Nitya Nritya Dance Company

Nitya Nritya Dance Company is a Utah based Bharatanatyam performing and training company. It was started by Jyothsna Sainath in 2014.

The company is currently in the process of developing a professional performing ensemble of Utah-based dancers.

It is also Utah's premiere Bharatanatyam academy for young and/or new dancers, with a thoughtful pedagogy that imparts Bharatanatyam in a manner that is sustainable and relevant to students of dance.

Nitya Nritya Dance Company offers classes to students ranging from 5 year olds to mid-career adults. Classes are designed to impart healthy practices in dance that enable a long run engagement with the art form.

This pedagogy was developed by Jyothsna Sainath, Artistic Director of the company.

Hereditary Dancers Acknowledgment: 

We at Nitya Nritya Dance Company would like to acknowledge the art form which we are practicing as Bharatanatyam today is a reimagining of a dance culture originally practiced by members of the courtesan hereditary community (i.e. the Isai Vellalar/Isaiyalar community including female dancers/devadasis and male dance teachers/nattuvanars/Nattuvar). This art practiced by members from the community was performed at various sites including temples and royal courts of Tamil and Telugu speaking areas of the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. We acknowledge the art practiced by this community was politically, socially and aesthetically challenged during the 19th and early 20th centuries. We are aware of the multiple aesthetic changes which have gone into the reimagining of Bharatanatyam. We are thankful that we are able to practice and perform this newly recreated version of Bharatanatyam on this land today. 


Drafted by: Neeraja Ramani, Toronto Canada

Edited by: Hari Krishnan, - Indance, Toronto, Canada