Chandralaya School of Dance
Address: 21 Patterson Rd, Bentleigh VIC 3204
Area: South-Eastern Melbourne
Chandralaya School of Dance
Bharatanatyam is poetry in motion. It is the traditional and stylised dance form hailing from the southern state in India - TamilNadu. One of the oldest of all classical dance forms, Bharatanatyam is highly known for its grace, purity, statuesque and sculpturesque poses. The dance form uses very intricate techniques requiring many years of practise to master. It brings every muscle in the body into use and is divided into two primary elements Nritta (body movements) and Nritya (expressions) forming what is known as Natya.
Contemporary Dance is a break from the traditional, extending and challenging the boundaries of the classical dance form. Contemporary dance encourages creativity, reflects our times and combines several kinds of forms from Bharatanatyam to Jazz to Ballet into music, imagery and fashion. The artist performing contemporary will typically be trained and skilled in one or more of the classical dance forms and will build on the vocabulary of movements and create their own style and purpose.
Level 1 Kids (5-6 yrs)
Level 2 Kids (7-11 yrs)
Intermediate (12-17 years)
Advanced (Post Arangetram and beyond)
For intermediate and advanced students only ( as it requires a pre-requisite)
***Term 4 2019 starts Oct 3rd – Dec 21st. Please contact Chandralaya for exact timings for the above levels.
Deepa P Mani
Deepa P Mani has distinguished herself as a talented and versatile dancer in both Classical Bharatanatyam and Contemporary dance. With thirty plus (30+) years of training and experience, Deepa is a consummate dancer with acclaimed performances in India, United States and Australia.
Deepa derives her roots from Chennai, India where she started her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 6, under the tutelage of Kalaimamani Srimathi. Padmini Dorairajan. She is trained in the Pandanallur and Kalakshetra styles, graduating in 1998 with the title “Nritya Kala Ranjini”. Deepa has performed in acclaimed establishments in India including the National Dance Festival, Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan and Tamil Sangam.
Deepa moved to United States in early 2000 and delivered several successful performances travelling widely within the country. Deepa diversified into the contemporary dance when she joined Tehreema Mitha Dance Company (TMDC),well known for its highly athletic and contemporary dance styles. As one of the lead dancers, Deepa performed in eminent productions including Metro DC Dance, Capitol Fringe and Alexandria Performing Arts, to name a few.
In 2008, Deepa moved to Melbourne to join her partner and continued her passion for dance under Dr. Chandrabhanu, renowned artist and performer in Australia and Order of Australia recipient in 2006. Deepa continued to perform in many shows and produced her first Melbourne solo show “Daya” under the Jamudvipa Productions and Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy.
Some of Deepa’s acclaimed moments include the T.C. Parthasarathy award for best danseuse at the Spirit of Youth Dance Festival, Music Academy and the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy Excellence Award for her performance in Daya. Deepa holds a Diploma in Abhinaya Darpana (Dance Theory) from the Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India and has taught Bharatanatyam for several years in Chennai.
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