Ashwini Ramaswamy, founding company member of the internationally renowned Ragamala Dance Company and dancer/choreographer/project director for Let the Crows Come, is leading a master dance class workshop at Coffee
Ashwini Ramaswamy, founding company member of the internationally renowned Ragamala Dance Company and dancer/choreographer/project director for Let the Crows Come, is leading a master dance class workshop at Coffee Street Fitness & Dance Studio on Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m.
Registration is $5 per person and the workshop is available to persons
age 5 and up. No dance experience necessary. Space is limited.
will have fun learning from Ashwini about her Bharatanatyam (south
Indian classical dance) background, focusing on the rhythmic, gestural,
and expressive vocabularies that are the underpinnings of the form! In
addition to active dance instruction, the class explores concepts of
lineage, aesthetics, the close relationship between music and movement
in Bharatanatyam, the evolution of culturally rooted art forms, and
their ongoing relevance in the 21st century. Lastly, learn first hand
about the development process for Let the Crows Come and how
Bharatanatyam was deconstructed, extrapolated, and retrograded into
unique movement paradigms by the other dancers she selected to
This workshop is happening in conjunction with the performance of Ashwini’s Let the Crows Come, a
series of trios and solos by dancers of three distinct artistic
lineages, at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on
Friday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets to the evening performance. A second master dance class workshop with Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, dancer/choreographer in Let the Crows Come and a longtime leading performer with TU Dance, is taking place on Friday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. Click here for details on Alanna’s class.
As an independent choreographer and Choreographic Associate with Ragamala Dance Company, Ashwini Ramaswamy‘s
(Minneapolis, MN) work references ancient myths and ritualistic
practices, global literature and poetry, and the mixed media
contemporary culture she has absorbed for 35 years, drawing from myriad
influences to express a personal identity that has universal resonance.
She is a McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, as well as the recipient of
three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, a
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant, and two Jerome
Foundation Travel Study Grants. Ashwini currently has the honor of
studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli, one of the greatest
living masters of the form.
(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm