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Namita Kapoor (2014)

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Namita Kapoor is a stunningly creative artist in several disciplines. She's a performer, choreographer, and visual and graphic artist.

From Bollywood to jazz, tap, vocal and body percussion, Namita's varied dance disciplines have opened doors to the first US national tour of "Bombay Dreams", to Bollywood's "So You Think You Can Dance", to "Just Dance" with Jessica Alba, to the Jazz Tap Ensemble, all the way to NYC's Lincoln Center.

Namita has taught workshops and given performances in India, Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Japan and Turkey. She currently performs with Keith Terry's all-body band Slammin', and is on the faculty at ODC and Rhythm in/and motion. She manages to work in her visual art as well.

Looking back to the father of theatrical jazz dance, Jack Cole, Namita's work "Hindu Swing" is described by the San Francisco Examiner as "a kind of visual poetry slam with merging contemporary and ancient themes".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Kishore Kumar Laawaris Apni To Jaise Taise EMI
# 2 Renato Carosone Americano Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano Silver Star
# 3 Björk Gling-Gló Gling Gló One Little Indian
# 4 Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings There Will Never Be Another You Pacific Jazz
# 5 D'Angelo Live at the Jazz Cafe, London Lady Virgin
# 6 Slammin All-Body Band Slammin All-Body Band All Blues/Ven Aca Crosspulse Records
# 7 Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall Sing Sing Sing Columbia
# 8 Duke Ellington Far East Suite Blue Pepper RCA
         
Book Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams"
         
Luxury Item "A big yacht, and on it an art studio, brushes, ... tap shoes, and jazz shoes"
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Melissa Aldana
11 Mar
Ron E. Beck
29 Apr
Pascal Bokar
07 Oct
Shanna Carlson
18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
Carlos D'l Puerto
22 Jul
Kellye Gray
15 Jul
David Hart
04 Nov
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
Steffen Kuehn
02 Dec
Paul McCandless
08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Linda Oh
05 Aug
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
Jim Pugh
30 Sep
Fred Randolph
05 Feb
Harvie S
03 Jun
Jake Shapiro
10 Jun
Marcus Shelby
15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
Leslie Stoval
19 Aug
John Stowell
08 Apr
Toots Thielemans
02 Sep
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Paul VornHagen
14 Oct
Don Was
12 Aug
Danielle Wertz
27 May
Howard Wiley
28 Oct