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Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company Announces Spring Celebration of Dance

Diverse Festival Will Feature Broad Range of Dance Styles Including Modern, Salsa/Merengue,
Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, and Bhangra

Washington, DC—March 3, 2005—D.C. audiences will have several opportunities to experience dance
with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company this April, as the young dance company offers its
Spring Celebration of Dance. “Dancing Across India” at National Geographic Live!, “An Evening of
Kathakali” at Northern Virginia Community College, and “Monday Night at the National,” National
Theatre’s free performance series, will highlight many traditional Indian dance forms including Bharata
Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, and Bhangra. “Experience Dakshina,” a participatory dance party, will
provide opportunities for attendees to view demonstrations of Salsa, Merengue, and Bhangra and then
join in the fun.

The festival begins on Friday, April 1, with “Dancing Across India,” a commission by the National
Geographic in celebration of Bollywood. Directed by Daniel Phoenix Singh, musicians, dancers, and
video artists will bring the dance techniques made famous in the world’s largest film industry to life in
all of its rhythm, color, and beauty. Audience members will view some of Washington’s most
accomplished Indian dancers and then watch videographers project the live dance sequences on-stage to
re-create the look of a Bollywood film. Featuring Bharata Natyam, Kathak, and Modern dance,
“Dancing Across India” will explore how dance and film accentuate one another and allow audience
members to witness the creative process behind each artistic medium. The performance takes place at
National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium.

Following “Dancing Across India,” audience members are invited to experience the world-wide
Bhangra phenomenon at Dakshina’s Bhangra Dance Party, in the National Geographic Dining Hall.
Performers will demonstrate the folk dance that has been transformed by South Asian DJs into an
energetic and hybridized popular dance form and then invite the audience to participate.

The festival continues on Wednesday, April 6, as Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company hosts
“Experience Dakshina,” a free dance party open to the public. The dance party will be held at the
International Student House in Dupont Circle and feature brief introductory classes before opening up
the dance floor. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about dance forms such as Bhangra and
Salsa, which often serve as a means for second-generation Americans to connect to their past while
growing up in a new country. It will also provide an opportunity to meet Dakshina dancers and board
members and learn more about the company.

On Saturday April 9, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, along with USHAS Entertainment,
will present “An Evening of Kathakali” at the Ernst Theater at Northern Virginia Community College.
Kathakali, a dance form from Kerala, South India, taps into the theatrical aspect of Indian dance and
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features a synchronized blend of several forms of artistic expression, including literature, music,
painting, acting, dance, and percussion. The integration of, and interaction between, these art forms sets
Kathakali apart from classical western theatre, which often depends heavily on a narrative text to convey
a story and to impact audiences.

The closing event for Dakshina’s Spring Celebration of Dance is a free Bharata Natyam performance on
Monday April 11, at the National Theatre. The performance will include an abbreviated repertoire of
classical Indian dance. Dakshina dancers will discuss and demonstrate how gestures, thematic
improvisation, and interpretation make Bharata Natyam a multi-faceted and rich dance form.

The Spring Celebration of Dance is made possible by financial support from the National Endowment
for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Dakshina’s Founding Sponsors, and friends
of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company. For more information about Dakshina or any of the
events in the Spring Celebration of Dance, 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

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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