Workshop on Semi- Classical dance form

Workshop on Semi- Classical dance form

Type of Event: Workshop

Date: 22 Feb, 2020-06 March, 2020

Venue: IISU Campus

Name of Resource person:  Ms. GuariSwakul, Dance Choreographer, Pune

No. of Participants/Beneficiaries: 16 students

Name of the activity Coordinator: Dr. NehaBatra


Objective of the workshop/seminar/activity: To enhance the classical dance culture in the students of The IIS University, the Cultural Guild organized a semi-classical dance workshop at the University Campus.Ms GauriSwakul, a very well-known and internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer was the resource person for the same. Semi Classical dance has its origins in Indian classical and folk dance, which when put together, is called Semi-Classical dance form. The steps and moves of semi-classical dance are not as complex or intricate as pure classical forms. However, the authenticity of the Indian dance form is preserved, and students are able to grasp these lighter semi-classical dances easily.  Semi-classical dances are fun and fluid.This type of dance breaks the stylized structures and forms of the classical dance, and adopts a more contemporary style.  All along the ethos of the basic dance remains intact. Semi-classical dance brings the beautiful forms and styles of classical dance together with modern styles. The dance form focused on rhythm, expression, story-telling, grace as well as power. The two week workshop received an extremely positive response from 16 students who have attended it.

The students were taughtsemi-classical dance form by:

  • Ability for holding and playing with rhythms
  • Through intricate styles of choreography
  • Precision of body movements like arm, head, legs and hands
  • Paying attention to facial expression and building confidence.


Furthermore, basic mudras and postures of Classical dance were also taught and the students enjoyed the learning experience.