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DesiGrooves Dance Workshop Vol. 6 – Bollywood Fusion

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Zind Performing Academy
2141 Industrial Pkwy
Silver Spring, MD 20904
DesiGrooves Dance Workshop Vol. 6 - Bollywood Fusion @ Zind Performing Academy | | |

We are back with DesiGrooves, a monthly pop-up dance workshop for all ages and levels.

For our first meet-up of 2020, our theme will be Bollywood Fusion and our instructor will be Chitra Subramanian.

Chitra Subramanian is a dance artist based in Washington, DC and focused on blending her foundation in Indian Classical dance with Hip Hop dance and culture.

A Pittsburgh native, and originally from South India, Chitra has trained, taught, and performed for over 12 years in the cities she has resided in, including DC, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. She danced with the award-winning Culture Shock DC Dance Troupe, and has served on faculty at City Dance Center, Sitar Arts Center, The Movement Factory and has shared/taught at various community-based, studio, and University spaces.

Chitra’s dance foundation began with her training in Bharathanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, and studied this art under the nationally and internationally renowned Pittsburgh-based teacher, Jaya Mani. Chitra began immersing herself in Hip Hop culture after graduating from college, falling in love with all of its art forms and especially urban dance styles through all of the extensive time she spent in DC clubs. She continues to train and participate in the culture as much as possible and deeply believes in the power of Hip Hop to transform, unleash, and highlight unrecognized and untapped talent and potential.

Chitra’s style explores how the basic foundations of Indian dance infuses new possibility, awareness, and energy into urban dance forms. Her goal is to elevate Indian dance fusion styles by being intentional, authentic, and deeply respectful of these dance foundations that have inspired her. Her classes typically focus on fundamentals in Indian classical movements, exercises in grooves, footwork, and individual freestyle concepts, and demonstration through choreography.

In 2018, Chitra founded TRIBE (now chitra.MOVES), a group of diverse, female artists from different cities, coming together to share and perform the fusion of Hip Hop and Indian dance styles. Most recently, TRIBE competed in the second season of DanceUSADance, a global dance competition and platform, and advanced to the finals in New Jersey and New York City and aired on India’s ZeeTV network. Chitra has also performed with the DC-based Hip Hop collective, Project Charma, at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and recently participated as a guest performer and teacher at pearlPresents Dance Festival in Pittsburgh. This year, Chitra secured a residency to develop new work through NextLOOK, in partnership with University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith for the Performing Arts and Joe’s Movement Emporium for their 2019-2020 season.

You can find her dance videos on YouTube:


Prepaid – $20 for 1.5 hours of group dance instruction; payable via Venmo – @dcwaledesi

Day of event – $25; payable cash or Venmo at the door

Please note that we only have the capacity of up to 30 dance enthusiasts for this edition of DESIGROOVES.

There will be an opportunity to network and connect with like-minded South Asians and other attendees at the dance workshop.

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