Yuva Gati

Bharatanatyam & Kathak

YUVA GATI AUDITIONS / Saturday 6 July 2019

If you haven’t been able to take part in one of our taster workshops you can still apply to be part of the auditions, these are by invitation only.

TO APPLY: Please fill in a CAT Audition Application Form 2019-2020 to be considered. Auditions will take place at DanceXchange, Birmingham. 

Please submit your details on the application form provided, typed or by using black ink.

Application forms should be returned to cat@dx.dance or if you’d prefer to post, please send to Alexandra Henwood, Centre for Advanced  Training, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB.

This June we have offered a series of free Bharatanatyam and Kathak workshops so that participants can experience what Yuva Gati has to offer.  Participation could lead to an invitation to our auditions for Yuva Gati which will be held on Saturday 6 July at DanceXchange in Birmingham.

There’s now only one taster workshop left for Kathak on Sun 30 June – see below.  If you are a dance student interested in attending, or if you a dance teacher and would like to book a taster workshop for your students, then please e-mail: anita@newdimensions-arts.com

KATHAK TASTER WORKSHOP / Sun 30 June, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Host organisation:  The Bhavan, London  4A Castletown Road, London W14 9HE


Yuva Gati, meaning ‘Youth Movement’ was launched in January 2009 by DanceXchange as the national South Asian dance strand of the CAT programme in partnership with Sampad Arts and Heritage.

The programme provides intensive dance training to young people in Bharatanatyam or Kathak styles who have a passion for dance and have the potential to develop it further as part of their broad and balanced education. It is aimed at young dancers who are in the age group of 11 to 16 years, although they can continue training up to the age of 18. The programme enables talented dancers to fulfil their potential, make informed choices about their future involvement in dance and equip themselves with the necessary skills for professional dance training and/or further education.

Yuva Gati Artistic Associates Shane Shambhu (Bharatanatyam strand) and Aakash Odedra (Kathak strand) work alongside Principal Artists Mira Balchandran Gokul (Bharatanatyam strand) and Sonia Sabri (Kathak strand).

Yuva Gati is a year-round programme where the weekly training is provided by the ‘Home Tutor’ during the school term time and the Intensive training is provided during the half-term breaks (October, February, April, June and Summer holidays) by the Yuva Gati Artistic Team and invited Guest Artists. As part of a student’s commitment to the programme, they are expected to learn their chosen style of dance (Bharatanatyam or Kathak) weekly with their Home Tutor in their town or city. The Home Tutors work closely with the Yuva Gati Steering Committee and Artistic Team to ensure each individual is given valuable 1:1 feedback and attention throughout the year.

Students are selected in the programme via a two-stage audition process. Their selection is based on their passion and commitment to dance, potential to develop, enthusiasm, stamina, creativity and the ability to follow their tutor’s instructions. It is important that they are supported by their parents and home tutors.

The four key elements of the Yuva Gati curriculum are:

Classical technique

Repertoire and choreography

Performance enhancement

Body awareness

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