Sishya: Kathak Dancer Swara Bhatt {Spotlight}

Swara Bhatt is a student of Kathak and is a sophomore at Robinson High School. This is what the girl with the sweetest smile has to say: 1.When did you start dancing and who are your gurus? I started dancing from the age of 7, and I haven’t stopped since. Throughout this time, I have [...]

Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Neha Ratnapuri {Spotlight}

Neha Ratnapuri is a student of Kuchipudi and a dancer at Kalamandapam, Fairfax, VA. She learns from Guru Mrinalini Sadananda and guru Kavitha Cheedalla. 1, How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 years old and a senior at Georgetown Day School, DC 2. When did you start dancing and [...]

Trilochana: An Indian Classical Thematic Dance Presentation

Trilochana. The Lord With Three Eyes. Lord Shiva. Our Lord Nataraja. Kuchipudi: Kathak: Bharatnatyam: A confluence of three classic styles, each so unique and yet a bringing together that speaks as one. Don't miss this spectacular show by our dance schools, Kalamandapam, Nrityanjali and Laasya Dance Academy from Northern VA as they both entertain and [...]

Tandav: Spring 2019 Show

It's finally here! It's been an exciting few weeks leading up to today, and Kaavya and I are super excited as we watch all the pieces come together. From speaking to the different dance gurus and the long tedious nail biting days waiting for the venue to be confirmed, to finding the video guys, to [...]

A Kuchipudi Love Story: The beginning

My first love for dance was through Kuchipudi. The dance form was taught to me by the one and only guru who brought it to life, Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, who is synonymous with Kuchipudi. I still remember the evening when my father seated me, all of 10 years old tall and lanky, on his [...]