NATYA DANCE ACADEMY

DANCE CLASSES in two branches: Portland (Bethany) & Hillsboro, Oregon

“We are more impressed than ever with your efforts to maintain the Bharatha Natyam art form and its traditions in this far corner from your original homeland. You added immeasurably to the cultural resources in Portland.” Phil Hunt, The Oregonian.

Local Bharatha Natyam dance maven Jayanthi Raman offers a peek at and primer on classical Indian dance with backup from a live orchestra at the Beaverton City Library. Raman, who's been crafting and performing modern takes on the centuries-old South Asian dance form for nearly two decades, is an energetic and mesmerizing performer. Plus, she also runs her own dance school, so she’s used to educating newbies..... Kelly Clark Willamette Week

The Natya Dance Academy was founded by Raman in 1993, and is now one of the most acclaimed and reputed institutions of dance in the Northwest, acclaimed for its high level of classicism, purity and authenticity of training, student graduations - arangetram and performances in the community. Visit Dance School Facebook to see videos of student's performances and students'/parent's acknowledgement of Raman's training and principles.

NATYA's branches in Bethany &  in Hillsboro. Hillsboro branch in the Cornelius Business Park Complex.
Address: 2110 NW Aloclek Drive, Suite 615, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Open for registration.                         
The new large studio has beautiful flooring designed and built for Bharatha Natyam dancing.

Traditional and authentic dance learning experience in Portland since 1993
Senior guru of the Kalakshetra bani - style of Bharatha Natyam in Portland
Classes offered in beautiful professional studio spaces at Hillsboro & Bethany-NW Portland
Individual attention, disciplined rigorous training
Classes in the theory and practice of Bharatha Natyam as traditionally done in Chennai
Numerous students studying advanced dance with regional and state scholarships and awards

Classes offered by artistic director of Natya, Jayanthi Raman. Instructions offered in the exquisite Kalakshetra style of Bharatha Natyam. Training in the various folk dances of India are given for performances and ballet productions.  Classes held in beautiful professional studio spaces. Raman works tirelessly toward the preservation of this ancient art form by training a new generation of Indian-American dancers at her school. Natya's performances have received rave reviews from the public as well as the press.
She founded the dance school to promote the art form to anyone who is interested in learning, regardless of age. As a teacher, Raman believes that the practical mastery of any art is more important than receiving certificates. As a result, Natya Academy does not offer certificates to students except with the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of Raman. This learning policy has made her students well versed in the proficiency of the Bharatha Natyam art form; students continuing to study through their college and work years, and some being teachers located around the northwest.

The curriculum includes classes on dance theory based on the literature, Abhinaya Darpana, and selected portions of other ancient texts on art and literature such as the Natya Sastra. Instructions are given in the traditional form of classical Bharatha Natyam, in all its purity.  The community concerts and solo performances are intended as an essential training for students, for participating in public performances as experienced dancers.

“We are grateful for all of Jayanthi’s efforts to bring the beauty and artistry of India to our community and as a result breaking down cultural barriers among people.” Jayne Scott, Executive Director, Beaverton Arts Commission.
Outreach events presented by Raman at K-12, Colleges, Universities, Libraries, Community Centers...

Raman provides a variety of residency activities at local schools (K-12) through colleges and Universities including master classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and for school assemblies; emphasizing the background, cultural context, history, technique, style and movements characteristic of Indian dances.

Raman has presented lectures and master classes on Indian music and dance at Portland Community College, Portland State University, Reed College-Portland, University of Washington, Spokane Falls Community College, Yakima Valley Community College, Washington State University, Flynn Arts and Lecture series with University of Vermont, George Washington University, University of North and South Dakota, Drexel University-PA, Dayton Community College-OH, Georgia State University, University of Vermont, University of Cincinnati, University of Louisiana etc.

Raman's lectures and mater classes have received funding from Oregon Council for Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, American Library Association, Cultural Coalition of Washington County and local libraries. Raman has served on the Board of the Beaverton Arts Commission and on the RACC grant panel for grant and fellowship programs. She has served as cultural coalition leader for the Washington County panel of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Master class at University of Louisiana conducted by Raman

UPCOMING ARANGETRAMS

Bharatha Natyam Arangetram TBA

Photo: 2014: Upcoming events. Mark your calendars

PAST ARANGETRAMS

Photo: *Please RSVP to join for dinner. RSVP required please for dinner.

Bharatha Natyam Arangetram of Snigdha Malladi
Saturday 9th August 2014
Venue: PCC Sylvania, Portland
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

Bharatha Natyam Arangetram of Maelle & Enora Hily
Sunday 3rd August 2014
Venue: Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

Photo: Maelle and Enora Hily arangetram - Sunday 3rd August 2014, 4pm

Bharatha Natyam Arangetram of Aanya Khaira
Sunday 29th June 2014
Venue: Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

Suvedha Ruppa
Saturday 11th August 2013
Venue: Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

 Pooja Ghelani
Sunday 12th August 2012
Venue: Kirkland Performance Center, Seattle, WA
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

Shruthi Thandri
Saturday 18th August 2012
Venue: Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
Live orchestra of musicians - RASIKA School of Music and Arts

Srija Pidaparthy
26 September 2010
Portland Center for Performing Arts
Live orchestra of musicians from India
Bharatha Natya Arangetram of Diya Dwarakanath
26 July 2009
Portland Center for Performing Arts
Live orchestra of musicians from India
 Kumari Devi Sivam
2008
under auspices of Natyanjali, Texas
Ramya Raman
January 2004
resented her arangetram in Chennai, India presided by the renowned dancer/scholar Padma Subramaniam, and eminent Gurus Sri Narasimhachari, Bhagavatulu Seetharama Sharma, dancer-actress Shobana
Natya presented the first ever Arangetram (dance graduation) in Portland of student Kunjan Raval in 1995
to rave reviews, presided by dance critic Phil Hunt.

FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MASTER ARTIST DR. JAYANTHI RAMAN

Contact Natya for information on new student enrollment, open now: (503) 690-5906 or jayanthiraman@frontier.com

Dr. Jayanthi Raman moved to Portland, OR in 1989 and since then been pursuing her dance career in Portland, OR and started teaching dance in her studio from 1990.  She founded the Natya India Dance Academy in 1993. She was teaching in India for several years since the age of 12. Initially she was teaching under the auspices of  her Guru Sri Adyar K. Lakshman in Chennai, India. During 1980's she had her own dance school training students in India prior to moving to Portland, OR.

Now celebrating the twentieth year, the school is dedicated to imparting to the students the finest elements of the classical and folk dances of India. Classes include theory and practical aspects of Bharatha Natyam—the classical dance of South India. The school has grown and is now reputed as one of the premier institutions of Indian dance in the Northwest. She teaches adults and children of all ages and backgrounds not only the art of dance but also the culture and traditions of India. She has presented numerous dance graduations or Arangetram of her students in Portland, receiving glowing tributes from the community as a teacher.

Raman has been honored with grants from Regional Arts and Culture Council for ballet productions and award from Oregon History Center and Folk Art program as well as the Washington State Arts Commission for student scholarship/ apprenticeship program.

The senior students of Natya have performed in Natya's dance ballet productions and toured with the Dance Company. They have also performed at prestigious venues such as the NW Folklife Festival, Seattle, Seattle Art Festival, Beaverton International Festival, the Art Beat festival at Portland Community College etc. The younger students frequently perform at Community events including at the Heritage celebration sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission and for the India Cultural Association. Natya's students are well known for energetic programs and accomplished presentations. The dancers reflect the disciplined training and care with which the dances are taught.

Dance lectures and workshops by dancers, gurus from India add to the repertoire of the classes, which is unique to Natya school. Performance opportunities with Dr. Raman at prestigious performing art centers, touring the US etc. along with Raman is another experience unique to senior dance students of Natya.

CONCERTS & REVIEWS

Students of NATYA Dance School - Community and Outreach concerts  
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Shreya V and Lalitha performing at the Beaverton International Festival July 2014 NATYA students featured in the Festival

Photo: Natya student Aanya receiving her arangetram certificate..... from Guru Jayanthi Raman June 2014
29th June 2014: Aanya Khaira receives her graduation certificate from Guru Jayanthi Raman at her arangetram
Photo: With my dance class students, juniors to seniors....
With my dance class students after the arangetram

12th April Saturday: OSU ISA performance at LaSells Stewart Center by Ramya Raman & Natya dancers:
Kavvya Sahiti, Shreya Manohar, Anushree Senthil & Monisha Prasad, with Corvallis students: River, Sanjana & Asha.
Photo: Natya students have been selected to perform at the 4th annual Beaverton International Celebration on Saturday, July 26th at the THPRD HMT Recreation Complex. Congratulations!
Saturday 6pm 26th April 2014: ISEG Vaisakhi event at Intel JFCC, solo and group performances
Sunday 27th April 2014: Kannada Koota Yugadhi event, dance by Shreya Manohar & Monisha Prasad
Natya students performing at Sangamam showcase at the Newmark Theater, PCPA. April 2014
Natya students at OSU ISA event, Corvallis, November 2013 to full house appreciative audience!
Shreya M, Monisha, Shruthi, Kavvya, Bakul received rave reviews.
Dancers: Shreya M and Monisha at Portland Kannada Koota, a photo of their beautiful pose. November 2013
2013: 20th Year Anniversary of Dance School Outreach events 
   
2013: 20th Year Anniversary of Dance School Outreach events
Elsie Stuhr Center 
2013: Students with  Guru Jayanthi Raman at the 20th Year Anniversary of Dance School Outreach events   
   
  2013: 20th Year Anniversary of Dance School Outreach events
Hillsboro, Cedar Mill & Tigard Libraries
  2013: 20th Year Anniversary of Dance School Outreach events
Beaverton City Library 
   
Arangetram of Suvedha Ruppa August 2013 with orchestra members and Guru Jayanthi Raman Arangetram of Shruthi Thandri August 2012
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Saturday 28th July 2012: Beaverton International Celebration Natya Dance Academy students perform Indian dance at The Howard M Terpening (HMT) Recreation Complex, 158th & Walker Road, Beaverton

Bharatha Natyam & Kolattam

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Article in Beaverton Valley Times and Oregonian July 2011

July 2011: Beaverton International Celebration Natya Dance Academy students perform Indian dance at The Howard M Terpening (HMT) Recreation Complex, 158th & Walker Road, Beaverton

Bharatha Natyam & Kolattam
Coverage in Beaverton Valley Times & The Oregonian

14-year-old Pooja Ghelani, a Seattle resident and dancer for the Jayanthi Raman Dance School, performs a solo, fast-paced dance at Beaverton's International Celebration at Party in the Park... Ellen Kobe, The Oregonian 2011

Article in The Oregonian July 2011

25 June 2011 NoFest 2011:
Natya Dance Academy students perform Indian dance

Sanskriti 2011: Natya Dance Academy students perform Indian dance
5pm Sunday
15th May 2011 at Portland State University, Portland, OR

February 17th 2011: Natya Dance School performed along with Rasika Music school teacher at the HACC Summit: Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council summit at the Walters Cultural Art Center.

5pm Thursday 17th February 2011: HACC Summit: Natya Dance Academy students perform Indian dance
Venue: Walters Cultural Art Center; Hillsboro, OR
Saturday 6th November 2010: India Nite: Benefit concert for Good Samaritan Ministries; Benefit concert by students of NATYA to raise funds for children's orphanage in Andra Pradesh, India
Bharatha Natya Arangetram of Srija Pidaparthy
26 September 2010
Portland Center for Performing Arts
Live orchestra of musicians from India
Photos of the Inauguration of the Hillsboro branch of Natya Dance Academy, 2nd May 2010
Inauguration by famed musician Smt. Sudha Raghunathan; followed by SAMPRADAYA: The tradition of dance Dance demonstration of the adavus or basic steps of dance of the Kalakshetra bani or style by students of Natya
The large studio has beautiful flooring designed and built for Bharatha Natyam. 2110 NW Aloclek Drive, Suite 615, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Glimpse of India: Lecture Demonstrations of Indian Music and Dance: Beaverton City Library. 25 July & August 1st 2009. Commissioned by Beaverton City Library & Rasika. Supported by grant from Cultural Coalition of Washington County.

 Dr. Raman teaching mudra position to student Diya during arangetram (graduation) rehearsal
NATYA Vijaya Dashami celebrations 2009
Bharatha Natya Arangetram of Diya Dwarakanath
26 July 2009
Portland Center for Performing Arts
May 2010
Student Pooja Ghelani performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival
at the Bagley Wright Theater, Seattle.
NATYANJALI Dance Ballet showcase
 
Students of Natya in Natyanjali 2008, 15th Anniversary of Dance school at PCPA performing art center 
 
Jayanthi Raman, Ramya Raman, Manipuri dancer Sohini Ray and students of Natya in Krishna Bhakti 2006 
 
Concert Review  Vande Mataram Dance Ballet Review 
 
NATYA School Tenth Anniversary concert 
   
Ramya Raman Arangetram Chennai, India 2004 Dignitaries at the Arangetram 
   
Ramya Raman with Guru Adayar Lakshman  Raman teaching Subashini Santhanam
   
Students of Natya in Ananda Tandavam dance ballet 
 
Students performing for Gujarathi Samaj, Portland 

Natya students dancing for the Beaverton Arts Commission (video)

Feature Article Beaverton Valley Times 2008

REVIEWS 

  "Jayanthi Raman and her Natya Dance Academy provided a stunning weekend performance.....the enthusiastic participation of the young students gave the performance it's energy and charm captivating the audience with their artistry....... Hindu divinity came to romantic life when Raman danced the feminine role of Radha......"
Dance Review, Phil Hunt, The Oregonian.
 
“We are grateful for all of Jayanthi’s efforts to bring the beauty and artistry of India to our community and as a result breaking down cultural barriers among people.”
Jayne Scott, Executive Director, Beaverton Arts Commission . 
 
“The fine-honed technique of Raman and her students will be unmistakable even to Western eyes.”  Martha Ullman West, The Oregonian.
“As a dancer, teacher and choreographer of Indian dances in Portland for the past decade, she has done an excellent job of preserving the tradition while adapting to the needs of the present.” P.S.Rao, President, Portland India Cultural Association.
“We are more impressed than ever with your efforts to maintain the Bharatha Natyam art form and its traditions in this far corner from your original homeland. You added immeasurably to the cultural resources in Portland.” Phil Hunt, Critic-The Oregonian, Arangetram of Raman’s student.
"Natya began with a rising action that didn't die down until the applause at the end of the grand finale..." Reed College concert review. 

GURUBYO NAMAHA