Looking to join a class in contemporary dance and further your skills and knowledge by exploring dance technique, improvisation and choreography.

Festival Director, Vanessa Maria Mirza will be hosting regular classes for children, teens and adults at The Doodle Room (51 B Garcha Road, Kolkata 19. Opp. Hazra Law College) from 10th January 2018.

Childrens’ Creative Dance (Open): Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Class : Thursdays 11 AM-12PM

Beginners/Intermediate Contemporary Dance: Wednesdays 5-6 PM

Women’s Only Class (Open): Fridays 8.30-9.30 AM

Drop in or save a spot! Call +91 8017463292 for more details

Teacher’s Bio:

Vanessa Maria Mirza is a choreographer, visual artist and curator based in Kolkata, India. Her recent choreographic works include ‘Dream Realms’, ‘Under Face’, ‘I Do Care About You’,‘Her Song’. ‘Somebody’ and ‘Why Not’. Her choreography has been performed in Taiwan and India. Her work ‘Somebody” was shortlisted for the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards (PECDA) 2018. She has trained at Taipei National University of the Arts in the Master of Fine Arts (Choreography) program between 2008-2010 and 2011-2013. Her dance training includes studies in modern dance, ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, contact improvisation, tai chi, flamenco, martial arts and Balinese dance. She has worked closely with international choreographers: Ming Lung Yang (USA/Taiwan), Hsiao Mei Ho (Taiwan), Graeme Collins (Australia) and performed in works by Sheenru Yong (Taiwan/USA), Leng Poh Gee (Malaysia), I-Fen Tung (Taiwan) & Rebekah Lind (USA).  Additionally she has attended masterclasses at London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place, UK), Tanzfabrik Berlin (Germany), Hong Kong Dance Festival, Taipeidea Festival (Taipei, Taiwan) & CNDC (Angers, France).

Since 2004, she has taught and choreographed for a number of concerts and dance events for Buoyant Performing Arts, Connecting Arts Project, Unicorn Street Arts Festival, Rhythmosaic Dance Institute, La Martinere for Girl’s School, Modern High School for Girls’, Don Bosco School (Park Circus), Assembly of God Church, Charisma House, Pailan World School, Park English School & Calcutta Girl’s School. She has taught workshops at The Doodle Room, Calcutta School of Music, St. Xavier’s College, Loretto College, The Creative Arts (TCA), Project Rescue and Stars Welfare Society. She has worked with Rhythmosaic Dance Company as Faculty for Choreography Studies for their one year certificate course program from 2013-2017.