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Dakshina’s Post Feature

Daniel Phoenix Singh brings Anna Sokolow’s dances to life again By Sarah Kaufman Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, October 31, 2010 It is a deceptively simple picture: Daniel Phoenix Singh sits in a wooden chair, hands on his lap, staring straight ahead. He’s one of nine dancers in this studio at Silver Spring’s Maryland Youth […]

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Singh featured in OUT magazine

Singh was featured in the May issue of OUT magazine along with fellow artists Sabri Ben-Achour, sculptor; Michael Dumlao, founder, Fashion Fights Poverty; Drew Porterfield, curator/director, Long View Gallery; Hugh McElroy, founder, Ruffian Records. Out magazine describes itself as one of the leading magazines that offers a gay and lesbian perspective on style, entertainment, fashion, […]

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Luna Negra Review

Chicago based Luna Negra Dance Theater performed at the Strathmore on Friday March 19th. The program included Danzon, choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, with live music featuring the Turtle Island Quartet and award winning Paquito D’Rivera on the saxophone. Guest choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Nube Blanco (White Cloud) started the program off and Vilaro’s Quinceañera closed […]

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Singh is Finalist for Mayor’s Arts Awards

Daniel Phoenix Singh is a Finalist in the Innovation in the Arts category Daniel is a Finalist in the Innovation in the Arts Category for DC’s 25th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. As you may know Dakshina means “offering” in Sanskrit and in keeping with this spirit, Dakshina offers artists and communities the unique opportunity to […]

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Suresh Desai’s Review

The Voice of Expression Times of India, January 5th, 2010 Performance Date: December 29th, 2009 at Darpana, Ahmedabad. Taste and clarity of expression within parameters of high aesthetic standards set Dakshina from Washington DC apart as a dance company exploring communication through choreographed movement, powerfully highlighted with dominantly expressive silence and complementing sparse creative music. […]

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Guest Yasmin Nair

This article is the first in a series looking at systemic, structural problems in the arts community. Nair explores the very real problems of undervaluing artists and their labor, privatization of the arts, and the structural problem of shifting social justice work from the state to artists. Please email suggestions for future topics to info […]

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Crafty Bastards

The New York City Ballet performed at the Kennedy Center Opera House this week showcasing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins. NYCB was created as a vehicle for George Balanchine’s movement preference for abstract black and white ballets (so called because of the stark costumes of black/white tights and unitards). […]

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Guest Aniruddhan

Why I dance Talking of the “inner impulse” called “inspiration,” my most favourite poet Wislawa Szymborska says this in her 1996 Nobel Prize acceptance speech: ” It’s just not easy to explain something to someone else that you don’t understand yourself.” Notwithstanding the fact that I am light years away from being half as inspired […]

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Guest Mesma

Why I dance? …the only person you are in competition with is the individual you know you can become…” — Martha Graham That is the absolute beauty of dance. My relationship with dance is complex and yet simple. I sleep, walk, bathe, eat, wander, dream and suffer with dance. Sometimes because of it. I am […]

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Guest Author Eva

A life of loving dance by Eva Yaa Asantewaa Dakshina is featuring guest writers on our blog telling us what drew them to dance and the arts. We’re very proud to have Eva Yaa Asantewaa start this series for us. Music touched my life even before I drew my first breath. When she was pregnant […]

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