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Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originating from northern India. It is an art of storytelling, formed through music, text, and vocals. Kathak is distinctive because it is richly developed by rhythm interplay, improvisation and imagination.


Kathak explores the natural alignment of the body with the dynamics of geometry, non-verbal communication, subtleties of expression and playful rhythm between footwork and percussion. The ISTD syllabus is designed to reflect holistic classical dance training while considering the needs and  experiences of present-day students worldwide.

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Examinations are conducted annually by an ISTD certified examiner. There is a Primary Examination for children up to the age of eight years. There are six Graded Examinations, intended to guide a student progressively towards perfection in presentation of Kathak Dance technique and repertoire. There are four Vocational Graded Examinations, which offer students a route to professional training either as a dancer or dance teacher. Both the Grades and Vocational Grades are approved by Ofqual and are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework

NOTE: The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the unit and credit based national qualifications system for England, Wales and Northern Ireland which enables the accumulation and transfer of credits and the easy identification of each achievement’s level and size.  Only qualifications on this framework will be recognized for equivalence with other countries’ qualifications via the EQF. REFER:

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