New Students

We are delighted that you are considering studying this tradition at our school, founded by Pandit Chitresh Das! The Chhandam School of Kathak shines as one of the world's largest classical Indian dance institutions.

We offer a comprehensive program of study with training in Kathak dance technique, classical Indian music, Indian history and philosophy, and rhythmical math. We are proud and thrilled to see our students' enthusiasm in developing their skills and confidence in the dance, deepening their knowledge of Indian culture, and growing more inspired by the professional performances of the Chitresh Das Dance Company and the Chhandam Youth Dance Company.

All students new to Chhandam begin their path of study in the Introductory Level classes, regardless of prior training. Curriculum and technique do vary among gharanas, and it is important that students attain a solid foundation in the principles of Kathak as taught at Chhandam. As new students, we recommend that you enroll your children in one of our introductory-level classes, available at all of our Branch locations. We recommend that new students consider taking a trial class; please contact us directly for more information: (415) 333-9013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Class FAQs

  • When do classes start?

    Registration is open and ongoing. Spring Session runs weekly January 17 through June 12, 2017 with the following breaks: February 21-27, April 4-10, May 23-29.

  • Are trial classes available for new students?

    Yes, trial classes are available. To reserve space, please register online here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. You can also leave a voice message at 415-333-9013. You can register for classes at any time throughout the year and your cost will be pro-rated.

  • What other student enrichment programs do you offer?

    Our Children's Summer Camps are a great way to enrich your child's Kathak learning. In addition to the dance, your child will have class in singing and taal. The summer camp is available to new and current students at Chhandam. For our current Teen/Adult students, we offer a summer retreat for a deeply immersive experience in Kathak. We also offer workshops and intensives throughout the year with visiting faculty and artists from around the world.

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459 Fulton Street, Suite 10, San Francisco CA 94102 
Tel: 415.333.9000  Fax: 415.373.1731