Dancer fuses east and west traditions, sparks conversations

Shyamala Moorty is bringing awareness to global issues by teaching “creative world dance” in elementary schools and performing throughout in Southern California. She does this hoping that the cultures of dance from different ethnic communities in Long Beach will intersect more — and says the local dance scene is currently dominated by Western forms. “She is trained in the traditional vocabulary but is also using it as a means of exploring the issues of our world today. I’m convinced this is what our region will become known for and Shyamala is leading the way.” Read more about her dancing, fusing cultural histories, on Voicewaves.


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