Why Classical Dance?
NZ Ashram is dedicated to preserving and promoting the classical dance forms of both South and North India through instructional classes and professional performances.
Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic form of cultural expression. We learn movement patterns as readily as we learn language. Just as all societies create forms of visual representation or organize sounds into music, all cultures organize movement and rhythm into one or more forms of dance. Yet, while our educational systems for early childhood include drawing and singing, they often neglect to include dance. It is essential that education provide our children with the developmental benefits and unique learning opportunities that come from organizing movement into the aesthetic experience of dance.
Classical dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.
Classical dance, in particular, integrates kinesthetic learning with understanding. Preschool children do not conceptualize abstract processes (Piaget). They primarily learn through physical and sensory experiences. When children are provided with creative movement problems that involve the selection of movement choices, they learn to think in the concrete reality of movement. Thus, learning the art of dance helps young children develop knowledge, skill, and understanding about the world.
Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.
What we offer
- Weekly Dance Classes in Auckland
- Workshops in Schools
- Private classes, choreography and workshops for Individuals, Groups & Parties/Events
- Professional choreography for film, television, theatre, award shows and live events
- Online classes and choreography
- Corporate workshops and performances