Professional Background

Chitra’s dance education started at the age of 7 and was nurtured by many educators, institutions, and communities. Chitra deeply believes in the power of culture to express and share your story. Intentional relationship building, presence, consistent participation, learning, and taking risks are all practices she embeds within her work and life. Chitra has been teaching dance for all ages and levels for over 17 years in DC. For over a decade she managed a DC-based nonprofit youth organization, Mentors of Minorities in Education (M.O.M.I.E’s), that implements the teaching of history and social justice to young children. The impact of years of relationship-building with families, young people, elders, educators, and institutions is something Chitra carries with her throughout her dance journey.

Class Highlights

Master Classes, Intensives, and Residencies

  • 2021: Workshop, Manifest Dance Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2021: Class, JALSA (Remixed), The REACH at the Kennedy Center, DC
  • 2021: Class, Raga at the REACH, Kennedy Center, DC
  • 2021: Class, The Lion’s Den, Alexandria, VA
  • 2020: Class, Fusion Series Dance Workshop, Washington, DC
  • 2020: Company Class, Culture Shock Dance Troupe, Washington, DC
  • 2020: Workshop, DesiGRooves Dance Workshop Presented by DC Wale Desi, Washington, DC
  • 2020: Residency for New Work Creation, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • 2020: Panelist, Tradition + Invention: Distinctive Approaches in Modern Dance presented by Strathmore
  • 2019: Intensive for Setting Choreography, Slippery Rock University’s Kaleidoscope Festival, Slippery Rock, PA
  • 2019: Master Class, pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival, presented by Staycee Pearl & Soy Sos Dance Project, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2019: Master Class, SpringUP Dance Festival, Lehigh Dance Exchange, Cedar Crest, PA
  • 2019: 4-week Class Series, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Ranier, MD
  • 2018: Master Class, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH
  • 2018, 2017 & 2016: Class, The Lion’s Den, Alexandria, VA
  • 2018: Workshop, VIBEZ Dance Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018 & 2017: Workshop, Ladies in the House! Dance Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018: Guest Lecture, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, Washington, DC
  • 2016: Master Class, The Movement Factory, Cleveland, OH
  • 2016: Workshop, The DXNGEON, Cleveland, OH
  • 2016: Workshop, CityBreaks CLE, Cleveland, OH

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