The annual Dances with India show will present an Indian adaptation of “Aladdin” featuring students from the Los Alamos YMCA’s Kathak and Bharatnatyam classes, as well as guest dancers and actors from the greater Los Alamos community.
The show will be 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos High Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free, however donations by check or cash will be appreciated. All proceeds will go to Santhitheeram — a charitable trust for hospice care for the elderly in Kerala, India.
The production is written and directed by Alina Deshpande and choreographed by Deshpande and Kavita Nandkishore. Deshpande and Nandkishore volunteer to teach two Indian classical dance forms at the Los Alamos Family YMCA and Y-Express.
“Every year the charity is different,” Deshpande said. “We have raised funds for orphanges and schools — mostly children charities, but this year we are trying a new demographic.”
The show bring Indian dance to a traditional show with two forms of Indian dances — the Kathak and the Bharata Natyam. “They are diverse sets of dances,” Deshpande said.