Children's and Junior Division
Thousand Oaks


Classes and Programs

Leela's children and junior division provides an age-appropriate, standards-based education for students ages 5 to 17 in kathak dance. 

Creative Movement   
Level I (Ages 5-6)

Creative movement classes facilitate self-expression, imagination and social interaction while providing students with an introduction to basic kathak movement, hindustani classical music and core Indian philosophy and history. Students take 50 minute classes once a week and participate in an annual recital performance.  

Introductory Kathak
Level II (Age 7)

Students are introduced to basic kathak movement along with rhythm and music fundamentals in a fun and nurturing environment. Upon completion of two semesters student have the opportunity to participate in a recital performance. Classes meet once a week over two 16-week semesters in the spring and fall.  

Kathak Fundamentals
Levels III-V (Ages 8-12)  

Students focus on development of kathak technique including footwork and pirouettes, are introduced to foundational kathak vocabulary and begin to understand the intimate relationship of dance and music. In addition to twice a week classes ranging from 60-90 minutes, students participate in regular intensives with international dance and music faculty. Advancement is based on audition performance and participation in milestone performances. 

Advanced Study in Kathak
Levels VI - VIII (Ages 13-17)

Students with talent and dedication receive the opportunity to pursue immersive and advanced studies in kathak. The advanced study program focuses on ensuring that students develop advanced technique, an expansive vocabulary and repertoire, foundational skills in music and percussion, and strong performance skills. Students participate in weekly training (a minimum of 4 hours/week) in kathak and hindustani classical music, in immersion retreats that bring kathak students together from around the world, and community and pre-professional performances.    

School Calendar

Spring January 28th - May 22nd (16 weeks) 
Fall August 19th - December 16th (16 weeks)

Class Schedule


Kathak Fundamentals 

Advanced Study


Creative Movement

Introductory Kathak

Kathak Fundamentals

Advanced Study

Studio Location

Inquiries & Registration

For more information on classes, curriculum, and Leela's approach, contact:
Ritu Joshi, Teacher Fellow

To register, complete the form below and submit in-person or via email to along with payment for session. Payment is accepted in person, by check, or online. 

* If submitting registration via email, please include "Registration Form: Child's First Name, Child's Last Name"
* Please submit exact amount of payment. For payment plans, please contact Ritu Joshi at


Students are registered on a semester basis. Tuition is payable in full on or before the first day of each semester (January & August). Students with outstanding accounts of more than 14 days overdue will be charged a $25 late fee. Once classes have begun, tuition is not refundable. Students who miss class or withdraw before the end of the semester are still obligated for the full semester's fees. Students admitted more than 3-weeks after the school year has begun are eligible to pay a pro-rated amount upon approval.

Dress Code


Students in Introductory Kathak and beyond are expected to wear a traditional salwar kameez that is fit comfortably and enables free movement. Simple and comfortable cotton salwar kameez's are recommended.


Mid-length to long hair is require to be pulled back in a neat bun or french braid and fastened securely. Short hair needs to be fastened away from the face. Students/parents must be responsible for the necessary supplies to have hair done prior to class.