Dandiya Raas is an ancient, traditional dance form of India. It is performed by the community during Navratri, a nine-day celebration of music and dance to observe the triumph of good over evil in the fall season. The basic dance steps will be taught in a 30-minute lesson at 8:30 PM. The dancing and music continues until 10:30 PM. Music will be provided by guest DJ Warp.
Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts was founded in Chicago in 1994 by critically acclaimed dancer and teacher Pranita Jain. Its mission is to present to a wide range of audiences the dance and music of India through performances, workshops, educational outreach programs, and formal dance instruction. Kalapriya Dance presents various styles of Indian dance that include, classical, folk, and contemporary. Public performances are presented locally, nationally, and internationally, including performances at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Space in New York City, and Darpana Academy, Ahemdabad, India. More info at http://www.kalapriya.org