DANCER | TEACHER | CHOREOGRAPHER
The story about a victim of college rape. He showed up at the bar with our friends and offered to grab me a beer. That’s the last thing I remember. A girl expresses her battle with her rapist and how she picks up the pieces of herself after the incident using Kathak Contemporary dance. Using strong Kathak Tatkaar, or footwork, and contemporary styling, I will show the intense vulnerability and tragic defeat the victim goes through. It is time to make a change and not have stories of college assault victims go unnoticed. I aim to spark a fire in your heart as there is in mine.
Shivani Badgi is a New Jersey/New York based dancer with 20 years of combined dance experience in Kathak, Ballet, Bollywood, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She began her training in dance at the age of five under Guru Padma Khanna at Indianica Academy. She furthered her dance education at Joffrey Ballet School, Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, and Broadway Dance Center. She has had the opportunity to perform on reputable stages at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center during the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center, at Warwick Castle and Island Gardens for the American Alliance of Performing Arts London Invitational, and NYU Skirball Centre. Shivani has worked as Assistant Choreographer at Indianica Academy for the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center performance, as well as many others. She completed the PULSE Teacher's Workshop in New York City in the summer of 2014 having a chance to learn from choreographers and teachers such as Desmond Richardson, Brian Friedman, and Debbie Wilson. In 2014 she performed and choreographed as a member of Rutgers University's Bollywood fusion team, Rutgers University South Asian Performing Artists. After performing with them, Shivani completed a three month long intensive program at Broadway Dance Center learning under choreographers such as Heather Rigg, Debbie Wilson, and Ginger Cox.
Shivani is a versatile dancer and enjoys choreographing and dancing to pieces ranging from Kathak fusion, Indian contemporary, Street Stilettos, and of course, Bollywood. She teaches Kathak, Bollywood, Contemporary, and fusion styles. She hopes to move across the barriers of dance to create a unique style combining the traditional aspects of Eastern and Western styles of dance. She believes dance is an extremely versatile form of movement and can be used for fitness, art, conditioning the mind, and sending a message. She teaches her students that dance can be beneficial no matter at what point you are in your life.
Videos from Devdas Audition: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxG0zhiMYdGLcE8wcktpVmFla1U&usp=drive_web