Odissi Indian Classical Dance

VEDIC DANCING – ancient Indian dance, the oldest known form of temple dance on Earth. It is highly scientific and metaphysical. There is a meaning behind every move that evokes divine communion, communication and union. Her body is the temple as the Creator resides within.

This ancient practice is also a form of Ayurvedic psychotherapy, a self-realization and meditation practice. As she dances with all her love, pure body, fire and devotion, she resonates barefoot with mother Earth. She purifies the space where she is physically, emotionally and mentally while raising the consciousness and vibrations for whomsoever sees her.

Indian classical dance represents an ancient way of expressing devotion to The Divine. It is a form of spiritual practice and offering. For children, youth and adults classical dance training positively channels the mind and body, develops balance, courage, confidence and joy for learning and growth into happy, positive and confident self.

ODISSI – is one of the seven types of Indian classical dance, which has been known as world’s oldest Temple dance danced by Devdasi dancers in temples of India for God only.

Odissi dance originated in the temples of Odisha, India over 2000 years ago. Dance was traditionally practiced as a sacred ritual to ignite transformation in the dancer and audience. Considered both a classical and devotional dance form, Odissi is graceful and sensuous, expressive and sophisticated. Odissi exquisitely portrays the beauty of the sacred feminine, and reflects the ancient spiritual motifs of India’s great tantric temples.

Odissi has undergone major transformations throughout the centuries. In recent times, it has made a quantum leap from the temples and courts of India to the stages and theatres of the world. In its modern incarnation, Odissi Dance is highly technical, featuring rhythmical footwork, intricate hand gestures, and captivating expressions.

Amid the changes and evolution of Odissi, the Dance has preserved its devotional roots and maintained its spiritual depth. To witness a performance of Odissi Dance is to enter the place where heaven and earth touch, where sensuality and the spirituality are one in the depths of the human heart.


Dance Benefits

Increased self-love, self-care, devotion, commitment, ability to express one’s deepest sentiments and feelings, memory, alertness, strength, flexibility, grace, breath depth, body- mind awareness, balance of left / right halves of body, MASCULINE and FEMININE, coordination, happiness, joy from learning dance as a new language, improved posture, muscle tone and memory, alleviation of muscle aches and pains, improved circulation, respect to the body as a sacred space and home to the divine self or soul, connection to the divine and sacred feminine energy, goddess, compassionate love for humanity and all creations.