Odissi Intensive Training.


2020 Odissi Intensive Courses

Welcome to our updated Odissi Intensive Course page for the 2020 Shakti School of Dance season.

The 2020 dance season is January 15 through April 19, 2020.  

Please read this content carefully, as well as the information on the FAQ and Application pages. Take note that the application process, course structure and tuition fees have changed from previous years.

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Shakti School of Dance



SESSION #1: January 15 – February 5  (75 + Hours)

SESSION #2: February 7 – March 8  (100 + Hours)

SESSION #3: March 16 – April 13 (108 + Hours)

Odissi Classical Dance Intensive Training Program hours include: Lectures, study groups, structured self practice labs, theory classes, technique classes, choreography classes, repertoire rehearsal and more!

Your teachers for this intensive are: Colleena Shakti, Sudhansu Ranjan Pohana and senior students of SSD.  Intensive program also includes self-study times, exams and group work.

You MUST arrive to Pushkar at least 2 days before the course starts. You will not be permitted to join the course if you arrive the same day the school starts.  Experience leads us to believe that students need sufficient rest after international flights, before they begin intensive training.

Beginning Odissi dancers are welcome for Session 1.  They may also apply for the full season.  Returning students are welcome all 3 sessions. 

Odissi Diploma Program students are required to attend a minimum of Session # 2 and # 3.

Joining the whole season offers students a 10% discount on training rates.

All students are encouraged to come for the entire season.  While we welcome students for one session only, the curriculum and schedule are designed to support the serious Odissi student who wishes to complete the entire season of training.   Students who commit to the entire dance season, will receive a total discount of 10%. This year we have designed breaks in our intense training schedule to allow students to rest and recuperate their energy in this physically demanding training program.  Beginning of the season will be cold until mid February. End of March and into April will be hot in Rajasthan!

We offer training certificates at the completion of each Odissi intensive session. After completion of each intensive session, practical and written exams to pass to the next level are given.  

Applications must be submitted on time (please see Application Deadline section below), and completed in full to be considered for admission to our training programs.  Payment (via Paypal) must be completed upon admission in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Odissi intensive sessions.  Please review our strict no-refund policy before tuition payment is completed so there is no confusion.





January 15- February 5 2020

75 hours over 19 class days

Session One is presented over 19 class days with 75 + hours instruction. Our opening ceremony (9 am) and *required* orientation will be held on Wednesday, January 15.  Session #1 is required for beginners, and is likewise essential for returning students who wish to embody this challenging dance with integrity.  Continuing students who have previous SSD training will learn new choreographies as determined by the teacher.  Students will be divided into working groups based on their level of proficiency.

Experience Levels Accepted:  Beginning – Advanced

Instructed by: Colleena Shakti, Sudhansu Puhana & Senior Students of SSD

Price: 1,125$ USD

Daily Drop in Classes Available Monday – Saturday


February 7 – March 7, 2020

100 hours over 23 class days

Session Two is 100 hours of Odissi study (theory & practical) presented over 23 class days.  This session is essential to dancers who desire a deeper experience of Odissi dance. Student’s who have completed session one, (or have previous SSD training hours), will learn new choreographies as determined by the teacher.  Students will be divided into working groups based on their level of proficiency.

Experience Levels Accepted:  Continuing – Advanced (no beginners this session)

Instructed by: Colleena Shakti, Sudhansu Puhana & Senior Students of SSD

Price: 1,500$ USD

Daily Drop in Classes Available Monday – Saturday


March 16 – April 13, 2020

108 hours over 25 class days

This session includes the Temple Dance Festival for advanced students and *Special 1 day Master Class in Odissi Music with Gurus from Orissa!

Session Three is 108 hours of Odissi study (theory & practical) presented over 25 class days.  Students will be divided into working groups based on their level of proficiency.  This session offers the important moment to share what you have been cultivating in the dance with our Annual Pushkar Temple Dance Festival on April 12th. The intention for this offering is to both give back to our beloved Rangji temple and village of Pushkar, as well as to acknowledge your hard work as students. Experienced students will perform items beside Colleena and Sudhansu on live music provided by guest master musicians from Orissa.  Students wishing to participate in the TDF should express their interest in their applications.  Not all students will be required to participate, however it will be the collective project during this session.  Please note that intermediate/ advanced students who wish to participate in the festival will be required to have Odissi costumes and ornaments or purchase basic costume items within a budget of $100 – $200.  Beginning students participating in Managalacharan will be provided a borrowed sari and only will need to purchase their own blouse/churridar sets (Approximately $25).

Students who sign up for the entire dance season will receive a 10% discount. Session Three is also ideal for experienced students who are longing to reconnect to the dance, but are not able to carve out the time for a longer training.

Experience Levels Accepted:  Continuing – Advanced (no beginners this session)

Instructed by: Colleena Shakti, Sudhansu Puhana & Senior Students of SSD

Price: 1,620$ USD

Daily Drop in Classes Available Monday – Saturday



  • September 15, 2019: Registration opens for SSD 2019 Dance Season!
  • Oct 15, 2019: Application period closed.  Late applications considered, but not guaranteed. 
  • November 1, 2019: You will be informed if you have been accepted into the program, and receive additional information via email. You will then have one week (seven days) to complete payment, and sign our mandatory waiver form. Then you may begin applying for your *Tourist visa immediately (Shakti School of can not offer student visa at this time). You will be added to our SSD Student & Alumni Group, and may ask questions to our knowledgeable and helpful dance community.
  • November 15, 2019: All payment and registration must be completed by this date. Otherwise, we will offer your spot to a waitlisted student. We encourage you to share with us your reasons for not being able to attend, and apply next year!
  • November 15, 2019: If you have been waitlisted we will inform you if a space has opened on November 15. Waitlisted students will have just seven days, one week, to complete payment for this coveted position.


(subject to change)

Monday – Saturday

  • 9 – 11 am: Morning Yoga, Exercise and Therapeutics.  Odissi Stepping technique Class / Odissi Vocabulary.
  • 12:30 – 2 pm : Item Class #1. Placement depending on skill level.
  • 2:00 – 3 pm: Item Class # 2. Placement depending on skill level.
  • 5 – 6:30 pm: Theoretical Lecture or Group Study in: mudra, music theory, history, culture, philosophy, Natya Shastra, etc.

Dedicated students wishing to travel a well defined path and establish a strong professional foundation in Odissi dance… finally have the chance!

This professional program stresses rigor and activity, and focuses not only on the physical aspects of dance, but the cultural, intellectual, philosophical and spiritual aspects as well. 

Our Diploma Program is both a physical and academic study of Odissi performance technique, choreography and artistry, as well as memorization and critical application of Indian classical dance theory.   For higher level of mastery in Odissi classical Indian dance, students will enjoy the cohesive journey as they enhance their knowledge and expertise through both classroom hours, online study and self practice.

Diploma students will gain access to special course work, discounts and payment plans, educational resources, online teachings, research trips and immersive experiences to help develop their physical and intellectual potential. 

This program’s unique focus differs from casual workshop enrollment through its emphasis on year round study, one to one support, teacher and peer feedback, group work, critical thinking projects, as well as the collaborative creation of archive material.

The Diploma course is designed as a 5 year program. Through the well defined yearly course work, students will travel the path towards a diploma with a peer group, finding companionship and support from a group of fellow students. 

Build a dance life through regular practice and academic acknowledgement! Application and registration information for our 2020 program is now available! 

More Information Here



Please note that we do not guarantee start and end times for classes. Please be prepared to dedicate yourself full time to the study of Odissi dance during the respective sessions. We strive to provide the best possible education experience. Additionally, the student must be prepared to relax into our very unique village-life inside a bustling marketplace and pilgrimage town.  Our schedule may vary from day to day.  Each Monday the week’s schedule will be announced.


The Shakti School of Dance Odissi Intensive cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies. Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into.

Payment (via Paypal), as well as the ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions. Deadline for completing payment is: TBA.

Students cancelling after (TBA) will not be eligible for any refund what so ever, as per our official cancellation policy. *By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

Questions? Check out Faq’s

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