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  • A female dancer in a red dress has her right arm raised above her head and leaning back
    Fiana in red dress is doing a Kathak movement.

Kathak Movement Workshop


Dance Intercultural Performance Physical activity & movement
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (Roundhouse Workshop Room B)

181 Roundhouse Mews

Vancouver, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


All are warmly welcome to this movement workshop led by Fiana Kawane on Kathak, a beautiful South Asian classical dance form. A short dance demonstration will be followed by an introduction to foundational rhythm cycles, footwork, and movements core to Kathak. No prior preparation or experience in Kathak expected. This workshop is open to all ages, abilities, and dance experience with curiosity about the form.

The objective is to actively engage with the dance form, learn about its intimate relationship with music and the heartbeat, and experience techniques of somatic grounding integral to Kathak.

Items to bring: Water to drink and comfortable clothing to move in.


Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival & BC Culture Days

Fiana Kawane is an independent dance artist and choreographer on unceded xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh territories. She specializes in movement practices rooted in Kathak, a South Asian classical dance form known for its storytelling, pirouettes, and footwork.

She has performed independently and ensemble across countries like Canada, India, and Japan. Her recent dance work is supported by the Dance Centre, New Works, Dance Victoria, Dance West, and Vines Art Society among others.

In her practice, she centres interdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement. She is working on her PhD research in poetry and ecology at the University of British Columbia.


Mary-Anne McAllister