Year Round Classes
Leela’s year-round kathak classes and programs provide children and youth (ages 5-17) with the opportunity to receive world-class training in kathak dance. Leela’s curriculum is grounded in the pedagogy of kathak master and guru, Pandit Chitresh Das and emphasizes the development of foundational technique and core skills, while nurturing artistic expression and creativity. New students are invited to drop into one of our beginning classes for a free trial and experience the joy and excitement of kathak dance.
West Los Angeles | Sundays, 9am
Westlake Village | Sundays, 11:30am
Aspire Dance Studio
5700 Corsa Ave.
West Los Angeles
Liz Lira Dance Studio
3500 Overland Ave., Unit 210
West Los Angeles
For children and youth ages 5-17, Camp Leela offers an opportunity to study kathak dance in a vibrant, immersive environment. In this 5-day camp, students learn the dance form’s key elements – music, movement, rhythm and storytelling – in a fun and challenging environment while developing their self-confidence, imagination and creativity. Camp Leela welcomes new and returning students, and provides a gateway into the India’s rich artistic and cultural heritage for families and communities.
Leela Youth Dance Company
Passionate and talented dancers (ages 12+) are encouraged to audition for the Leela Youth Dance Company (LYDC), an elite pre-professional performing group under the artistic direction of kathak artist, Rukhmani Mehta. The company champions excellence in kathak dance, while serving as a platform for youth leadership development. LYDC performs year-round, representing the best in kathak dance on community and mainstages across the country and engaging diverse audiences with India’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.
December 3, 2023
4:00pm | Free
Classroom Concerts feature members of the Leela Youth Dance Company performing traditional kathak with live musical accompaniment. Our first concert features Maanvi Dhadoti and Anvi Joshi with Chirag Dixit (Sarangi) and Ravindra Deo (Tabla).
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