If am not able to complete the practical dances for the Certificate Course in 1 year, what do I do?
For students who are not able to complete the dances within the 1 year time period, they can work with the dance center at a slower pace and complete the requirements.
What is the exam format?
Both multiple choice format as well as essay type.
What if I do not understand some of the words in the textbook?
A lot of the words in Bharathanatyam are in Sanskrit. A glossary is provided in the back of every single textbook for your comprehension.
Can I get the model question papers?
Yes, sample questions have been set on the APAA website to provide students a flavor of questions that will be asked in the exams. Use your User ID, to login and get access to the sample questions.
How are the examinations corrected?
All theory exams and practical exams are sent to APAA upon completion. APAA will send the exam papers and DVD’s to other APAC centers that teach the same style to get corrected. The final project will be corrected by our professional teachers affiliated to APAA and Alagappa University.
If I am not available to take the final exam at the prescribed date, can I take it on another date?
If a student is unable to take the exam it is their responsibility to notify the dance center that will notify APAA the reason why the student is unable to attend the exam. The student will then be authorized to take the exam on the next available date offered by APAA.
What is the process of evaluating the student during a course?
Written examinations will be conducted on regular basis during a semester. The student will be evaluated both on internal and external assessments that will cover the exams, projects and assignments. Every certification process will end with a project, which will demonstrate the student’s practical knowledge in the course syllabus and performance. A student will provide a video / DVD of the required project recorded by the authorized dance center and will be graded on that performance. On successful completion of the program the appropriate certificate will be awarded by Alagappa University.
When will the student receive the study materials and how does the process progress further?
On enrollment of a course, the textbooks and the DVDs will be mailed to the student. The acknowledgement of the materials’ dispatch with label id # number will be communicated.
After registration, how does a student maintain constant communication with the coordinators?
Students will interact with their assigned APAC or contact APAA or its authorized representative.
What is the procedure for a student to get enrolled in the program?
Contact your bharathanatyam dance teacher and find out whether they are an Authorized Dance Center. If they are not, tell them to visit the site www.bharathanatyamonline.com and apply for enrollment as a dance center through our online application form. If they are not interested, please contact APAA directly and we will assign you a nearby dance center. Fill out the Students Application Form through the downloadable form and submit the form with the dues to APAA at the specified address. On receipt of your application and dues APAA will send you textbooks and DVD’s for your course. Check with the Dance center for the date of commencement and fulfill the requirements.
Can teachers get enrolled in this program?
Yes, it is advisable for all teachers and teacher’s assistants to enroll in this program and demonstrate through a degree that they are qualified instructors of this divine art.
What is the earliest age for enrollment into the program?
A student must be 10 years of age to enroll in the program. As APAA has specific coursework that requires reading of textbooks, a student must be able to comprehend the textbook and write the exam. In special cases where a student is less than 10 years of age and has demonstrated the ability to comprehend the prescribed textbooks, the Alagappa Authorized Dance Center (APAC) can recommend a student for admission to the program. APAA will review and reserve the right to admit the student.
Who will teach the textbook material?
Dance Centers (APACs) will set up a study outline. It is up to the students to interact with the dance center and complete the study materials before the exams. Any questions can be asked to the teachers in the dance center or the students can ask questions online and our professional staff will respond to queries.
Can a student register for the Degree program directly if he /she has completed Arangetram?
No, in accordance with University guidelines a student is required to complete and pass all the required courses in the Certificate Program and then complete the same in the Associate Degree Program. To acknowledge time spent learning the art and staging an Arangetram, students are permitted to take the courses on a FAST TRACK basis so that they can complete the Certificate and the Associate Degree in a shorter time period (for example in 6 months). On successful completion of the coursework, which includes all theory exams, a student will be accepted to start in the Diploma program and will be exempt from practical work provided they are able to demonstrate knowledge of the required practical work for the Certificate and Associate Degree programs. Once admitted to the Diploma program, students must complete all requirements as per the school calendar and fulfill all requirements of the Degree program to graduate. All students who have completed their Arangetram within the last 10 years are exempt from the practical requirements in the coursework.
What are the requirements to enroll in the Certificate program?
Enrollment in the Certificate Program is open to all students, but to obtain a Certificate within one year a student would be required to have 2 to 3 years prior experience in Bharathanatyam, as the practical requirement for the Certificate program requires knowledge in specific dance routines such as Alarippu, Kavuthuvam and Sabdham.
Can a student withdraw from a course after enrollment?
- If a student withdraws from a course no refund will be provided.
- If a student does not re-join a course within a one-year period, registration has to be completed again.
What are the roles of APAA Authorized Certification Centers (APAC)?
- To provide training and guidance to enroll students to fulfill requirements of the respective program.
- The APAC will also help students prepare for the examinations.
- To conduct proctored examinations and send test papers to APAA.
- To record on videotape or DVD the practical exams and send to APAA for evaluation.
Is a particular dance style forced onto students who join the course?
The curriculum has been designed in cooperation with a group of eminent dance teachers with varied dance styles. Therefore no particular style is forced on the student.
What is the value of getting certification from this program?
Students of Bharathanatyam spend years learning the art and perfecting the practice and most perform the ‘Arangetram” which is a graduation performance. This process might typically take about 6 to 7 years for a student. If a student were to pursue studies during this time, they should be able to complete post-graduate studies. However in the pursuit of learning Bharathanatyam, dancers are not awarded degrees or receive certifications for their accomplishments.To reward students for their efforts, APAA has designed a comprehensive curriculum in Bharathanatyam along with Alagappa University in India, to offer step-wise certification programs to meet the student needs. The Alagappa University Certification will certainly enhance the student’s achievements while applying to Universities for collegiate education.