Welcome to Nrityaki Dance Academy

What is Kathak?

Kathak is a classical dance form that originated in northern India over 2000 years ago. The word "kathak" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Kathakar" which means "story teller". This narrative dance form is characterized by fast footwork (tatkar), spins (chakkar) and an intricate interplay of rhythm. There are three schools of teaching Kathak called gharanas; which include Lucknow, Banaras, and Jaipur.

How is Nrityaki Dance Academy different?

Nrityaki Dance Academy provides excellent training in both practical and theoretical aspects of the dance form. The academy is proudly affiliated with Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad being one of few schools in the United States to award diplomas in Kathak from the renowned institute. Students will obtain the skills to take the yearly exams and excel in their Kathak education while performing at events around the area like:
  • The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Wolf Trap's Children's International Festival
  • Voice of America
  • Reston Multi-cultural Festival
  • Kennedy Center
  • Boogie-Woogie
  • National Federation of Indian-American Association (NFIA) events
  • Miss India-DC Pageant
  • National Women's Empowerment
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Celebrate Fairfax
  • Star heritage dance competition
  • National Bengali Association celebration
  • Sankasthi Chatirthi mandal

Who is Shweta Misra?

Shweta Misra, teacher and founder of Nrityaki Dance Academy received her masters in Kathak of Lucknow Gharana from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. An accomplished dancer and choregrapher, she has taught Kathak in India from 1990 – 1997, conducted several Kathak and folk dance workshops in India, and performed on numerous stages including Doordharshan and Pachmiri Dance Festival.

After moving to the US and receiving her masters in Computer Engineering she still craved to continue her dancing and opened Nrityaki Dance Academy in 2002. Since then she has choreographed several Kathak group, solos, duets, folk, and Bollywood dances.



  XXIV Annual Spring Dance Competition 2015 - May 17th 2015 2 to 6:00
  National Cherry Blossom Festival Performance 2015 - Mar 29th 2015 1 to 1:45
  ATA women empowerment Performance 2015 - Mar 8th 2015 2:30 to 6:00 P.M.
  Durga Temple Holi Celebration 2015 - Mar 7th 2015 1:30 to 6 PM
  India’s Republic Day celebrations - Jan 25th 2015
  Sneha's Kathak recording for GTV 10th JAN 2015 - Telecast date:- Sun 24th Jan at 9 A.M.
  Skanda Sashti celebrations- Nov 1 2014
  Phalguni Pathak performance at gayloard National harbor- Oct 10 2014
  3rd Annual Nrityaki Degree Ceremony- Oct 5th 2014
  US-India Partnership Day(Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi is visiting Washington DC)- Sep 30th 2014
  National Bengali Association Durga Puja- Sep 28th 2014
  20th Miss india dc paegent - Sep 27th 2014
  National Womens Conference - Sep 19th 2014
  Ganesh Utsav 2014 - Sep 7th 2014
  International dance showcase Dept of Homeland Security - May 29 2014
  Dance Masti Competition - May 11th 2014


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