Classes will meet once a week (4 classes a month). Students, who wish to learn in a faster pace or want to move to an advanced level, may take two classes/week for an additional fee. Students joining the school after receiving prior training elsewhere are placed in classes suitable to their level.
The student is expected to attend and participate in the scheduled class every week. In order to progress, it is the student’s responsibility to practice the dance steps taught in class at home. Parents, please encourage the students to practice at home. The school highly encourages parents to watch the class especially moms. Please keep silence while you watch the class. Once your class is over, please go out of the class without disturbing the next batch. If you bring other siblings, please make sure they do not run around. Parents may also videotape their child’s lesson for home practice (student use only- must not upload to any Internet sites).
Salwar/Kurtha or traditional Indian clothes are highly recommended. No tight jeans and shorts please. For girls with long hair, please tie them back. Intermediate/Advanced students must wear salwar.
Fees is charged for School year - September -June. Fee is due at the beginning of every month if you are paying in monthly basis. If you would like to pay bi monthly, quarterly, yearly etc please talk to me. There are no credits for classes missed. Only the first year/month is prorated if not joined in the beginning of the school year. Students may take a make-up class in the same or lower level at other class location (check with me before you come). If I cancel a class for any reason except due to weather conditions, a make up class will be arranged. Please note that in some months, there are 5 classes, the extra class will be considered as a make up class.
Once the student completes an item, he/she will be able to perform any shows arranged by Natyamudra. Events and details will be emailed on a monthly/bi-monthly basis. Students are also encouraged to participate in local school functions or in family events or any other gathering. Be sure to read the 'Program checklist' before your first performance.
Dance being a visual art, the costume plays an important role. All performers are given color co-ordinated costumes for a very reasonable rent at least a week before their performance. Costumes will be in a clear cover with the size marked on the cover. . Please return the costumes exactly the way you have received it in the clear cover. Be considerate to others- hand wash blouses and or other pieces if stained. Additional dry cleaning fee will be charged if the costume returned dirty. It is your responsibility to make sure the outfit is clean before you pick it. Rent is due at the time you pick up the costume; also ensure all pieces are there. Costumes must be returned with in a week after the program. A late fee will be charged if not returned with in two weeks without prior approval. Students are advised to buy their own ornaments set(temple) and accessories. But if needed it is also available for rent or sale.
The syllabus is divided into 5 levels. At the end of each level, student may take a test. Test has 3 parts for the first 3 levels. Adavus, Performance of an item and written test. 70% or more is required to pass the test. Students who successfully complete each level will be given a certificate. Even though it is optional, I would highly recommend this to all students so parents and students can evaluate themselves.
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