Led by
Guru Rukmini Vijayakumar

JUN 27TH - JUL 5TH 2020

LshVa Art Space in collaboration with Raadha Kalpa Dance Company hosts the “LaS Intensive“, a dance intensive for Bharatanatyam dancers. The annual summer intensive which has been a huge success is Bangalore is now being brought to the US dance community. The program is aimed at helping dedicated and serious dancers to grow intellectually, technically and spiritually in the art of Bharatanatyam. The training program challenges dancers physically, artistically and intellectually.

The intensive is structured to include various other disciplines like yoga, strength training, rhythm, music etc.The intensive is planned and designed with utmost care to cater to the needs of every student present. The aim is for the students to have a safe space to explore, learn, question, evolve and grow as dancers and artists.


The intensive is for those students who want to expand their knowledge base, understand, and deepen their bharatanatyam practice. The students will be accepted into the program based on the audition video in the application. Students will benefit from revisiting and reinforcing the basic physical and aesthetic technique with renewed vigour, while finding the tools to grow and experiment and reevaluate their ideas of dance. They will also deepen their understanding in theory and the philosophy of the Bharatanatyam tradition.

Batch 1: Now stands cancelled. All students will be moved to Batch 2 provided the situation of COVID-19 betters by then.

Batch 2: June 27th – July 5th 2020

Sunnyvale Community Center, dance studio  
550 E. Remington Dr
Sunnyvale CA 94088-3707

Cubberly Theater, CA

Rukmini Vijayakumar established Raadha Kalpa in 2009. She creates the training curriculum, teaches, choreographs and performs as a part of Raadha Kalpa dance Company.

Trained under imminent gurus, Narmada Rao and Sundari Santhanam, Rukmini has carved a niche for herself in the performing arts world. After her initial years of Ballet under Yana Lewis, she graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory receiving a BFA degree in ballet and modern dance. Her training in Karanas under Sundari, in the tradition of Guru Padma Subrahmanyam, and her education in choreography at the conservatory, has given Rukmini a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition while drawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary.

Rukmini is a certified power pilates instructor, and yoga practitioner. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology at BU, and courses of Fitness instruction at UCLA. Her extensive knowledge in Human anatomy and dance pedagogy is incorporated in her teaching curriculum at Raadha Kalpa.

Second Round Admission (by Feb 25th 2020):

  • Last Date for the Submission of second round Application – Feb 25th 2020
  • You will receive your Acceptance status mail by Mar 15th 2020
  • Last Date for the payment of intensive fee -Mar 30th 2020
  • Last Date to subscribe and pay for the meal plan and accommodation (if applicable): Apr 20th 2020

Early Admission (by December 10th 2019):

  • Last Date for the Submission of Early Bird Application – Dec 10th 2019
  • You will receive your Acceptance status mail by Jan 15th 2020
  • Last Date for the payment of intensive fee -Jan 30th 2020
  • Last Date to subscribe and pay for the meal plan and accommodation (if applicable): Apr 20th 2020
Intensive dates
  • Batch 1: June 18th- June 25th 2020
  • Batch 2: June 27th- July 5th 2020
    (The teacher will assign you to a particular batch based on your application video.)

Sunnyvale Community Center, dance studio  
550 E. Remington Dr
Sunnyvale CA 94088-3707

Cubberly Theater, CA


Follow the steps below

  • Find the application form below and fill it in. (Please note that the intensive is for an experienced student of Bharatanatyam. This intensive will not be suitable for complete beginners to the dance form, so please list out your experience in Bharatanatyam in detail.)
  • Please attach a video link with your application. We will not consider any applications without a video.
    • Audition Video– Please upload your video to a youtube account (you can upload it as unlisted if you do not want it public) or as a google drive link.
    • Video Rules
      • The video has to be of Bharatanatyam only. The video should include a clear nritta portion and a clear abhinaya portion
      • The lighting should be proper and we should be able to clearly see the dancer and their movements.
      • Please send a solo video only! Do not send a group dance video or a fusion video.
      • The video format has to be readable (mp4, avi etc.).
      • Video does not have to be of a proper performance. You can send in practice video also.
  • Once we receive your complete form (with the video), you will get an email acknowledgement. If you do not receive an acknowledgement in any of your email folders, please mail us at [email protected] to check if your application came through.
  • After submitting your application, we will get back to you regarding your acceptance by 15th March 2020.
  • Upon your acceptance, you will be receive an acceptance e-mail with the schedule and the fee details, along with a form to be filled. (Please note, the schedule is tentative and might be subject to change based on teachers’ availability)

Though we do provide accommodation if required, it is not necessary that students stay with us for the intensive. Local students can travel and attend the classes everyday.

  • Intensive Fee for Early Bird Registration: USD 1000/- (Excluding accommodation & Meals)
  • Intensive Fee after Early Bird Deadline: USD 1200/- (Excluding accommodation & Meals)
  • Upon acceptance to the LaS Intensive, students will be mailed a detailed statement of charges along with an information packet.
  • The payment has to be transferred online. The account details will be sent to you upon your submission of the form.
  • After you have paid, please send an email to [email protected] with a screenshot of the transaction as well as the account name that the transfer has been made in. This will help us confirm your payment and spot in the intensive.
  • Cash/cheque payments can only be given if you are able to bring it before the final payment date.
  • All student accounts for early bird admissions must be received in full by Mar 30th 2020.
  • Please note that no refunds will be issued under any circumstance. (If you are unable to attend due to an extenuating situation , you may transfer your seat to another dancer, of your choosing, provided he/she fills in the necessary admission form and pays you directly)

We strive to provide resources and amenities that will make the LaS experience enjoyable and safe, assisting each student and their unique situation to our best ability. 
For this intensive, do let us know if you would be interested in subscribing to meals and accommodation through us, and we will see if we can avail the same. We will be able to do this only after all the admissions are completed and we have a final count of the number of Students interested in availing meals and accommodation through us. Please be patient in this regard as it might take some time to complete all admissions.

Please email [email protected] for any enquiries after checking our FAQ section.


  • What is the payment structure?
    • Please drop an email to [email protected] with your full name and where you are from AFTER you have sent your application, and we will send you the fee structure.
  • When is the intensive happening?
    • June 26th – July 5th, 2020
  • Where is the venue?
    • The venue is yet to be confirmed. The most probable venue is the Community Centre in Sunnyvale. We will ensure that the venue is somewhere either in Sunnyvale or the Bay Area- we will confirm the final venue soon.
  • How long is the intensive each day?
    • Both batches have classes running simultaneously through out the day. Classes may start as early at 6 am, and will end past 8 PM. Slight differences in timings may vary, but you will be busy the whole day. Appropriate breaks are given in between. A tentative schedule will be sent to all participants once you are accepted.
  • What to wear?
    • Generally, kurta and legging are good for most bharatanatyam classes. Any thing comfortable can be worn for yoga/pilates/strength classes. Practice sarees may be needed based on faculty. An email with any specific dress codes will be sent closer to the intensive.
  • I have applied but have not received my acceptance yet?
    • If you have not received an email stating that we have received your application, please emails us at [email protected] and let us know. We will check. Please give the team time to go through applications and emails and respond back to you. Acceptances will be sent in batches by the last date given in the ‘IMPORTANT DEADLINES’ section.
  • Any other questions? email at [email protected]

1. I understand that there are no refunds made available once the fee is paid under any circumstances whatsoever, whether it is the intensive fee, or the meal charges and/or accommodation charges. In the event that I am unable to attend the workshop, I may be allowed to transfer my admission to another eligible dancer (who must satisfy the criteria and fill in the application form), only after a valid reason is provided (health/family emergency). Classes are non refundable. If you are unable to make it to class, or change your mind we cannot issue you with a refund.

2. Indicated here are any health problems or conditions of which the studio should be aware (such as heart, back, medical, allergy, muscular, pregnancy, diabetes, epilepsy, chemical or neurological condition, special medication, knee/kidney/shoulder problems, etc.). I understand that I am responsible for any medical expenses and that the absence of health insurance does not make LshVa responsible for payment of medical expenses.

3. I certify that I am in proper physical condition to participate in the exercise/dance program and that I have been examined by a licensed physician and found to be in proper physical condition to participate in said program. I understand that the risk of injury is inherent in any physical activity and I knowingly and voluntarily accept that risk. With this knowledge, I release LshVa of any liability for unforeseen accident or injury that may occur while attending the intensive.

4. Any photographs or videos taken at the LaS summer intensive may be used for the purpose of promotions from time to time.

5. Appropriate Physical Contact Policy: Teaching dance is a physical activity and appropriate physical contact between students and teachers in class in essential to training. LshVa recognizes that such physical contact is a potentially complex area; and the company also fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding students and teachers and for protecting their welfare. The following principles and procedures are in place to fulfil the company’s obligations:
a. Contact by the teacher is made with particular awareness of the needs of each individual to assist the dancer in correcting placement.
b. All teachers will treat any physical contact with due sensitivity and care, and with due regard for the wishes of the student.
c. Contact will not involve force.

6. Students are expected to arrive on time. Dance is a physical activity that requires the body to be warmed up in order to execute movement safely. Late students miss the proper warm-up and therefore may sustain injury. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late may be asked to observe class for reasons of health and safety.

7. We do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.

8. We do not accept responsibility for any loss or expense due to circumstances beyond our control including, transport, fire, weather and other such actions.

Please note that by applying for the Intensive, you are declaring that you agree to all of the above terms & conditions.

LaS Intensive India 2020 - Application

  • Please mention all your teachers
    Will you need help finding a place to stay near the intensive for the duration of the time? (Please note, we can only assist you in creating contact with other dancers who also need accommodation and suggesting Air bnbs and places to stay.)
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.