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Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance 2007

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

1816 New Hampshire Ave, NW ~ Suite 109 ~ Washington, DC 20009 ~ info@dakshina.org ~ www.dakshina.org

Contact: Daniel Phoenix Singh

Metro DC Dance Awards selects Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company
For the first Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance

Singh is the first South Asian to be recognized by Dance Metro DC

Washington, DC—September 11, 2007—Metro DC Dance Awards presented DC-based dance
organization, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company (Dakshina), a prestigious Founder’s Award
for Innovation in Dance. The award was presented by Cheles Rhynes, the Founding Director of Metro
DC Dance Awards at the Kennedy Center last night. The award recognizes Dakshina’s path breaking work
in creating a vision of dance that is multi-cultural, collaborative, and socially relevant. Dakshina is the first
recipient of this grant and also has the honor of selecting the recipient for 2008.

Dakshina is a dance company that performs and presents multiple dance forms, such as Bharata Natyam,
and Modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of immigrant communities. The company combines the
arts with social justice issues, both by incorporating the themes into their work and by creating partnerships
with local community centers and schools. Dakshina has created an impressive track record with awards
from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network/National Cultural Centers of
Color, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Asia 21–Asia Society’s
Emerging Leaders Forum, and caps off this long list of awards with the most recent award from Dance
Metro DC.

“The award was a surprise validation of our unique vision and offering to the community,” said Daniel
Phoenix Singh, artistic director of Dakshina. “The word Dakshina means both ‘offering’ and ‘from the
South of India.’ We share our work as one of many offerings for the DC community. Our company’s
mission is to demonstrate that dance is universally accessible; that it is a system of communication that
transcends boundaries, cultures, and time; and that it can be used as a vehicle for social change and
community development.” Singh also acknowledged his mentor and friend Pamela Matthews along with his
artistic advisors Mim Rosen, Libby Smigel and Harriet Moncure Williams for their support and help.

Currently Dakshina is organizing its Fall Festival of Indian Arts. Malavika Sarukkai, Anita Ratnam, Hari
Krishnan and Aniruddhan Vasudevan from India will join Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance
Company for its signature Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival’s headline performances will take
place on October 26-28 at Washington, D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre, where Dakshina will share the stage
with leaders in Indian dance. The theme of Dakshina’s 4th Fall Festival is “Celebrating Freedom,” in
commemoration of India’s 60 years of independence. For more information about our events, please visit
www.Dakshina.org. For a list of other awardees visit: http://www.mdcda.org/awards/Winners_07.php.

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

1816 New Hampshire Ave, NW ~ Suite 109 ~ Washington, DC 20009 ~ info@dakshina.org ~ www.dakshina.org

About Dakshina
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and audiences the unique opportunity to
experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering”
in Sanskrit. Our company explores the definition of dance within the United States and connects it to
Indian, Latin, Social, and Modern dance forms. We hope to provide participatory opportunities in which
audiences can experience dance as a system of communication, one that transcends boundaries, cultures,
and time. We are particularly committed to engage in dance not only as a means for aesthetic and artistic
growth, but also as a vehicle for social change and community development.

About Daniel Phoenix Singh
Daniel Phoenix Singh is the Artistic Director and President of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance
Company. Singh 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. Singh trained in Bharata Natyam with
Guru Meena Telikicherla for several years. He currently collaborates with Aniruddan Vasudevan, a Bharata
Natyam dancer and choreographer based in Chennai, India.

Singh’s most recent explorations in dance include Cuban/Colombian variations of Salsa and Merengue with
Javier Varela and Shawn Malone. He is currently on the faculty at Joy of Motion, Maryland Youth Ballet,
and Results the Gym. He is also a member of the Board of the Maryland Youth Ballet. Singh is active in
KhushDC, a Washington DC organization serving the South Asian LGBT community and its friends. His
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. His piece, Songs of My Life, was a finalist in the Metro DC
Dance Awards, and Singh was a finalist for the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award in 2006 and 2007. Most
recently he was nominated for the Creative Communities Artist Fellowship in 2007.