Sri Lankan Dance Academy
Majestic Dance Traditions of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York seeks to preserve the significant cultural and artistic heritage of Sri Lanka in America through both traditional and contemporary drumming and dancing. Founded in 1992 by Tanya DeSilva, the program is led by internationally recognized professional Kandyan dancer Dilhan Pinnagoda and drum master, Uthpala Eroshan. Specializing in Kandyan (up country) dance, SLDA boasts three satellite schools (Staten Island, Queens & New Jersey) that teach individuals ages 5-25, a pre-professional company and performing ensemble which has performed Kandyan, Low Country and other traditional dance/music forms on citywide and national stages: National Folk Festival - Greensboro, North Carolina; Montana Folk Festival; Drums Along the Hudson; Richmond Folk Festival; Bangor Folk Festival; Lowell Folk Festival; and WNYC's Greenspace. As cultural ambassadors and highly adept educators, SLDA's gurus and dancers consistently impress new audiences with their artistry and skill.
Ensemble: 3-6 dancers and drummers