Sishya: Bharatnatyam Dancer Anupama Iyer {Spotlight}

Meet Anupama,  a Bharatnatyam dancer and a senior at high school and at Nrityanjali, Fairfax VA   How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 and I will be going to Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.     2. When did you start dancing and who are your gurus?  […]

Kathak Teacher: Sheila Oak

Read on about Sheila Oak and her Kathak journey in the DMV! 1. Tell us about yourself: In addition to directing the Kathak program for Rhythmaya Dance and the Maryland Bollywood programs, Sheila received her MBA at University of Maryland and B.S. in from the School of Engineering at George Mason University. Sheila lived and worked in investment banking […]

Kuchipudi Dancer: Sahiti Rachakonda

Sahiti Rachakonda started her training in the Kuchipudi at the age of 5, and continued learning under Smt. Anuradha Nehru at Kalanidhi Dance since 2010. Sahiti began performing with the Kalanidhi Dance company in 2017, and has since participated in various productions across the United States, including “Bhoomi,” “Poetry of Love,” “Why We Dance,”  and […]

Kuchipudi Dancer: Bhavana Channavajjala

Bhavana has grown up in the Northern VA region and now attends University of Virginia. I’ve known her since she was a child, and she has always shown passion for learning dance. We are thrilled to showcase her. Read on! Introduce yourself: My name is Bhavana and I’m in my final semester of college at […]

Odissi Teacher: Lisa Santhanam {Spotlight}

Lisa Santhanam is the founder of  Odissi Lasya and is one of the more recent teachers of DMV.  She is an IT professional and is passionate about dance. Read on to know more about her and her school!          1. When did you start your dance school and describe your first year. […]