Award winning dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra will teach a practical session on the basics of Kathak for non-classically trained dancers.

This workshop will introduce participants to the roots of Aakash Odedra’s choreographic language and movement style alongside an exploration of the strong rhythmic qualities that live in the Kathak movement.

Aakash Odedra

Aakash Odedra is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Birmingham, UK and trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak (Nilima Devi, Leicester and Asha Joglekar, India) and Bharatanatyam (Chitraleka Bolar, Birmingham and Chhaya Kantaveh, India). Aakash formed Aakash Odedra Company in 2011 as a vehicle for commissioning solos and to develop his own choreographic work. His debut full length solo Rising featured short works created for him by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant. As choreographer he was commissioned to create a piece for James Brown: Get on the Good Foot (Apollo Theater, New York) and the Opera God’s Little Soldier (Theater Freiburg), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. He has been commissioned twice by The Arts Center, to create Murmur 2.0, and #JeSuis, which also presented its world premiere at NYU Abu Dhabi. Aakash has received numerous awards and bursaries, including a Dora performance award (Canada), Danza&Danza award (Italy), Audience Award Dance Week 2013 (Croatia), Infant Award 2014 (Serbia), Bessie Award (Best Male Performer, 2014) and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. Aakash Odedra was recently honoured by The Queen as he received his British Empire Medal (BEM) in The 2020 New Year Honours List.