“I am equally proud of what we do on stage and off stage, in the community. We believe that dance needs to be accessible to all; everyone deserves the opportunity to experience dance.”
– Rita Mustaphi
Katha Dance Theatre has built a community through dance and movement, and is dedicated to taking dance beyond the traditional studio and theater spaces. In addition to creating new dance works and training the next generation of dance artists, KDT engages in innovative community outreach activities and offers a variety of classes, workshops, and performance experiences. The company believes that anyone, regardless of health or physical capacity, can learn dance. Dance inspires, engages, and empowers, whether you’re a performer or an audience member. KDT’s outreach program sessions take place in schools, community centers, senior centers, corporate offices, libraries and hospitals. Our programs are interactive and uniquely tailored to each session site for the maximum benefit of those served.
Dance. Discover. Transform.
KDT partners with local community organizations serving disadvantaged, challenged, and at-risk youth to perform, demonstrate and engage in movement skills and creative exploration. Our staff consists of KDT company dancers who have years of professional experience in teaching and performing. These company dancers are selected based on their ability to positively interact with, mentor and teach others, thus helping to build confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem.
- They stock books and audio/visual media that have the ability to inspire the public
- They cultivate and facilitate free programming that adds value to the lives of their community members
- They encourage widespread engagement with diverse, multicultural perspectives through making their media free and easily accessible
- Children’s story time performances that include interactive dance and storytelling components
- Folk arts workshops that educate and inspire participants to create their own artwork inspired by Asian Indian wall paintings, potentially to be displayed in a gallery exhibition
- Weekly art-making sessions for older adults
- Hands-on workshops for kids on out-of-school days