Anjali School of Dance

The singular vision of the school is to increase awareness of Indian classical dance as a refined story telling medium to audiences around the world.

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07/13/2022

On this auspicious day of Guru Purnima, the Anjali School of Dance pays homage to our Gurus - the Remover of Darkness/Ignorance. Gurus are our guiding force - encouraging us, prodding us, cheering us and yes! kicking us in the seat of our pants when we most need it!

As per Hindu Shastras (scriptures) a Guru is someone who:

1. Has a profound and deep knowledge of the subject.
2. Lives a life that reflects the discipline and teachings.
3. Has the ability to develop that kind of quality in others by transferring their knowledge.

We are grateful for all our Gurus, who have appeared at different times to teach us the most valuable lessons 🙏

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07/04/2022

We are proud to be American while maintaining our cultural identity.

Happy 4th America 🇺🇸!



Picture credit: Mahendra Ramachandran
Picture of: Anjali student

04/29/2022

To all the dancers who I’ve learned with, performed with, collaborated with and taught - Wishing you a very happy International Dance Day! May you continuously be blessed with the joy of dance!

This picture was chosen from a previous production of “The Jungle Book” (in collaboration with Northwest Children’s Theater in Portland, OR) because of how much joy the dancers exude even though they were performing an art form totally new to them. The audience felt and experienced that joy!

Dance is indeed a universal language!

Picture credit: David Kinder

02/14/2022

Wishing our fans and friends around the globe a Very Happy Valentine's Day!

Picture of past Anjali Student: Vipanchi Mungara

11/07/2021

Here's a reminder to "fall back". Wondering what to do with that extra hour? Don't sleep, practice dance instead!! You won't regret it!

Picture courtesy: David Kinder
Performance of: Thillana (Kadhanakudhuhalam, Adi, Balamuralikrishna)
Choreography: Anita Menon
Production: Tenali: The Royal Trickster
A collaboration with: Northwest Children's Theater and School

10/02/2021

“If you want real peace in the World, start with children” said Mahatma Gandhi.

Today we honor the Mahatma on his Birthday with a flashback to an Anjali Arangetram.

Arangetram on: October 2nd 2010
Dancer Performing: Raghupati Raghava Rajaram
Homage to: Mahatma Gandhi
Choreography: Anita Menon

#महात्मा_गांधी

09/20/2021

Seven Students from 4 different dance schools coming together to perform choreography by Anita Menon.

Students from:

1) Anjali Center for Performing Arts(Artistic Director: Guru Rathna Kumar)

2) Nritya School of Dance(Artistic Director: Guru Padmini Chari)

3) Abhinaya School of Performing Arts(Artistic Director: Guru Indrani Parthasarathy)

4) Silambam Houston(Artistic Director: Guru Lavanya Rajagopalan)

This performance is commissioned, organized and presented by Silambam Houston to kick off their 20th year celebrations. ArtStream is a Silambam initiative conceptualized by it’s Artistic Director, Lavanya Rajagopalan.

Proceeds from the performance goes to support a non-profit organization Second Servings.

Tickets to this ArtStream concert, are now available at http://www.silambamhouston.org

Pay ANY amount - you choose! - to receive a livestream link OR an in-person ticket.



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09/11/2021

Twenty years ago today, the world changed forever.

As we look back on the events of September 11th 2001, we remember with great sadness the lives lost to hatred. We also remember the bravery, courage and humanity shown on that day, and the many that have followed.

Today we also honor and pray for the families who made the ultimate sacrifice in their efforts to end the hatred.

09/10/2021

Wishing all our fans A Very Happy Ganesha Chathurthi. May Lord Ganesha destroy all your worries, sorrows and pain and fill your life with good health, love and happiness!

09/07/2021

“Houston in Concert” at Silambam Houston

I’m very happy to announce my next collaborative work. I have been invited to choreograph a dance featuring students of 4 local Bharathanatyam Teachers:

Guru Rathna Kumar
Guru Padmini Chari
Guru Indrani Parthasarathy
Guru Lavanya Rajagopalan

This performance is commissioned, organized and presented by Silambam Houston to kick off their 20th year celebrations. ArtStream is a Silambam initiative conceptualized by it’s Artistic Director, Lavanya Rajagopalan.

The performance will benefit Second Servings of Houston.

Please mark your calendars for October 2nd at 6:00 pm (CST) and stay tuned for details on how our fans around the world can watch.

Photos from Natyarambha's post 09/05/2021

Thank you to all the teachers who have taught at Anjali over the years. We are grateful for all the lessons 🙏🏼

08/21/2021

On this auspicious day of Onam, may we not only cherish this festival but also reincarnate a past of good health, peace and prosperity. Let us hope for those days to come back again.

Wishing all our fans from around the world “A very happy Onam”.

Picture by: David Kinder

08/14/2021

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence and honor those who laid down their lives for freedom, we would also like to recognize the horrors that came with Partition. Millions were displaced and lost their lives to mindless violence.

This event serves as a stark reminder of the evils of social division.

May we all live in harmony as one!

Picture:
By: David Kinder
From: Our production of "Murder on the Ganges" (2014)






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05/29/2021

This weekend we honor members of the armed forces who died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Anjali dancer: portraying Rani of Jhansi - a warrior queen who fought and died for the freedom of her own people
Choreographer: Anita Menon
Music composed by: Archana Mungara
Photo by: Michael Sessions

Thank you to all the families of the armed forces for all your sacrifices on this Memorial Day!

04/27/2021

We are devastated by what is happening in India. As the nation reels from the effects of this horrible disease, we pray
to Sri Hanuman. He is the son of Vayu, holds the cosmic Prana, greatest of Yogis, most wise, messenger of Sri Rama, and the finder of Sita Devi.

He carries the rejuvenating and healing Sanjivani herb from the Himalayas. He has everything we need today.

On this auspicious day of Hanuman Jayanthi , let us seek His protection and blessings to heal a nation in need.

Photo of: Anjali dancers depicting Sri Hanuman and Sita Devi
Photo by: David Kinder


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04/25/2021

Posting an opportunity that came through. Anyone interested in this opportunity, please reach out to the contact information given below:

CASTING CALL! SEEKING PERFORMERS OF COLOR, ages 18 - 55 yrs old.
Are you a Classical Indian Dancer? Or are you and your partner traditional Mexican Hat Dancers? Are you a person of color with mean Hip-Hop or Dub Step moves? Or with a Dance Troupe? We are looking for all of you and more! Local award-winning filmmaker is looking for a handful of beautiful performers to put on camera in an iconic Oregon locale.

PAID, NON-UNION, LOW BUDGET film being made for a local Jazz Festival. Tentative shoot date: 1 day between May 18th- 24th, and long driving required- Due to Covid, we will likely not be able to shuttle, but mileage reimbursed.

Please send 1 minute audition videos (even mobile video), preferably in costume (additional photos of your costume will also be accepted), to [email protected] AND [email protected]

04/22/2021

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth” - Chief Seattle.

Happy Earth Day!

Dancer: Manasi Sridhar
Photographer: Vinay Bikkina
Location: Browns Ferry Park in Tualatin, Oregon

04/21/2021

श्री राम जय राम कोदण्ड राम॥
Shri Rama Jaya Rama Kodhanda Rama”

Significance and Meaning:
Kodhanda is the name of the bow that Sri Rama held in his hands for vanquishing demons and evil forces.

The mantra says victory be to Sri Rama who carries the Kodhanda. Sri Rama and the Kodhanda (bow) are an unmatched combination of courage and valour.”

We wish our fans around the globe “A very Happy Sri Rama Navami” on this auspicious occasion of the birth of Sri Rama. May we be blessed with good health and all that is good in the world.

Dancer: Vipanchi Mungara
Depicting: Sri Rama holding the Kodhanda
Picture by:

04/14/2021

There are several cultures around the globe celebrating the new year today based on the Lunar Calendar.

As the sun rises on a new day, we wish our fans around the world "A Very Happy Vishu (Kerala), Thamizh Puthandu (Tamil Nadu) Pana Sankranti (Orissa), Cheiraoba (Manipur), Bihu (Assam), Noboborsho (West Bengal), and Vaisakhi (Punjab).”

If you are celebrating New Year today, we would love to hear from you (do mention the region/s).

May this festival celebrated around the world in various forms bring blessings of good health, peace and prosperity!

Dancers: Roshni and Rupali
Depicting: The anticipation of seeing the Vishu kani
Picture by: David Kinder

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Photos from Anjali School of Dance's post 04/11/2021

Happy Siblings Day! Pictures feature 5 sets of siblings who completed their Arangetrams at Anjali.

Timeline photos 12/07/2020

Here’s your last chance to catch this beautiful show - tickets deeply discounted. Run! You only have a few hours.

We wanted to create something that would bring people together even as we were kept apart. And did we ever! The production has been viewed in 9 different countries across 4 continents.

Many thanks to all the wonderful artists who poured so much love and creativity into the show.

And our deepest gratitude to those who supported this show!

Audiences score "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 10 out of 10! This weekend is your last chance to watch the show -- so we're offering $5 tickets! Simply use the code "Last Chance" at checkout and all of the tickets in your cart will be reduced to $5. Purchase tickets at https://nwcts.secure.force.com/ticket #/subscriptions.

This is an ONLINE-ONLY sale. If you have any questions, please contact our Box Office at 503-222-2190 or [email protected]. Special pricing available through 10:00pm Sunday, December 6 exclusively. Valid for ONLINE ORDERS ONLY with code "Last Chance". Cannot be applied to existing or future orders. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, including NWCT Donor Circle Benefits, coupons, subscriber, group sale pricing or similar. Tickets purchased through this promotion cannot be exchanged for any other production or show dates.

11/24/2020

This week, the Anjali School of Dance would like to acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities and recognize the Indigenous homelands and resources on which our school locations were built upon:

Atfalati
Clatskanie
Kalapuya
Cowlitz
Clackamas
Nisenan

We are deeply grateful and appreciative to the Indigenous people who have been living and working on this land from time immemorial and whose territory we reside on.

Dancer: Sagarika Ramachandran
Picture by: Michael Sessions


Timeline photos 11/19/2020

Two watch parties this Saturday.....please do join us! You can ask the cast, creative team any questions you may have.

There's still time to join us for our first "Midsummer Night's Dream" Watch Party, happening TODAY at 2pm. Watch the show and get to know the cast and creative team LIVE on Zoom! Tickets: https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

11/13/2020

Northwest Children’s Theater’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" starts streaming today — Families !!!ANYWHERE!!! with kids 8 yrs old & up, check this original adaptation out! This is a collaboration between Sarah Jane Hardy and Anita Menon.

We are so proud of Northwest Children's Theater and School’s innovation of keeping theater alive during this pandemic.

Your support of artists at this time means soooo much to us.

From now until December 6, purchase a ticket and start watching the show right away!

Get your tickets at:
https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/

Photos from Anjali School of Dance's post 11/11/2020

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." -- Michel de Montaigne

On this Veteran’s Day, we honor those who have served and those who continue to proudly serve. We are deeply grateful for your sacrifices.

Dance Choreographer: Anita Menon
Music Composer: Archana Mungara
Original Poetry: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
Dancer: Amita Kashyap
Picture courtesy: Michael Sessions

11/03/2020

Meet Arshia Rajeshnarayanan...

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Arshia Rajeshnarayanan (Titania) is a junior at Sunset High School. She last appeared on the NWCT Mainstage in the dance ensembles of “The Jungle Book” and “Chitra: The Girl Prince”. She would like to give special thanks to all of her teachers for encouraging her to pursue the arts: Smt. Radhika Narayanan, Sri. Adithya PV, and Smt. Yashaswini Raghuram.

A hopeless romantic, her favorite Shakespeare adaptations are “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Romeo and Juliet”.

11/03/2020

Meet Charlotte Sanders...

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Charlotte Sanders (Nick Bottom) is a 10th grader at Connections Academy. She has previously appeared on the NWCT Mainstage as Bruce in “Matilda the Musical”, Ms. Lark as well as an ensemble member in “Mary Poppins”, and Tootles in “Peter Pan”. As a former member of Studio NW, Charlotte also played Heather Duke in “Heathers the Musical”. She would like to give a special thanks to her cat, Frankie, for putting up with her loud singing and dramatic rehearsals.

Her favorite Shakespeare adaptation is “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

11/03/2020

Meet Arjun Pai

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Arjun Pai (Snug the Joiner) is 13 years old, and was last seen on the NWCT Mainstage as Kash the Monkey in “The Jungle Book.” He has also performed in “Amelia and the Stupid Book” at Stoller Middle School. Arjun is a member of Studio NW and loves acting and performing. His favorite things to do in his free time are play video games, watch movies, and edit videos. He would like to thank his parents for supporting him through his journey, and he sends a special thanks to his drama teacher at school, Ms. Tuck.

His favorite Shakespeare adaptation is “The Lion King”.

11/03/2020

Meet Arshia Sohal...

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Arshia Sohal (Cobweb) is 15 years old and has been studying Bharatanatyam since she was 5 under Smt. Sivagami Vanka of Kalabharathi School of Dance. She also enjoys snowboarding and volleyball, is an OMTA piano student, and volunteers at Camp Yakety Yak, a special needs camp. She loves to travel to different countries and experience different cultures. Arshia is excited to return to NWCT after last performing in “Tenali: The Royal Trickster”.

11/03/2020

Meet Crea Sisco...

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Crea Sisco (Puck) is a sophomore at Franklin High School, and has been training with Northwest Children’s Theater for 12 years! She has previously appeared on the NWCT Mainstage as Nigel in “Matilda the Musical”, Sid in “Cinderella”, and in the ensemble of Mary Poppins. She also played Heather Mac in Studio NW’s “Heathers The Musical”. Crea would like to thank her family for being so supportive, and Sarah Jane and Anita for this exciting new opportunity!

Her favorite Shakespeare adaptation is “10 Thing I Hate About You.”

11/03/2020

Meet Finn Rutis....

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Here's Finn Rutis (Oberon)! Recently seen on the Mainstage as Sergei/Ensemble in NWCT's production of "Matlida the Musical", some of Finn’s favorite roles include Patsy in "Spamalot" and Jesse Tuck in "Tuck Everlasting". An alumnus of Studio NW and Kids Co, Finn is a NWCT Intern, an OCT Young Professional, and studies musical theater at Bridgetown Conservatory. Finn loves digital editing, sushi, and driving a stick shift. He wants to thank everyone for supporting local theater!

11/01/2020

Meet Gowri Ganesh....

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Gowri Ganesh (Tom Snout) is thrilled to be back on the NWCT stage after her performances as Mowgli in “The Jungle Book” and Maya in “Tenali: The Royal Trickster”. She was also previously seen in the ensemble of “Chitra: The Girl Prince”, and has been training in various dance forms for the past eight years. Gowri, a freshman at Westview High School and a member of NWCT’s Studio NW, also enjoys reading and art.

Her favorite Shakespeare performance is the 2009 Royal Shakespeare Company Production of Hamlet.

11/01/2020

Meet Sanuhi Achar...

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Sanuhi Achar (Peaseblossom) is a junior in high school and an avid dancer. She has been learning Indian classical dance - Bharathanatyam under the tutelage of Smt. Radhika Narayanan. She has had the opportunity to perform for many local festivals and organizations, as well as internationally, in Bangalore, India. Outside of dance, you can find her reading, being in the outdoors, and volunteering for the community.

11/01/2020

Meet Harrison Talcott....

It's time to meet the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" Tickets on sale now at https://nwcts.org/shows/midsummer/.

Harrison Talcott (Lysander) has previously appeared on the Mainstage as Michael Wormwood in “Matilda the Musical” and Neleus in “Mary Poppins”. As a member of Studio NW, he starred as Lieutenant Cioffi in “Curtains the Musical”, and as Ram in “Heathers the Musical”. He is a sophomore at Lincoln High School, and would like to send a special thanks to his family for always supporting him.

His favorite Shakespeare adaptation is “The Lion King.”

10/31/2020

Here's a reminder to "fall back". Wondering what to do with that extra hour? Don't sleep, practice dance instead!! You won't regret it!

Picture courtesy: David Kinder
Dancer: Ritika Jain
Performing: Thillana (Kadhanakudhuhalam, Adi, Balamuralikrishna)
Choreography: Anita Menon
Production: Tenali: The Royal Trickster
A collaboration with: Northwest Children's Theater and School

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