Indian Dance Educators Association

Panel Discussions, Movie Screenings, Master Classes & Performances

“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.” ― Jaeda Dewalt
At IDEA we want to celebrate the resilience that artists displayed in continuing to teach, perform and preserve the beauty of Indian Classical dance forms despite the pandemic. Looking forward to meeting our global Indian dance community, virtually!


For performance opportunities apply here deadline March 31st 2021
All events will be on virtual platforms

The Team

CEO - Shruthi Mukund
Board Treasurer - Lakshmi Babu Bangara
Board Secretary/Liaison - Krishnaveni Gurappu
Chairperson - Kinkini Murthy
Board of Directors - Bratati Saha, Purvi Bhatt, Srabanti Roy, Vibha Harikar, Aparna Sathe, Madhuvanthi Sundarajan
Student Liaison - Sai Jagruti Tharasu

IDEA, Indian Dance Educators Association
A community of dance professionals from all styles of Indian dance, serving the greater community. IDEA is an organization based in the community, serving the community, and enhancing the community. Through our programs, we bring a greater awareness of the unique artistic gifts brought to America’s great cultural tapestry by dancers from India.
One of our important offerings is the biannual IDEA Dance Festival presenting classical dances from India. The festival gives a platform to local and visiting artists on which the dancers meet, collaborate, and present the best of their works to the largest possible audience, thereby raising the profile and appreciation of Indian dance in America. IDEA members also work together throughout the year to present group productions that employ dancers and musicians in an atmosphere of mutual respect and professional achievement, providing income and raising funds for future projects of the organization. IDEA also has patrons members who support us generously through donations.
There are around 4000 students learning or practicing Indian dance in over sixty schools or companies around the DC metro area.
IDEA enhances the greater DC metropolitan area community by enriching the cultural landscape, providing educational opportunities for Americans interested in South Asian dance traditions, and showcasing the transcendent beauty of India’s magnificent dance styles to the community art-lovers everywhere. IDEA provides an artistic database for potential presenters, offering lecture-demonstrations, master classes, workshops, and performances by area dancers as well as guest performers and scholars from the Indian sub-continent.


For any questions email: [email protected]

To purchase tickets to our virtual dance festival and register for free events please visit Festival tickets