Bharata Natyam

Traditional training of classical dance Adavus (Basic steps) to Alankar (MA) levels and to prepare for Arangetram/Rangpravesham (dance debut).

All classes start with Pranayama (Yogic breathing), yoga stretches, balancing postures and end with relaxation.

Bharata Natyam Classes:
  • For Kids ages five up and women
  • Group lessons one hour once a week class
  • Training for Bharata Natyam Margam dances and Arangetram
  • APAA Certificate/Degree programs
  • Fast track program for Arangetram
  • Private and semi-private training available.
  • Fees vary for different levels.
  • Refresh and express your talent.
  • All students get opportunity to perform.
  • Two locations: Shelby Township and Farmington Hills
  • Opportunity to learn and perform semi-classical, Folk, and Creative dances with primary focus on Bharata Natyam training

Course: Basic to Advanced Levels – Completion is based on age, attendance and practice.

One Margam Dances: Levels 1 – 7 (group lessons 7 years)

Arangetram:After completion of one full Margam dances, intense practice 1- 2 years

FAST Track Program:Customized based on student’s goal.

APAA Programs:The institute is Alagappa Performing Arts Academy Authorized Certification Center (APAC) offers the following programs.Certificate * Associate Degree * Diploma * Degree (7 years).Students receive the certificate from the Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India

Course Objective– Theory & Practical - One Margam Dances

Levels Basic
1 Prarambhika (Adavus – 108)
2 Praveshika Pratham
3 Praeveshika Purna
Levels Intermediate
4 Madhyama Pratham
5 Madhyama Purna
Levels Advanced
6 Upanthya Visharad
7 Visharad
8 Arangetram – Full Margam Practice


  • Alapadma Students have won prizes in dance competitions at Hart Plaza, Detroit, 2007
  • St. Mara Thomas Church, Southfield, MI – 2007
  • Students were recognized in the leading newspaper “The Detroit Free Press.” April, 2007


  • Arangetram Student recognized in Gemini News TV, and Telugu Newspaper, Hyderabad, India, 2017
  • Students recognized in Wah India, TV – 2004
  • Students reorganization in Global Connection on PBS TV–1993

Charity Performances

  • Saksham, Charitable Show- Taal Fusion, 2009
  • Beaumont Hospice, Royal Oak, MI – 2008


  • Alapadma Dance yoga annual recital
  • PBS TV presentation – Global Connection 1993
  • Festival of India, Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • India Day Celebration, Novi Expo
  • ICS, Detroit – Holi and Vaisakhi Celebration
  • MIIACA, Detroit, MI – Holi and Diwali Functions
  • UPAD, Detroit, MI – Deepavali Celebration
  • IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Detroit, MI – May 1992
  • Gujarati Samaj of Detroit, MI - Holi Mahotsav
  • Bhartiya Temple, Troy, MI, Grandparents’ Day Celebration,
  • Maharashtra Mandal, Detroit, MI – Ganesh Chaturthi Program
  • Detroit Telugu Association, MI – Diwali Celebration
  • India Bazaar, Southfield, MI
  • St. Mara Thoma Church, Southfield, MI – Summer Fest
  • Solo, group performances in community and social events
  • Talent show in the Elementary and Middle schools
  • Bhartiya Temple, Troy, - Basant Bahar

Registration Requirements:Each student requires to sign the waiver, confidentiality agreement and acknowledgement of Policies at the time of registration.

Dress Code:Uniform is required for optimal progress
Hair off the face, pulled back in a pony tail or braided.
No distracting jewelry can be worn.

Policy :Studio Etiquette, Uniform, Missed and Make -up Classes, Attendance and Late Arrival, Tuition, Costume Rental, Performances, Confidentiality Agreement, Inclement Weather

Holidays:1 Memorial Day 2 Independence Day 3 Labor Day 4Thanksgiving Day 5 Christmas


Art of healthy living, and a spiritual practice to connect mind, body and soul. Originated in ancient India thousands of years ago. Our Yoga teaching philosophy is based on 1 Proper Exercise, (Asana) 2 Yogic Breathing (Pranayama), 3 Proper Relaxation, 4 Vegetarian Diet, 5 Positive Thinking and Meditation. Instructors are E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) by Yoga Alliance, USA and Pilates certified. All Yoga and Pilates classes are designed for children and Women.


Archana Desai, E-RYT:

After experiencing an amazing benefit of the ancient art of the yogic practice, I was motivated to become a registered yoga teacher and share my practice with the community to bring more awareness towards the holistic path for healthy living. I have been teaching yoga at community programs including corporate, yoga studios and fitness centers by giving classes and workshops, especially formulated for women, children, as well as Hatha Yoga to all levels, including classes with a special emphasis on Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation and Asana (Postures) and various healing therapies.

June Hayes, RYT:

She has obtained her RYT from Yoga Alliance in 2001 and since that time has been sharing yoga by learning and teaching, taking and giving yoga classes throughout the Metro Detroit area. She is also certified in Ashtanga yoga by David Swenson, certified in mat Pilates by Physical Mind Institute, as well as certified as a personal trainer by World Instructor Training Schools. She has a bachelor's degree in holistic nutrition. "Yoga, being the union of body and breath, mind and spirit, individual with universe, sun and moon, is available to everyone, right where they are in this moment." June enjoys presenting yoga classes that are accessible to all who are traveling the path of yoga.

Yoga Classes

Yoga for Women
  • Designed especially for women’s concern
  • Back Pain
  • Fatigue, Depression, Stress
  • Reduce the signs of aging
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure
  • Menstruation, pregnancy, menopause
  • Flatten, tone, strengthen abs.,
  • Insomnia
  • Improve Breathing
  • Manage weight
  • Promote inner peace and beauty
Vinyasa Yoga:

The graceful flowing movements with yoga postures and proper breathing.

It is a dance yoga, flow of connected yoga asanas (postures) linked with the rhythm of a breath. The continuous movement to build inner heat, strength, vitality. Knowledge of the basic postures is required to be able to move with the flow.

Yoga for Kids:

Yoga poses and breathing, with learn and fun to boost energy, enhance confidence and self-esteem, stimulate main intelligence like body/kinesthetic, music/rhythmic, visual/spatial, and interpersonal. All fun filled yoga classes designed to develop concentration, memory, balance, eye sight, artistic skills, stability, strength, flexibility, and overall health.

Mat Pilates:

Strengthen, lengthen, tone the abs and entire body. Reduce weight. Bring mental, emotional and physical balance. Increase energy level and decrease stress level.