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Leela Dance Collective is an internationally touring dance company that advances kathak, classical dance from North India. Through traditional works and cross-genre collaborations, the Collective brings the richness and depth of Indian classical dance to contemporary audiences worldwide. Leela Dance Collective has garnered critical acclaim under the artistic direction of renowned kathak artists Rukhmani Mehta (previously Rina Mehta), Seibi Lee, and Rachna Nivas, and engages some of today’s leading dancers and musicians, as well as collaborative artists of other genres. Leela Dance Collective has created groundbreaking productions including SPEAK, Son of the Wind, ReSound, and more. Past highlights include appearances at Ford Theaters, The Broad Stage, Kimmel Center, the Green Music Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, National Center for the Performing Arts in Bombay, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and NC State LIVE. In addition to its performances, Leela Dance Collective provides world-class education to aspiring kathak dancers through its pre-professional training programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and New York and engaged communities through a diverse range of educational programming.

In 2016, Leela launched a campaign to establish The Leela Foundation, the first United States-based endowment for North Indian artistic and cultural heritage. The Leela Foundation aims to build the financial infrastructure necessary for kathak dance and Hindustani classical music to thrive for generations to come. The Foundation reached its initial $1 Million goal in September 2023 and annually disburses 4% of the fund to support artist salaries, residencies and awards.

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Leela Dance Collective

23650 Community Street
Los Angeles, CA 91304
P: 323.457.4522


Carrie Jennings, Company Manager

P: 775.560.2598

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