Silambam Houston regularly presents programming geared towards community engagement and outreach. We regularly present workshops, performances, and demonstrations in K-12 settings, community colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and neighborhood centers.

 
 
 

We are proud to tour through Young Audiences of Houston!

A Texas nonprofit corporation founded in 1956, Young Audiences of Houston is an independent chapter of Young Audiences, Inc., the nation’s leading arts-in-education nonprofit organization, and first organization to be awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Learn more about YAH and its programs here!


Programs offered through Young Audiences of Houston:

(several of these programs are offered in conjunction with Kalaangan, a school of Odissi in the Houston area)

Performances

Dance Across India

Grade Level: K-12

This program will engage students through performance interspersed with narrative. A typical 45-minute presentation will present several repertoire pieces (typically 5-7 minutes in length) and will trace a route through the cultural history and geography of India through four of its classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi (South India), Kathak (North and West India), and Odissi (East India). In this interactive performance, students learn about Indian culture, traditions, and mythology through the stories or themes depicted, and are introduced to the nuances of Indian dance vocabulary (gestural and facial expressions). Performances can be tailored to grades K-12 and can be effectively targeted to an audience composed of 3 to 5 consecutive grade levels

Kavya: Poetry in Motion

Grade Level: 3-12

Kavya is a Sanskrit word that conjures the idea of sagas unfolding, of wondrous storytelling and painting with the poetic voice. In this performance, poems from all over the world and across the ages, set to music spanning a range of classical and contemporary genres, describe what it means to be human. Classical dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi, as well as contemporary dance, interpret each theme through a rich language of movement and gesture. Through this confluence of dance, music, and poetry, we explore the feelings and experiences that unite us at our very core.


Workshop

Exploring Indian Classical Dance

Grade Level: 3-12

This workshop will allow students to explore the vocabulary of movements, gestures, and facial expressions that form the basis of Indian classical dance (focusing on one of the three dance styles we offer), and use this vocabulary to create their own piece of artistic expression. Our workshops can be modified to fit into one class period (45 minutes) or can be extended up to 2 hours. Over the course of the workshop, students will

• learn about the history and origins of Indian classical dance

• see photographs of historic temple sculptures showing dance poses

• view videos and images of Indian classical dance through the centuries

• try out basic technique and gestural vocabulary, progressing from simple to intermediate

• use expressive facial and gestural movements to interpret a favorite poem, passage, or rhyme

• learn a simple choreography sequence*

Our workshops can be tailored to grades K–12, and can be most effectively targeted to participants from 2 to 3 consecutive grade levels. 
*This portion of the workshop can be modified to integrate a STEAM activity – our instructors will guide students to explore, express, and visualize grade-level-appropriate STEM concepts through the choreography sequence.


Residency

Exploring Indian Classical Dance

Grade Level: 3-12

In the residency format, students will be able to explore in more detail the various aspects outlined above. Our residency programs can be tailored to grades 3–12, (we recommend grades 6–12) and can be most effectively targeted if participants are from 1 or 2 consecutive grade levels. A typical 8-week residency will focus on one or more of the four dance styles we offer, with part of each session devoted to exploring cultural history and learning vocabulary, and the rest of the session focused towards creating choreography and learning a repertoire piece for an end-of-residency showcase.

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