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NEA Grant 2005

Local Dance Organization Awarded National Endowment
of the Arts Challenge Grant

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Company to Present Festival of Indian Dance

Washington, DC—February 22, 2005—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded DC-
based dance organization, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company (Dakshina), a prestigious Challenge
America Fast-Track Review Grant to create a festival of Indian dance this fall. These grants support
projects that provide opportunities for people to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and
activities, enable arts organizations to expand and diversify their audiences, and emphasize the potential of
the arts to help strengthen communities. Dakshina is one of 171 organizations to receive this highly sought
national award.

Dakshina is a dance company that performs and presents multiple dance forms, such as Bharata Natyam,
and Modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation South Asians. 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.

The fall festival supported by this NEA grant will be a collaboration of artists from the Unites States and
India, including Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, renowned Bharata Natyam dancer, activist, and co-director of the
Darpana Academy of Performing arts in Ahmedabad, India. New works of music and dance will be
presented during the festival, which will also feature workshops, lectures, and community events.

“We are very honored to receive this award and to have the opportunity to create a collaborative festival of
Indian dance,” said Daniel Phoenix Singh, artistic director of Dakshina. “The word Dakshina means both
‘offering’ and ‘from the South of India.’ We expect this festival to be one of many offerings we share with
the DC community as part of our mission to connect multiple dance forms. We want to demonstrate that
dance is universally accessible, it is a system of communication that transcends boundaries, cultures, and
time, and it can be used as a vehicle for social change and community development.”

Dakshina will be participating in several festivals and arts series this winter and spring as well, including:
Dancing Across India and Bhangra Dance Party at National Geographic Live! on April 1; National
Theater’s free performance series, Monday Night at the National, on April 11; and The Kennedy Center’s
Millennium Stage on June 8. For more information about these performances and Dakshina, please visit
www.Dakshina.org.

About Dakshina

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company is a young dance company that performs and presents Indian
forms, such as Bharata Natyam, and Modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation
South Asians. The company combines the arts with social justice issues both by incorporating the themes
into their work and through partnerships with local community centers and schools.

The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & 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.

About Daniel Phoenix Singh

Daniel Phoenix Singh is the Artistic Director and President of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh &
Company. Singh completed an MFA in Dance, along with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, from
the University of Maryland. He obtained a Laban Movement Analyst Certificate from the Laban/Bartenieff
Institute of Movement Studies, NYC. He finished his undergraduate work in Dance and Computer Science
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Singh continues his Bharata Natyam training with Guru Meena Telikicherla of Nrityanjali, MD with whom
he has studied for several years. He has had the opportunity to work with the leading exponents of the art
form including Guru Adayar K. Lakshman, Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar, Guru Jaya Chandrasekhar, and Guru
Banumathi.

Singh’s most recent explorations in dance include the 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. Singh is active in KhushDC, a Washington D.C. organization serving the
South Asian LGBT community and its friends, and he is also working on setting up a youth outreach dance
program with DARE. His works have been the critic’s pick in the Washington City Paper and the Washington
Post. The Voice of America will be profiling his dance company in the summer of 2005.
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