Do you offer after school programming?
Yes, our classes are offered on weekday evenings and weekends.
What classes are offered at each studio location?
All classes listed on this website are offered at Soham Dance Space Chicago at 922 N. Damen Ave.
Soham Dance Space Willowbrook offers only children’s bharatanatyam classes. No adult classes at our Willowbrook studio.
Are there other teachers at Soham Dance Space?
Anjal Chande currently leads most classes. We have a support staff that assists with substitute teaching, summer camps, and beginners’ courses. Savitha Chelladurai is an instructor-intraining and will begin teaching her own classes in Fall 2013. We intend to expand our teaching staff steadily to accommodate our growing program.
Do I need to audition to enroll in a class?
There is no need to audition for a class. Students with prior experience should consult an instructor to discuss and assess which class is the best fit.
Is free parking available?
At Soham Dance Space Chicago, free street parking is available nearby on Damen, Walton, and Iowa, and metered street parking can be found on Augusta and Chicago Avenue. Soham Dance Space Willowbrook Studio features a free parking lot.
What is bharatanatyam?
Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form of India that uses geometric movement, rhythmic footwork, codified hand gestures, and subtle facial expressions to create vibrant performances and tell colorful stories. This comprehensive dance form can further explore artistic dimensions, such as music genre, thematic content, choreographic structure, and intended audiences, and it takes on new life with each practitioner.
Soham is a contemporary space for bharatanatyam’s tremendously rich vocabulary of movement and expression in bharatanatyam and lends itself to infinite new applications and an ever-growing repertoire.
What is arangetram?
Arangetram literally means “ascending the stage.” It is considered a debut—the first formal performance for seasoned students to display their basic mastery of the art form through a fulllength evening solo recital lasting about two hours. Children look forward to this milestone; it is commonly reached during their high school years but can happen at any age. While it is meant to mark the beginning of a dancer’s career rather than the end, it is often regarded as a graduation or culmination of their years of training.
Which class is best for my child or me?
We ask our students to contact the instructor to discuss which class would be appropriate. If you have prior dance training or are uncertain which class to enroll in, please inquire further at email@example.com. New students may also be eligible to join another class with the permission of the instructor.
Does my child need to have experience in dance to enroll in a class?
No prior dance training is needed for our Children’s Dance School Year classes or our Children’s Summer Camp Storytelling & Indian Dance. Our Dance Intensive for Teenagers requires instructor approval and at least five years of prior training.
Do I need to have experience in dance to enroll in a class?
Our Bharatanatyam Beginners classes do not require prior dance training, while our Bharatanatyam Intermediate/Advanced classes are geared toward adults who have had previous bharatanatyam instruction.
How do I register for classes?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for updated registration details.
What type of payments do you accept?
Payment can be made by cash, a check payable to Soham Dance Space, or via PayPal to email@example.com.
What is the duration of the classes?
Our children’s program runs from September to May, with no classes held on major holiday weekends or during winter break. Our Children’s Summer Camp consists of a one- or two-week session for ages 5 – 12 and one-week dance intensive for age 12 and older.
Our adult classes run from September to May, with no classes held on major holiday weekends or during winter break. We ask for a minimum commitment of eight weeks; however, most adult classes are progressive and adult students can still participate in the annual recital and other events. Our Adult Summer Session runs from June to August.