As we work with the student over the years, we definitely see the growth of the individual to a teen and adult from a child who walks in the door timidly. The dance demands such a discipline that the students automatically understand character, control, attention, hard work, team work, deadlines etc.
We have decoupled the arangetram from the Challangai Puja so that the student is motivated along their path of training and also to increase the impact of the dance on stage. The dancer should prove worthy of the Challangai before wearing it.
After the dancer has had a challangai puja and completed about 4 years of training, please talk to your family and determine that everyone is on board to begin this amazing (but long and challenging!) process.