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Nrityalaya - Indian Classical Odissi Dance

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Presents a repertoire of traditional dances featuring the unique ancient Odissi style. Odissi is a graceful, elegant, and subtle style that focuses on highly flexible body bends called “Bhangis,” vivid torso movements, intricate technical steps, and self-expression or Ahbinaya. A master class will precede the performance, including a demonstration of the basic stances, torso movements, turns, and jumps. Audience members will be invited to try neck motions, hand gestures, and movements imitating animals such as the peacock, elephant, tiger, swan, fish, and turtle.

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