About the Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer/Guru
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Renu Kumar (Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer and Principal Dancer) has worked as a master teacher and performer in Modern Indian/Bollywood/Folk dancing in the United States since 1986. 
Originally from Muzaffarnager, Uttar Pradesh, India, Renu has extensive training in Classical North Indian Kathak and graduated from Meerut University with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Master in Political Science. Dance is her passion from her childhood. She believes that her work covers an impressive range, from virtuoso traditional exposition of Modern Indian dance, through large-scale and always arresting adaptations of classics to boldly innovative creative collaborations with choreographers, designers, writers, directors and musicians. She sees dance as a primary medium of artistic discourse. For her, dance is like a form of yoga, which synchronizes the inner biorhythms with the movements of the body.

 

Renu founded RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy in 2004: To serve as a leading voice for exhilarating and beautiful Bollywood, Folk, Contemporary, Semi Classical, Modern Indian dance movements. This professional academy is acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, students, performing work that draws together modern dance, Indian classical Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Folk and the Western dancing, like Salsa, hip-hop, belly dancing, and jazz. Since it’s founding, the Academy has served over 1350 students and created more than 66 innovative new works both locally and internationally, including Academy’s Thirteen annual musical Bollywood dance dramas here in Minnesota. With the help of many volunteers, she writes, choreographs, directs, designs and creates these shows asa way to demonstrat the power of art.

Brings community together: RGK Dance Academy brings together many like-minded people- to form a vibrant community dedicated to dance, diversity, and inclusivity. RGK produces shows that reflect multi-cultural experiences within the community as well as show that are cross-cultural.

At R.G.K., Renu celebrates youth and makes learning fun: Students participate in creation, interpretations and production of an original art inspired by culture of India.  RGK not only teaches Bollywood dancing, but we offer our students opportunities to perform and experience theater arts. Renu loves children and has a passion to teach them a part of rich Indian culture through dances and art. She believes that every child is deserving of respect, love, food and education.

Empowers Women by well being through Bollywood dance/yoga exercise and bringing their day today's life, strength, problems, health, social injustice, on stage. For example Cauvery, 2011 Annual RGK show, depicted the story of an immigrant woman, experience in America, who faced many challenges. Celebration of life, 2007 RGK Annual show, was a story of a Teen girl who was suffering with cancer, Cocoon, 2013 RGK Annual show, was a story of four good friends who wanted to be out of cocoon and free like a butterfly and the most recent show DOOR 2014, (open the door to your dreams) RGK Annual show, was a story of an adopted girl, who has a passion to become a Miss America.

Give Back to Soceity: RGK Academy organizes annual charity shows to Raise funds for different local and international Charity organizations. Our yearly shows have benefited organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota, American Cancer Society of MN, Children's Hospital (cancer research), Red Cross (MN Tornado relief fund), Vibha (underprivileged children fund), Unite for Sight (free surgery for those in need) CRY America (child rights & you) and Hindu Temple of Minnesota. In addition to these, the academy also helps other nonprofit organizations in raising money through our dances and shows. See rgkdance.org/events.htm for a complete list of these annual shows.

Promotes Awareness of Indian Dance and Culture in the wide community: Teach our Culture, tell stories through dance.
RGK Academy has brought awareness of Indian culture and dance to Minnesota via 60 + shows and performances:

Pan Asian Pacific 2015, Punjabhi show 2015, Spring Lake High School's Diversity celebration 2015, Celebration of Asia, at University of MN, Duluth. November 22, 2014, Diwali Celebration, Gustavus Adolphus College, Oct. 23, 2014, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Annual Dinner, May 9, 2014, Minnesota Twins Fest 2013, AAPIOS American Association of Physicians of Indian Origins 2014, Asian Pacific Dragon Festival 2012, Hollywood Movie: Problem Solving the Republic 2012, IAM (Indian Association of Minnesota) 2012, 2011, Minnesota TWINS 2011, Mall of America 2011, General Mills 2011, Art of Living 2011, Girls Scout 2011, Northfield 2011, 2010 HeartLink Gala Celebrate the Beauty of Healing An exploration of South Asian Dance & Music, TARGET An exploration of South Asian Dance & Music, Boston Scientific Company in Minnesota -South Asian countries Independence day celebration (2009), Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Dept's Asia Event (2009), Festival of Nations (2009, 2010), Taro Ki Raat(2008) for Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), Human Society Fox Berry Show (2008), Festival of India (2007), SEWA-AIFW (2007 & 08), APCC Asian Pacific Cultural Center MN (2007), Asian American Cultural Center Austin, TX (2007), University of Minnesota ISA shows (2004,05,06), Rangolsaw (Kerala Cultural Forum of MN 2007), Where the Brahmaputra Meets the Mississippi(2006,07), PIC Society (2006,07), Many Meilas and Fairs in the local community and other cities of MN for temples -Hindu Society of Minnesota Diwali and Holi shows (1998,99,2000,2001,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,2014),
Geeta Ashram Diwali and Holi shows (1998,99,2000,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,2010), Kumbhabhishekam for the new temple (2006 and 07), Spring festival -Vaisakhi Mela (Sikh Society of MN 2003,04,05,06,07,08,15), Vishnew Temple, Masala Camps (2004,05,09, 15), Multicultural Night from Garden City Elementary School(04), lots of other communities, companies, schools, colleges, universities cultural events.

 
 

 

Awards
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Renu has been honored with several awards for performances, innovative directing and choreography. Renu and her selected charity been honored with awards from Dr. Dash Foundation (2016 and 2015), the Hindu Society of Minnesota for (2012), and the Travelers Insurance group (2011) fHer work has been profiled by TV asia, Plymouth Magazine as well as several TV and readio channels. She has been honorary Judge for the shows including Vibha, "Taal" (2009, 2010, 2014) , and Talentz (2013), "Natya Manjari" (2015).

 
     
 


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