NrItiyalaya School of Dance

Impart quality training and pass on the rich heritage of bharatanatyam to the next generation

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About Nrityalaya

Nrityalaya School of Dance was founded by Vidyalakshmi Vinod in 2002 in greater Seattle area to teach students the ancient Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. The school strives to impart quality dance education and disciplined
training to its students and help them grow into professional classical dancers. Through its extremely talented group of staff and dancers, the school has been able to carve a niche for itself in Seattle with its unique
choreography for various fund raisers, outreach programs and original productions like 'Ode to the Indian Goddess' (Shree Matre Namaha) and 'Righteousness' (Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha).


Impart quality training and pass on the rich heritage of bharatanatyam to the next generation

Develop students of dance par excellence.

Create an awareness among the community regarding this art form.

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Vidyalakshmi Vinod

Artistic Director and Founder, Nrityalaya Dance

Vidyalakshmi Vinod is a highly accomplished dancer, dedicated teacher and an excellent choreographer. She is a senior disciple of Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran who is a well known doyen in this field of art. Due to her passion for this art, Vidya founded Nrityalaya school of Dance in the state of Washington, USA in 2002 with the sole aim of carrying this wonderful ancient art forward to future generations. Over the decades, Vidya has choreographed numerous dance pieces for her graduate students. Her presentation of dance technique is a great inspiration and fascination to dancers and students. Vidya has conceptualized, choreographed and directed two dance dramas ‘Shree Matre Namaha’ (2010) and ‘Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha’ (June 2012) in Seattle which were both huge successes and were well received and reviewed by the audience

Tara Ramanan & Haritha Parupudi

Outreach Programs and Faculty

Tara Ramanan is from Chennai and started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5. She completed her arangetram at age of 12 and participated in several performances through high school and college. After a break from dancing to pursue a career as a Software Engineer, she restarted her classical dance training with Nrityalaya Dance. She is now one of the primary teachers at Nrityalaya Dance.

Haritha Parupudi lives in Kirkland, WA. Haritha started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 7 from Smt Kappu Jaykumar and when her guru moved to India, Harita began her dance journey with her current guru Smt Vidyalakashmi Vinod. She completed her arangetram in 2014 and is now an active performer and teacher at Nrityalaya Dance.

Vidyalakshmi Vinod

Knowledge Management and Faculty

Teaching Assistants

  • Ananya 
  • Prisha Kuberan
  • Varshnee 
  • Joshitha
  • Shruthi
  • Sradha Padiyath
  • Madhumitha
  • Mythri
  • Ankita
  • Meera Krishnan
  • Aishwarya 
  • Ghanishka
  • Joshika
  • Khrishaa

Upcoming Event

Nrityalaya Dance presents 'Balakandam fom Sage Valmiki's Ramayanam. Lord Rama, an avataram of Vishnu, is considered as the ideal human being - an obedient son, a  loving brother, an inspirational king, and much more . Balakandam is explored deeper in the light of Advaita and Dvaita philosophies of Hinduism.        

Balakandam 2:30pm (Sold Out)

Balakandam 5:15pm



Graduate Performances of Nrityalaya

  • Sashwatha Shankar and Shradha Shankar
  • Aashika Vishwanath
  • Netra Krishnan
  • Meena Kuduva and Shruthi Vasudha 
  • Nithya Subramanian and Kanika Saravanan
  • Tanvi Ranganathan and Oviya Krishnan
  • Keerthana Udaykumar
  • Neha Venkatesh
  • Shushmitha Radjaram
  • Shreya Shaji
  • Harshitha Musunuri
  • Uma Nambiar 
  • Tanvi Ganapathy 
  • Kavya Selvakumar
  • Kavya Selvakumar
  • Akhilesh Vadari
  • Gayatri Nair & Raveena Nair
  • Riya Thomas
  • Vineeta Parupudi
  • Sahiti Malladi
  • Haritha Parupudi 
  • Meghana Noonavath
  • Madhavi Narayanan
  • Anusha Kukreja
  • Nikhila Sridhar
  • Sharanya Sarathy

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