Pagrav is committed to nurturing the next generation of dance artists by providing classical training complemented by modern teaching practices.
Pagrav provides a supportive platform developing passionate, exceptional dancers. We encourage students to think independently from early on in their training in order to foster a healthy culture of creativity.
Our classes offer a rich technical foundation in kathak through extensive footwork, movement and pirouette exercises. Series of intraforms as well as extended abstract and expressional pieces comprise the repertoire taught across all levels.
Our training presents the opportunity to be coached for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Kathak Graded and Vocational examinations, and to also undertake a Rangmanch Pravesh (debut recital presented on completion of a formal training period).
Pagrav holds group classes for both children and adults during the week and on weekends across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in London (Queensbury and Angel) and in Milton Keynes (Bletchley).
One-to-one classes can also be arranged for both children and adults across all levels.
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Pagrav workshops and residencies are fully inclusive so can be devised to suit all age ranges and abilities.
Shaped by rhythmic interplay, improvisation and imagination, we provide an array of introductory workshops, masterclasses and longer-term residencies which develop the hallmarks of kathak including intricate footwork, pirouettes, lyrical upper body and arm movements, hand gestures, sculpted poses and expressional storytelling.
Since 2018, Pagrav has been in partnership with Chakardar, Europe’s leading promoter of Indian percussion, to deliver Kathak Retreat, a residential intensive which grants the opportunity to consolidate various aspects of a dancer’s training including technique refinement, body conditioning, relationship with music, and the understanding and application of text.
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Pagrav organises biennial student showcases where students of all age ranges and abilities are offered the chance to perform specially-choreographed pieces.
Students who demonstrate further commitment can progress to become a part of Pagrav’s youth ensemble which receives regular mainstream performance opportunities across the UK.
Since 2016, Aunusthan, an evening of classical work performed by the youth ensemble, has been programmed by The Mill Arts Centre (Banbury), Offbeat Festival (Oxford), Stantonbury Theatre (Milton Keynes) and Jaivant Patel Dance (Birmingham).
In her position as an ISTD Committee Member, Urja acts as an advocate for Indian classical dance in the UK, and she was selected as one of 20 artists for One Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme in 2015 having been recognised as a future industry leader. Taking this experience into account alongside a thriving career as a performer, teacher and dance maker, Urja is able to offer sound, personalised guidance in advanced kathak training, choreography and career development.
Pagrav organises a biennial field trip to India over which participants travel, train and perform across the country.
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