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UDC Theater
University of the District of Columbia Building 46 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
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Rama Vaidyanathan is one of India’s leading classical dancers. She is considered as one of the best interpreters of the ancient art form of Bharata Natyam. She has been fortunate to have trained intensively under the legendry dancer Yamini Krishnamurty. Rama has also been under the guidance of the eminent Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. In SRUTI, India’s premier magazine for the performing arts, noted dance critic Leela Venkataraman writes, “The dancer’s fluency in negotiating space, her intutive ability for well- crafted and nuanced choreography with a sense of ‘belonging ‘ with the theme and a feel for asthetics are all factors to reckon with.”

Dakshina is proud to welcome the acclaimed danseuse Alarmel Valli back to Washington DC. Alarmel Valli is a leading Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry. Valli has evolved a distinctive style that has been described as “uncompromisingly classical, but, at the same time, an undeniable language of self-expression. It is both a stylised idiom and an idiolect, blurring the boundaries between tradition and the individual talent, inheritance and invention. It is obvious to even the lay viewer that her dance is not merely a received grammar. It is a reinvented one. ” We’re excited to be partnering with Class Acts Arts this year–through this partnership, Dakshina will be taking dance into schools and community centers throughout the MD, VA and DC region. Join us for a stimulating season ahead.

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