Leela Youth Dance Company
Activating Youth Voices through World-Class Training and Mentorship in Classical Indian Dance and Music
“Since I was young, my teacher has showed me how to be a leader and has empowered many women through dance.”
Kaavya V., Youth Company Member
About Leela Youth Dance Company
Leela Youth Dance Company is an elite pre-professional performing group under the artistic direction of kathak artists and educators, Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas. The program champions excellence in kathak and serves as a platform for youth leadership development. Through world-class training and mentorship the program empowers teens to develop their voices and become advocates and ambassadors for Indian classical art and culture within their communities and in the world. LYDC has performed nationally in numerous prestigious festivals and venues including the WorldWideWomen’s Girl’s Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Youth Festival, LA County’s Annual Televised Holiday Celebration, and more.
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