Intro to Bharata Natyam


    An introduction to 

 Bharata Natyam
   with Swapna Sridharan & Tahya
   Sunday, Jan 15th  &  Feb 26th
    This program is designed for adults
    who wish to "dip their toes" in
    the ancient and enduring art known as Bharata Natyam.
  • Bring pleasure to your heart/mind as you experience an introduction to this art
  • Experience Mudra (hand gestures) and Adavus (basic steps & movement patterns)
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the art and culture


DATE:       SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 &/or  FEBRUARY 26  |  1:00 – 4:00 PM

PLACE:    Dance Studio (Rm. 121), Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA
                    (parking available on street or in garage adjacent to arts center)

FEE:          $30/class or $50 for both ~ To reserve your space, contact Tahya: info(at)tahya(dot)com

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Swapna Sridharan Director & Guru, Mayura Academy of Dance.
Swapna  strives & focuses on imparting quality dance education and disciplined
training to her students. Swapna started learning Bharata Natyam at the
age of 4 from Guru Smt.Teresa David in (Thootukudi) Tuticorin.  She studied
this art form for 11 years under her Guru’s guidance. During the learning curve,
Swapna performed numerous times and went on to win various commendations.
To bring this beautiful journey complete circle, Swapna had the honor of completing
her Course Certificate in Bharata Natyam at Shiva Shakti Natyalayam with her
Respected Guru Smt. Teresa David.Swapna began offering Bharata Natyam
classes since 2008 in College Station, TX and has kept the tradition going upon
relocating to PA in 2011 and opening the Mayura Academy of Dance which has
flourished into a source of joy and pride.Swapna resides in Breinigsville, PA
with her husband and two daughters as she pursuesher Masters in Bharatnatyam
from the University of Madras.  

Tahya Recognized among the leading authorities on Middle & Far Eastern sacred
and secular dance and drumming traditions, TAHYA is a vibrant and natural dancer with over 35 years of teaching and performance experience both nationally and internationally. Tahya  bows to her Guru Ms. Mimi, native to San Francisco, who has traveled a unique
path to her chosen career as an exponent of Bharata Natyam. Ms. Mimi began her
dance career in classical ballet, graduated from the Royal Ballet, London, and was
awarded the Solo Seat, the highest degree of the royal academy of dancing.
In London she began her study of Bharata Natyam from Balasundari of Kalakshetra,
1968-70. Upon returning to her home, Mimi trained under the late T. Balasarasvati,
1971-76.  Tahya has been a disciple of Ms. Mimi since 1978 all the while also deeply immersing herself in the study of Middle Eastern rhythms and 
movement. Tahya's grounded, earthy, sensual style celebrates the beauty within.  Locally, Tahya offers
dance and frame drum classes in which you are invited to explore global best practices
with an ACE-certified instructor, award-winning performer and member of the elite
Lehigh Valley College Dance Alliance



Both Tahya and Swapna consider dance a divine and most beautiful form of expression. Dance is music, expression, love, peace, devotion, divinity and ultimate happiness. Dance is indeed our life, our breath, the reason for our very existence and this dance is an offering prayer to the Lord of Dance, Lord Shiva for His unlimited grace and affection that He showers upon us bestowing stamina and energy, making us feel at peace with ourselves despite all that might be happening around us.