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Odissi is a holistic discipline that nurtures body, mind and soul. When training in Odissi, focus and regular practice are required in order to achieve any result. While working on the body, Odissi trains also the mind and acts at the spiritual level by allowing a process of self-discovery and self-understanding.

Odissi is for you if:

  • you want to develop grace, strength, flexibility, focus, discipline and will power.

  • you understand dance training as a journey for self-discovery and self-refinement

  • you are not afraid of challenging your comfort zone physically, mentally and emotionally

  • you are a devotee of beauty as a process of discovery of inner truths

  • you believe in dance as poetry in motion

2019-2020 Courses

  • Weekly classes in Central London

  • Private individual or small group tuitions (online and face-to-face)

  • Special courses, Intensive workshops, Summer Schools (click HERE)

WEEKLY CLASSES and REGULAR COURSES (Autumn 2019: 12 weeks)

@ The Place, London Euston, 17 Duke's Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

Wednesday: 7.30-9pm (Beginners)

Friday: 6.30-8pm (Improvers/Intermediates)

Friday: 6.30-8.30pm (Intermediates)


Wednesday: 12 weeks (11/09-27/11)

Level 0: 7.30-9pm

A self-contained course to introduce you to the multilayered and refined art of Odissi, a sacred dance that combines lyrical grace with core strength, stylised hand gestures with rhythmic footwork, abstract lines with emotional depth.  You will learn the basics of Odissi dance, in the guru Kelucharan Mohapatra style, as transmitted by his student and leading Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra.

This course is good for whoever has an interest in Indian classical dance and in Odissi in particular. It is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as for people who already know the basic technique, but want to polish and revise it. It is also good for people who are more generally interested in expanding their movement skills, in terms of finding grace, stamina, strength, balance, musicality and rhythmic understanding, whether for personal or artistic growth.


Fridays: 12 weeks (13/09-29/11)

Level 1: 6.30-8pm (Technique)

Level 2: 8-8.30pm (Repertoire-Intermediate Only)

The class starts with a yoga-based warm up to open the body, focus the mind and connect with one's self. This is followed by preparatory exercises to build technique and the study of the basic steps used in the Odissi vocabulary (Cauka, Tribhanga, Abhanga and Sama). We will then learn short combinations of movements (Khandi, Arasas) and move to the study of other elements of technique such as walks (Chari), jumps (Utplavana) turns (Bhramari), foot positions (Padabeda) or hand gestures (hasta mudras).

Students attending L1 will study/revise elements of the traditional repertoire (Mangalacharan, Vasant Pallavi, Batu, Vakratunda)

Students attending L2 will study an additional piece of repertoire of intermediate level (Saveri Pallavi)

The class also includes some creative exercises and short original compositions.

*This course is suitable for people who have a reasonable dance experience or training in any bodily disciplines. It may be challenging for absolute beginners. Please discuss your attendance to Level 2 with the teacher before registering.


Wednesday (1.30h-Beginners): 6 sessions: £103 - 12 sessions: £198

Friday L1 (1.30h-Improvers/Intermediates): 6 sessions: £103 - 12 sessions: £198

Friday L2 (2h-Intermediates only): 6 sessions: £138 - 12 sessions: £263

Bundle Offers:

L1: Wednesday (1.30h)+Friday (1.30h): 6 sessions: £198 - 12 sessions: £360

L2: Wednesday (1.30h)+Friday (2h): 6 sessions: £230 - 12 sessions: £420

Autumn 2019 Odissi


One off attendance is not encouraged, but allowed when the student is unable to commit to regular training due to personal circumstances and when the student is already acquainted with the basic technique or repertoire items, and is looking for a refresher session.

£20 (1.30h), £26 (2h)

Important Information:

Please notice that payment is due before you can join the class. The sessions of the term are to be considered consecutive unless agreed attendance with the teacher in advance. Fees are not refundable and not transferable and should be used within the term. Partial refund in the form of discount is negotiable only in case of serious unforeseen circumstances, beyond the student's control.If you cannot attend regularly for personal or work reasons, please do get in touch with us to discuss any arrangement tailored to your needs.

If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us at:


(Online and Face-to-Face)

Tutorials are suitable for Beginner, Intermediate and people interested in learning or polishing Repertoire Items or preparing for a performance.

Find below an example of content that can be covered during the sessions. We will tailor the tutorials to your personal needs.

Contact us by email ( to discuss the content of the tutorials.

Classes are of 1h each.

Time and Venue (when applicable) to be agreed with the teacher in advance (



  • Bhumi Pranam or Salutation to Mother Earth

  • Variety of steps in cauka, tribhanga, abhanga and sama in Ektali (4 beat cycle)

  • Arm drills

  • Torso isolations

  • Hasta Mudras or single hand gestures with unique movements in Odissi style

  • Padabedas or feet position

  • Bhangis or stances inspired by temple sculptures

  • Odissi walks

Original choreography:

  • Angikam Bhuvanam: prayer to the divine in the Universe

  • Sringara: the adorned body

Traditional Repertoire*:

  • Mangalacharan to Ganesh (choreography by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra)

  • Vakratunda Mahakayam (choreography by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra)

  • Vasant Pallavi (choreography by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra)

  • Megh Pallavi (choreography by Guru Ratikan Mohapatra)

*4-8 tutorials depending on starting level and item agreed.

Private Tutorials


We  want to encourage young people to train in Odissi and become the dancers of the future. For this, we would like to offer full and partial bursaries. 

Full Bursary: ONE full scholarship to a young dancer (15-20yo) who has professional or semi-professional aspirations. 

Partial Bursaries: All young people (15-20yo) who enrol on the whole course by 7th January 2019 receive a 40% discount on the whole Term Fee. 

To apply, send an email ( with a brief statement (300-500 words) explaining:

- your dance experience so far

- why you want to learn Odissi and what you know about this dance form

- any artist that inspires you and why or any dance work you have seen and has left an impact on you

- your dance aspirations for the future 

(No or little previous dance experience will NOT condition the application process. We want young people who are enthusiastic, eager to learn, committed to the practice and try their best, who have a positive attitude, an inquisitive mind and willingness to be creatively challenged)

ODISSI ISTD Syllabus: Work in Progress

Give us your feedback

We are currently developing the Syllabus for Odissi graded examination, to be ratified and approved by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.

If you would like to give us feedback, have a look at the draft document attached below and send us your views through the Contact us form.


Odissi ISTD Grade 1 Syllabus (Draft)- Download