In India there are 8 recognized Classical Dances, all of them having a devotional content – we know that at least some of them where done as offerings to the Gods inside the Temples or in Sacred Festivals. 

In the Western World there is only an unique Classical Dance: Ballet. 

It was born in Europe during the XVth century as a court dance for the amusement of nobles. 

But It was under the Reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715) – “Le Roi Soleil” (“The Sun King” as he was called) that Ballet had its full development and most of Ballet terms were established. This King was an amazing dancer himself, and would participate in the big ballets that were prepared – usually as the center figure (the Sun) while all the other court members would go around, simulating a microcosmic (French court) balance related with the macrocosmos (Solar System).


The objective of this workshop is to address beginners that would like to learn Classical western Ballet, specifically working on the classical ballet technique with a contemporary approach.

Classical Ballet technique usually works around an ideal body: perfect “en dehors” (turn out position of inferior limbs), perfect “coup de pied” (curve of the upper part of the feet when strecht), perfect body lines, total flexibility and strength of the body, an ideal thin and long body, with big and gracious arms and legs.

We want to give contemporary bodies, human bodies with its individual characteristics and differences the opportunity to discover and/or develop pleasure in dancing classical ballet, without hurting themselves.

Through a strong work on correcting postures, and learning the meaning of the classical ballet steps (through the understanding of the French words that compose the classical ballet vocabulary) by practicing them in a playful way, we propose the students to, once understood and repeated, explore and use this vocabulary in a creative way. The aim being to dance with it and incorporate it to each one’s ways of body expression.

The students should bring appropriate ballet shoes. If they do not have those, we advise to bring socks. In some exercises we might work bare feet.

photo 5About Diniz Sanchez

Born in Lisbon, Portugal where Diniz Sanchez studied dance and choreography at Lisbon’s Superior Dance School and at Forum Dança. Completing then his artistic education at Centre Chorégraphique National de Languedoc-Roussillon/ Mathilde Monnier, in Montpellier and at Aquitaine’s Superior School of Drama and Musical Theatre (France).

Danser-performer for different contemporary repertory and independent companies in Portugal, France, Belgium and India, since 1994; he started creating his own work in 1995, with a growing interest by the crossing of different disciplines, from dance to theatre, performance, improvisation, video, voice work… Artistic director of Lua Company since it’s creation in 2004, he has presented pieces in Portugal, Spain, France and India.

In 2007 he starts to work in the Opera world, collaborating with the Spanish stage director Emilio Sagi, as choreographer and as assistant director in: Glück’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” (Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo – Spain & Washington National Opera); Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (Teatro Real de Madrid & Théâtre du Châtelet – Paris).

Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October 2015
From 4pm to 6pm

Fees: Rs 500 only