Odissi Intensive Training

Seasonally  we conduct intensive dance training programs January through May

2021 Dance Season

The 2021 dance season is planned as an online experience.

Please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive news about courses and registration.

We have launched a new online school to support you in your dance journey.

We are not accepting applications at the moment. 

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About the program

Shakti School of Dance welcomes you home…

Our Odissi Classical Dance Intensive Training Programs are designed for serious students who want to fully immerse into the rigorous lifestyle of a classical dancer.

This cultural immersion guides students towards technical mastery, and to a well rounded understanding of the cultural context related to Odissi dance. The vocabulary of our dance lineage has its origins in Sanskrit texts dating back millennia.  Students study these texts which also cover topics such as music theory, aesthetics and stagecraft.

New students are welcome to join from Session 1 to establish basic techniques and begin their journey into Odissi dance. While a certain degree of fitness is required for the training, it is not required to have previous experience in Odissi.  Students who are self-motivated, disciplined, love attention to detail and enjoy intricate arts will enjoy this program.

Returning students come back every year to advance their skills, polish techniques and study further into the theories which make Odissi rich and complex. The sincere community of artists who come together in our school from all across the world have formed a precious bond and a family of support that keeps us motivated on this path of dance.

Odissi Classical Dance Intensive Training Programs include: daily yoga and meditation, technique classes, choreography, repertoire rehearsal, theory lectures, study groups and structured self practice labs.

Odissi Intensive Daily Schedule

Your daily schedule includes 4 hours of instruction, plus 1-3 hours of self practice. (Schedule is subject to change). We have a half day Saturday and no class Sunday.  Local holidays are observed.

Monday – Saturday

  • 9 – 10 am: Morning Yoga, Exercise and Therapeutics.
  • 10 – 11 am: Odissi Stepping technique Class / Odissi Vocabulary.
  • 1 – 2 pm: Item Class #1. Placement depending on skill level.
  • 2– 3 pm: Item Class # 2. Placement depending on skill level.
  • 5 – 6:30 pm: Theory Lecture or Group Study in: mudra, music theory, history, culture, philosophy, Natya Shastra, etc.

Teachers

Your teachers for the intensive are: Colleena Shakti, Sudhansu Ranjan Pohana and senior students of SSD.  Intensive programs also include group work, exams, and required self practice.

Colleena Shakti

Sudhansu Puhan

Lisa Beck

Application

Through an application process students are carefully selected to assure the program is the right fit. Students are selected based on the information provided in their application.

Application Steps

  1. Registration opens
  2. Application period closes – Late applications considered, but not guaranteed.
  3. Receive Notice of ‘Accepted’ or ‘Waitlist’ – You will be informed if you have been accepted into the program, and receive additional information via You will then have one week (seven days) to complete payment, and sign our mandatory waiver form. You will be added to our SSD Student & Alumni Facebook Group, and may ask questions to our helpful dance community.
  4. Payment Completes Registration – All payment and registration must be completed. Otherwise, we will offer your spot to a waitlisted student. We encourage you to share with us your reasons for not being able to attend, and apply next year!
  5. Final Payment Deadline Complete and 2nd Entry – If you have been waitlisted we will inform you if a space has Waitlisted students will have just seven days, one week, to complete payment for their position.

Official Cancellation & Refund Policy

The Shakti School of Dance Odissi Intensive cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.  Your registration payment to SSD is non refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies. Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into.

Payment (via Paypal), as well as the ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

*By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.



Important Information

You MUST arrive in Pushkar at least 2 days before the course begins. You will not be permitted to join the course if you arrive the same day the school starts. Experience leads us to believe that students need sufficient rest after long travel or international flights before they begin intensive training.

Beginning Odissi dancers are welcome for Session 1.

They may also apply for the full season.

Returning students are welcome all 3 sessions.

If you are an Indian citizen (with an Indian passport, ID or Ration Card) and currently hold a permanent residence in India – we offer discounts and scholarships based on need. You will still be required to complete the standard application form for consideration. Please email us at: shaktischoolofdance@gmail.com



Joining the whole season offers students a 10% discount on training rates. All students are encouraged to come for the entire season. While we welcome students for one session only, the curriculum and schedule are designed to support the serious Odissi student who wishes to complete the entire season of training.  Students who commit to the entire dance season, will receive a total discount of 10%.

Between each session there are holidays scheduled for rest and to recuperate your energy in this physically demanding training program.

We offer training certificates at the completion of each Odissi intensive session which note the hours you have trained. After completion of each intensive session, practical and written exams are given.

Shakti School of Dance is a family friendly environment, we love having your family involved in our school.  Family members are welcome to

observe classes and join ‘Shakti Saturday’ and any performance events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Since we are in an active temple, all Odissi Intensive students must dress appropriately to enter our school or they may be asked to leave. For your Odissi classes, traditional dance sari or salwar kameez are required. More details will be sent to you in your welcome packet after registration is complete.

Shakti School of Dance cannot offer any support in visa matters. For this reason, we suggest you enter on a Tourist Visa, for the purpose of “sightseeing”.

There are many small guest houses in Pushkar within a 1-15 minute walk. Prices range from $10-$45 US Dollars a night. Guest houses are simple and safe. We suggest you look in a guidebook or travel forum online. It is very easy to find accommodations in Pushkar even without advance reservations. SSD does not offer help with booking accommodation, however please visit our school Facebook group page to communicate with other dancers who have come to SSD before.

Those interested in training in the Odissi Intensive programs MUST fill out the application. Students interested in attending drop-in classes in any subject are NOT required to submit an application.

Applications must be submitted on time and completed in full to be considered for admission to our training programs. Payment (via Paypal) must be completed upon admission in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Odissi intensive sessions.  Please review our strict no-refund policy before tuition payment is completed so there is no confusion.

It is not necessary to have a background in Classical Indian dance. However, we often welcome students who have experience training in a physical, artistic or spiritual discipline, such as yoga, sports, martial arts, meditation, classical music study, etc. We look for students who have experience in sustained discipline and self-motivation within a practice context. Our training schedule is intense and requires immense self-discipline and focus. It is not merely the applicant’s training profile that we look at; it is a willingness to truly participate. Not only in the rigorous dance training, but as well in the entire context from which it arises. Odissi is a very ancient dance form born out of Vedic culture, with deep philosophical roots, and steeped in spiritual intent. Many cultural and religious traditions surround the dance, the Guru and the daily temple life. Students who understand the sensitivity of cross cultural study and are committed to respecting the traditions of our temple are encouraged to apply.

Odissi classical Indian dance training as traditionally taught, music for items completed inside the course of study and some supplementary hand outs. Airfare, travel and hotel are not included.

New students or returning students who have not attended the Odissi Intensive program since 2013 must apply for Session # 1. Any student applying for Session 1 may also apply to continue for Session 2 and/or 3.

No. We only offer Intensive training classes as part of a structured session.  We do not offer discounts or any prorated rates. If you cannot commit at this time to the intensive, we welcome you to join us as a drop in student.  Please note the *Arrival Requirements*

No. At this time, there are no scholarships or work trades available except to Indian Nationals with permanent residence established in India. Please write us to inquire more about these rates for Indian Nationals at: shaktischoolofdance@gmail.com

We highly encouraged students to maintain a daily yoga practice to familiarize themselves with having a daily discipline and to develop strength, flexibility  and concentration. We have recently launched SSD Online, and you can start training right now in a variety of classes.

At the beginning of the season will be cold until mid February. By the end of March it  will be *hot* in Rajasthan!

OFFICIAL CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

The Shakti School of Dance Odissi Intensive cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies. Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into.

Payment (via Paypal), as well as the ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

*By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

Odissi Diploma Program

Dedicated students wishing to travel a well defined path and establish a strong professional foundation in Odissi dance… finally have the chance!

A Loving Note to Students

Please note that we do not guarantee start and end times for classes. Please be prepared to dedicate yourself full time to the study of Odissi dance during the respective sessions. We strive to provide the best possible education experience, therefore encourage students to use any free time to observe advanced students’ classes, or practice with fellow students before and after class.  Additionally, the student must be prepared to relax into our very unique village-life inside a bustling marketplace and pilgrimage town of Pushkar. Our schedule may vary from day to day. Each Monday the week’s schedule will be announced.

The 2021 dance season will be an online experience.

We have launched a new online school to support you in your dance journey!

Please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive news about courses and registration.