The Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts (SIDRA) offers Kuchipudi classical dance as a technically perfectible, elegant art, an audience empowering experience and joyous classroom learning,. To bouncing four year olds up to dedicated adults, SIDRA brings a rich tapestry of yoga, cross-training, story telling, martial arts and rhythm analysis. Workouts wind down with hand mudras, Sanskrit shlokas and sacred stories from India. Older students follow lively exchanges before and after class about art. Guided by Nilimma Devi, noted AIIS scholar, and Anila Kumari, writer, the classes coax dancers to think and be passionate.