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Board of Directors

Minakshi Krishnan

Minakshi Krishnan is a healthcare management consultant in the Washington DC area. Her educational background is in Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Health Administration. Minakshi’s involvement with Dakshina began in 2007 as a volunteer at the Fall festival and then as an active dancer. She has performed with Dakshina extensively over the last few years. Minakshi has significant experience with non-profits, participating in the fundraising efforts of the Whitman Walker Clinic and the AIDS Marathon program and serving several roles with AID (Association for India’s Development) and Asha for Education. Most recently she was the Fundraising Director for Asha for Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.

Andrea Nash

Andrea (Angie) Nash is a librarian who recently retired from the World Bank after 30 years of service. She hold masters degrees in American Studies and Library and Information Sciences and from the University of Maryland. Her interest in dance began while studying American modern dance techniques as an undergraduate at Mary Washington University. This interest has grown with greater exposure to different dance forms and techniques. Angie served on Board of Eric Hampton Dance and is a trustee of Eric Hampton’s works. She also served on the Board of Maryland Youth Ballet.

Daniel Phoenix Singh, President and Artistic Director

Daniel Phoenix Singh is the Artistic Director and President of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Under his leadership, the company has won many awards and has become one of the leading companies in the DC area. Daniel holds an MFA in Dance and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Laban Movement Analyst Certificate from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. He received a baccalaureate degree in Dance and Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Daniel trained in Bharata Natyam with Guru Meena Telikicherla of Nrityanjali, Maryland for several years. His most recent explorations in dance include Cuban/Colombian variations of Salsa and Merengue with Javier Varela and Shawn Malone and he studied Argentine Tango with Sharna Fabiano. Daniel trains with leading master teachers and choreographers from India, Argentina, and the US on an ongoing basis. He balances his MFA with an MBA to strengthen the operational side of Dakshina.