The 2016-2017 World Music & Dance Series presents...

Dances of India

Three Wednesday evening classes
Postponed one week:
March 22 & 29 and April 5, 2017
7:45 - 9:00 pm
at The Movement Center

SFMS is pleased to present a three-week class introducing folkloric dances from northern India.

Sujata Goel

SFMS is pleased to present a three-week class introducing folkloric dances from northern India. Perennial favorite Sujata Goel will present basic movement and rhythm associated with dances from the region of Garhwal. These are individual and circle dances. No partners needed.

The class is introductory level, approximately 15 minutes of warm-up and 60 minutes instruction. No prior exposure to Indian dance is required, but students should have basic experience in rhythm and movement. Class is designed for adults or teens age 14 or older. Sujata will teach to the level of the class. All are welcome.

Wednesday Evenings
March 22 & 29 and April 5
7:45 - 9:00 pm

Wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing.

Ticket Info

  • $25 General Admission

  • $20 SFMS Members

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  • $20 Students

    — ages 14 to 22
  • Ticket includes all 3 classes
  • Admission is at the door. No advance registration required.
  • For more information, call Bart at 717-234-3844
    or email bart.carpenter (at)

The Movement Center

2134 N Second St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

About Sujata Goel

Sujata Goel is a dancer, choreographer and yoga instructor with more than 10 years' experience teaching classical Indian, Bollywood, choreography and yoga in India and Europe. She is primarily a performing artist and choreographer. She has also worked with amateur and recreational dance groups in Pennsylvania, including Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

Sujata is of Indian origin and grew up in Central Pennsylvania. As a child in Pennsylvania, she started learning a form of South Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, as well as Bollywood dance, within the local Indian community. In 1996, she moved to India to study at the celebrated Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts), a cultural academy dedicated to the preservation of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of Bharatanatyam dance and Gandharvaveda music. It is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. She graduated from Kalakshetra n 2001 and worked with Chennai-based choreographer Padmini Chettur from 2002-2004.

Sujata subsequently studied at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS), in Brussels. She was the first dancer with classical Indian dance training to be accepted at this leading conservatory for contemporary dance.

Upon graduation, she was an artist-in- residence at WP Zimmer in Antwerp, where she produced three works: "Lady," "Disco Dancer," and "Nightlife." In 2010, she received a grant from the Indian Foundation of the Arts to create a new solo. "Dancing Girl" is the result of the grant support and of a research and production residency at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research in Pondicherry, India. "Disco Dancer" is a short conceptual piece adapted from the Bollywood film of the same name that explored representations of sexuality and stardom in Indian popular culture. "Dancing Girl" is a 40-minute dance depicting a performer who seeks to step outside of her body and confront the image of herself. She did the Japanese premiere of "Dancing Girl" in November 2013 as part of the Emerging Artist Program of the annual Festival/Tokyo (F/T).

Sujata's yoga training has been under some of the most respected teachers coming from the Sivananda and B.K.S. Iyengar traditions. She has studied and certified in Mysore style Ashtanga/Vinyasa technique with Deepak Sharma at Sampoorna Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul (Goa, India).

Sujata Goel, closeup

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Funding Acknowledgments

logos: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of York County, Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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