Welcome to Nrityaki Dance Academy

What is Kathak?

Kathak is a classical dance form that originated in northern India over 2000 years ago. The word "kathak" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Kathakar" which means "story teller". This narrative dance form is characterized by fast footwork (tatkar), spins (chakkar) and an intricate interplay of rhythm. There are three schools of teaching Kathak called gharanas; which include Lucknow, Banaras, and Jaipur.

How is Nrityaki Dance Academy different?

Nrityaki Dance Academy provides excellent training in both practical and theoretical aspects of the dance form. The academy is proudly affiliated with Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad being one of few schools in the United States to award diplomas in Kathak from the renowned institute. Students will obtain the skills to take the yearly exams and excel in their Kathak education while performing at events around the area like:
  • The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Wolf Trap's Childeren's Internationl Festival
  • Voice of America
  • Reston Multi-cultural Festival
  • Kennedy Center
  • Boogie-Woogie
  • National Federation of Indian-American Association (NFIA) events
  • Miss India-DC Pagent
  • Celebrate Fairfax

Who is Shweta Misra?

Shweta Misra, teacher and founder of Nrityaki Dance Academy received her masters in Kathak of Lucknow Gharana from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. An accomplished dancer and choregrapher, she has taught Kathak in India from 1990 – 1997, conducted several Kathak and folk dance workshops in India, and performed on numerous stages including Doordharshan and Pachmiri Dance Festival.

After moving to the US and receiving her masters in Computer Engineering she still craved to continue her dancing and opened Nrityaki Dance Academy in 2002. Since then she has choreographed several Kathak group, solos, duets, folk, and Bollywood dances.



  International dance showcase Dept of Homeland Security - May 29 2014
 Dance Masti Competition - May 11th 2014
 Miss India DC - Sept 15 2012
 2nd Annual Day - Sept 16 2012
  Reston Multicultural Festival l -Sep 22, 2012
  India Forum Inc - Oct 13, 2012
  Dushera Mela - 3:30 to 7:30


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