Celebrate Dakshina’s 11th Season With Us!

Join us for an extraordinary Fall Festival of South Asian Arts

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is excited to announce the esteemed artists for our Fall Festival. The artist roster is almost final, keep checking for details every day. Tickets will be available for sale early in September. Most importantly, if you’d like to help us with the festival as a volunteer or board member, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We need all the helping hands we can get. Artists confirmed to date in chronological order include:

  1. Friday Oct 3rd 7:30 pm: Malavika Sarukkai (performance and film screening), BUY TICKETS
  2. Saturday Oct 4th 7:30 pm: Shijith Nambiar and Dancers, BUY TICKETS
  3. Thursday Nov 6th 7:30 pm: Anita Ratnam, Anil Srinivasan, and Sikkil Gurucharan, followed by Renjith and Vijna,
  4. Friday Nov 7th at 6:00 pm: Ramaa Bharadvaj presents Mitra,
    Friday Nov 7th 7:30 pm: Alif Laila and Dr Ananda Shankar Jayanth,

  5. Saturday Nov 8th 6pm: Sujit Vaidya in a Solo Performance,
    Saturday Nov 8th pm: VP and Shanta Dhananjayan along with Anil Srinivasan, and Sikkil Gurucharan.


Tickets will go on sale in early September for the performances. We are assessing community interest in workshops with these master teachers. So stay tuned for those as well.

Highlights of Dakshina’s 2013 season

Pamela Squires writes, “In only 10 years, the annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts has become a Washington area mainstay. The festival’s dynamic program Friday at Sidney Harman Hall demonstrated that this first-rate festival is mature for its years, yet still young enough to bristle with bright promise. It is a heady combination.” Read full Washington Post review. September 22, 2013.

Sarah Kaufman, the Pulitzer price winning chief critic at the Washington Post writes: “It’s fitting that Singh, whose fascination with Sokolow has led to excellent productions of her works over the years, chose to present this gem. The weekend performances, with sharp new costumes by Judith Hansen, were a homecoming of sorts, as the work premiered in 1970 at Towson University in Towson, Md. Lorry May, who danced with Sokolow for more than 30 years, staged the work for Singh’s company.” Read full Washington Post review here. April 15, 2013.

Washington Performing Arts Society, in association with the Pola Nirenska Memorial Awards Committee, announces the presentation of the 2013 Pola Nirenska Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance to Daniel Phoenix Singh. Pola Nirenska (1910-1992) was a matriarch of modern dance in Washington, DC who survives through her work, and the gift of an annual award to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to dance. Read more about the Pola Nirenska award here.

Can We Count On Your Support in 2014?

In 2013, Dakshina’s performances reached close to 7000 community members. Dakshina’s Unique Adult Outreach Program provided free tickets to over 400 underprivileged adults through our work with local partners such as (SOME) So Others May Eat, Christ House, Martha’s Table and Miriam’s Kitchen. Our partnership with Class Acts Arts will bring the joy of dance to 25 schools and community organizations this season!

 Your support made this growth possible. How? Every dollar you donated went directly towards our artistic projects and outreach programming. Dakshina is currently run entirely by volunteers, with zero dollars going towards administrative costs.

How You Can Help

1. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution online in less than a minute. Make a difference in the lives of local dancers. If you’d rather send a check, please mail it to Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, 4607 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011.
2. See if your Employer will match your donation to Dakshina (remember we are a registered 501(c) 3 organization)
3. Spread the word, Tell 5 of your friends about Dakshina, ask them to match your donation and sign up for our email list.

Keep us on our Feet–You are the dance!
Daniel Singh

Want to experience the movement? Join Dakshina today!

Currently Dakshina is seeking Board Members and volunteers who have experience in the following areas: Fundraising, Corporate Relations, South Asian Community Liaison, LGBT Community Liaison, Non-Profit Law, and Accounting. In addition, we are looking for event planning volunteers to help us organize our 2014 season. Our volunteers get to meet international artists and work in a hands-on environment, meet wonderful people and have fun while doing it all. Make a difference in your community and the arts scene. Email us at info@dakshina.org to get started. Visit our Facebook page for ongoing updates and to get a sneak peak at our rehearsal pictures. www.facebook.com/DakshinaDC.