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DesiGrooves Dance Workshop Vol. 6 - Bollywood Fusion

Zind Performing Academy, 2141 Industrial Pkwy, Silver Spring, MD 20904

29 Feb, 2020
29 Feb, 2020

On Saturday Feb 29 at 3:00 PM

DCWaleDesi is back with DesiGrooves, a monthly pop-up dance workshop for all ages and levels.
For our first meet-up of 2020, our theme will be Bollywood Fusion and our instructor will be Chitra Subramanian.
Subramanian is a dance artist based in Washington, DC and focused on
blending her foundation in Indian Classical dance with Hip Hop dance and
A Pittsburgh native, and originally from South India,
Chitra has trained, taught, and performed for over 12 years in the
cities she has resided in, including DC, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. She
danced with the award-winning Culture Shock DC Dance Troupe, and has
served on faculty at City Dance Center, Sitar Arts Center, The Movement
Factory and has shared/taught at various community-based, studio, and
University spaces.
Chitra's dance foundation began with her
training in Bharathanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, and studied
this art under the nationally and internationally renowned
Pittsburgh-based teacher, Jaya Mani. Chitra began immersing herself in
Hip Hop culture after graduating from college, falling in love with all
of its art forms and especially urban dance styles through all of the
extensive time she spent in DC clubs. She continues to train and
participate in the culture as much as possible and deeply believes in
the power of Hip Hop to transform, unleash, and highlight unrecognized
and untapped talent and potential.
Chitra's style explores how
the basic foundations of Indian dance infuses new possibility,
awareness, and energy into urban dance forms. Her goal is to elevate
Indian dance fusion styles by being intentional, authentic, and deeply
respectful of these dance foundations that have inspired her. Her
classes typically focus on fundamentals in Indian classical movements,
exercises in grooves, footwork, and individual freestyle concepts, and
demonstration through choreography.
In 2018, Chitra founded
TRIBE (now chitra.MOVES), a group of diverse, female artists from
different cities, coming together to share and perform the fusion of Hip
Hop and Indian dance styles. Most recently, TRIBE competed in the
second season of DanceUSADance, a global dance competition and platform,
and advanced to the finals in New Jersey and New York City and aired on
India's ZeeTV network. Chitra has also performed with the DC-based Hip
Hop collective, Project Charma, at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage,
and recently participated as a guest performer and teacher at
pearlPresents Dance Festival in Pittsburgh. This year, Chitra secured a
residency to develop new work through NextLOOK, in partnership with
University of Maryland's Clarice Smith for the Performing Arts and Joe's
Movement Emporium for their 2019-2020 season.
You can find her dance videos on YouTube, search nohalfsteps1.
Prepaid - $20 for 1.5 hours of group dance instruction; payable via Venmo - @dcwaledesi
Day of event - $25; payable cash or Venmo at the door
Please note that we only have the capacity of up to 30 dance enthusiasts for this edition of DESIGROOVES.
There will be an opportunity to network and connect with like-minded South Asians and other attendees at the dance workshop.

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