Global initiatives through dance

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Pulling from her dance background acquired at Denison, Umeshi Rajeendra ‘13 has established the Mesh Academy of Dance in Sri Lanka. “My vision is to provide a platform from which dancers can grow and meet international standards. By doing so, I hope many more will pursue dance education and put Sri Lanka on the dance map of the world.”

The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka has reported on the endeavor:

“Following her secondary education at Asian International School in Colombo, Umeshi attended Denison University in the US, where she studied for a double major in Dance and Economics with Political Science. It sounds like somewhat of a baffling combination to us but “I tackle certain political and economic issues with my dances,” she explains “so it felt quite natural to study those subjects as well for better understanding. On the surface economics and dance seem like polar opposites, but the skills I gained from studying the two subjects actually gave me more ammunition to pursue dance as an educational venture with a business and economic philosophy.”

“Dance remains her first love, and at university Umeshi learnt to embrace the contemporary which she immediately identified with. In Sri Lanka she had studied ballet, hip hop and jazz under Kanthi Ranchigoda – discovering more nuanced styles of contemporary dance opened her eyes to the diversity of the form as a powerful tool for expression.”

Posted Date 
Monday, July 13, 2015

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