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Raneesha Manoharan

Raneesha began her formal training in Bharatanatyam at the age of twelve from the Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia. During this time, she gained opportunities to perform around Malaysia – from temples to group choreographies and solo performances. Years later, she moved to England to further her studies and graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Software Engineering.

Just before she began her career, she took a year out to study dance in theory while taking on a project helping dancers in a suburban area improve their understanding of this art form – a project funded by Tourism Malaysia. She then continued training and completed her Arangetram under the tutelage of Guru Kalaimamani Chamundeswari Pani who is based in the North East of England.

Apart from Bharatanatyam, Raneesha pursued learning the Argentinean Tango, Street Dance, Salsa, Latin and Ballroom. She also learns Odissi, another classical Indian dance from Orissa she fell in love with a few years ago. Learning dances of different styles has been a rejuvenating experience, progressively feeding into her love, appreciation and perception of arts.

At present, she dedicates her time towards refinement, performances, choreography, teaching and research.