The steps and moves of semi-classical dance are not as complex or intricate as pure classical forms. However, the authenticity of the Indian dance form is preserved and students are able to grasp these lighter semi-classical dances easily. Semi-classical dances are fun and fluid.
This type of dance breaks the stylized structures and forms of the classical dance, and adopts a more contemporary feel and steps,. All along the ethos of the basic dance remains intact. Semi classical is the combination of classical dance performed on any Bhajans and Ghazals.
Mohiniattam is a semi-classical dance from Kerala which is only performed by women. The most distinguishing features of this dance are the gentle, flowing, rhythmic and feminine steps that the dancer takes through the dance performance.
The term Mohiniattam can be broken down to "Mohini" meaning a maiden or beautiful lady and "Attam" meaning dance. To put it simply, Mohiniattam refers to the dance of a beautiful woman.
There are numerous styles of Bharatanatyam which are performed with slight differences in the steps and executions. I know the Kalakshetra or Tanjore style, the Pandanallur style, Vazhavuru style and have seen a difference in style of jathi executions in videos of MADURA MARGAM in Bharatanatyam so I doubt if that has a style as well… Native to Kerala, there is the Kalamandalam style as well with larger differences in Adavus when compared to Kalakshetra style, and is taught widely in Kerala while the other styles are seen rarely there..
Yes, Bhratnatyam too has styles if you had thought that it was just a morbid dance form. Well, Bharatnatyam is an intriguing dance form that has varied styles, each rich in its form and attributed to the Gurus associated with it.Melattur Style- This style is based on expressive acting and spontaneous movements. The movement require high degree of flexibility and emphasized on sringara bhakti. It stresses on the fluid variations of patterned korvais, and dramatic characterizations.