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Yoga & Indian Classical (Beginner)


If you are looking for an introduction to Indian classical dance then the slow pace of Mohiniyattam makes it ideal for beginners. Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form originating from Kerala, India. It is characterised by a wide stance and graceful, circular torso movements. Suitable for anyone who wants to develop balance, grace and fluidity of movement. It’s perfect for beginners, yoga lovers, or ex-dancers who want to return to dance, but are older, may have injuries or don’t want the physical demands of a typical dance class. Our instructor, Raina Peterson, is a certified yoga teacher and incorporates yoga asana into the session. A gentle class but packed with surprising benefits!

In this 8-week course, you will –

  • Learn Indian classical (Mohiniyattam) technique and movement patterns
  • Gradually learn a traditional Indian classical dance item
  • Warm-up and cool down with yoga asana and light strength training
  • Improve your expressions, grace and performance skills
  • Improve your strength, balance, flexibility and hand-eye coordination
  • Meet a friendly group of like-minded adult students
  • Learn from the best – a fully qualified Yoga & Mohiniyattam dancer with over 20 years training
  • Get weekly practice videos to support your learning outside of class
  • Have access to a private group chat (via WhatsApp), to encourage communication with other students and your teacher

WHEN: Wednesdays, 5 February – 25 March, 7pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: FCAC Basement Theatre
COST: $280 (8 sessions)
AGE: Suitable for 18yrs+

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ABOUT THE TUTOR: Raina Peterson

Raina Peterson is one of Australia’s very few professional practitioners of Mohiniyattam, which they learned from their guru Smt. Tara Rajkumar. Raina is also a dancer-choreographer with a background in Kathakali (classical theatre), Kalaripayattu (martial arts), folk dance and Bollywood, and a qualified yoga teacher. Together with dance partner Govind Pillai, their full-length works include In Plain Sanskrit (2015), Bent Bollywood (2018), Third Nature (2019) and Kala (2019).

1- Raina Peterson. Image courtesy of Studio J. 

Date & Times

Wednesdays, 5 February – 25 March
7pm – 8.30pm


FCAC Basement Theatre


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