Educational Program for new Khaita Experts and Instructors

The Public

Anybody who has a basic knowledge of the dances, having taken part in at least one course, and in particular:

  • who wishes to deepen the knowledge of the Khaita dances, who wishes to become an instructor, who wishes to organize and/or take part in events and shows;
  • who is interested in using music and dance as a tool of training awareness and presence; who works in the social sector to promote wellbeing in various areas (Khaita as a physical activity, education in schools, recreation in structures for the elderly, rehabilitation of those with physical or mental health issues);
  • who is interested in folk dance as the artistic expression of a culture and the values transmitted by it.


The Areas of Study Cover 3 Main Sectors:

Learning: developing the expertise to learn to dance, organize and take part in dance events and shows; with a specific supervision and an examination, it is possible to achieve the qualification of teacher.

Awareness: through sound and movement, one enters a path of awareness which promotes wellbeing and evolution of the individual.

Culture: deepening the aspects of a worldwide cultural and artistic movement as result of the integration of eastern and western cultures.

Description of the Training

The training is a 3-year course. Each year there will be 3 courses, each one lasting 1 week or approx. 40 hours, situated in various European countries. The courses include several workshops dedicated to specific topics, led by experts and professionals.It is necessary to attend all of the meetings (courses and workshops) in order to receive the final certificate and, after a specific exam, the instructor’s certificate.The first year’s courses will be open also to who does not intend to complete the whole program.In each course, the 3 sectors of study will be developed (learning, awareness and culture) alternating experience of dancing, periods of study and reading and practical exercises of the specific topics.


The educational training will take place at the European centers of the International Dzogchen Community.

The first year will be dedicated to building up the expertise of the basics of the dances.

The second and third year will be dedicated to building the expertise to teach Khaita, thinking of and drawing up projects, presenting the dances, including them in performances and events.


Appraisal and Certification

At the end of the first and second year, the students will be invited to put what they have learned into practice by organizing and leading informal dance groups for a total of 10 hours for the first year and 15 hours for the second year.

At the end of the third year, a theoretic or practical composition illustrating a topic covered during the course will be requested.

Finalizing in this way the educational path the students will receive a certificate of expertise from the International AtiYoga Foundation and Khaita Dance School. In order to receive the instructor’s certificate, students will have to undergo supervision and take an exam overseen by the Khaita panel *. The training instructors will be available during the three year course via an online support set-up to answer questions, provide feedback or suggestions.


You will learn

The first year will be dedicated to building up the expertise of the basics of the dances.

Through direct experience, at the completion of the training, students will become aware of the benefits relating to the body, energy and mind which make the Khaita Joyful Dances a complete tool, permitting the individuals to discover their own potentiality and favoring evolution at a personal level. They will also be able to communicate and share with others these benefits.
After the first year, they will be able to lead the dances in an informal way in small groups (e.g. in International Dzogchen Community centers).
At the completion of the 3rd year, they will be able to include Khaita dances in events and performances.
Those authorized will be able to teach them in various settings, for example, in sports and recreation centers, dance schools, they will be able to use them in schools in addition to educational programs. In the social sector, they will get tools to implement this method to promote wellbeing and to alleviate discomfort in different situations, for example, with the elderly, people with mental health problems, mobility difficulties etc.
Because of their versatility, characterized by an ample range of rhythms and choreographies, Khaita dances are suited to various contexts and they lend themselves to a multifaceted application.



  • 120 hours

    Khaita Dance School, 1st year

    1st Course

    The following aspects will be dealt with:

    • Application of sound and movement as tools in a path of awareness and presence.
    • Studying the origin of Khaita: meaning, history.
    • Familiarity with the material (texts, video, training video etc.): how it is organized, how and where to find it, categories of the songs and dances, etc.
    • Reading the texts of some of the songs, recognizing some of the recurring words.
    • The circle dances: steps, movements, recognizing the similarities and differences between the dances.
    • The choreographed dances: connection with the meaning of the texts, how they were created, by whom and on what occasion.
    • How to simplify some of the dances in order to adapt them to different situations (with children, big groups etc.) and how to lead a group.
    • Musical education: applying methods and resources of musical language.
    • Workshop A: acquiring transliteration system drajor in order to correctly pronounce the texts.



    2nd course

    The dance is not separated from singing. In this week we will discover how these two aspects are
    connected, training ourselves and then using them in a harmonious way.
    In particular in workshop B "Singing.....what a discovery!" with some simple exercises we will be:

    • using the body as a resonator of the voice.
    • distinguishing and controlling the pitch, volume, speed and expression in the activity of singing
    • listening to who is singing with us
    • moving as we sing.

    The following subjects will also be looked at:

    • dancing harmoniously in a group developing awareness and presence: deepening the meaning of the 3 principles of dem, gyud, drig
    • choreographed dances: detailed study of some texts together with the corresponding movements
    • studying some of the sequences and combinations of the dances for demonstrating them

    Some open sessions are planned, where students will try teaching the other dancers, putting the ideas that they have learned into practice.

    3rd course

    During the 3rd course, we will complete the knowledge of:

    • how the circle dances (kordro) are subdivided
    • some choreographed dances, studying the texts and mudras
    • dance sequences for demonstration
    • how to present Khaita in various sectors (cultural, informative and awareness approaches) and in various circumstances (schools, universities, cultural centers, festivals etc.)
    • 'child introduction' according to perspective of Montessori methodology (workshop C)

    Open sessions are also planned, where students will try leading beginners in the dances, putting their knowledge into practice.

  • 240 hours

    Khaita Dance School, 2nd year & 3rd year

    The following subjects will be looked at:

    • the relationship between the collections of the Khaita songs and Tibetan culture

    • study and practical experience of the teaching methods of the dances in various situations and contexts. This includes the ability to choose the most appropriate method depending on the time, availability, the students’ level of knowledge, their age, cultural background and physical condition.

    • education: introduction to historical dance, methodology and experiential part. ( workshop E)

    • how to organize and lead a course: setting, communication, planning and aims.

    • basics of music education theory and its application to the understanding of musical pieces and to the teaching of the dances.

    • techniques for efficient communication, for improving the ability to construct a convincing talk and for learning to speak effectively in public (workshop F)

    • educational aspects of dance: theoretic and applied pedagogy, ways of teaching children (workshop C)

    • therapeutic aspects of dance, demonstrated by numerous scientific research projects: prompts for reflection and possibilities for research.

    • drawing up and presenting a project clearly and thoroughly (workshop D1)

    • preparing a business plan and writing of a project aimed at potential financiers (workshop D2)

    • creating or taking part in an event: organizational aspects and duties of positions (project manager, public relations, artistic director, technical coordination and audiovisual material, logistic coordination, team sponsorship, dance group, presenter).


Authorized Instructors