Upcoming Events

Summer Camp & Dance Intensive

We’re pleased to invite you to our 5-day Summer Camp and 4-day Adult Dance Intensive this July!

Jiva has some exciting summer classes coming up! In July we'll be offering a 5-day Dance Camp for children including yoga, dance and music and a 4-day Dance Intensive for adults focusing on technique, conditioning and theory. For more information email us at jivaperformingarts@gmail.com. Deadlines for reservations are June 15th. We need a minimum number of students to hold the camps and intensives. We hope to see you there!

Dance intensives @ Lucid Body House

Kids: July 24-28 9AM-1PM

Adults July 24-27 6:30PM-8:30PM

Jiva Dance on NBC Learn

Jiva was recently featured on NBC Learn!

Spring has been buzzing with excitement for us! We're pleased to share our feature on NBC Learn. If you haven't already seen our video, Indian Classical Dance in the Modern World- please do! You can view the full video here.

Jiva Performing Arts on AmazonSmile

Jiva is on AmazonSmile- Support the arts while you shop!

Jiva is now on AmazonSmile! We know that many of you use Amazon, but did you know that you can support the arts while you shop? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a percentage of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  Click here to support Jiva on AmazonSmile.

Vidyanjali 2017

An offering of dance featuring the students of Jiva
Performing Arts accompanied by a live Carnatic Orchestra.

Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St, NYC
June 11, 2017 5:00pm
Live music by Sonali Skandan on Nattuvangam, Shiv Subramanian on Vocals, Bala Skandan on Mridangam, Anu-Shree Rajagopal on Violin.

From the Horses Mouth

A celebration of 100+ years of Indian dance in America

14th Street Y 344 East 14th St. NYC
April 26-30, 2017
Special Edition of the innovative show that presents over 20 heart-warming STORIES from dancers - performers, teachers, choreographers, producers - who go on to perform improvisations based on their distinctive dance-theatre forms: this time focusing on a range of DANCE FORMS from INDIA (Bharatanatyam to Bollywood) Tickets: HERE

Urban Nritta Selected for the 17th New York Indian Film Festival

Jiva Dance’s short film, Urban Nritta is an official selection for the 17th NYIFF!

Theater 3 Village East, NYC
May 3rd 2017 6:15PM
Jiva Dance's first dance Film Short, Urban Nritta, has been selected for the 17th New York Indian Film Festival in NYC. It will be screened a part of a shorts program featuring music, dance and comedy on May 3rd.

Tickets: here

Check out the full film festival schedule: NYIFF 2017

Jiva Celebrates 10 Years

Jiva celebrates 10 years of artistry in NYC!

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Jiva celebrates its 10 year anniversary with some wonderful events and offerings. We hope you will join us this year to celebrate 10 years of arts blossoming!

Urban Nritta


Jiva Dance's first short film, Urban Nritta (pronounced: nrit-thah), presents classical Bharatanatyam dance against the backdrop of New York City. Nritta is the expression of rhythm through the body in dance, and in this setting we express the rhythms of Indian classical dance and music as well as the beat of the city where we live and create.

The piece we perform is “Into the Battlefield,” excerpted from our original work “Mayura: Blue Peacock.” This scene depicts the dance of the mighty peacock, the vehicle of the Lord Murugan, as it prepares to go into battle. Jiva Dance produces living, breathing classical art for our time and place, in harmony with the rhythms of New York City.

Concept and Choreography: Sonali Skandan
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Jesse Newman
Production Design: Kaela Hill
Dancers: Kumari Mayshark Patel, Maya Kappil, Njideka Emenogu, Poulomi Das, Sonali Skandan
Music Composition: Rajkumar Bharathi
Music Recording: Sai Shravanam, Resound India
Rhythm and Music Direction: Bala Skandan
Produced by: Jiva Performing Arts, Athena and Giri Devulapally, Ramya and Nandu Narayanan, Arpana Gollapalli and Hans Deyssenroth

Thank you to all or wonderful film patrons who helped us create our first Film!
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