Kalapriya is a vibrant performing arts organization that promotes Asian Indian dance and music through performance and education. Artistic Director Pranita Jain, who holds a Masters Degree in dance ethnography, believes that world cultures do not exist in a vacuum — they are constantly evolving, influenced by current issues and cross-cultural exchanges, and to grow and remain relevant in today’s transnational society is to stay open to these influences in order to evolve as a culture or art form. Kalapriya specializes in Bharata Natyam, an ancient dance form that uses stylized hand gestures, theatrical facial expressions, intricate footwork and complicated rhythms and counter rhythms to visualize poetry, mythology and universal themes. Kalapriya is home to a professional company of dancers whose performances have been seen nationally and internationally. The company is also home to a dance school offering beginning to professional-level training to students of all ages.