The December intensive is intended for the advanced student of Bharatanatyam . This intensive caters to the serious practitioner who intends to pursue the form as a profession. The intensive presumes a prior understanding of Tala, and Carnatic compositions. It also presumes an understanding of basic Bharatanatyam theory and history.

The students will work extensively with Guru Rukmini Vijayakumar in body conditioning, honing their technique and understanding of choreography. The intensive is physically rigorous and intellectually challenging. It pushes the boundaries of what we understand as movement within the context of the Bharatanatyam vocabulary. The intensive will also work on developing ideas, choreography and finding avenues of expression within the classical medium. The intensive accepts participants by invitation only.


The intensive is structured as a deeper study of Bharatanatyam and movement for an advanced student. Each day starts with body conditioning and technique classes. Along with the repertoire and abhinaya classes, the intensive works on developing the movement quality of a student.

The intensive will work on the following areas of Bharatanatyam and movement study:

  • Body Conditioning (By Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    The daily body conditioning routine uses elements of Yoga, Pilates and Cardio to build strength, improve flexibility and stamina. It includes a warm-up and strength routine specific for Bharatanatyam dancers. This also involves isolations as prescribed by Natyashastra. The isolations (Angas and Upangas) will be learnt along with the study of Slokas describing them.

  • Alignment & Technique (By Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    Everyday, the student will work on general alignment and alignment and musculature of holding the araimandi. The technique is refined with a basic adavu class, alignment of adavus and isolations.

  • Rhythm & Choreography (By Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    This session will help in guiding the student through the development of ideas into performance choreography. It will deal with finding freedom within the Bharatanatyam vocabulary and will help in harnessing the potential of creative expression within the form.

  • Movement Dynamics & Intention of Movement (By Guru Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    The intensive will work on the spatial and body awareness of a Bharatanatyam dancer by working on aspects of the Dynamic of Movement, Intention of Movement, translating dynamic to intention, traversing through space etc. This would help bring about a difference in the way a dancer effectively speaks through his/her body as he/she will be able to imbibe a definite quality into each movement and a purpose to each action on stage.

  • Contemporary Movement (By Nakula Somana)

    An introduction to contemporary movement, this session will deal with exploring an alternate movement vocabulary to physically and artistically challenge a classically trained student’s perception of space and physical boundaries. This segment should help break inhibitions and free-up movement, helping the student explore and push boundaries of physical movement.

  • Theatrical Aspects of Dance (By Rukmini Vijayakumar & Anmol Vellani)

    The dancers will be introduced to story and character building through various exercises. A session by eminent teacher and theatre artiste Anmol Vellani will deal with “Motivation, Focus and Action”. These sessions will help the dancer break down situations and understand the motivation and ideas behind building a performance piece.

  • Abhinaya Technique (By Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    The students will be taught Abhinaya Technique and introduced to the four aspects of abhinaya. The abhinaya sessions which will be held on the last three days of the intensive will encourage the students to draw from the learnings in various other sessions in the intensive (movement dynamics, story building, intention of movement etc.).

  • Repertoire (By Rukmini Vijayakumar)

    The repertoire will involve a conceptual piece that is developed over the course of the intensive. The aspects of Choreography learnt throughout the intensive i.e., Tala, Rhythm & Choreography, Movement Dynamics, Character Building and Abhinaya are drawn upon to create an original piece using Bharatanatyam vocabulary. All the while being mindful of the alignment and technique practiced everyday.



Rukmini Vijayakumar established Raadha Kalpa in 2009. She creates the training curriculum, teaches, choreographs and performs as a part of Raadha Kalpa dance Company.

Trained under imminent gurus, Narmada Rao and Sundari Santhanam, Rukmini has carved a niche for herself in the performing arts world. After her initial years of Ballet under Yana Lewis, she graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory receiving a BFA degree in ballet and modern dance. Her training in Karanas under Sundari, in the tradition of Guru Padma Subrahmanyam, and her education in choreography at the conservatory, has given Rukmini a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition while drawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary.

Rukmini is a certified power pilates instructor, and yoga practitioner. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology at BU, and courses of Fitness instruction at UCLA. Her extensive knowledge in Human anatomy and dance pedagogy is incorporated in her teaching curriculum at Raadha Kalpa.


Anmol Vellani is the founder and former executive director of the India Foundation for the Arts, an independent philanthropic organization. He is an experienced actor-trainer, having conducted numerous workshops on character building, monologues and voice, among other aspects of acting. He has written on a range of subjects, including the arts and religion, arts entrepreneurship, the role of foundations, intercultural dialogue, culture and development, and the performing arts. He has helped to design courses on the arts and management, served as faculty for training workshops in grant making, and used theatre methods to conduct creativity workshops. Anmol has directed theatre productions in different languages and locations, in India and abroad, for the last 40 years.


Nakula Somana began training in dance at open community classes in India and the UK. Later, he attended a foundation course in Dance in the UK. He has worked constructing small pieces over the years and has been a part time faculty on certificate programs in dance at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, The Terence Lewis Dance Scholarship Trust and the ISPTD Trust. He is also a member of The Kha Foundation. Interested in community arts, finding various resources for the arts, he envisages a world where participation and access to making culture is easy and open.

The intensive is split into two modules. The first module is from 27th December to 30th December. The second module is from 19th January to 22nd January. The exact schedule and fee details will be sent once you register.


  • Upon acceptance to the LaS, students will be mailed a statement of charges along with an information packet.
  • All student accounts must be paid in full by October 20th. Payments must be received By this date.

For any queries, drop a mail to [email protected] or call us on +91 9845407574.

LaS - December Intensive 2017 Registration

  • Please mention all your teachers
    (You can choose more than one)
  • Incase there is no link, please mail the video in a readable format to [email protected] mentioning your details for us to identify.
    Subject: LaS December Intensive Audition

The intensive is for the advanced student of Bharatanatyam. Please list out your experience in Bharatanatyam in detail. If you do not have an uploaded link to your video, please mail the video to [email protected] along with your details (for us to identify the video).

Subject: LaS December Intensive Audition

The video format has to be readable (mp4, avi etc.). Links to google drive are NOT acceptable.


  • September 30th: Last date for submission of application
  • October 15th: Last date for payment of fee
  • December 24th: Arrive at LshVa
  • December 30th: Last day of classes