Charlotte Moraga

Charlotte Moraga is a Kathak artist, educator, and choreographer. She began her training with master Kathak legend Pandit Chitresh Das at San Francisco State University in 1992 and continued to study deeply in the guru-shisya parampara (one-to-one intensive study). Prior to that she was trained in ballet and jazz dance from the age of nine in Florida, Atlanta, and New York.

She has toured throughout the USA and India many times, both as a principal member of the Chitresh Das Dance Company and as a solo artist. She was a featured principal in Das’ ground breaking productions: Gold Rush, Sampurnam, Pancha Jati, Subali Sugriwa, East As Center, Darbar, Yatra, as well as the critically acclaimed roles as Ravana and Bali in ‘Sita Haran’ and the role of Shiva is his last work, presented posthumously by CalPerformances at Zellerbach Hall in 2016.

Ms. Moraga has performed as a solo artist to critical acclaim at many prestigious dance festivals such as the American Dance Festival, Denpasar Bali Arts Festival, The International Kathak Festival in Chicago, Ali Akbar Khan’s 80th Birthday Gala, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to name a few. Ms. Moraga has performed as a solo artist at Classical Indian Dance and Music Festivals in the St. Louis Missouri, Houston, Bahamas, Mumbai, Calcutta, Pune, Agra, Madurai, Pondicherry and Coimbature, India.

Ms. Moraga was awarded a San Francisco Foundation Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship recognizing her artistic excellence and impact on the field of Kathak in 2007. She also collaborated with tap dancer, Chloe Arnold to create a duet, ‘Sangam‘ for Das‘ India Jazz Progressions. In 2009, she received a residency for the Performing Diaspora Project at CounterPulse and a CA$H grant to support her original work, a collaboration with saxophonist, Prasant Radhakrishnan.

Ms. Moraga is currently director and choreographer of the Chhandam Youth Dance Company. Ms. Moraga has written several articles about Kathak for dance publications such as Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine, and In Dance, published by Dancer’s Group and Dance USA’s ejournal.

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