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Dance in DC: Anuradha Nehru @ The LINE Hotel

Premieres Monday, December 14 at 7pm ET

Join dancer/choreographer and 2020 Pola Nirenska Award winner Anuradha Nehru and her Kalanidhi Dance Company as they bring Kuchipudi dance to The LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Northwest DC. This online event will premiere free of charge on Monday, December 14 at 7pm ET on this page.

This event is part of our Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC. Throughout these six short films, we celebrate the dynamic creativity of the local dance scene alongside the entrepreneurial spirit of local businesses. Curated and co-directed by dancer/choreographer C. Lorenzo Evans III—who also serves as Washington Performing Arts’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance—each Dance in DC film pairs a dance artist with a signature DC business. Award-winning Chilean-born local filmmaker and music-video director, Francisco Campos-Lopez, filmed and co-directed the pairings on location. Each production features a site-specific work, along with conversations between dancers and business owners who speak about their community in these critical times.

About the Artist

Anuradha Nehru is the founder and artistic director of the Kalanidhi Dance School and Company. An award-winning Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, and choreographer, she has taught dance for over 29 years. She has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland for her dedicated service to the arts and supported by the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2016, Nehru received the Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and, in 2020, she received the Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievements. As a choreographer, Nehru’s quest is to constantly find new ways to create fresh and relevant works that connect with contemporary audiences. Her ability to transcend genres is best exemplified in her collaboration with Opera LaFayette in three operatic works—Lalla Roukh, Les fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, and The Enchanted Forest. Her other productions include Rasa, Transcending Traditions, the historical ballet Bhagmati, Why We Dance, Poetry of Love, and Bhoomi. Nehru is one of the founding members of the Indian Dance Educators’ Association, a non-profit umbrella organization of Indian dance professionals established to serve classical dancers and dance lovers.

About the Business

The LINE DC brings together community chefs, bartenders, artists, and more to its 110-year-old historic church building. Not only is it a luxury hotel, but The LINE DC also offers a full-service radio station and make use of its building as an art gallery for photographers, sculptors, painters, illustrators, musicians, and dancers alike.

Mars Arts DC is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC is made possible in part through the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Events DC, a Small Business Recovery Microgrant from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development administered by the Latino Economic Development Center, and the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation.

In addition, WPA thanks the Royal Norwegian Embassy, ChasenBoscolo, Encompass Supply/Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib, and Washington Gas for their support of WPA’s innovative virtual community programming in 2020.

Mars Arts D.C.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Events DC

Chasen Boscolo, Lawyers That Care

Washington Gas

Encompass Supply

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