Ajna Dance is an Indian dance company located in the Garment District of Manhattan. They maintain the authentic and traditional essence of the art of Indian dance, while simultaneously captivating students living in the modern, urban setting that is New York City today.
Indian dance has become more popular and perceivably accessible to a wider audience in recent years. America loves Bollywood, which, while not representative of all Indian dance forms, provides an entry point through which we can better begin to understand and truly appreciate Indian arts and culture as a whole.
While New York City does have a fairly sizable and colorful Indian community, Ajna explains that classes are not only for people who already know and understand everything there is to know about Indian culture and dance. No matter your cultural background, or your level of experience as a dancer of performer, you are welcome to learn and grow with Ajna.
“Ajna is a premier Manhattan-based Indian dance company that focuses on sharing authentic and artistic Indian dance in all its forms – classical, folk, and film. Part performance ensemble and part dance school, Ajna offers group classes and private instruction for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. We also do a lot of work in schools around the tri-state area, through assemblies and long-term residencies. We use Indian dance as a medium for sharing art, culture, and history.” says Phene.