiswaram along with pure dance patterns called ‘korvai’s set to ‘swara’s.
The emphasis is also going to be on enhancing the clarity of technique, precision in movement and understanding of various concepts related to Bharatnatyam technique.

Dance Technique II – Shabdam, Padam and Tillana

Students will be introduced to three compositions from Bharat natyam ‘Margam’ in this course. The aspect of abhinaya will be explored through ‘shabdam’ and ‘Padam’. The rhythmic aspect will be further explored in ‘Tillana’. As per the name, the composition -‘Shabdam’ emphasises the ‘word’, ‘literature – saahitya aspect’ involved in dance. This course helps student to understand the meaning of a literary piece and its interpretation through movement and dance. A Padam deals with any shade of emotion of human beings and interesting interpretation of the given situation or the character portrayed in the lyric. Tillana has intricate rhythmic patterns, fast pace, beauty of the technique, melodic aspect of the composition where the syllables ‘nom’, ‘tom’, ‘tana nana’ are sung repetitively allowing the dancer to draw various patterns on the canvas of the space. Technically very demanding pure dance composition which marks the most vibrant and colourful end to the Bharatnatyam repertoire will be an absolutely thrilling experience for the student.

Dance Technique III  

This course will offer two compositions - a Keertanam and a Varanam. Keertanam, based on abhinaya aspect has a devotional element. Varanam is a most challenging composition of Bharatnatyam repertoire involving strong pure dance and interpretative dance.

Performance

A student explores various aspects related to practical and theory of performing arts, here dance. It becomes essential to be able to put them together and execute all the learning in a performance. The understanding of theory, command on technique and going beyond theory and technique to create a dialogue with the space, music and the ‘Rasika’ through the bodily language is the main goal a student of dance aims at. The focus of this course is to understand and imbibe various factors related to performance, which a dance performer needs to be aware of. A performance will be created to provide training to the student regarding repertoire, stamina, expression, confidence stage and other elements.

Choreography

The term ‘choreography’ does not belong to traditional Indian Dance. It has caught everyone’s attention in India in the context of dance and now it becomes essential to understand what it means by the term ‘choreography’ and how it could be woven into the contemporary dance scenario. This course is an effort to study different aspects of choreography through the study of the content, form, technique and projection of the work.

Fitness for Dance

Fitness training and conditioning are important in preventing injury and enhancing a dancer’s performance and efficiency, especially because of demands of present-day choreography. Dancers are artistic athletes. Cardio vascular, strength training & flexibility workouts, these least resemble dance, however, the inclusion of such exercises has been shown to improve stamina, speed, balance and strength – important for dancers and particularly helpful with jumping.

Aesthetics for Dance

Students will develop a critical appreciation and awareness of the aesthetic aspects of form and motion in dance. This class is a combination of lecture and activity, which includes introduction to variety of dance forms, composition and criticism and linking aesthetic concepts to other areas such as visual arts and human experience.

Creative Movement

Movement is the basis for any dance form. Dance is called as the language for communication. Hence movement is the alphabet which a student of dance should imbibe properly. To enrich the language further one must have command on the grammar, aesthetics and nuances of the language as well as enriched vocabulary. This course in ‘Creative Movement’ will introduce different movement patterns selected from Indonesian dance, Indian dance and Turkish dance to help students to develop movement language for effective communication through dance performance.

World Dance

Dance is not just bodily movements...it is an expression of the mankind. It is a representation of various cultures, regions, religions, languages, music and anatomies from different parts of the world. We find diversity and commonality in various dance forms around the world. This course will introduce to some select dance forms from different continents. The range is varied yet we attempt to focus on the expression of a particular community through the study of movements, music, costumes, patterns and other aspects of performance. Along with theory and practical demonstrations, students will watch dance on film to get deeper understanding of dance forms around the world.

Folk Dance Workshop

This course in ‘folk dance’ offers selective folk dances for students to learn and perform. The cultural expression of any land is varied in style due to various religions, beliefs, customs and history. It is an interesting journey for student to understand and bring all the above factors into performance.