Katha Dance Theatre intensive class
Photo: Anjana Nair

Katha Dance Theatre offers a variety of classes for children ages 6 and up as well as adults. Classes focus on technique, grace, and stamina.

KDT’s school is led by Rita Mustaphi, Kathak master and disciple of the legendary guru Pandit Birju Maharaj. All of KDT’s educational programs are grounded in his teachings, and Rita has been at the forefront of Kathak’s evolution for decades thanks her time under his tutelage.

Enrollment starts in the Fall with a process that includes filling out a registration form and submitting a tuition payment. All late-term enrollments are subject to the approval of the school administrative staff. We also allow for limited registration after the start of the Winter session. This applies only to new students and is at KDT’s discretion. Contact us for more details.

Students progress from 1A to 2A, then from 2A to 2B, and so on. Advancement is slow, as demonstrated in the chart below. Intermediate-level students demonstrating commitment and skill may be invited to become an apprentice with the Katha Dance Theatre Company.

Primary classes (those in our Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions) are conducted September through May to mimic the academic school year, with shortened Summer session offered June-July and a 2-week intensive offered in August. Our studio, located in St. Louis Park, reopened for in-person learning in the Fall of 2021, though we continue to offer hybrid options for every class.

The school year culminates each Spring with Sadhana, KDT’s annual school showcase. Students who wish to continue their education during the summer months may register for our 8-week Summer Session, which runs from early June through late July, or our Summer Intensive, which normally takes place over a two-week period in August. Intensive students will dedicate two weeks to learning an entire dance sequence that may be publicly performed at community events or festivals.

Classroom Policies

Required class attire includes kurta and pajama (Indian shirt and pants), and a set of ghungru (ankle bells). Additional policies regarding classroom protocol, performances, and evaluations can be viewed in the Student Handbook.