DANSENSE~NRTYABODHA School of Indian Dance & Culture
Dansense~Nrtyabodha, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, promotes Indian classical dance arts and culture through lessons, workshops & performances, with a focus to engage the community at large in a conversation of discovery & understanding.
Under the direction of Sumana Sen Mandala, Dansense has shared the art and culture of Indian classical dance for more than 15 years. She has trained in both the Pandanallur and Vazhuvoor schools of Bharata Natyam and completed the 3-year teacher's training course in Bharata Nrityam pedagogy under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. Sumana's dedication to the technique, tradition, and theorization of Indian dance is reflected in a thorough and disciplined teaching style. Sumana cultivates an wholistic understanding of Indian dance with a firm grounding in Natyashastra theory and Bharata Natyam. Her work continues with nurturing students' creative skills and helping them adapt their education to their own experiences while preserving the integrity of the tradition.