Bharatanatyam dancing

“Our mission is to creatively engage & enrich communities in the Northwest of England and beyond, through educating, exploring and sharing the experiences of Indian Classical Dance”  - Dr Swati Raut Artistic Director

Swati Dance Company (SDC) is led by Dr Swati Raut, an established Bharatanatyam dance artist, choreographer, teacher and educator who has worked in the Northwest region for the last two decades. Her highly successful dance career began in the UK in 1987. Since then, Swati has not only established herself as a leading classical dance artist but has concurrently focused attention in training and developing the next generation as a teacher and workshop leader across education and in community contexts.
Swati received her dance training in Bharatanatyam (Pandanallur Style) at ‘Nrityashree’, Mumbai, under the tutelage of Guru Krishnan Kutty. Her Guru is not only a well known Kathakali dancer but also a much admired Bharatanatyam teacher who trained under the late Lakshmi Kantham of Tanjore of the Pichhaiya Pillai school.Following her Arangetram (dance graduation) in 1979, she continued to train in Bharatanatyam and also learnt Mohiniattam (another form of Indian classical dance) from Smt. Ammu Kutty. She has performed extensively in India in the eighties, both as a solo artist and in Dance Drama productions by Nrityashree. Swati came to the UK in 1987 to complete her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. However, her interest was rooted in dance and she started to teach dance to community groups in the Northwest where she was based. In 2005 Swati founded Northwest Dance Alliance with few other regional dance teachers of Indian classical dance. The group now exists informally.

Swati teaches Bharatanatyam to more than150 young children in the North West region through weekly and weekend classes in Wigan, Bolton, Preston and Liverpool. Swati is the Principal Teacher at Milapfest Arts School. Over the last two decades Swati has trained several young children in the region and many of her students have successfully passed various grades of the ISTD examinations and have completed Arangetram (dance graduation) under her guidance and mentoring.

As a performing artist, Swati has performed in successful dance productions such as “Devi Diva” and ‘Shivoham’. Swati is invited to perform regularly in prestigious venues such as the Nehru Centre in London, the Lowry in Salford Quays, Unity Theatre in Liverpool, Heron Theatre in Cumbria. Swati has worked closely as a freelance artist with the leading dance organisations such as SAA-UK, Milapfest, Surdhawani, Indian Association Manchester, Indian Association Lancaster.

Presently she sits in the board of Dance Manchester (previously known as DIGM  – Dance Initiative Greater Manchester) and is a Faculty Committee Members of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teacher’s in Training) for Classical Indian Dance.

Company Management

Swati Dance Company is currently managed by Anita Srivastava.

Anita Srivastava is an Independent Arts Manager and the Founding Director of New Dimensions Arts Management. Anita has specialist knowledge in South Asian Dance underpinned by her deep & broad interest across the dance sector. With over 20 years’ experience, Anita has a proven track record of successfully applying her marketing and management skills in the education & arts sector.

Prior to moving to England, Anita managed a national training initiative in India. She started her career in arts management in the UK in 2000 with Kadam, where she was responsible for strategic planning & management of their core projects, International Summer School & Pulse Magazine. In 2008, she was selected for Arts Council England’s Escalator Leadership Development Programme in the East region which provided her the impetus & confidence to set up New Dimensions.

New Dimensions works with strategic South Asian dance organisations in creating and delivering projects of regional and national significance. The Company has extensive experience of building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels and works with other experienced arts professionals to develop projects and create synergies where possible.

Anita’s project management and marketing expertise have been commended for the successful delivery of ‘Dance India – International Summer School’ for Milapfest from 2008 to 2011, the profile-raising and recruitment of students since 2009 for the national South Asian strand of the Centre for Advanced Dance Training Programme led by DanceXchange and Sampad, the marketing of the national South Asian strand of U.Dance for Dance4 and increasing its connectivity within the South Asian dance community, developing database of artists and providing marketing support via management of Akademi’s South Asian dance website, and most recently, by the BBC & Saddler’s Wells for successfully engaging participants for the BBC Young Dancer competition for South Asian dance category.

A recent highlight of Anita’s career has been producing Navadisha 2016, a trailblazing conference which took place in May 2016 at mac Birmingham. Co-produced by Sampad Arts, the conference celebrated achievements, success & contemporary diversity of South Asian dance sector and most importantly brought the sector together to discuss future challenges & opportunities.