Kala Sangam launches a wide selection of classes in dance, theatre, music and language for all ages and abilities

Whether it’s a dance class to keep fit, a place to learn new skills, make friends, or that creative outlet that you’ve been searching for, Kala Sangam – Bradford’s Intercultural Arts Centre – offer a class for everyone this autumn.

New this autumn are Breakin Classes with Tranquil Productions (Mondays, 6-8pm) starting on 2nd September. Whether you like the Hip Hop culture, are curious to find out more, or want to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility – these classes will get you up on your hands and feet to the beat.

Another new, colourful class starting on 10th September is Bollywood Dance with Zoobin Surty Karma Dance Company (Tuesdays, 7-8pm). Inspired by the sights and sounds of the world’s biggest film industry, this class is a great way to keep fit whilst learning spectacular routines ahead of performing in Kala Sangam’s Christmas British Bollywood Spectacular!

Zoobin Surty, Artistic Director of Zoobin Surty Company said, “Bradford is a diverse, vibrant community. I am delighted to return to Bradford to start our Bollywood Dance classes in partnership with Kala Sangam and to encourage all ages to have fun and participate in the energetic, multicultural Bollywood dance. Participants will also be encouraged to perform in the British Bollywood Spectacular, during the festive season.”

Fay Beesley, Education and Outreach Officer of Kala Sangam said, “I believe it’s important for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the arts, regardless of age or ability. This September we have two new amazing dance classes for you to participate in, if you like hip hop you will love our new Monday night class, or if you want the chance to perform here at Kala Sangam, our new Bollywood class enables you to do so, so why not come along and join in!”

Other dance classes on offer include Movement! for people aged 16+ with a disability, learning disability or autism and their carers (Mondays, 5-6pm) starting on Monday 2nd September. Delivered in partnership with Dance For Life, these sessions are a fun way to learn dance, choreography and performance skills. The first class is free and all sessions are free of charge to carers.

Participants will have the chance to learn the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam, as part of Kala Sangam’s Bharatanatyam Academy with Santosh Menon (Saturdays, 10.30-11.30am) starting on 21st September. The Academy offers the very best quality accredited ISTD training in the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam. Taught by renowned dancer, Santosh Menon, this beautiful and dramatic dance style tells the stories of Indian mythology through hand gestures, footwork, facial expressions and neck and head movements.

Bradford’s Punjabi Roots Academy run lively Bhangra dancing (Wednesdays, 6-7pm) and Dhol drumming classes (Wednesdays, 7-8pm) throughout the year, that are suitable for all ages.

Leeds’ Phoenix Dance Theatre have partnered with Kala Sangam to bring NO BOUNDS free dance classes for energetic and enthusiastic boys (Thursdays, 5-6pm) starting on 19th September, for 7-11 year olds who want to develop and learn new dance skills.

Learn the ancient Indian language of Tamil (Saturdays 9.30-10.30am) starting on 7th September. Learn to speak, read and write in Tamil – a language that is predominantly spoken in India and Sri Lanka, by the Tamil diaspora and the Sri Lankan Moors. The course itself is flexible and you can choose to either take up exams or just learn to speak, read and write.

Bradford Friendship Choir (Tuesdays, 6-7.30pm) is a joyful singing sanctuary in Bradford, open to all kinds of people. They focus on welcoming and supporting refugees and people seeking asylum, and on celebrating Bradford’s diversity, through the power of song.

Freedom Studios Youth Theatre is open to new members, aged between 11 – 19 years (Saturdays 11-16 years: 10.30am-noon and 16-19 years: 12.15-1.45pm) starting on 28th September. FSYT offers weekly workshops where young people can come together, make friends and work with professional theatre practitioners to make great theatre.

Kala Sangam – Bradford’s intercultural Arts Centre – is the perfect setting for audiences new to dance, music, language and theatre. To book your place on Kala Sangam’s classes, or to find out more, contact Fay Beesley(Education and Outreach Officer, Kala Sangam) by email at fay@kalasangam.org or call her on 01274 303340