Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts & Pedagogy

Education | Performance | Choreography | Pedagogy | Apprenticeship | Career Development

A Comprehensive Professional Dance Education Programme at India’s Premier Contemporary Dance Institution.

Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Pedagogy is a unique, comprehensive and complete professional dance education programme that combines the latest knowledge and abilities from the international contemporary dance scene with expertise derived from India’s rich physical and performance traditions.

This course is an excellent way to launch a dance career as it incorporates additional information from pedagogy, apprenticeship, as well as modules in fitness and stage technologies.

A Legacy of Expertise

The Diploma programme, which was first offered in 2006, is powered by the knowledge and experience that Attakkalari has amassed over the years through collaborations with some of the most renowned international choreographers, composers, teachers, light designers, digital artists, and masters of Indian performance and physical traditions.

The goal is to support and encourage driven young dancers to blossom into independent, creative dance artists equipped to become performers, choreographers, teachers, resource persons, project managers & consultants.

Course Overview: Understanding the Structure and Format of the Diploma Programme

The Diploma program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students with a deep understanding of dance and performance arts. With a focus on practical training and theoretical knowledge, students will develop their skills and creativity in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Student-centred curriculum

The Diploma program is a full-time, intensive course. Through a student-centred learning process it offers a comprehensive study of various dance forms, alongside modules covering theoretical foundations in pedagogy, the history of dance, and arts and aesthetics. This holistic approach to developing a career in dance prioritises the development of artistic skills alongside critical thinking.

A dynamic roster of faculty and experts

Alongside renowned Indian masters who provide vital inherited knowledge streams, every year the Diploma program curates faculty, and teams of artists, both internationally and nationally. This is to ensure freshness and to keep students abreast of the latest developments in the arts. This programme offers students access to a wide range of avenues within dance and performance arts.

State-of-the-art facility

The programme is hosted at Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts in Bengaluru. Our dance studios are state-of-the-art with special sprung wooden floor covered in linoleum mats. Our performance space is equipped with advanced stage technology. We also have a cafeteria and a guest house for our visiting faculties and artists.

Three term programme with optional second year

The academic year commences in the month of September and will have three terms. The end of the year graduation presentation will take place in the month of August of the following year. Eligible students may opt to apply for the second year of the course. The second of the year programme focuses primarily on choreography, pedagogy and performance through apprenticeship.

How to Apply

The programme offers admission based on audition, interview and application. Auditions and admissions are on a rolling basis.

Eligibility for the programme

The Diploma in Movement Arts and Pedagogy is designed for enthusiastic young people passionate about learning contemporary dance in an academic and professional setting with opportunities to obtain work experience through apprenticeship programmes.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and hold a senior secondary certificate (10+2) or an equivalent qualification to apply.

Audition In-studio & online

The first round of in-studio auditions will be hosted at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, in Bangalore. Through the months of May, June and July we will be rolling out dates for audition at various locations in Bangalore. We will also be conducting a country-wide workshop-cum-audition in several studios.

Those unable to attend the in-studio auditions may also sign up for an online audition. Date and time will notified to the students as and when they apply for the same.

Application & Admission

Following audition, applicants will be notified of their selection status via email. Upon receipt of the confirmation email, applicants are required to send in their application form and supporting documents, along with a procession fee of INR 500 within one week. After the verification of all supporting documents applicants are required to make their payment to secure their admission.

“Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts has been one of the foundational and most influential places for contemporary dance in India. The centre has been able to visualise and achieve a fresh outlook towards how dance can be practised, created and taught in India. This centre, despite varying circumstances, has always aimed at investing time for dance, fostering global collaborations and striving for rigour and quality in training. It has provided courage to many, including myself, to work on their dance, keep evolving the perception of the same and find interdisciplinary avenues for art and performance making.”

Rohee Oberoi

Batch of 2019-2020

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