School Director

Sivagami Vanka
Sivagami Vanka, School Director

Sivagami Vanka is a dedicated teacher, with over 30 yrs experience having trained hundreds of students both in Cleveland and Portland.

She is a teacher who focuses on discipline, dedication and determination.

She brings out the best in her students through her rigorous /intensive training of this dance so that they maintain the authenticity and integrity that is an essential part of this dance form.

She believes in nurturing a love for this art by giving the students several varied varieties of experiencing dance through dance camps with great dancers from India, through interactive dance with other local professional groups and cultures.

Sivagami’s dedication to holding and expecting a very high standard is shown by the highly acclaimed repeat performances of her students at various prestigious venues and events throughout the northwest.

Sivagami’s belief that “a great teacher inspires” has resulted in many of her student’s outstanding achievements both in India and here, after completing their arangetrams.

Sivagami is an eloquent speaker and a wonderful educator. She has conducted several lec dems on Indian dance at Universities, schools, churches, and public events and is a much sought speaker on dance and women’s issues.