Ashwini Ramaswamy has studied Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company’s Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy—her mother and sister—since the age of five. She now has the honor of studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli, one of the greatest living masters of the form. She has toured extensively with Ragamala, performing throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, the U.K, and India. Ashwini is a McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, as well as the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Artist Initiative grants, a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Fund grant, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant. Her work is supported by MSAB, MRAC and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) U.S. Artists International program. Ashwini’s choreographic work has been presented by Augsburg College, the Ritz Theater, and the Red Eye Theater (Minneapolis, MN), and Triskelion Arts, The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), The Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K), and The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard). Ashwini will be the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series’ Artist in Virtual Residence in 2017-18, followed by a commissioned work to premiere in 2019.
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