From humble beginnings in a basement with three students, Mudra started in 1993 growing to 100+ strong today. Mudra Dance Studio was incorporated as a Colorado Non-Profit Corporation in March 2002 and was granted Tax -Exempt Organization status under IRS 501(c) (3) in July 2003. Over the years MDS had an increase in the number of students, teachers, and classes for different age groups: from the tender age of 3 to the mature age of 60 plus; increase in number of classes, and also locations of these classes.
MDS primarily teaches the classical dance form of “KATHAK” which is derived from the word “KATHA”; meaning story telling. “KATHAK” is a beautiful blend of the 2 primary elements of dance: “ABHINAY”: the communication of emotions through facial expression; and “NATYA”: the rhythmic movement of the body and feet with a beautiful combination of multiple rhythmic CHAKAARS (turns or twirls). The CHAKAARS are in multiples of 9. KATHAK is one of the 7 well-known classical dance forms of India, which trace back to 6000 BC and over the years have metamorphosed by cultural and geographical influences.
MDS also teaches folk dances from different regions of India & contemporary Indian dance, now classified as “MUDRA STYLE” as part of its curriculum. “MUDRA” is defined as the different gestures of your hands that communicate the story. For MDS, MUDRA means “the expression of your heart, your soul through dance…”. Students of all ages and background are welcome; passion is the only prerequisite.