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Netra center for Arts


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Netra center for Arts


Indian Classical Dance

Netra Center for Arts and Culture is a unique Arts Center, based in Foster City, that specializes in offering best in class training in various forms of Indian Classical dance and music. We offer weekly classes in Traditional dance forms: Kuchipudi, Bharathanatyam and Mohiniattam and Bollywood dance

Netra Center for Arts Won the YELP 2016 award for Excellence

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Classes Offered


Classes Offered


"It's a great place"

Netra Center for Arts and Culture is a wonderful place to learn and nurture/foster one's interest in dance. It's an honor to learn Kuchipudi from such an accomplished, patient, and hardworking teacher like Deepa. It's a great place for beginners and for more advanced students - you will be challenged either way but that will only make you a better dancer! :)

- Devi N.

"Netra's kids are better  than the adult professionals I see performing.... both in India and here

Shobha Ravikumar 


Classical dance classes offered at Nerta Studios

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi classes are offered for kids (from age 4) and adults on Saturdays at all levels

Saturday : 

Foster City

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Intermediate

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Beginner

 

Mountain View

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

BharathNatyam

Bharathnatyam classes are offered for kids (from age 4) and adults on Saturdays at all levels

Saturday : 

Foster City

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am - Beginner

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Intermediate

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Senior

Mountain View

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fees :

* One time registration fee - $20.00
* Classical Dance - Beginner: $60; Intermediates: $80; Advanced : $100 (flat fees for the month) 
* Family and sibling discount - 10%
* Referral - 10% off the first month

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Our Centers

NETRA ART STUDIO HAS ITS MAIN BRANCH IN FOSTER CITY & Mountain view

Netra Studios
1072, Shell blvd
Foster City
CA 94404

Mountain View
Gold Medal Martial Arts
461 W El Camino Real
Mountain View

NETRA_ARtS@YAHOO.COM
650 - 773 - 3587
REGISTER HERE FOR CLASSES

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Kuchipudi


Kuchipudi


Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance art, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. It originated in a village of Krishna district in modern era Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  Its first complete compilation is dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE, but estimates vary between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The drama-dance involves extensive stage movements and exacting footwork, wherein the underlying drama is mimed by expressive gestures of hand (mudras), eye and face movements. Just like the Carnatic music style, Kuchipudi shares many postures and expressive gestures with Bharatanatyam, such as the Ardhamandali (half seating position or a partial squat, legs bent or knees flexed out). However, there are important differences, such as Bharatanatyam as a Hindu temple tradition trending towards geometric perfection and the spiritual, while Kuchipudi as a Hindu festival tradition trending towards more sensual supple and the folksy. 

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Bharathnatyam


Bharathnatyam


Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and neighboring regions. Originally Bharatanatyam was a solo dance that was performed exclusively by women, and expressed Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism. Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles. 

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Mohiniyattam


Mohiniyattam


Mohiniattam is a traditional South Indian dance from Kerala. It is a very graceful dance meant to be performed as a solo recital by women. The term Mohiniattam comes from the words "Mohini" meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and "aattam" meaning graceful and sensuous body movements.The lyrics are in Manipravalam, a mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam. The Mohiniyattam dance is performed to this accompaniment by the subtle gestures and footwork of the danseuse. The performer uses the eyes in a very coy yet sensual manner, the purpose being to enchant the mind without enticing the senses.