Artistic Biography

Currently teaching classical ballet, contemporary dance, and various styles of yoga in countries – India, China, Italy, Costa Rica, Austria, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the UK. She is also a somatic movement therapist helping dancers strengthen, release and balance their bodies through the method of Physio-Mental Development.

Avantika's goal is to equip everyone with full insight towards mind and body, hence she conducts somatic workshops, wellness and yoga retreats for both dancers and non-dancers helping them to find the mind and body connection. Using a mindful and friendly approach for sensing the body. Her work has benefited many to attain a greater awareness and several other bodily developments. She likes to expand and share her versatile background with organisations that value health and wellness in an experiential and primary way.

Her pedagogy is evolving everyday as she shifts from continent to continent every few weeks, embodying different cultures in hr works. Despite that she believes in precision and like using reference points from both philosophy and anatomy in her classes. She teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow, Reiki, Pranayama and Meditation, and Restorative forms of yoga besides Classical Ballet, Creative Movement and Cardio Barre. Besides teaching she offers healing and re alignment sessions where she uses an amalgamation of several practices she has mastered over many years.

The classes explore mind and body connections, movement, use of breath, gravitational tools, internal sensing, self- inquiry, dialogues, somatic dialogues, re aligning, basics of anatomy, techniques for better awareness along with injury prevention and healing.

Holding experience in dance performance, teaching, consultancy, wellness and yoga festivals, spa management, event curation and management, product branding, public relations and visual art exhibiting. Furthermore, her main area is dance research where Avantika is investigating a few themes in classical ballet, somatic studies and yoga.

Education and Dance: Avantika is an International Baccalaureate Diploma in the year 2010. Avantika holds a Diploma in dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She attended ‘The American Dance Festival’ for six weeks at Duke University in North Carolina. Following that she successfully completed BA (Hons) in Dance and Professional Practice from the University of Bedforshire, United Kingdom. In 2016 Avantika completed MA in Dance Cultures from the University of Surrey in England. Avantika studied Ashtanga yoga from R. Sharath Jois (KPJAYI) and Hatha yoga from Sivananda. In 2017 Avantika attended Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival where she completed her Teacher Training in Somatic Movement. 2019 she completes her intensive education in physiotherapy and also acquires an advance diploma in Health and Wellness.

Her study in cultural studies had a huge impact on her work as an art practitioner and art maker. Avantika completed her thesis on the role of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga as a supportive practice to professional classical ballet dancers. Avantika also absorbed into topics on cultural identity through movement and innovative approaches to address cross-cultural embodiments of dance as an art form and also somatic practices in self development and healing processes. Avantika has investigated my choreographic practice through various theories and mediums. For instance, Avantika had used William Forsythe’s approach of improvisational technologies to investigate movement. Currently she is significantly interested in hybridity concerning techniques and choreography. Having performed nationally and internationally at various platforms and presented her work in different sorts of spaces. Avantika has also been a part of projects based on site-specific installations, academic seminars, writing workshops, dialogues, film for both choreography and performance.

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