Leela Youth Dance Company
Young students at Leela who demonstrate exceptional abilities and who approach their study with self-drive, commitment, and a desire to pursue excellence, are recommended to audition for the Leela Youth Dance Company.
LYDC is an elite pre-professional troupe, ages 12-18, under the tutelage and artistic direction of internationally renowned kathak artist, Rachna Nivas, and Assistant Director, Ahana Mukherjee. The program champions excellence in dance, youth leadership, and creative discovery. Students rigorously train 5 hours/week in addition to home practice. LYDC has performed nationally in numerous prestigious venues and festivals, including the WorldWideWomen’s Girl’s Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Symphony Hall alongside students of the San Francisco Ballet, Philadelphia Youth Festival, International Kathak Festival in Chicago, and many others. LYDC also serves as a platform for teens to become advocates and rising young leaders in the arts and to be a part of a global movement to elevate and keep relevant Kathak and classical Indian art.
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