Ajna was founded in 2013 with the mission of celebrating diversity and fostering cultural inclusion through Indian dance programming for students of all ages and backgrounds. Our programs give students the opportunity to explore identity and creative potential, develop life-skills such as teamwork and self-discipline and build self-confidence through learning, creating and performing Indian dance. We offer a unique way for children to learn about the global and historical significance of dances from India and the Indian diaspora. Students’ will learn dance technique but also develop a deeper understanding how dance and specifically Indian dance is used as a means of expression and communication.
Arts Education Programming:
Our arts education programming includes Indian dance assemblies, residencies and workshops throughout the school year but specific to the Indian celebrations of Diwali (the festival of lights) in the fall and Holi (the spring color festival) in the spring. Our programs span Bollywood dance, Bharatanatyam and Kathak (Indian classical styles) and Bhangra and Garba (Indian folk styles). We share the history, social cultural significance behind each of the dance styles and we work with each school to cater our program to their specific goals and objectives. Our programs and curriculum are catered to the age and grade level of the students.
Supports For Students With Disabilities
We have offered our programs to students with disabilities and in these cases, we also tailor our messaging and approach to meet the needs of the students. We work closely with their teachers and offer a flexible approach to ensure we can most effectively meet their mental, physical and emotional needs. In the past, we have adapted our work to meet the classrooms needs so that the students got the most out of our program.
Supports For English Language Learners
We have offered our programs to English learners and in these cases, we tailor our messaging and approach to meet the needs of the students. We work closely with their teachers and offer a flexible approach to ensure we can most effectively meet their needs. We also use imagery, photos, videos, diagrams and repetition as tools when working with English learners.