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Kathak summer residency - 23 to 29 July 2018


SBDC is pleased to offer an intensive Kathak residency in London this summer. The Residency is open to intermediate and advanced (Grade 4 upwards) Kathak students, and parallel programmes will also be run for professionals and beginner adults.


The programme will provide a complete experience of learning dance including kathak technique and repertoire pieces, body conditioning, yoga, movement analysis, music and other complimentary skills. Participants will come away armed with technical and transferable skills that they can apply to their dance practice, as well as having learnt original performance pieces taught with music. This is also an opportunity to form connections with a wide network of fellow dancers and artists. The programme will be taught by faculty drawn from amongst the leaders within the sector.



The residency will take place at the University of Hertfordshire, located on the outskirts of London and easily accessible by road and rail. The campus is also easy to reach from Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports. Participants will be accommodated in single en-suite rooms and meals are included.




Each day's structured programme will be between 8 to 10 hours. This will comprise 5 to 7 hours of Kathak (most classes will be accompanied by live musicians).  There will be a further 2 to 3 hours of yoga, contemporary dance, movement analysis, choreography, music, dance-related history and literature. See a typical day's schedule on the right. 


Main group: Tuesday 24 July morning – Saturday 28 July evening (Arrival – Monday 23 July evening)

Professionals group: Monday 23 July morning – Sunday 29 July evening (Arrival – Monday 23 July morning. Optional early arrival – Sunday 22 July evening, charged extra)

Adult beginners group: Saturday 28 July morning – Sunday 29 July evening



Main group: Participants must be 16 years old or more. You should be at least ISTD Grade 3 (or equivalent) OR been learning Kathak for a minimum of 3 years. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us regarding this.

Professionals group: Participants should have learnt Kathak for a minimum of 7 years

Adult beginners group: Open to all adults who have done ISTD Grade 1 or equivalent or been learning any dance form for 2 years.



To maximise the learning and fun experience of the programme, we encourage students to attend on a residential basis. However, we also offer a non-residential option for those who are unable to stay on site due to personal reasons.

Main group:

With accommodation: £650 (Early bird offer - £600)

Non-residential (includes lunch and dinner): £450 (Early bird offer - £400)



With accommodation: £775 (Early bird offer - £725)

Non-residential (includes lunch and dinner): £500 (Early bird offer - £450)

If arriving on Sunday evening, extra charge of £25)


Adult beginners:

With accommodation: £225 (Early bird offer - £200)

Non-residential (includes lunch and dinner): £175 (Early bird offer - £150)


*To avail the early bird price, fee must be paid in full by Monday 21 May.

Ad hoc days / individual sessions: 

Ad hoc days: Includes lunch & dinner

Professional group: £95 per day

Main group: £90 per day

Individual sessions: 

Participation: £20 per hour

Observing: £10 per hour

Strictly by prior booking. 



To apply, please email with the following information:



Date of birth:

Kathak Grade:

No of years learning Kathak for:

Group applying for: Main/ Professional/ Adult beginners:

Applying for residential/ nonresidential programme:

Kathak teacher:

Country of residence:


Following your email, we will send you an acceptance letter and further details regarding fee payment and the programme.

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