Events & Workshops

Devi Bollywood Dance offers a diverse range of programs for colleges, schools, and communities. We focus on the arts and culture of India while inspiring participants to explore innovation within tradition. A variety of programs can be designed based on age, skill level, and interest, including: Performances, Lecture-demonstrations, Workshops, and Residencies.



Kathak Workshop

Kathak Workshop will focus on:

-technique (footwork, body, spins)
-movement using space
-vocabulary and exercises
-understanding Indian classical rhythm

*It is recommended to bring a notebook with you*

Join us for one night only

Wednesday, June 28th, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Bharatanatyam Intensive
Bharatanatyam Intensive

Nitya Seshadri

This 2 day intensive will focus on the foundational movement practices of the Classical Indian Art form – Bharatanatyam. The name Bharatanatyam signifies three concepts coming together, BHA- bhaava or emotions, RA- raaga or melody/musicality and TA- taala or rhythm. The intensive will take the dancers through these three fundamental concepts through a deep dive into Kalakshetra technique of Bharatanatyam.

The dancers will get a chance to explore emotion, story-telling and rhythm through their bodies and embody movement patterns such as crisp turns, deep plies, rhythmic grounded patterns with feet, classical hand gestures and graceful angular movements that are the signature of Bharatanatyam. The intensive will culminate in choreography that will pull together all of the concepts learned, into a piece that weaves emotive story-telling along with rhythmic movement patterns.

Bio: Nitya Seshadri Vedantam is a performer-teacher-choreographer of Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. She holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra and a Master’s in Dance from Hyderabad Central University and an MFA in dance from SUNY Buffalo. She is currently an adjunct faculty at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches various courses including Global Dance Studies. She is an empanelled artiste of the Broadcasting Ministry of India. She has conducted several performances, master classes and workshops across the globe, including University at Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, Purdue University, Ithaca College, Buffalo State College, Southern Utah University, Hyderabad Central University and MGI Mauritius. Nitya’s conference presentations include ACDA North-East Regional Conference, NYSDEA, NDEO and DSA. She has served as the graduate representative 2018-19, on the board of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Nitya also served as an adjunct faculty of dance at the Buffalo State College. Her dance style reflects the symbiosis between Bharatanatyam and modern dance, creating new avenues for movement exploration.

Postponed to a later date

Past Events & Workshops

Liz Holland

Gong Bath

Join us, as we embark on another meditative sound bath with gongs. Reserving your spot is HIGHLY encouraged , as we are reducing capacity for this event.

As early as 4000 B.C., gongs have been used as spiritual tools to help guide meditation. A gong produces motions and vibrations that cause frequencies of difference ranges. Scientific studies have shown the therapeutic use of sound frequencies to benefit overall health and well-being. Immersion in a full gong bath takes the participant on a journey of meditation and self-healing.

A sound bath using gongs is a meditative sonic experience, where the participant is “bathed” in sound waves from various gongs. The practice finds it’s roots in ancient cultures and Kundalini yoga and is more recently used by sound healing practitioners.
The participant can expect to be taken on a meditation journey enhanced and assisted by the frequencies of these ancient instruments. The experience will last roughly 45 minutes and led by Liz Holland, MM Percussion Performance.

Liz Holland M.M., practitioner of Ancient Alloys, has been a percussionist for her entire life. She holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance, with a focus in exploratative techniques of percussive instruments for new music. She has been features in Drum! magazine, Modern Drummer, and has toured and performed around the country many times. A native of Buffalo, NY, she is now based in Seattle, Washington.

Thursday, May. 18th, 7 – 8pm

Cost: $15

Holli Simme

Silk Fan Dance Class

Come learn something new or brush up on your skills! We will cover the basics of fan dance, and integrate footwork and whole-body movements to take your fan dancing to the next level. Please bring your own set of fans if possible. Extra fans will be available for practice but not for purchase.

Friday April. 28th, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Katak Workshop Buffalo NY