The intermingling of ballet, modern dance and hip-hop with traditional and modern Indian dance forms was used…, creating a highly entertaining spectacle!
Truly beyond all spectacle [is] the dancing seductress artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel, who brightens up the stage with her presence and brings to the crowd a wave of enthusiasm that leaves them yelling from their seats.
Storytelling through dance is at the heart of the company, yet those renditions can be defiant, stormy, and at times, downright irreverent. Still, all that foot stomping, hip swaying, and arm gesturing bespeaks a universal message, simple to understand, no matter what language one speaks.
Blue13 Dance Company remains true to the origins of dance while maintaining a modern edge, pushing the envelope and challenging social norms…a little bit of Bollywood…a little bit of Hollywood, and a whole lot of soul!
Touring Dance Theatre
Blue13 is a fiery confluence of new and old, quintessentially American in its diversity and rebellion. For over 15 years, Blue13 has presented highly energetic and theatrical modern dance style that is inspired by the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent. The ensemble has performed its wildly energetic contemporary Indian and Bollywood-inspired dance on stages around the world, from Paris and Morocco to New York, North Carolina, Canada, and beyond. Touring works include: Fire & Powder, Blue13’s homage to Romeo and Juliet, Shine the Light site-specific work for outdoor venues, and children’s and family show, Ghungroos and Whistles. Blue13 is currently developing a new evening-length piece entitled, Dragon.
Creative services include special events for corporate and private clients large and small, and choreography services and dancers for commercials, television, and feature films. Blue13 brings a glamorous Bollywood influence together with the grace of classical dance, then sharpens it with a modern edge. Blue13 danced on the 2016 premiere of FOX’s New Girl, has worked with countless businesses from Google to Dreamworks, performed in commercials for Madden NFL, Heineken, and more, and has worked with celebrities including Todd Haynes, Anupam Kher, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Zooey Deschannel, Sunny Leone, and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Beyond Bollywood, Blue13 is the dance behind Ravidrums Rock-it Bots for corporate events, and works in multiple styles of dance. Blue13 brings a celebratory element to events and projects large and small, while tailoring it’s work to fit each client’s demands.
Community and Education
All Communities. All Levels. Beyond touring, Blue13 provides incredible and distinctive audience engagement and dance education opportunities, from exciting public Bollywood dance events to school residencies, classes, lectures, and workshops. To translate dance into lasting societal contributions is in Blue13’s very DNA, as is the desire to empower and unite people, and to spread joy and understanding through our work. Blue13 also teaches adults and children the longest running and most popular Bollywood Dance Classes in Los Angeles.