Upcoming Events

Summer Dance Intensive by Sonali Skandan

Sonali will be teaching a 4-evening summer dance intensive August 19-22 in NYC

Lucid Body House 230 Lexington Ave NYC
$200 for the session
August 19-22

August 19-22
Kids until age 11: 5-6:30
Adults: 6:30-8:30
Email jivaperforming@gmail.com to register

This will be an intensive 4-evening dance class where we will focus on foundational steps (adavus, alignment, body conditioning exercises and simple theory and a small repertoire item). It will be a great way for kids and adults to get back into a rigorous practice, and those who are returning dancers, a chance to refresh their technique. This class is not for absolute beginners- class is contingent on a minimum number of participants.

B’Rhythm at Drive East

Bala Skandan unveils his latest project, B’Rhythm, at this year’s Drive East Festival in NYC on August 7th

The Mezzanine @ A.R.T. Theatre New York New York, NY 10019
August 7th 2019

An urban-inspired percussion and dance collaboration between Indian Classical Music and Dance, World Percussion and Urban Step Dancers and Body Percussion. Check out the premiere of this exciting new collaboration!

Artists: Bala Skandan, Rick Stein, Shivalik Ghoshal, Kabilan Jeganathan, Victoria Gordan and Company

Tickets: here

The Four Horsemen at Drive East

Jiva Dance presents its latest work, The Four Horsemen, at this year’s Drive East Festival in NYC on August 11th

Mezzanine Theatre @ A.R.T. /New York Theatres 502 West 53rd St New York, NY 10019
August 11, 2019 1:00PM

The Four Horsemen is an innovative Indian Classical dance production, exploring symbolism from the story of the Apocalypse through Indian classical dance, music and Sanskrit poetry. The work centers around four vignettes of life and death through four female protagonists who stand for universal human experience. The stories – a woman shackled to the life of a courtesan (conquest), a woman reminiscing the night she spent with her lover who is at war (war), a mother searching for nourishment for her child in the midst a sandstorm (famine), and finally a woman at the end of her life recalling memories that span youthful joy to hardship and loss (death) – are touchingly timely. The new work challenges the notion of Indian classical dance content and technique and moves beyond the traditional to incorporate a cross-cultural analysis of female experience.

Tickets: here

Jiva’s 2019 Annual Campaign

Will You consider Supporting Jiva into 2019?


Jiva has become a proven leader in the preservation and promotion of the classical arts of India in the US, and your continued support is needed now more than ever to help us continue our work. This year, Jiva is not hosting an annual Gala, but relying on our annual campaign and donations from supporters like you to continue our work.

We ask that you consider making fully tax-deductible donation to allow us to continue the work we do. Your donation to Jiva will help support:
The premiere of Jiva dance’s new production in NYC
Our annual Vidyanjali student recital
Our very intimate solo studio showcases
Our Master Workshops and informal seminars
A growing Jiva faculty
Our valuable Program Assistant
Our daily operational costs, which includes space, marketing, insurance ands bank fees to name a few
Plus many more endeavors that Jiva is a part of

We are hoping to raise a much needed $35,000 by Dec. 31, 2018 to help support our programming costs.

Please consider and help shape the future of Indian classical dance in NYC. If you would like to donate, please click this link here .

A little bit about Jiva....
Jiva has proven itself to be one of the leading Indian classical arts organizations in the area. We have received considerable recognition not only in the New York Times, but has also been recognized as a growing leader in the arts: among many accomplishments, Jiva was invited to bring classical Indian dance to the Joffrey Ballet School for the first time in its 62-year history, the first Indian dance company to be awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative residency where Jiva dance has developed its new work, recording Bharatanatyam lessons for Juilliard’s new online educational programs, and receiving the inaugural Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund as well as grants from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

In the past year alone, Jiva has presented at some very major venues including the 92STY, Symphony Space, Queens College, Gibney Dance and St. Lawrence University. Our work has been featured by NBC Universal, and Jiva Dance’s first dance film short was an official selection at the NY Indian Film Festival. Jiva has presented master artists from India as well as Grammy-award winning musician Glen Velez. Jiva has presented intimate concerts as its signature Solo Studio showcase, the abhinaya baithak and the chamber music series throughout the NYC area, supporting professional local artists and students. All of this was in large part due to your continued support.

Our appeal is vital - In the arts economy that we live in, recognition and achievement does not bring with it the support Jiva needs to sustain its everyday creative and operational needs, as well as its growing educational programming. Jiva has received more and more support from foundations and government grant-agencies. Yet these grants – as is often the case – only fund a small percentage of these projects and operations. It is your tax-deductible contribution that makes our programming possible, and helps us further our mission and goals. Please see the pie charts below which demonstrates how your donations have supported tour work in the last fiscal year.

We thank you for supporting Jiva, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

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