Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Dr. Joyce Paul Poursabahian
C/O ARPAN  24311, NE 80th street, Redmond, WA - 98053
Doctorate in Exercise Physiology (Special emphasis on dance related injuries)

Dance Form:
Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical)
Web site:

Received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Padmashree Leela Samson (1986-1994).
Learnt under the guidance of Smt. Chitra Chandrashekhar Dasarathy and Manjari Chandrashekhar. (1994-2000)
Received three months training from Prof. M. R. Krishnamoorthy of Kalakshetra Foundation at Kalakshiti, Bangalore (Sept‑Nov 1994). http://www.kalakshetra.org/ 
Spent a few months under the tutelage of Prof. J. A. Janardhanan, at Kalakshetra, Madras (Feb‑July 1994). http://www.kalakshetra.org/ 
Basic Ballet course at Bellevue Community College, April 2001.

Hosted and attended workshop in Bharatanatyam by Dr. Seshadri Iyengar, August 2008
Hosted and attended workshop in Mohiniyattam by Dr. Kalamandalam Radhika, August 2007
Kalakshetra batch of 95 alumni meet-cum-workshop, Los Angeles, July 2005
Workshop in Mohiniyattam by Dr. Kalamandalam Radhika, April 2005.
Workshop on using Kathak in Modern dance by Akram Khan http://www.britishcouncil.or.id/arts/akramkhan.htm  2000
Attended a modern dance workshop conducted by Jaan Freeman, artistic director of the Freeman Repertory Dance Company. June 2000 http://www.lotusarts.com/jaan.htm 
Attended a 15-day dance workshop at GANDHARVA MAHA VIDYALAYA, led by Jolsana Menon, Kalakshetra, Madras, (1‑15 Oct, 1993).
Attended a 10-day workshop with Prof. C. V. Chandrashekhar, 1993.
Attended Smt. Kanak Rele's workshop on “Rasa Theory in Natyashastra", September 1991.

Abhinaya Fine Arts- Classical dances of India, May 2008
Parampara - A guru-shishya tradition, April 2008
Gurukul-Ragamala Classical Event, June 2007.
Understanding Bharatanaytam 101 - Gurukul, Seattle Feb 2007.
Talk and demonstration “FROM THE BEATLES TO BOLLYWOOD -India’s Impact on American Culture”, Sept, 2005
Talk and demonstration on “Health tips for Bharatanatyam dancers - From Within School Of Dance, September 10, 2005
Debut performance of KalaPrayanam at the Northwest FolkLife Festival, 27th May, 2005
Tsunami – Jan 2005 From Seattle with Love - A Benefit for Tsunami Relief
India in America/Utsav – Oct 2005
Talk and demonstration for the Artists Trust – August 2004.
Living our traditions: presenting and producing folk and traditional performance - A community dialogue. Town Hall Seattle, November 22, 2003
Performed at the NorthWest Folk Life Festival in Seattle, 29 May 2004
Launched ARPAN with a 2 hour dance festival titled Rangoli at the Seattle Art Museum on 23rd August 2003. Benefit festival in aid of Asha for Education. http://www.joycekpaul.com/Arpan/SAM.htm
Performed at the Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle, 26 May 2003
Taught a Bharatanatyam workshop at the Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle, 25 May 2003
Performed for the People for Progress in India fund raiser, WA March 2003. http://www.ppi-usa.org
Performed and choreographed for the Dance to the Music section of the Worlds in Seattle series, Town Hall, Seattle, 01 March 2003. http://www.townhall.org/ 
Performed and choreographed “ARPAN ” (Creative Indian dance) for the Tamil Sangam, Seattle.
Performed at the Northwest Folk Life festival in Seattle, 26 May 2002. http://www.nwfolklife.org/P_F/Festival.html 
Lecture Demonstration at Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA for Ballet and Jazz students, May 2001.  http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/ 
“Call to worship” for DanceWorX choreographed by Jaan Freeman of the Battery Dance Company, NY.  July 2000. http://www.thedanceworx.com/ 
“Infinitely India” a television feature for a National Telecast on Doordarshan Channel 1 in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of India’s independence, 1997.
Performed for the National Channel Doordarshan (National Television), CPC production - October 1997.
Session on “Communication through gestures in Indian Classical Dance”-for Presidents Club (NIIT) October 26th 1997.
Choreographed and acted in a bilingual dance-theatre performance of “Nadi Paar”, presented by the Anti-Theatre Group. Directed by K. Srinivasan Rajendran, Ass. Prof, National School Of Drama, 20 June 1996 at IIC; 24-25th at SRC, Mandi House.
Performed for the International Temple of Understanding-Indian Chapter in a multi-media production called "Patterns of Faith in India from Vedas to voluntarism", Kamani Auditorium, 23 March 1996.
Performed for The Trade Fair Authority of India, Falaknuma Theatre, 20 Nov 1995.
Performed for stage premier of "Reflections" staged by "Art India Foundation", at Kamani, 10 June 1995.
Performed for the International Consultation on Medical Anthropology and Alternative Systems of Healing, Suraj Kund, Haryana, 22 February 1995.
Solo complete margam recital for the celebrations of Fifty years of Orthodox Church in the national capital and nearly 2000 years in India, Mavalankar Auditorium, 30 December 1994.
Performed for the 9th YUVAMAHOTSAVA, organized by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, 13 February 1994.
Performed Mohiniyattam for MEGHA 94, University of Delhi.
Reflections, a program of fusion music with dance and mime recorded by Central Production Centre, Doordarshan for national telecast, 1994.
Solo performance of full repertoire at Triveni Chamber Theatre, 29 April 1993.
Solo performance for the World Health Organization, WHO on the occasion of WORLD HEALTH DAY, 05 April 1993.
Solo performance of complete margam at Sabari Mandapam, Ayyappa Temple, R.K.Puram, for the Mandala Puja Celebrations, 07 December 1992.
Group (trio) recital at Triveni Chamber Theatre, 04 November 1992.
Recital for the National Day at the French Embassy in New Delhi, 16 May 1992.
With Guru Leela Samson for the Spirit of Unity concerts at Siri Fort Auditorium, 03 March 1992.
Annual day celebrations of Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya, 02 March 1992.
‘Aabhaas’ (a confluence of Bharatanatyam and Odissi) for the Inaugural of the 7th Yuvamahotsav organized by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, February 1992.
For a charity organization, Mobile Creches at FICCI, November 1991.
Spirit of Unity concerts at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, October 1991.
10th Anniversary Celebrations of Namaskaar at Maurya Sheraton, July 1991.
Annual Day Celebrations of Bharatiya Kala Kendra at Sri Ram Center, May, 1991.
Sri Ram Jayanti Celebrations at Kamani Auditorium, April 1991.
Performed Mohiniyattam for the Centenary Celebrations of the Intelligence Bureau, Siri Fort Auditorium, December 1990.
Guruvayoor Temple, November 1990.
Youth Against Racism Festival at Glasgow, Scotland as part of a Youth Cultural Exchange Programme, YMCA, July 1990.
Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra Annual Day Celebrations at Kamani Auditorium, October 1989.
Launched Abhivyakti Karyashala 1986.
Server as Dance Director for Abhivyakti Karyashala for 5 consecutive years.

 Teaching Experience:
    Bharatanatyam lessons:
Teaching at ARPAN, Redmond, WA, (2002-Present)
Guest Speaker - UW educational outreach for Dance, Sept - Nov 2008
Teaching Kaikottikali at Redmond, WA (June-Sept 2001)
 Assisted teaching (Bharatanatyam classes) at Kalashram Trust, New Delhi, founded and directed by renowned Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj. Sept-Dec 2000http://www.birjumaharaj.com/aim.htm .
Teacher at GANDHARVA MAHAVIDYALAYA for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced batches, 1992‑93.
Private Bharatanatyam classes, 1990‑1992 and 1996-97 (India)
Talk and workshop on "Health tips for Bharatanatyam dancers" at the "From within school", Issaquah, WA - Sept 2005.
4-day workshop "Contemporary approach to teaching an age old art form" at the Sadhana School of Music, Bellevue, WA - August 2004.
Taught a Bharatanatyam workshop at the NorthWest FolkLife Festival, Seattle Center, WA - May 2003.
Taught a Bharatanatyam workshop at Bellevue Community College, WA - May 2001.

Festival of India in America - October, 2005
Kala Prayanam - Northwest FolkLife 2005
Arpan - Rangoli - Folk Traditions of India, Seattle Art Museum on 23rd August 2003
Town Hall - Dance to the Music series, March 2003
Indian Classical Dance - FolkLife Festival 2002
Kaikottikali for Kerala Association of Washington. http://www.kaow.org/program.htm 
Annual Day celebrations of NIIT (1996, 97 and 98)
Annual Day celebrations of GANDHARVA MAHAVIDYALAYA (1993)
Annual Day celebrations of Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi (1986, 87 and 88)
 Nattuvangam for:
Kala Prayanam, NWFL, Seattle, WA, May 2005.
Nattuvangam and danced at the PPI fund-raiser, WA March 2003.
Janamashtami celebrations at ISCKON, Issaquah, WA. August 2001.
Complete margam by Deepika Nagaraj 7th YUVAMAHOTSAV, Sapru House, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi. 12 February 1992.
Complete margam by Deepika Nagaraj at SHANKARA MATH, New Delhi. 05 September 1992.
Complete margam at Triveni Chamber Theatre, New Delhi. 04 November 1992.
Complete margam for GANDHARVA MAHAVIDYALAYA Annual Day, Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. 04 March 1993.
Complete margam by Archita Mehta and Swagata Sen at the SUR SINGAR festival, Bombay. 21 May 1993.
Complete margam by Archita Mehta and Swagata Sen at the INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, New Delhi. 03 November 1993.
Complete margam by Archita Mehta and Swagata Sen at the HARIDAS SAMMELAN, Bombay. 30 December 1993.
PhD thesis titled “Physique and Fitness among Bharatanatyam dancers with Special Emphasis on Dance related injuries.””
"Dance injuries among Bharatanatyam dancers." – Indian Anthropologist, (1998) 28:2, 21-33.
Dance Critic article for Statesman.

 A few Reviews/Comments:
“Joyce has a great sense of rhythm. Her nattuvangam this evening was brilliant.” - Kathak stalwart Sitara Devi of Kalika-Bindadeen gharana at Sur Singar, Mumbai, India.
“Wonderful technique. Great form. You look so much like your guru Leela Samson when you dance” Art critic Ashish Khokar during the Yuva Mahotsav, Feb 1994, New Delhi
"I saw your performance last night and was blown away- it was breathtaking and almost made me cry. What you both did with the emotional expression was very powerful. Thank you so much for such an inspirational performance!" - Amelia Moore, Belly dancer- Children of the Revolution.

It was a feast to see you. You looked beautiful and danced with joy. It gave all of us in the audience energy. Hats of to you for putting this program together. The music for the last item was simply superb. The whole performance was well thought out and beautifully executed.  Wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.- Subhashini, Bharatanatyam dancer



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