Instructors


Ranjani Vedanthan, Director and Instructor, studied Bharatanatyam (Vazhuvoor style) under Guru Smt. Padmini Ravi of Bangalore, India for six years. Starting in 1988, from middle-school until college, Ranjani traveled to India every summer to study Carnatic Sangeet and Bharatanatyam, classical south-Indian vocal music and dance. In 1995, she completed her arangetrams in Bangalore, India and in Denver, and was the second "Bharatanatyam graduation" in Colorado. Ranjani has briefly studied ballet, belly dance, and Kathakthe beautiful north-Indian classical dance style, and in 2003 she received her ghungroos, a significant milestone that symbolizes the commitment of the dancer to the study of dance.  Her choreography has been featured in various types of productions, ranging from ballet to Native-American to spoken-word. Ranjani has performed throughout America and in various countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. She currently performs and offers lessons in Bharatanatyam and Bollywood Dance in Fort Collins. 





Dr. Raghu Raj Kumar is a Bharatanatyam dancer who began learning dance in 1988, and has had 16 years of training and 22+ years of experience in classical dancing. He has learnt Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt. Rajalakshmi, Guru Dr. Sanjay Shantaram and Guru Smt. Brunda Iyengar. Being a popular male dance artist in Karnataka, India, he began training students in 2001 at Shivashakthi School of Dance, Bangalore. Continuing his dance in USA, Raghu collaborated with University of Wyoming’s Theater and Dance group to teach Indian classical dance to students at Laramie, Wyoming. He also volunteered to teach Bharatanatyam in Laramie from 2012-2014. Currently, Raghu is in Fort Collins, CO, volunteering to teach Bharatanatyam to students at Kalapriya School of Dance. He has his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Wyoming. He works at National Center for Atmospheric Research as a Project Scientist, accelerating weather and climate models on supercomputers. To know more about Raghu’s accomplishments, click here.



To enroll in dance classes, book performances and for other inquiries, please email KalapriyaSchool@gmail.com