The pedagogy adopted at Orissa Dance Academy is a world apart from the usual method followed in most conventional institutes. Based on the Gurukul Parampara of medieval India, the pupil here learns the art through dedication, devotion, determination and deep reverence for the teacher. Knowledge, like a legacy is handed over from generation to generation as priceless heirloom. The average training span is of ten years, with the syllabus including both theory and practical on the technique of Odissi Dance. The faculty comprises teachers who work relentlessly under the able guidance of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Guru Aruna Mohanty & Guru Manorajan Pradhan. To enable a learning environment, lecture demonstrations, workshops and seminars are held regularly by maestros of Odissi dance, music and other classical art forms. Students are given ample opportunities to showcase their potential through stage shows. Summer classes are also organized for further honing of techniques. Schedules are specially planned for students coming from abroad. In sum and substance, a multi-faceted training module is followed for the overall development of pupil.
The syllabus of the Odissi dance repertoire in ODA consists of 10 years. Hence we have 10 different batches from Sub Junior to 8th Year. There are two classes in a week for every batch and the duration of each class is two hours. The Academy has been organizing Annual Dance Festival every year in May giving facilities to all the students from the Sub Junior to Senior levels, as an opportunity to perform before audience.