Indian Fusion Dance Academy

About Selvi

Selvi is the Director and Founder of Indian-Fusion Dance Academy. She founded IFDA in October of 2006. Since then the school has grown rapidly and has a present enrollment of 140 students.

Dance education and training:

Selvi learnt Bharathanatiyam for over 8 years and graduated from the prestigious Kalaikaviri School of Fine Arts, affiliated with Bharathidasan University in Trichy, India.

Kalaikaviri is based on the Kalashetra style of Bharathanatiyam and she was taught by well known gurus from Kalakshetra. Her gurus included Shri V. P. Dhananjayan and Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan, Sri. Narasimha Chary and Smt. Vijaya Mugundan among others. She learnt Bharathanatiyam along with extensive theory. She learnt Mohiniattam, a classical dance from Kerala. She learnt folk dances of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. The specific folk dances include Kummi, Kolattam, Poikaal Kuthirai, Bhangra, Dandia/Garba and Rajasthani folk

After moving to the US she continued to learn from Smt. Sundara Swaminathan.

Performances and Choreography - India and Europe:

While still a student she was one of the six selected to represent Kalaikaviri in its performances all over India and Europe. She traveled 6 nations in Europe including Austria, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the Vatican. The highlight of her Europe trip was when her troupe was requested to perform before his excellency, Pope John Paul II.

In India she performed in inter-college and inter-university competitions winning several honors.

Performances and Choreography - US

After moving to the US she was the cultural director of Lehigh Valley Indian Association. She choreographed and performed on various occasions. One of her choreographies that attained critical acclaim by the Lehigh Valley mainstrean community was when she choreographed a Indian-fusion dance drama called 'A Dancer's Dream'. The dance drama potrayed a fusion of Indian classical including Odissi, Kathak and Bharthanatiyam with western Jazz/hip hop. The climax of the performance was when the dancers dance their respective dance styles to Billy Joel's 'We didn't start the fire'.

In 1997 her family moved to California. She has since then been involved in an Organization called Jeena which is a support organization for families who have special need children. She is a board member there and has choreographed for children with special needs. She has also choreographed and performed for Jeena's awareness event called Jeena Yahaan for the past 4 years.

She has also choreographed for the Tamil Catholic Community in the Bay Area for various celebrations representing the Indian Catholic Community.