Featuring Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, & Dormeshia

“…an evening of rhythmic magic.”

– Los Angeles Dance Chronicle


“…a sunny break from our me-first fractured world.”

– Los Angeles Times


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Concept: Rina Mehta & Rachna Nivas
Choreography: Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta, Dormeshia, Michelle Dorrance
Original Score: Jayanta Banerjee, Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf
Lighting Design: Dave Robertson
90 minutes, 4 dancers, 6 musicians
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American troupe treat Mumbaikars to an evening of Kathak and Tap dance
Times of India

Rhythm Speaks
Asian Age

Tapping into Kathak

Dance Card: Indian kathak dance and American tap will meet as equals in SPEAK at Z-Space
San Jose Mercury News

Leela Dance’s SPEAK mixes kathak and tap
SF Gate

Rhythm unites tap, Indian classical dancers
SF Examiner

Leela Dance set to bring two powerful kathak performances to California
India West


Upcoming Performances

February 12, 2020
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Maui, Hawaii

February 14, 2020
University of Hawaii
Hilo, Hawaii

February 16, 2020
Kahilu Theatre
Wamea, Hawaii

March 23-27, 2020
Page Theatre, St. Marys University of Minnesota
Winona, Minnesota

April 14-18, 2020
North Carolina State Live
Raleigh, North Carolina

April 20-22, 2020
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

April 23 -25, 2020
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Miami, Florida


Previous Performances

February 20, 2019
Royal Opera House
Mumbai, India

February 21, 2019
GD BIrla Sabhagar
Kolkata, India

February 24, 2019
Gurgaon, India

March 22-24, 2018
The Broad Stage
Los Angeles, CA

March 24-25, 2017
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

March 27-29, 2017
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

December 18-19, 2015
San Francisco, CA


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
New Music USA
California Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Zellerbach Family Foundation
The Esper A. Petersen Foundation





Indian Kathak dance and American tap dance, continents and ages apart, share parallel stories of struggle and perseverance. They come together in this sensational collaboration that is rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music and dance.

SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and James Buster Brown, while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists. Serving as the bridge between tradition and innovation, history and progress, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards create nothing short of magic on the stage.

Joined by the world’s leading Indian classical and jazz musicians, SPEAK promises to thrill, provoke and move your spirit.

Musical Cast:
Allison Miller, Drums and Composer
Carmen Staaf, Piano
Todd Sickafoose, Bass
Jayanta Banerjee, Sitar and Composer
Debasish Sarkar, Vocals
Satyaprakash Mishra, Tabla

Booking Information:
Elka Samuels Smith
Divine Rhythm Productions