Dance in the Plaza: Kiruthika
Join us at the CNH Annex for a free dance class with Kiruthika! bharata natyam is one of the classical dance styles of India. This dance form presents the body in space through dynamic movements, shapes, rhythmic footwork and facial expressions. Participants will learn basic positions, introductory (advaus) movements, and storytelling aspects through hand gestures (hastas) and body language.
Please wear comfortable clothing. This class will require barefeet or socks.
About the organizer
Kiruthika Rathanaswami is a Vancouver based bharata natyam dance artist. For the past 25 years, she has been under the mentorship and guidance of Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture Society in Vancouver. She completed her bharata natyam arangetram (graduation) at the Jai Govinda Dance Academy in 2004 and since then has been a part of many of Mandala’s professional productions and presentations as a soloist, and ensemble. Kiruthika has performed in Canada and the United States at notable festivals such as Canada Dance Festival, Gait to the Spirit Festival, Horizon Series, Feats Festival, HH11 Dance Festival, Nextfest, Baltimore Dance Invitational, New Works Dance All Sorts, Discover Dance Noon Series, Solo: A Festival of Dance and Expanse Festival. She was the lead dancer in the documentary film “The Great Night of Shiva” (2011) which was broadcast nationally on Vision TV, Canada. Kiruthika is the recipient of 2010 Shastri India Studies Arts Fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the 2012 City of Vancouver “The Mayor’s Arts Award” for emerging artist in Dance and the 2016 Dancing Damsel Women Achiever Award for the Performing Arts. She is currently working with Nova Dance for the Company’s production Svāhā.