Folk Dance classes in Mohali and Chandigrah.

Folk dance is generally a type of dance that is a dance of a particular area or we can say that vernacular day of a state. India is a country where language, culture, lifestyle, food, dressing sense change after few kilometers and so does the type of dances. Every state has it unique dance form that they owe.
Step2Step Dance Studio provides folk dance classes near Punjab and Chandigarh. Our dance studio provides classes for folk dance as choreography for special ceremonies, small parties or events even for weddings too. Folk dance connects people to their culture.
The term folk dance came into existence in the mid-20th century. Then every other dance category was questioned and their distinctions became a debatable subject. Folk Dance is used for convenience, without the extended discussion.

Indian Folk Dances

India is a culture rich and diverse culture country, bedecked with different forms of folk dances. Folk dances mark the celebrations during religious festivals or the arrival of the new season. Indian folk dances such as Garba, Bhangra, Lavani are indulged in major regional festivals in particular states with great zeal and zest and across the country. Folk dances have constantly grown and evolved over the years, bringing novelty and uniqueness to the Indian culture.

Traditional Folk Dance Forms of India:

Bhangra – Punjab

Bhangra is the most energetic and traditional dance form of India, originated in Punjab. This dance form plays an important role during the harvest festival known as Baisakhi. It is the most lively folk dance that gives goosebumps to the viewers and lets them shake off the dhol beats. Gidha is a folk dance of Punjab and is known as Lawk Naach in Punjab. This dance form is mainly performed by women. Gidha is an alive and very colorful dance form. Women sing the traditional music known as “Boliyan”- couplets sung in Punjabi language and ladies make their moves accordingly to the song.

Jhumar – Haryana

The jhumar dance form is prevalent in the state of Haryana. In certain parts of the state, people called Jhumar “Hariyanvi Giga”. The name Jhumar has been taken from an ornament worn by females on their foreheads. Young married females dolled up themselves in sparkling jewelry, and begin Jhumar with singing and dancing to the bangs of dholak or thali. Jhumar is performed in a circle while singing. At times, dancers balance themselves on a thali to move around gracefully.

Garba – Gujarat

Garba – one of the chief folk dances in west India. Women in Western India engage themselves in this graceful dance on festival occasions such as Navaratri, Sharad Purnima, Vasant Panchami, and Holi. Garba is performed on all nine nights of Navaratri. Garba encompasses moving around in a circle, clapping, and singing on the musical rhythm of a drummer or Dholi. Garba songs are mostly a tribute to Mother Goddess Amba. The Garba costumes entail a Kedia (short coat) which has tight embroidered sleeves, tight trousers or churidars, bright waistband, and embroidered caps or colored turbans.

Bihu – Assam

Bihu- elegant northeast Indian dance form holds an important place in the revels of Assam state. Bihu dance form is generally performed during the Rongali ( Bihu festival, the start of the spring season). Both Women and Men perform in this beautiful dance which comprises quick hand movements and spirited dance steps. The vibrancy of this dance form is exhibited in their outfits as well. When we talk about outfits, Men are dressed in colorful, embroidered dhotis and gamocha, whereas women adorn the traditional attire of Mekhela and Chador.

Hikat – Jammu & Kashmir

Hikat is a frisky and playful dance form generally performed by young boys and girls in Kashmir when spring majestically covers the valley in all its grandeur. The boys and girls become dance partners, holding each other’s hands, linking their arms, bending their bodies backward moving with perfect precision in a circle. They sing songs in their language and the music is often played by Rabab and Tumnaknadi (drum).

Lavani – Maharashtra

Lavani is a melodious blend of tune, song, tradition, and dance. The delight dholak beats combined with dynamic dance movements make this dance style particularly lively. It begins with a fast tempo and a powerful rhythm. It moves around a variety of subjects like religion, society, and politics. Sometimes it is presented in romantic style where a woman eagerly waits for her love to accept her.

Kathakali – Kerala

Kathakali is one of the most recognizable classical dance forms of India. Kathakali is a vibrant dance-drama featuring appealing colors, elegant body movements, beautiful expressions syncing on the tune of music and song. It is originated in the 17th century and is broadly performed in all states of Kerala. The dance portrays as drama through mudras and expressions, which are inspired by The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, or The Puranas.

Chhau Dance – Odisha

Chhau Dance, an East Indian folk dance that was introduced during the pretend fights of Odiya warriors who battle to the strokes of native musical instruments. Today’s stylized Chhau dance pursues the basic values of Bharat Muni’s Natya Shastra and Nandikeswara’s Abhinaya Darpana. To begin with this dance the Chhau performers worship Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. This vibrant dance practice contains intricate footwork, whirls, and jumps, and legs and feet are used to illustrate bhavas.

Raas Leela – Uttar Pradesh

Raas Leela is an amusing enactment of the mythological stories of Bhagwat Gita. It describes the life stories of Lord Krishna from his childhood and to his adolescence. It also displays the romance of lovers Radha and Krishna apart from the eternal love of Gopikas for Krishna. The art form comprises graceful dance movements and delightful facial expressions.

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