Odissi (O-ri-see) dance, a classical Indian dance form, is an exquisite representation of the Hindustani traditions of arts and the tantric practice of balancing Shiva and Shakti within the body and with the cosmos.
I began studying the classical Indian art form of Odissi Dance from 1984 with Guru Sangetta Mohapatra Kar. In 2018, I re-entered study travelling the world and to various teachers in the strict lineage of Guru Padma Vibushun Kelucharan Mohapatra stylings to polish and gain deeper understanding of the form. Other teachers I have studies with include Guru Poushali Mukherjee in Kolkata, INDIA, and American students of Guru Sujata Mohapatra: Revital Carroll and Colleena Shakti. I have performed for years as both a solo artist and in group dances at cultural event and celebrations. In 2003, I began teaching Odissi dance in the midwest USA and continue to do so today from my home in Madison, WI, USA.
My performances and classes explore balance, ancient hand postures known as mudras, rhythmic steps, eye movements, expressions, sacred geometry, pranayama breath exercises, meditation, energetic control, and the storytelling of mystical gods, goddesses, humanity, and nature. Come experience my classes as a drop-in, private, or regular student. All levels of dancers welcome.
Private instruction for individuals/groups as well as individual and group performance available via negotiation. Please inquire via contact in the form below.