A variety of workshops are offered by Joyce. Most often they are tailored to the requirement of the attendees either ahead of time or just impromptu! They can include workshops in
- NRITTA - Technique of movement
- TALA - Rhythm structures and execution
- ABHINAYA - Art of story telling using gestures
- NATTUVANGAM - Verbal percussion and cymbal playing for dance
- From Ideation to Dance: bringing an idea to life
Brief description of the novices and beginner level workshops. Details about workshops for intermediate and senior dancers are available upon request.
1. Warm up - Includes very simple warm up exercises to get you and your circulation started.
2. Yogasanas - Yogasanas that are important for you as a dancer or as an aspiring dancer.
3. Dance specific exercises - Strengthening exercises for major muscle groups used in Indian dances (quadriceps, calves, abdominus rectus, etc)
4. Pranayama - breathing to ensure your aerobic fitness has another contributing factor, your breath and its control.
1. Understanding the space around you - Directions, distances, positioning your body in different coordinates.
2. Understanding rhythm - different talas, gatis and jaatis. How does your body react to it? Can you feel it? Or is it all external?
3. Sensory inputs and how you can mould them into dance (longer sessions of 45-60 minutes each)- Sound, colour, time, tone, music, movement, emotion, feelings, confusions, frustrations.
1. What does Bharatanatyam mean to you?
2. The grammar of Bharatanatyam - mudras, mandalas, viniyogas, anga bhedas.
3. Creating our own story in Bharatanatyam (45 -60 min) - Creation and presentation.
NOTE: These sessions are not in any particular order. This is just chunks of things that a group can do. I usually custom create a plan for each audience type given that presentation varies based on age, goals, fitness levels, prior training, numbers and such.