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

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About Leela Youth Dance Company

Leela Youth Dance Company (LYDC) is an audition-based, pre-professional performing group under the artistic direction of kathak artist and educator, Rukhmani Mehta. The program champions excellence in kathak, classical dance of North India and serves as a platform for youth leadership development. Through world-class training and mentorship, the program empowers teens to develop their own 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 WorldWideWomen’s Girl’s Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, Philadelphia Youth Festival, LA County’s Annual Holiday Celebration, and more.

Members

Alumni

Anirra Kutty
Avni Madhu
Poorvi Sangli
Tvisha Soni
Mahika Goswamy
Ananya Bhardwaj
Maya Bhatia
Anaya Doshi
Anushka Bettigiri
Pragya Agarwal
Varnika Bhat
Maanvi Dhadoti
Shriya Patel
Prisha Patel
Anvi Joshi
Praajnya Gowder

Sharra Kutty
Namita Nair
Maanibha Sengupta
Vismaya Nair
Malika Saoji
Divija Keswani
Anika Pisal
Monishka Tanwani
Saanshi Panigrahi
Shreem Chakravarti
Keiona Nadig
Nisha Nikhil
Kaavya Venuturupalli

FEATURED EVENT

Classroom Concerts

February 17th, 2024
4:00pm | Free

Classroom Concerts feature members of the Leela Youth Dance Company performing traditional kathak with live musical accompaniment. Our next concert features Anushka Bettigiri and Pragya Agarwal with Chirag Dixit (Sarangi) and Ravindra Deo (Tabla).

Join the Company

Leela Youth Dance Company members begin their training at an early age. Most company members gain their foundational training through Leela’s year-round classes and summer programs offered in Westlake Village and Culver City. Learn More about these programs here.

Auditions for the company are held every May. Young dancers (ages 12-17) that demonstrate an exemplary dedication in their study of kathak are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that dancers have a minimum of 4-5 years of training before auditioning. If accepted into the company, dancers must meet the company’s rigorous training and performance requirements and serve as ambassadors of Indian classical in their communities and beyond.


For More Information

323.457.4522 | youthcompany@leela.dance | FAQ

Leela Dance Collective

23650 Community Street
Los Angeles, CA 91304
P: 323.457.4522
E: info@leela.dance

Bookings

Carrie Jennings, Company Manager

P: 775.560.2598
E: bookings@leela.dance

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