Kavita Rao

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Kavita Rao, creative director of Karmagraphy, produces distinctive contemporary dance styles and is starting her third year at The Studio School. Internationally and regionally renowned for her choreography and teaching abilities, she conjures out of her world travels characteristics of eastern and western dance. Signed with one of LA's top dance agencies, MSA, Rao has been featured in numerous lives shows, music videos, films, commercials and television shows. Her work can recently be seen in episodes of "Angie Tribeca" on TBS, Youtube Red’s “Buddy System”. Rao is a current faculty member of The Studio School in LA and had the privilege of creating her own curriculum as being the first to teach her course. A 7 year faculty member of Dupree Dance Convention, Rao was the first master instructor to bring Bollywood dance to the national convention circuit. She has judged many national Bollywood competitions, including Just Dance (India’s SYTYCD), Jhoomti Sham and Bollywood America. She created artistic works in Guam, Israel, Los Angeles and across the US. Choreographing for multiple artists, Rao has a long list of music videos to her credit. She is also the resident choreographer for the commercial production company Contagious and some current and past studio residencies include Millennium Dance Complex, Dance Dimensions and International Dance Academy Hollywood — and master classes across the country. Along with teaching multiple dance styles, Rao uses her public relations and entrepreneurial background to teach a business for dancers class to help prepare young dancers for the industry.

As the Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, she recently choreographed and danced for clients such as Sketchers, IFFA (International Fashion Film Awards), International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), IFFLA (Indian Film Festival LA), Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Gita Anjali Diamonds, GO Campaign, Pratham, INDUS, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), South Asian Bar Association, Arpen Global Charities, and SDM Cancer Relief Fund, Chopra Foundation, Red Roof Inn, Morongo Casino. Co-creator of Bollywood Rise, a full-length dance spectacular featuring interdisciplinary performance arts and high scale production, Rao pushes the envelope when creating live stage shows. Bollywood Rise has been picked up by About Entertainment and is looking forward to a busy touring season. Rao also obtained rave reviews for her work in “Beyond,” a cabaret show that had a residency in Los Angeles." Her new works include “Incarnations of a Goddess”, which is the creation of a new genre - Bollywood cabaret and “Ajaa”, a Bollycirque experience set to premier fall 2017.

Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Chapman Univeristy

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