Blue13 Dance Company

Reimagine American Dance

for Presenters

Blue13 is a confluence of the contemporary and the classic, utilizing the cultural art legacies of the Indian subcontinent as a departure point to create a new vision of American dance.

“Firebrand Sway

“Firebrand Sway” was conceived, choreographed, and creative directed by Blue13’s Achinta S. McDaniel, and directed by Saam Gabbay, who also shot and scored the work. The film is an Official Selection of the 2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival and 2022 PNB Dance Film Festival, and won Best Short Short Film at the 2022 Berlin Short Film Festival.

upcoming engagements

The Wallis presents Blue13 May 2023

The upcoming Blue13 performance at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center will feature excerpts from Achinta S. McDaniel’s works including Terpsichore in Ghungroos, 1947, Shaadi, and Restless autumn restless spring.

May 12-13, 2023

recent engagements

redcat: new original works festival

Achinta S. McDaniel premieres new work, Restless autumn. restless spring in week one of the New Original Works Festival at the famed Redcat in downtown Los Angeles, alongside Lindsey Red-tail Feather and X'ene Sky.

About the piece: Utilizing improvisation and collaboration to foreground process, artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel and the ensemble of artists of Blue13 Dance Company strip away production to explore the impact of movement alone in Restless autumn. Restless spring. Relying on a Fluxus score, the performers interrogate contemporary dance, revealing the multiplicity of intersectional global majority identities, seemingly incongruous to a basic dance score. Largely a response to the isolation and separation of the pandemic, Restless autumn. Restless spring is a return to collaboration and a rediscovery of what it means for artists to unite in a space to reflect on shared experiences and create work together.

August 18-20, 2022
8:30pm

bollywood at the bowl: a night with a.r. rahman

The dancers of Blue13 take the stage at with legendary Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA winning artist A.R. Rahman for his concert at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl.

July 24, 2022
7:00pm

pnb dance film festival


Presented by the Music Center and Dance Camera West comes the premiere of short film, Firebrand Sway. Born of creative director/choreographer Achinta S. McDaniel's collaboration with director Saam Gabbay, the film is an abstract exploration of longing and loss, and the connection of beings across the multiverse. String Theory and sonder are brought to life through contemporary western movement with classical Indian Bharatnatayam and Kathak in an otherworldly landscape.

July 13-16
5:00pm-Midnight
July 17
Noon-6:00pm

Open to the public.

Dance DTLA


Achinta S. McDaniel leads Los Angeles' hottest Bollywood and Bhangra dance party on the plaza of the Music Center. Join the thousands who have participated in the Music Center's Dance DTLA events, featuring DJ Sandeep, and live drumming by Dhol Nation.

July 15
7:00pm-11:00pm

Open to the public.

celebrate india


Blue13 performs and teaches as part of the City of Santa Clarita's "Celebrate" series. Join the dancers along with Dhol Nation and DJ Sandeep Kumar at Canyon Country Community Center's outdoor stage.

June 3, 2022
6-9pm

diwali at disney


Blue13 returns to Disney's California Adventure to celebrate Diwali at the Festival of Holidays. Join us at the Palisades stage for four shows a day, including dance lessons!

November 12, 2021-January 9, 2022

winter in las vegas


Blue13 performs in two shows in Las Vegas this November, with excerpts of Bollywood and contemporary works including the critically acclaimed "Terpsichore in Ghungroos."

November 19, 2021, Clark County
November 20, 2021, West Las Vegas
7:30 p.m. curtain

Casa romantica november


Join us at the beautiful and Historic Casa Romantica in San Clemente, California for a Site-Specific Experience overlooking the ocean.

November 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

"here's to you" video


Look out for Part II of “Here’s to You” Dance Video created during COVID, premiering this Winter on YouTube.

redcat now festival

Utilizing improvisation and collaboration to foreground process, Blue13 strips away to explore the impact of movement alone in Restless autumn, restless spring. Relying on a Fluxus-inspired score, the performers revisit contemporary dance, revealing the multiplicity of intersectional global majority identities, seemingly incongruous to a basic dance score. Largely a response to the isolation and separation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Restless autumn, restless spring. is a return to collaboration and a rediscovery of what it means for artists to unite in a space to reflect on shared experiences and create work together.

August 18-20, 2022
8:30pm

Film & television

Professional choreography and dance for commercial, film, television & music video projects.

Credits include: New Girl, The Strokes, DJ Snake, Madden, The Amazing Race

theme park services

stunning, interactive, and entertaining Indian dance crafted solely with your guests in mind

unique & interactive corporate events

diverse & professional performances and performers

energize your partners and team members

corporate
services

blue13 brings a celebratory element to corporate events and projects, tailored to suit your specific needs. booking unforgettable virtual and digital events of every scale

private events & creative services

from your daughter’s wedding to your friend’s 40th birthday, allow us to tailor-make your memorable dance event: digital and live Performances, Classes, Flash Mobs, and Dancergrams in Bollywood, Jazz, Contemporary, and more.

dance education

Inimitable Bollywood and Contemporary Indian dance workshops, master classes, choreography, and community engagement.

support blue13 dance today

our ongoing efforts to increase cultural knowledge and center BIPOC artists amplifies representation, equity, and diversity in the performing arts.

your donation will enable us to bring dance, and with it, meaningful and lasting impact where it is needed most across the U.S. and abroad.

blue13 dance company

mission statement

to drive a substantive shift in the perception and practice of American dance through performance, community, and education.

our movement, our rhythm, gesture, our very identity that lies neither on this side of the ocean nor the other, not fixed in generation old or new, but dancing in that strange and uncomfortable landscape between the two, the space that has for us, become home.

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Achinta s. mcdaniel, artistic director & founder