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.
Our Artistic Associate Shane Shambhu provides artistic leadership and vision across the Yuva Gati programme, with a particular focus on high level artistic advice, technical direction and choreographic development, alongside Principal Artists Mira Balchandran Gokul and Anuradha Chatuvedi Seth.
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:
Repertoire and choreography
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