How To Train Online?
Prior to Class
1) Consult with Nrtyakala to know what class best suits.
2) Complete registration online or over the phone.
3) Confirm technical requirements (contact NK for a free technical assessment and trial to ensure optimum results and to troubleshoot and possible concerns prior to commencing the classes).
4) Exchange Skype username details.
Technical & Setup Required for Classes
The following technical requirements are required for a successful online training experience:
- computer with webcam and speakers
- studio or large room for ease of movement
- high speed internet connection including a suggested download speed of 10mb/s, and upload speed of 2mb/s
- Skype username and account
Day of Online Training Class
Why Train Online?
Live Streaming & Online Training is an extension of Nrtyakala and MTDC artistic activities into virtual space by fully integrating the digital technologies of online interactive training in dance and live streaming of dance concerts at distant locations over the internet, thus making Indian dance universally more accessible, affordable and creative. Join Nrtyakala and MTDC for globally connected training, watching and performing experiences in Indian dance from anywhere in the appropriate time zones.
Nrtyakala - Academy of Indian Dance is the first professional school of Indian dance in Canada. In the early years, our Artistic Director Menaka Thakkar traversed Canada teaching Indian Dance to students in cities such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Regina and remote locations such as Thunder Bay, Saint John, Victoria, and northern B.C. During our school’s history in Canada, the Indian population has greatly increased in across Canada. Now with the advantage of Live Distance Training, students can have access to professional workshops and classes given by master class teachers.
Over our 40 years in Canada, Indian dance classes have proliferated in many communities where there is a population of people who originated from India or her diaspora. The teachers of such classes can greatly vary in experience and ability. Nrtyakala was the first Indian dance school to receive operational funding support from the federal government through the patronage of Canadian Heritage. Along with the funding came the recognition of our school as a professional institution. Menaka Thakkar was trained in India by master gurus of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kuchipudi. She has been recognized with many awards and honours from arts councils and by educational institutions such as York University (Honorary Doctorate in 1974). In 2012 she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. She is the 5th dance artist to receive this prize and the first from a culturally diverse background. In June 2013, Menaka Thakkar received the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, which is the highest honour in Canada an artist can receive. She was the first artist in the dance category to receive this award who was from a culturally diverse background. Nrtyakala has an alumni of many of Canada’s most accomplished Indian dancers in the country including Anuradha Naimpally, Niharika Mohanty, Nova Bhattacharya, Natasha Bakht, and company dancers, Neena Jayarajan, Sukaneya Subramaniam, Shanthini Kangesan, and dancers from Winnipeg’s Manohar Dance. Menaka’s Indian dance training is also recognized, for example at Canada’s National Ballet School where she teaches an annual residency and at the The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg.
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