Experts in Indian Classical Dance
Headed by the 3-time Indian National Champion of Bharatanatyam, Eyakkam Dance Company is a 501(c)(3) that aims to promote social justice and fairness in society and particularly in the practice of dance. To this end, we welcome students of all ages, backgrounds, and identities to join Eyakkam and experience the joy of an ancient Indian classical dance form. We seek to reinvent the art form by remaining true to the art and its fundamentals while erasing the hegemonic caste and religious identities that are expected of a dancer. The Tamil word Eyakkam means movement which could refer to a social movement, a musical movement, a political movement, or just a physical movement. In Eyakkam, dance is beyond just a physical movement! We are based in Louisville, KY.
Eyakkam was formed in 2012 in Dallas, TX and has grown into the company it is today. We have collaborated with other organizations such as the TamilNadu Foundation, and the Federation of the Tamil Sangams of North America (FETNA) to raise over $2Million for charitable causes globally. We have volunteer-taught at migrant centers in Beirut, Lebanon and collaborate with k-12 and universities to provide education in a multicultural context.
We serve the community through
Performances that can cater to a wide variety of audience. Large or small crowds do not matter to us.
We provide dance workshops and lecture demonstrations to K-12 schools, universities, community organizations, and companies where people enjoy learning about a new art form steeped in an ancient culture
At the heart of our philosophy of dance for all is the intention that anyone, regardless of their identity and background can learn Bharatanatyam. To this end, we conduct dance classes where students are taught theory, practicum, and choreography.