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18th ANNUAL ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL

APRIL 30TH, 2017 5 P.M.

Skip Viragh Center, Chaminade High, 63131

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DANCES  OF  

INDIA

2016-2017

SEASON

 

 

 

 

 

18th ANNUAL ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL!

 

DANCES OF INDIA BEGAN THE SLDF IN 2000 TO LET ST. LOUIS KNOW THAT A DAZZLING VARIETY OF DANCE IS ALIVE AND KICKING RIGHT HERE IN TOWN!

 

Dance is Alive & Kicking in St. Louis! The 18th Annual St. Louis Dance Festival is happening at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade High School on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This dynamic homegrown event celebrates diversity in St. Louis! You'll see dance performed from India, China, and the Middle East, along with a vibrant selection of classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, Missouri folk clogging, and a little hip-hop as well!

 


Go global by staying local.  SLDF.EVENTBRITE.COM

 

  $15/Advance  $20/Door


Sponsored by Dances of India:  www.dancesofindiastlouis.org
(314)-997-0911.

 

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES:

 

Aalim  (Middle Eastern)

Arts in Motion

Ashleyliane Dance Company

Consuming Kinetics Dance Company

Dance Hipnotique

Dances of India (Indian)

Dimensions Dance Company

Metro Dance Company

Midwest Ballet Theatre

Missouri River Cloggers (Missouri Folk)

Slaughter Project

Wei Dance Arts (Chinese)

 

 

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39th ANNUAL PREMIER PERFORMANCE:

 

THE MUSIC OF WATER--Tales of Adventure, Love, and Magic Along India's Sacred Rivers

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A Fully Narrated Original Dance-Drama.

 

Come and experience ancient, epic tales created along the banks of the sacred rivers of India. A selection of classical dances in the South Indian Bharata Natyam style will also be performed, along with a piece created from the North Indian Odissi fused with contemporary dance.

 

SPECIAL GUEST: SAINT LOUIS BALLET,

FRIDAY ONLY.  Dances of India is delighted to have Saint Louis Ballet perform the enchanting Serenade by the legendary composer George Balanchine--Friday only!

 

Ticket Info:

 

Friday November 11th:   7 p.m.

Saturday November 12th: 7 p.m.

Sunday November 13th: 3 p.m.

 

$15/Advance  $20/Door 

 

Ticket URL: 

 

dancesofindia.brownpapertickets.com

 

Tickets are also available directly from Dances of India--we accept cash and check only.

 

Please call:  (314)-997-0911 or email:

info@dancesofindiastlouis.org

 

18th ANNUAL SLDF--THE ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL!  SPRING 2017.

PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS!

 

INAUGURATED BY DR. PREM IN 2000,

THIS DANCE FESTIVAL IS THE ONLY PROFESSIONAL EVENT IN WHICH COMPANIES FROM ALL OVER THE ST. LOUIS AREA PERFORM UNDER ONE ROOF, ON ONE NIGHT.

 

 

 

17TH ANNUAL SLDF--

 

THE ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL!

 

COME ENJOY A DAZZLING ARRAY OF THE BEST DANCE IN ST. LOUIS, FROM BALLET TO HIP-HOP, MIDDLE EASTERN TO MODERN, INDIAN TO TAP, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

MAY 7TH, 2016

 

SKIP VIRAGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CHAMINADE HIGH, 63131

 

PERFORMANCE 1--5:00 P.M.

FEATURED COMPANIES:

 

Arts in Motion

Collective Motion

FinalVeil

Metro Dance Company

Viva Flamenco

Beyond Motion

Chamber Ballet of St. Louis

Dimensions Dance Center

 

PERFORMANCE 2--7:30 P.M.

 

Aalim

Consuming Kinetics

Midwest Ballet Theatre

Missouri River Cloggers

The Slaughter Project

Ashleyliane

Dances of India

Kari James Dance Network

St. Louis Ballet

Wash U Dance Theatre

 

TICKETS: $15/Advance, $20/Door

$25/Festival Package--Both Shows for a great price!

 

Please call (314)-997-0911 to reserve tickets, or email: info@dancesofindiastlouis.org

 

Online Ticket Sales: Eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38th ANNUAL PERFORMANCE!

 

FEATURING:

 

INCANDESCENT--

The Luminous Love-Story of the Sun

 

This original dance-drama is fully narrated

and tells the love story between Surya,

magnificent deity of the sun, and a beautiful young girl.

 

Classical and folk dances will also be performed!

 

DATES:

FRI, NOVEMBER 13TH: 7 P.M.

SAT, NOVEMBER 14TH: 7 P.M.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH: 3 P.M.

 

 

 

16th ANNUAL ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL!

WITH A DAZZLING ARRAY OF THE BEST DANCE IN ST. LOUIS, FROM BALLET TO HIP-HOP, MIDDLE EASTERN TO MODERN, INDIAN TO TAP, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

This year's show will be dedicated to Dr. Prem, founder of the St. Louis Dance Festival.

FRIDAY MAY 8th @ 7:30 P.M.

SATURDAY MAY 9th @ 7:30 P.M.

EDISON THEATRE,

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY.

TICKETS: $15/ADVANCE

$20/DOOR OR $25/FESTIVAL PACKAGE--A GREAT PRICE FOR BOTH SHOWS!

PLEASE CALL:

EDISON THEATRE: 314-935-6543 or visit:

Edison Theatre

DANCES OF INDIA: 314-997-0911

Participating Companies:

Friday:

Arts in Motion

Bollywood Shuffle

Coalescence

Dances of India

Metro Dance Company

Slaughter Project

St. Louis Academy of Dance

Tandava Tribal Belly Dance

Washington University Dance Theatre

Saturday:

Aalim

Alexandra Ballet

Ashleyliane

Ballet Initiative

Beyond Motion

Chamber Ballet of St. Louis

Collective Motion

Dances of India

Dimensions

Diva La Tap

Midwest Ballet Theatre

TO SEE A CLIP FROM A PREVIOUS FESTIVAL,

PLEASE SEE BELOW:

SEE A CLIP FROM LAST YEAR'S SHOW

LAST YEAR'S PARTICIPATING COMPANIES:

Arts in Motion

Back & To the Left Production

Beryezka (Russian) Dance Group

Caston Ballet

Coalscence Dance Co.

Dances of India Company 2

Karlovsky & Company Dance

Leverage Dance Theater

Lotus Arts Studio

Metro Dance Company

St. Louis Academy of Dance

Washington University

 

Aalim Dance Company

Alexandra Ballet

Beyond Motion

Big Muddy Dance Company

Collective Motion

Dances of India Company 1

Dimensions Dance Center

Diva La Tap

Midwest Ballet Theatre

Missouri River Cloggers

The Slaughter Project

Viva Flamenco

 

37th ANNUAL PREMIER PERFORMANCE!

FEATURING:

1. A DAZZLING ARRAY OF CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE

2. A NUTCRACKER LIKE NO OTHER--

COME EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE

NUTCRACKER IN INDIA!

INDIAN DANCE PERFORMED TO THE ORIGINAL TCHAIKOVSKY SCORE

3. A SPECIAL COLLABORATION WITH

ST. LOUIS BALLET--PERFORMING AN EXCERPT FROM AN INDIAN-INSPIRED

LOVE STORY, LA BAYADERE, A TALE OF A LOVE TRIANGLE BETWEEN A TEMPLE DANCER, BRAHMIN PRIEST, AND A WARRIOR.

ST. LOUIS BALLET WILL PERFORM ACT II--KINGDOM OF THE SHADES, AND WILL PERFORM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY.

36TH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE, 2013

FEATURING:

SECRETS FROM THE INDIAN STORYBOOK---

Little-Known Stories from the Mythic Masterpieces

The Ramayana & Mahabaratha

Brought to Life through Dance!

ALONG WITH PERFORMANCES FROM GUEST ARTISTS

FROM THE UNITED STATES & INDIA

 

35TH ANNIVERSARY PREMIER PERFORMANCE (2012)

COME AND CELEBRATE DANCES OF INDIA'S 35TH ANNUAL PREMIER PERFORMANCE!

THIS PERFORMANCE CELEBRATES NOT JUST THE JOY AND BEAUTY OF CLASSICAL AND MODERN INDIAN DANCE, BUT OF DANCE ITSELF.

PERFORMANCE INCLUDES:

1) CLASSICAL DANCE:  A DANCE-DRAMA TELLING THE DRAMATIC TALE OF THE BIRTH OF NATARAJA, THE HINDU DEITY OF DANCE.  SANJAY SHANTARAM, OF BANGALORE, INDIA, WILL BE A GUEST ARTIST AND CHOREOGRAPHER FOR THIS PIECE.

2) REVELATIONS IN RHYTHM:  A LIVE CONFECTION OF MRIDANGAM (A SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL DRUM), BHARATA NATYAM, FLAMENCO, AND TAP! GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDE KRISTINA MARTINEZ OF VIVA FLAMENCO, TAYLOR PIETZ OF DIVA LA TAP, AND MRIDANGIST RAM LAKSHMANAN OF ST. LOUIS.

3) AN EXCERPT OF DANCES OF INDIA'S 2002 DRAMA, A NUTCRACKER LIKE NO OTHER, FEATURING CLASSICAL DANCE PERFORMED TO TCHAIKOVSKY'S ORIGINAL MUSIC.

4) CLASSICAL DANCE BY KIRAN RAJAGOPALAN OF CHENNAI, INDIA, (AND ST.LOUIS!)

5) A FUSION OF CONTEMPORARY AND ODISSI DANCE (A CLASSICAL DANCE STYLE OF NORTH INDIA), BY PATRICK SUZEAU, PROFESSOR OF DANCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS-LAWRENCE.

6) BHARATA NATYAM DANCE PIECES BY DANCES OF INDIA ARTISTS.

7) AND A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM GUEST ARTIST ST. LOUIS BALLET !

 

OTHER EVENTS:

Dances of India has performed in several cities in the US, as well as  all over St. Louis and in many places in Missouri as well. In addition to its annual performances, Dances of India conducts workshops and dance demonstrations in schools, both in the city of St. Louis, as well as the metropolitan area.

The company taught and gave dance demonstrations in every branch of the St. Louis County Library system for two years in a row, and has also performed in the St. Louis Public Library.

In addition to these educational programs, Dances of India has performed in the St. Louis Art Museum, for occasions as diverse as the opening of the East Asian art galleries to a celebration commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King. It has performed at international festivals at several universities and colleges in the area, such as St. Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and SIU-E. It performed at Fair St. Louis for years, when it was known as the VP fair. 

Dances of India has also performed at several corporations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, such as Anheuser-Busch, Citi Mortgage, Enterprise Rental, At &t,  and American Family Insurance, among many others.

Neil Mandel from American Family Insurance said of a performance in August 2009,, " Our employees thoroughly enjoyed your dancers, their costumes, and the music.  What made the performance especially enjoyable and rewarding was the explanation of the symbolic meanings of the Dances and the information about Indian culture that was shared with our employees.  Our employees also had fun when they got to join in and participate with the Dancers."

In addition to its own performances, Dances of India has been sponsoring the St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase, a gathering of all the major dance companies and rising stars in the area, for two evenings of performances. 2013 marks the 14th annual St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase, which features everything from ballet to flamenco to modern to Middle Eastern and more!

 

2011-2012

 

SEASON:

 

DANCES OF INDIA'S 34TH ANNUAL PREMIER PERFORMANCE---SEPTEMBER 9TH-10TH, 2011. 

FEATURING:

THE MAGIC GROVE--A FOLKTALE FROM THE JAIN TRADITION.

A GODDESS IN ANCIENT INDIA GRANTS A YOUNG GIRL ONE WISH BECAUSE OF HER BRAVERY.  THE GIRL CHOOSES SUCH A SELFLESS WISH THAT THE GODDESS GRANTS HER A GORGEOUS, FRAGRANT, GROVE OF TREES THAT WILL FOLLOW HER & SHELTER HER WHEREVER SHE GOES.

ONE DAY, IN THE GROVE, A KING MEETS HER, FALLS IN LOVE WITH HER, AND MARRIES HER.

ALAS FOR THE YOUNG GIRL, HER EVIL STEPMOTHER, JEALOUS OF HER STEPDAUGHTER'S GOOD FORTUNE, SETS OUT TO DESTROY HER. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? COME AND SEE THE SHOW!

THE ENTIRE DRAMA WILL BE NARRATED.

CLASSICAL BHARATA NATYAM DANCES WILL ALSO BE PERFORMED. 

LOCATION: EDISON THEATRE, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

PHONE: (314)-935-6543 www.edisontheatre.wustl

 

12TH ANNUAL

ST. LOUIS DANCE FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

MAY 5TH-7TH, 2011

SPOTLIGHTING

A DAZZLING VARIETY OF DANCE

FROM 30 LOCAL COMPANIES--HIDDEN GEMS AS WELL AS ST. LOUIS' MOST CELEBRATED ORGANIZATIONS!

SEE A CLIP FROM LAST YEAR'S SHOW

 

LINEUP:

Thursday, May 5th:

Arrive Dance Company

Ashleyliane Dance Company

Dance CO of St. Charles, Company 1

Dance CO of St. Charles, Company 2

Diva La Tap

Lotus Arts Studio

Midwest Dance Theatre

Metro Dance Company

Shannon Ballet Academy

Friday, May 6th:

Arts in Motion

Beyond Motion

Coalscence Dance Company

Final Veil

Grupo Azucar

Kari James Dance Network

Mouvement Dance Theatre

St. Louis Academy of Dance

St. Louis Cultural Flamenco

The Slaughter Project

Saturday, May 7th:

Aalim Dance Company

Alexandra Ballet

Atrek Dance Collective

Collective Motion

Dances of India

Dimensions Dance Center

Missouri River Cloggers

Modern American Dance Company

St. Louis Ballet

Viva Flamenco

Washington University

LAST YEAR'S LINEUP INCLUDED:

Adiva Dance Center

Arts in Motion

Dimensions Dance Center

Diva La Tap

Final Veil

Grupo Azucar

Missouri Ballet Theatre

Missouri River Cloggers

St. Louis Academy of Dance

St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society

Washington University

Aalim Dance Company

Alexandra Ballet

Atrek Dance Collective

Collective Motion

Dances of India

East St. Louis Performing Arts Company (Katherine Dunham)

Midwest Dance Theatre

Modern American Dance Company

Slaughter Project

St. Louis Ballet

Viva Flamenco

Ashleyliane Dance Company

Belly Dance with Nisaa

Beyond Motion

Caston Ballet

Coalescence Dance Company

Dance Project

Desert Moon Dance Company

Kari James Dance Network

Los Flamenco

Mouvement Dance Theatre

 

DANCES OF INDIA'S 33RD ANNUAL PERFORMANCE--OCTOBER 2010

THE SONGS

OF SCHEHEREZADE--the Enchantment of the Arabian Nights Told Through the Beauty of Classical Indian Dance

Please click on Learn More to watch a clip of THE SONGS OF SCHEHEREZADE and other previous performances.

Other Events in 2011:

Taiwanese Association--Chinese New Year Celebration---January 2011.

Southwest Illinois University in Edwardsville--March 2011.

 

 

DANCES OF INDIA

2009-2010

SEASON

SEPTEMBER 2009:

 

THE LITTLE RANI --

Stories of Hope and Magic from Ancient India

Dances of India's 32nd annual Premiere Performance!

AUDIENCE REVIEWS ON THE LITTLE RANI

 "Thank you! That was an awsome show!"--Cynthia McCrea, St. Louis

"Dances of India" uses sight and sound to carry you to an exotic world of gods and godesses, heroes and villians, and the certainty that things will turn out well. The performers are incredibly talented, the costumes are gorgeous, and the music is wonderful. It's a program not to miss. "--Ladonna Weekes, St. Louis

 "The show yesterday was absolutely great, congrats!
Now I know why I like your dances so much: it's because they always tell a story, so it's like two in one, not only great choreography and music, but also morally valuable content."--Peter Wochniak, St. Louis

 "I did make it to the show yesterday, and I absolutely loved it!  I think it was the best one yet!  The story was so well incorporated into the dances, and the colors were more vibrant than ever.  The set design was incredible, and really added to the overall beauty of the production.  I loved the narration, and found it very poetic in parts.  I may have mentioned that I read “The Little Princess” as a child, and the performance brought the story back and enabled me to appreciate it all the more."--Laura Zimmerman, St. Louis

""Your shows are wonderful. It's one of the only performances I've ever attended twice simply because I enjoyed it so much." --Julie Kalman

 "It feels like we're at the Fox! (a premier venue in St. Louis which hosts Broadway musicals)."--Ashwin Dundoo, St. Louis 

AUDIENCE REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES:

2008'S AKBAR'S MAGIC TRUNK:

  "The show was wonderful. the magician was a lot of fun and a great addition
to the whole spectacle--where did you guys find him?
I loved it, the story was great and the dancing, as usual, was terrific. " --Annette Prince, St. Louis

2007's NARASIMHA AND AN INCANTATION OF INCARNATION--THE TEN WONDROUS LIVES OF VISHNU:

 "I just wanted to tell you again how much I enjoyed the show Saturday night.  It was beautiful, fun and educational all in one.  The narration was very successful."--Gina Gibbons, St. Louis

  "What an amazing evening. I was really taken
with the first piece, the child's faithfulness and the lion/man incarnation, a story I had not known before.  It was so beautifully danced! Asha Prem's solo dance was such an ambitious
undertaking. She's quite simply amazing.  When I watched the choreography unfold in the second section, attributing its beauty to Prem's art, it took on a whole dimension I would not have experienced had I not seen her
dance.

But the ten incarnations piece was the highlight.  The concept and its execution both were beyond all expectation.  Strauss, Verdi, Ravel.  Who would have thought?!  And the variety of dance style, too, worked beautifully.  Your narration was clear and pulled a thread through the narrative that was a lifeline for one who knew only a couple of the stories.
I loved this dance! ."--Marjorie Stelmach, St. Louis

 "It was amazingly beautiful.  I especially liked the second "act" with the tap dancing, flamenco and ballet.  I loved the story and the accompanying dances. "--Pat Noland, St. Louis

 "So much fun! Always a great show."--Scott Emmanuel, St. Louis

LOCAL PERFORMANCES:

November 7th, 2009--KIDS START, at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre. ( www.repstl.org) Free and Open to the public.

February 28th, 2010--Fo Guang Shan St. Louis Buddhist Center

March 8th, 2010--Chesterfield Day School

April 13th and 17th, 2010---SIU-E, (Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville), India Week

 

 

DANCES OF INDIA 2008-2009 SEASON

September 2008:

Dances of India's 31st Annual Premier Performance--Akbar's Magic Trunk

This unique production featured dancer Kiran Rajagopalan and Magician Keith Jozsef--please see Sidebar for details.

November 2008:

 St. Louis College of Pharmacy (www.stlcop.edu)-November 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Meramec Community College (www.stlcc.edu)--November 15th, at 12:00 p.m.

February 2009:

Maryland Heights Community Center--Feb. 22nd, 2009

Celebrate the World International Festival--12:00 p.m.   (www.marylandheights.com)

March 2009

East Central Communty College 12th Annual International Festival, in Union, Missouri--March 7th, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

(www.eastcentral.edu)

Chesterfield Arts--Arts Alive!---March 28th, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

MAY 8TH, 9TH, and 10TH, 2009:

10th Annual St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase--a three-day spectacular celebration of local dance!

Edison Theatre, Washington University

This gala of St. Louis dance featured a dazzling variety of local dance companies, from established organizations like St. Louis Ballet and MADCO, to rising stars like Viva Flamenco and Belly Dance Mirage. 

Akbar, the magician, and dancers

 

Numerous Performances in and around St. Louis– National Dance Week at St. Louis’ Union Station, UMSL’s International Festival, East Central College’s International Festival in Union, MO, and others. Please contact us for dates and locations.

 

 

 

 
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