Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

 Hybrid In-person & On-line Classes

Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice offers the following classes in-person and online:

Fridays: Advanced Yorchhā, 6-7pm, CT – Kealoha Ferreira
Sundays: Intro to Yorchhā, 3-4pm, CT – Parisha Rajbhandari

Class Descriptions:

Intro to Yorchhā  Envision justice through rhythmic footwork, flowing torso, and sustained breath in Intro to Yorchhā. Each class begins with a warm-up followed by foundational Yorchhā exercises and a fun choreographed phrase.

Advanced Yorchhā  Dive into the nuance and complexity of Yorchhā. Advanced Yorchhā is designed to challenge and hone experienced movers through strength training, technique refinement, and intricate choreography. Previous Yorchhā experience is encouraged.

Yorchhā, is Ananya Dance Theatre’s trade-marked contemporary technique that intersects principles of Vinyasa Yoga, classical Indian dance form Odishi (from the eastern Indian state of Odisha) and martial art form Chhau (also from Odisha).

Students attending In-person classes must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and must wear face masks during class. No exceptions.

Contact Kealoha for On-line class link,, and with questions about accessibility.
Classes are donation based. We suggest $10-20 per class but please donʻt let financial limitations stop you from participating. Another way to contribute is by sharing information about the classes on your social media or inviting people in your orbit to take class with you!
There are two ways to donate online:
1) Through our GiveMN platform
2) Over the phone payment with me using Square. Notify Kealoha via email that you would like to make a payment over the phone and she will find a time to make a quick, 3-minute call.
For liability purposes, please read through our participation waiver. Do not hesitate to ask questions or ask for variations on movement we do in class. Our priority is to dance together joyfully, safely, and to the fullest of every body’s abilities that day.
Liability Disclaimer:
By participating in these virtual classes, you agree that Ananya Dance Theatre is not responsible for, and you hereby waive all claims for loss, injury, or illness to person or property relating to your participation in dance classes and other activities sponsored by Ananya Dance Theatre.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.





Ananya Dance Theatre | Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2427, Minneapolis, MN 55402-0427

Street Address: 1197 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104