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Kirsten Newell

Bharatanatyam dance teacher/performer

Born in Canada, Kirsten moved to the Isle of Iona as a baby, and then came to Edinburgh at the age of five. From a young age, Kirsten had a passion for dance. Her early training was in Western dance, with a particular strength in ballet, and she remained extremely dedicated throughout her school and college days. Kirsten went initially to Attakalari centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, India, where she gained a one year diploma. She trained in Indian contemporary dance - a mixture of Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu and contemporary dance. Her love of this dance form lead her on to Kalakshetra Foundation the following year. For four years she immersed herself fully in the essence of Bharatanatyam, its culture, tradition and training in South Indian dance and Carnatic music.