Kritya School of Dance was established to enhance student's understanding about their bodies and to enable Indian Classical Kuchipudi dancers to grow in their art form and be confident in the global dance industry. Our goal is to create and empower Kuchipudi dancers who can communicate, translate and collaborate with all kinds of dancers and artists with no hindrances and to provide boundless and infinite ways to move and think while preserving the tradition and practice of Kuchipudi dance.
Kritya has begun the S.O.B.H.A Scholarship program to support the training of serious dancers. This semester Kritya is supporting three scholarship students who are part of our full time programs. This fundraiser is to help Kritya to continue supporting the training of the scholarship students and our hardworking teachers who have been relentlessly working towards enhancing Kuchipudi.
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YAMINI KALLURI is an acclaimed Kuchipudi dancer based in New York City, NY but she grew up in Hyderabad. Yamini has been practicing Kuchipudi since 2005. Ever since the beginning, Yamini had been under the tutelage of the legendary guru, Padmasri Dr. Sobha Naidu. Yamini has finished her certificate course in Kuchipudi from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad (India) with distinction results in the year 2013. She aims to bring a new face and a bigger representation to Kuchipudi globally. Yamini has performed in various prestigious festivals and venues across The United States and other countries.
MEGAN CURET is Puerto Rican American Bronx native performer, choreographer and educator. Her works draw on Afro-Latin rhythm and movement through mixed media, text and contemporary dance forms.
Curet's work has been performed and taught to audiences, across continents; countries range from Cuba, Palestine, Israel, Germany, France, The UK, Armenia and Ecuador. Alongside her career as a performer and dance educator, Curet founded NYC based contemporary dance company Curet Performance Project in 2012 and online dance publication TiLLT Magazine in 2017.
She graduated from Queens college with a BA in Theater and Dance Performance before training at the Martha Graham School in New York City. She later received a Masters in Dance Studies at Roehampton University in London.
Her previous commissions include Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, Bronx Art Space and El Museo del Barrio in NYC. She has also held residencies at Berlin's Lake Studios and Tanzhaus Zürich.
Violist, Violinist, Singer Songwriter, Ballroom Dancer, DWAYNE BEACH is a chimera in the art realm creating and breathing life to multigenre compositions spanning cross genres and traditional styles in all of his disciplines. He has spent the bulk of 2017 and forwards creating original compositions that explore movement with sound, weaving dance steps into his string music performances, and experimenting with composition pieces in different distinct traditions from prior works. He has been working with Yamini Kalluri, together they have been touring with their composition titled “East Meets West.” with great success. "Shoo False Love, I Fear Not!" 2018 was his first solo EP project consisting of 5 songs for voice and strings that he composed, self produced and choreographed. Recently he has created his first politically driven BLM anthem RIght to Liberty which has played on over 6 international stations, for which in his dance video showcase dance styles representing the black and african image in the diaspora. As a co-founder of a duo called The F-Tones he and his music partner released their first album called "Sketches," 2018 a fusion album of classical, Gypsy jazz, and pop originals scores for guitar and violin. In Addition to his own performance endeavours he played with international ensembles like One World Symphony ‘11-13, World Peace Orchestra '13, and Sarajevska Filharmonija ‘19-20, Asian Cultural Symphony of New York ’15-present as Principal and Co-Principal Violist at various points in their seasons. He also works locally in Brooklyn as a conductor and teaching artist for The Noel Pointer String Players performing through the Tri-state region of NYC. Another notable performance, his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in April 2010 as a viola soloist.
As a dancer he toured American Ballroom Theatre Youth Company as their principal male dance from 2005-2009. He and his partners managed to rack up an impressive dance resume performing at the Kennedy Center, Roseland, Stowe "I Tango" Festival, "PORTS" Vogue fashion show 2010, appearing on the TODAY SHOW 2006 for the release of the film Take The Lead. Ballroom dance offered Dwayne a very competitive environment. He won various championship level ballroom/latin dance competitions, of the more notable in the collegiate and professional circuit, (DCDi) District of Collegiate Dancesport Invitational 2013, Harvard Invitational 2014, Caribbean DanceSport, PR 2014, and Mid Atlantic National Championship 2015. As of present he has been working to invite ballroom into other traditional styles he has been practicing.
DEEPTI NAGENDRA is a Bharatanatyam dancer, actor and a passionate yoga practitioner. She was introduced to yoga when she was all of 8 at her school in Bangalore, India and since then, yoga has been a big part of her life. She says, “Yoga is so much more than the asanas/poses. It is a discipline, a way of life. It is not just for stretching or improving one’s flexibility. As cliche as it may sound, it is truly about bringing one’s body, mind and the spirit together. To be in absolute harmony with oneself.” She continues to teach dance and yoga here in NYC after making this city her home 3 years ago. She guides fellow yogis in USA and India through their practice every day.
ERIN LANDERS is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Erin is a co-founder of A-Y/dancers, a Hudson-Valley based repertory company, a founding member of ECHOensemble, an improvising group of musicians and dancers, and dances for dNaga Dance Company, an internationally-touring, intergenerational dance company. The daughter of two musicians, Erin grew up surrounded by melodies and rhythms from around the world. Her approach to movement is drawn from a rich background in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, Zimbabwean dance, and Irish step dance. Erin studied at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco, and graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College with a BFA in dance and a concentration in composition. Erin teaches dance to children and teens at Westchester Dance Artists in Ossining, NY and in schools around New York City.