Pagrav Dance Company
Pagrav Dance Company
Pagrav Dance Company
Pagrav Dance Company


Pagrav is committed to nurturing the next generation of dance artists by providing classical training complemented by modern teaching practices.

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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).

Teaching faculty

  • Urja Desai Thakore - lead
  • Parbati Chaudhury
  • Meera Patel
  • Mira Salat

Where and when

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.

Please contact Nehal on for further information and to register.

Adult beginners | London (Angel) | evening
Adult intermediates | Milton Keynes (Bletchley) | evening
Adult intermediates | Milton Keynes (Bletchley) | evening
Adults beginners – starting in January 2020 | Milton Keynes (Bletchley) | evening
Children beginners – starting in January 2020 | London (Queensbury) | evening
Children beginners-intermediates | Milton Keynes (Bletchley) | evening
Adults beginners – starting in January 2020 | London (Queensbury) | evening
Mixed beginners-advanced classes | London (Queensbury) | morning-afternoon


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.

Please contact for further information or to request a company education pack/lesson plans.

Artist development


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.

Kathak Yatra

Pagrav organises a biennial field trip to India over which participants travel, train and perform across the country.

Please contact for further information on any of the above.

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