Achinta’s 2017 Choreography Reel Available on YouTube

Blue13 Artistic Director, Achinta S. McDaniel choreographs not only for the company but also for the film, TV and commercial industries in Hollywood, specializing in Bollywood dance, Bhangra, contemporary, jazz, and more.  You may have seen her work in The Strokes Threat of Joy Music Video, on New Girl, Speechless, in Madden, Snapple, and Heineken commercials, and more.  Achinta is also a professor of dance at USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles, and teaches around the globe.  Shoot us an e-mail at [booking at blue13dance dot com] for more information.

Ever Seen a Beatles Baraat?


Blue13’s Achinta  created some pretty unique and incredible concepts in June for her brother’s big wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut!  Never one to be part of the status quo, McDaniel created a Beatles song Baraat (the groom’s traditional procession filled with dancing family and friends en route to the wedding), with choreographed moves, live drumming and a stilt walker.  Even The Huffington Post India picked up on the excitement.  Video by Vinnie Chhabra.  Music: Love me Do, The Beatles.  Dhol: Sonny Brooklynwala.

Save the Date: Los Angeles Dance Festival

Photo by Javier Guillen

Blue13 Dance Company is honored to open the festival this year, in a gala night performance with 4 other incredible companies from LA.  Save the date for a wonderful night of dance including an opening gala soiree at the Raymond Kabbaz Theatre.  Information and Tickets.

Blue13 at APAP NYC this January

TWO CHANCES TO CATCH Blue13 at APAP January 6-7, 2017:
Blue13 performs excerpts from two new contemporary Indian dance works: Terpsichore in Ghungroos and Dragon, choreographed by Achinta S. McDaniel:

Friday, 1/6/17 at the Managers Collective Showcase at City Center at 10:10 p.m.
Free for badged APAP attendees

Saturday 1/7/17 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 8:45 p.m.
Free for badged APAP attendees.
$25 general public
Link to Tickets  

Description: Blue13’s new Contemporary Indian works brings forth the rich rhythmic footwork and dance-drama of the Indian Subcontinent, strengthened by Blue13’s modern dance roots. Terpsichore in Ghungroos is a retort to Akram Khan’s simplistic statements regarding female choreographers in the 21st century, while the related Dragon excerpts explore the first generation South Asian American journey of duality, and the way in which that journey mirrors distinct identity crises faced by so many of minority cultures: woman, gay, immigrant, other.