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Navya Mastanaiah

in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

Aja Nachle! (Let's Dance!)

PRESENTED ON FEB 11, 2016
IN ST JOSEPH @ VOL 4

Navya Mastanaiah grew up in India and arrived in the USA about 8 years ago. She trained early on in a form of Indian classical dance called Bharatanatyam. As life progressed, she began imbibing different forms of western dance through school performances, impromptu jazz classes and the like. 

Since childhood, through college, even in the USA where she initially struggled to make friends, Dance has always been her go-to language for breaking barriers, making friends and buildingmemories.

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