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Nandita is a British South Asian Performing Artist, Choreographer and Teacher, Movement Facilitator and Director. Born in London, Nandita started learning Ballet at age 4 at the Audrey Joyce School of Dance in North London and went on to train at The Royal Ballet School from the age of 11. From an early age she nurtured a passion for choreography and during her time as a student was awarded The Dame Ninette De Valois Award & The James Monahan Award for her choreographic work.

Her professional career as a ballet and contemporary dancer has taken her to dance with world-renowned companies; Zürcher Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and Compañia Nacional de Danza, performing across Europe and the U.K and touring internationally in a diverse range of classical and contemporary repertoire by a colourful spectrum of choreographers including George Balanchine, Heinz Spoerli, Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Liam Scarlett, Ashley Page, Kryztof Pastor, Jose Carlos Martinez, William Forysthe, Jiri Kylian, Ben Stevenson, Uwe Scholz and Ohad Naharin. 

Her professional choreographic commissions for the theatre include ‘Capture’ for Zürcher Junior Ballet in 2006,  ‘Synergy’ for Ballet Black’s Young Choreographers’ showcase in 2011 and ‘Jaane Ajnabee’ for Compania Nacional de Danza’s Young Choreographers’ evening in 2012, whilst a member of these companies. She was commissioned to choreograph and perform for tve Global Sustainability Awards in 2012 in collaboration with Flux with the piece ‘Shadowlines.’ Nandita co – produced and performed in the collaborative work ‘In Other Words’ with Flux and Richard Bermange at Kings Place in 2016. She choreographed and produced the dance film ‘Returns to Nature’ in collaboration with composer Preetha Narayanan and cinematographer Thom Seaman.

Nandita was nominated for the Asian Jewel Awards in the Media and Arts category in 2002.

As a freelance artist since 2017 Nandita choreographed the solo ‘Rainsoaked…’ which she has performed across London for a variety of events and spaces. She choreographed the duets ‘Lightweight’ for Normansfield Theatre and ‘Umbra’ in collaboration with Hack Ballet. Nandita has collaborated with Sujata Banerjee Dance Company in London, teaching and performing in the company’s production of ‘Swan Lake’ (retold with Kathak dance) She has performed ‘The Game’ Choreographed by Hubert Essakow for Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House as part of their Open Up Project. Nandita has performed with Adrian Look Tanztheater in ‘The Art of Failure’ at The Place and has collaborated with Joss Arnott Dance in Dance:Connects for Greenwich Dance, Arts Unboxed and with Fabula Collective as a creative consultant.

Nandita has assisted diverse artists and performers across mediums/fields in Movement direction and Dramaturgy. She directed singer/songwriter Sabiyha in her music video ‘Bird’ and Mithun Gill in his work ‘Unfold me’ for Emerge Festival 2020.

Nandita has a BA degree in Humanities and Innovation and in 2020 was invited to become a Youth Ambassador for Difficult Dialogues and tve.

She has been teaching companies, artists and the wider community of all ages, backgrounds and abilities for over 10 years with dance classes and creative workshops across London, Europe and Asia. Nandita’s teaching focus lies in the awareness of our biomechanical functional movement which has developed through evolution and draws inspiration and guidance from nature, along with the discovery of our creative authentic expression through improvisation. She nurtures her evolving teaching practice by following her curiosity, enquiries and motivations supported by a blend of approaches and traditions towards mind and movement such as meditation, somatics, breathwork, Yoga and Tai Chi. She loves teaching dance and movement diversely and inclusively within the wider community to encourage and facilitate healthy movement for wellbeing and finding authentic expression. 

Nandita founded Welcome Movement® in 2020 to encourage, facilitate and empower wellbeing and freedom of expression through movement and dance for the many diverse organisations in the community through a range of classes and workshops.

Nandita has been one of the only professional Indian female ballet dancers to date. Now as an independent evolving dance artist, movement educator and choreographer, she develops her creative work and teaching practice through ongoing research, collaborations and initiatives.

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Nandita is a British South Asian Performing Artist, Choreographer, Teacher, Movement Facilitator and Director. Born in London, she started learning Ballet at age 4 at the Audrey Joyce school of Dance in North London and went on to train at The Royal Ballet School from the age of 11. From an early age she nurtured a passion for choreography and during her time as a student was awarded The Dame Ninette De Valois Award & The James Monahan Award for her choreographic work.

Her professional career as a ballet and contemporary dancer has taken her to dance with world renowned companies; Zürcher Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and Compañia Nacional de Danza, performing across Europe and the U.K and touring internationally in a diverse range of classical and contemporary repertoire by a colourful spectrum of choreographers; George Balanchine, Heinz Spoerli, Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Liam Scarlett, Ashley Page, Kryztof Pastor, Jose Carlos Martinez, William Forysthe, Jiri Kylian, Ben Stevenson, Uwe Scholz and Ohad Naharin. 

Her professional choreographic commissions for the theatre include ‘Capture’ for Zürcher Junior Ballet in 2006, ‘Synergy’ for Ballet Black’s Young Choreographers’ showcase in 2011 and ‘Jaane Ajnabee’ for Compania Nacional de Danza’s Young Choreographers’ evening in 2012, whilst a member of these companies. She was commissioned to choreograph and perform for the TVE Global Sustainability Awards in 2012 in collaboration with Flux with the piece ‘Shadowlines’. Nandita co – produced and performed in the collaborative work ‘In Other Words’ with Flux and Richard Bermange at Kings Place in 2016. She choreographed and produced the dance film ‘Returns to Nature’ in collaboration with composer Preetha Narayanan and cinematographer Thom Seaman.

Nandita was nominated for the Asian Jewel Awards in the Media and Arts category in 2002.

As a freelance artist since 2017 Nandita choreographed the solo ‘Rainsoaked…’ which she has performed across London for a variety of events and spaces. She choreographed the duets ‘Lightweight’ for Normansfield Theatre and ‘Umbra’ in collaboration with Hack Ballet. Nandita has collaborated with Sujata Banerjee Dance Company in London, teaching and performing in the company’s production of ‘Swan Lake’ (retold with Kathak Dance). She has performed in ‘The Game’ by Hubert Essakow for Family Sundays at The Royal Opera House as part of their Open Up project. Nandita has performed with Adrian Look TanzTheater in ‘The Art of Failure’ at The Place and has collaborated with Joss Arnott Dance in Dance:Connects for Greenwich Dance, Arts unboxed and with Fabula Collective as a creative consultant.

She assists diverse artists and performers across mediums/fields in Movement direction and Dramaturgy. She directed singer/songwriter Sabiyha in her music video ‘Bird’ and Mithun Gill in his work ‘Unfold me’ for Emerge Festival 2020.

Nandita holds a BA Degree in Humanities and Innovation and in 2020 was invited to become a Youth Ambassador for Difficult Dialogues and tve.

She has been teaching companies, artists and the wider community of all ages, backgrounds and abilities for over 10 years with dance classes and creative workshops across London, Europe and Asia. Nandita’s teaching focus lies in the awareness of our biomechanical functional movement which has developed through evolution and draws inspiration and guidance from nature, along with discovering our creative authentic expression through improvisation. She nurtures her evolving teaching practice by following her curiosity, enquiries and motivations supported by a blend of approaches and traditions towards mind and movement such as meditation, somatics, breathwork, Yoga and Tai Chi. She loves teaching dance and movement diversely and inclusively within the wider community to encourage and facilitate healthy movement for wellbeing and finding authentic expression. 

Nandita founded Welcome Movement® in 2020 to encourage, facilitate and empower wellbeing and freedom of expression through movement and dance for the many diverse organisations in the community through a range of classes and workshops.

Nandita has been one of the only professional Indian female ballet dancers to date. Now as an independent evolving dance artist, movement educator and choreographer, she develops her creative work and teaching practice through ongoing research, collaborations and initiatives.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HER JOURNEY

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