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Amrapali Ambegaokar

 
 

By the age of 21 Amrapali Ambegaokar was invited by Cirque du Soleil's Dralion to play the Principal Character/Dancer "Oceane": goddess of water, incorporating Classical Kathak dance, Flamenco, and modern dance techniques. She completed over 700 shows in 2 years performing in 14 A-list cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston etc. Amrapali also represented Cirque du Soleil by performing and making guest appearances on The Today Show, NY, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Deborah Duncan and several others.

 
 

Amrapali grew up in an artist's family as the daughter and disciple of internationally renowned, NEA National Heritage Fellowship awardee and Kathak dance Guru Smt. Anjani Ambegaokar. Under Anjani's tutelage and guidance, Amrapali absorbed classical dance, classical music, dance-theater, and the process of creation from her mother and other great artists she was exposed to.

 

Amrapali: RajNartaki

A Music Center Spotlight Awardee and Lester Horton Nominee, Amrapali has performed as a soloist and the principal dancer for Anjani's Kathak Dance of India since age 4 at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Festival, World Music Institute, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the National Geographic Society, Library of Congress, the United Nations and hundreds of others.  Amrapali has also been teaching Kathak dance since high school all over the world from university workshops (Pepperdine University, University of Hawaii, UC San Diego etc.)  to schools both privately and for groups of all ages and ranging from beginning levels to professional dancers.  She has been the Associate Artistic Director and Co-Choreographer of Anjani’s Kathak Dance of India for the past 7 years where she continues to collaborate in both classically traditional and avant-garde nontraditional forms of dance and music in works such as The Art of Basketball: Kathak Style, and NEA-funded Amrapali: RajNarthaki.

 
 

Amrapali holds a BA with honors from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures program specializing in Dance and Choreography and was a Lew & Eddie Wasserman Scholar, and Alumni Arts Scholar. Amrapali has choreographed in dance styles ranging from pure classical Kathak to Bhangra and hip hop for both Bollywood and Hollywood films including Ram Gopal Varma's "Naach" and Varun Khanna's "American Blend" which is currently premiering at the festival circuit including Bombay, Newport Beach and Riverside.

 
 

Amrapali has held many beauty pageant titles such as Miss Asian California, and Miss India North America and swept all the talent titles she ever competed for.  She continues to actively volunteer her time by by judging, performing, modeling and choreographing community events.

 
 

Amrapali is also a full time actress with leading roles on films such as American Blend and Extra Ordinary Barry and television shows such as Boston Legal, Alias, and ER and feels blessed to be following her life’s dream of  “Breaking Boundaries” in many mediums.