Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the art form, focusing on pure Kathak basics, posture and movement technique. Participants will also learn about choreography technicalities and will be encouraged to enhance their movement vocabulary. Participants will be taught a short choreographed piece on a suitable composition of collective choice (ghazal or thumri), allowing them to experience the expressional and emotive aspect of storytelling involving abhinaya and anga.

Participants will explore the evolution and timeline of Kathak, understanding the depth and traditional roots of the art form as well as experience it’s contemporary touch. They will experience the role music plays in allowing the dancer to create a certain atmosphere and embark on their storytelling journey.

There will be an emphasis on the understanding of Taal and musical structure. We will focus on Teen Taal (a cycle of 16 beats) and discuss theory aspects pertaining to this specific Taal.

*Please bring a notebook with a pen and water! Have your hair tied up and come in traditional clothes (a simple kurta with a dupatta and leggings is fine*

**No previous experience or training in any dance form is required to take part in this workshop**

About the Instructor:
Alaina Roy is a final year Bsc Psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a professionally trained classical Kathak dancer who has been trained under the artistic guidance of Guru Pali Chandra and Guru Nitesh Saraswat in Dubai. She began teaching in Pakistan in 2016 through her start-up ‘Kathak with Alaina Roy’ and has been trained in the ISTD syllabus and by a variety of Gurus from Lucknow, Dubai and the United Kingdom. She has performed across the United Arab Emirates, at the O2 Arena, Hackney Empire Theatre and Adelphi Theatre in London as well as at a number of venues Karachi, Pakistan and has auditioned for Royal Albert Hall in London.

Alaina has choreographed for a number of events, globally and has conducted workshops in Pakistan and Dubai. She was a semi-finalist for the Kalashram Competition in London in 2017, conducted by Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji. She has starred in the title song for the Angelic Production “Kitni Girhain Baaqi Hai” televised on Hum TV across Pakistan. Alaina has also collaborated with Ustad Hamid Ali Khan in Dubai, UAE. She has conducted a workshop for a special cause, working towards a show with special needs children in Dubai and has also conducted a workshop at The International School with children aged 4 to 8 years old. Further, she has conducted several workshops over the course of 3 years in Pakistan through her start-up “Kathak with Alaina Roy”.

She is someone who aspires to be at the forefront of the art of dance where everyone under her artistic guidance is valued and encouraged to push to their highest capabilities and adapt to different circumstances. With over 13 years of experience, at her core, she is motivated by a mission to create greater awareness of her prized art form; dance, in Pakistan.

Day 1: Saturday 21st December 2019
Day 2: Sunday 22nd December 2019

Day 1: 06:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Day 2: 03:30 PM – 07:30 PM

Registration Fee: Rs. 6500 per person
Last date of registration: 15th December 2019

***We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at to register***

For any queries regarding the workshop, you may contact Alaina Roy on