Dances of India, Dancer with Blessing Logo Featured Performance:

Dances of India 40th Annual Performance:

Devi of the Ashes--Cinderella in India

November 17 & 18th, 2017  7 p.m.

November 19th, 3 p.m. (Childrens'


Skip Viragh Center of the Arts

Chaminade High, 63131






Please click below for a clip of our production from our 39th Annual Performance in Nov. 2016:  The Music of Water; Tales of Adventure, Love, and Magic, Along the Sacred Rivers of India

Clip of The Music of Water from our 39th Season


To see an 8-minute documentary on Dances of India,

produced by HEC-TV, please click on:

STATE OF THE ARTS IN ST. LOUIS And please visit the Learn More  page to see clips of past performances!

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2017-2018. THE COMPANY IN 2013:

Dances of India Entire Company

From 2017 Regional Arts Commission Panel Members:

The credentials of the Dances of India instructors are good and the quality of the artistic work is very high...the organization overall is impressive.


From 2016 Missouri Arts Council Panel Members:

Master dancer Asha Prem is a tremendous force in Indian dance...Dances of India have excellent involvement with a diversity of community program offerings as well as diverse audience participation. Well regarded in the St. Louis area with corporate and local business support.

For the past 30-plus years, Asha Prem, the Artistic Director of the Program, has been instrumental in both introducing St. Louis to this ancient art and breathing new life into the traditional dance patterns and styles.

I have witnessed in awe

Dances of India for over

30 years and they continue to

draw me in. The quality

is there, it is not flash in the

plan, and this is the real deal.

Asha is a masterful teacher

and it shows in her students

over the years.

--Missouri Arts Council

Panel Member


Asha Premachandra has done much more than bring Indian dance to St. Louis; together with Dances of India, she has made it part of St. Louis' history. ---

Nicole Beckert, The Riverfront Times,

August 2012

Comments from the Regional Art Commmission,

of St. Louis, July 2009:

  "Impressed with their programs. They have utilized very innovative ideas for programming and they are bringing something not always seen here. Appreciate their efforts in cultural diversity, especially the St. Louis Dance Festival. The event brings a lot of artists together. Impressed with the entire package. Each   year the quality gets better. Their standing in the community is very good and they have a strong folowing, which is important for an organization."

Comments from Sally B. Bliss, Former Executive Director of Dance St. Louis:

“St. Louis is very fortunate to have a dancer and teacher of this quality here, making available to the community at large to one of the oldest art forms in world history.”

Please go to LEARN MORE to watch clips of past performances.


Beautiful DancerWelcome to Dances of India, Missouri’s premier Indian Dance Company. Based in St. Louis and headed by Asha Prem, a pioneer in breathing new life into this ancient traditional art, the company is celebrating its 40th year in 2017.

 To see an 8-minute documentary on Dances of India produced by HEC-TV (The Higher Education Channel) please click on:


Dances of India is featured in the last 8 minutes.

To read a short article on Dances of India's 35th Anniversary Premier Performance, please go to: Riverfront Times Preview Dances of India 2012

Dances of India believes in the power and beauty not simply of Indian dance, but of dance itself! The company believes Indian dance can enchant as well as educate all members of the community, from children to senior citizens, from underserved minority communities to the population at large.

Established in the early 1970’s in St. Louis, Dances of India is the oldest Indian dance company in Missouri. It is a minority organization created to preserve the rich tradition and heritage of Indian arts and culture. Dances of India's hope is to broaden the knowledge of Indian traditions in St. Louis through classical/folk dance performances and workshops while engaging in multicultural outreach activities in minority and underserved communities.

Dacnes of India has four programs:

  • The annual season of formal concerts of classical and folk Indian dances
  • Dance performances, demonstrations and cultural presentations for school age children primarily form the minority community
  • Outreach activities at cultural centers, community centers, senior citizens homes
  • Sponsoring and coordinating a collaborative dance showcase--the St. Louis Dance Festival, now in its 18th year, featuring a dozen different dance companies. Please see the Events page for more information.