our story

What Moves Us

Blue13 strives to drive a substantive shift in the perception and practice of American dance through performance, community access, and education. 

20 Years of Blue13

Blue13 Dance Company is an American dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, with a mission to drive a substantive shift in the perception and practice of American dance through performance, outreach, and education. For over 20 years, Blue13 has connected audiences through the power of live, aesthetically and culturally daring dance, performing in the U.S. and abroad in its highly energetic and theatrical modern dance style that is inspired in part by the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent.

A first-generation South Asian American, Blue13’s Artistic director, Achinta S. McDaniel pulls precision, humor, and deep emotion from her ensemble to create work as rebellious and unconventional as its architect. Storytelling through dance is central to the company, as is a continual exploration of technique with its cast of dancers of many backgrounds. The work is moody, rhythmic, and charged, presenting the audience with an intelligent experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.

ABIDE

Access
Belonging
Inclusion
Diversity
Equity

ABIDE is the cornerstone of the Blue13 ethos, conceived by Artistic Director, Achinta S. McDaniel, and woven into all facets of our organizational and artistic practices. Blue13 is an Indian woman-founded dance company, with a highly diverse cast, board, and staff. When you contribute to Blue13, you center BIPOC artists as the important and exciting voices and movers of our generation. Help us increase cultural knowledge where it is needed most, and partner with Blue13’s commitment to ABIDE.

Our work has always been rooted in unveiling inequity and celebrating with radical joy in the face of adversity. We are not any one thing to serve to satisfy white centered ideology. We are not inferior in our Bollywood, in our abstract work, on stage, or in a cypher. We are a Brown and Black global majority dance company, and our blood is Blue.