IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ANITA MENON:
The Anjali School of Dance started out in my garage with one student and has over the past 22+ years grown to be a dance school known for our quality dancers and innovative choreographic dances and productions. I have spent this time not just teaching dance but also teaching life lessons to dancers. It has been our sincere effort to offer excellence in Bharatanatyam training to all our students and our spectacular arangetrams and productions are testimony to our passion for the dance form.
Over the past few years, my productions and my work on various arts organization boards (including my work on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) has begun to consume most of my time. These efforts are new and exciting and represent a growth path for me as an artist and an arts administrator with the ability to impact the larger arts community at the state level - that is where I would like to focus all my energies going forward.
And so after much thought and contemplation, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to close the Anjali School of Dance. Archana, Sowmini, Meera and Poorna have supported me throughout their time at Anjali and they continue to support this decision. Together, we have also spent countless hours trying to figure out other options to continue the school without me. Given their own careers and family commitments, they have concluded that they would not have sufficient hours in their week to devote to running the various aspects of the dance school.
As of September 1st 2017, our school will no longer be open other than for the rehearsals for our last and final arangetram on September 16th. We hope that this notice gives our students sufficient time to do their research and find other teachers before fall session starts.
That said, I would like to announce an open house to ALL students and families who have learned dance with me over the past 22 years. Each one of you is so special and I would love it if you could stop by and say goodbye! Please join us on: Wednesday August 16th 2017 at 6:00 pm for a meet and greet at our studio.
I would like to finish this announcement by expressing my never-ending gratitude for the wonderful support from my amazing staff. I would not be where I am today without their unwavering support. These strong women who are visionaries and ahead of their time came into my life and into the business at the perfect time. I would also like to thank all the assistant teachers, guest teachers, collaborators, students, dancers, parents, volunteers, audience and most of all my own family who supported my passion. The endless support that you all have given so willingly day in and day out, will be cherished in my heart forever!! Because of your support, the Anjali School of Dance became the place that it is and from which I have been profoundly and deeply changed for the better.
I sincerely hope that you will all continue to keep in touch. Nothing will bring me more joy than to hear about all the amazing things my students will accomplish in the future.
Thank you all and wishing each one of you the best in the future!