Bharatnatyam Guru: Shanthi Ashok {Spotlight}

BharatnatyamShanthi Ashok is a Bharatnatyam teacher and is the founder of Nrityanjali, a bharatnatyam school in Fairfax, VA. She lives in the Fairfax area with her husband and two daughters, who are also accomplished dancers.    1. When did you start your dance school and describe your first year.  In 2001, one of my very …

Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Jahnavi Chindepalli {Spotlight}

Jahnavi 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 I am a senior at Fairfax High School. I plan on attending the University of …

Kuchipudi Guru: Kavitha Cheedalla {Spotlight}

Kuchipudi Kavitha Cheedalla is the acting Director of Kalamandapam – a Kuchipudi school in Fairfax, VA. Originally started under the guidance of Guru Mrinalini Sadananda, Kavitha runs the institution along with the help of other volunteer teachers. Kavitha’s childhood dream of learning to dance got realized when she joined Kalamandapam as a student in 1999 …

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 …