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Dakshina is a dynamic and diverse dance company based in Washington DC, and is led by Artistic Director Daniel Phoenix Singh.  Dakshina means “offering” in Sanskrit and in keeping with this spirit, Dakshina offers artists and communities the unique opportunity to experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Founded in 2003, Dakshina / Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is one of the leading dance companies in Washington DC. In recent years, Dakshina has examined the connections between Indian, social, and modern dance forms; brought dance out of the auditorium and into schools and community centers; and pushed the boundaries of the form through the use of film, interviews, popular music, and theater.

The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is to explore and present dance in its complexity and multiplicity, celebrating tradition while constantly creating new vocabularies in movement and dance, evolving to newer and higher standards. The company connects traditions with trend-setting work and pushes participants to approach dance in a thought provoking manner.  Dakshina has a unique mission of both performing and presenting leading artists and emerging artists side-by-side to create a dialogue across generations and cultures.

Singh’s works have been the critic’s pick in Washington City Paper and The Washington Post, and Voice of America profiled his dance company in the fall of 2005. In 2007, Dance Metro DC recognized Singh with the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance. Costume Designer Roxann Morgan Rowley and Singh shared an award for Excellence in Costume Design, and the company was acknowledged with the Emerging Group award, both given by Dance Metro DC in 2008.  The company toured India in 2009, continuing on to Bangladesh in 2010. Dakshina received the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Arts Connect grant to perform in over 15 theaters in 6 states in 2011 and 2012. Stay tuned for Dakshina’s exciting plans for its 10th anniversary celebration in 2013-2014.