Amanda Dlouhy dances with Ragamala Dance, a Minneapolis-based company celebrated internationally for presenting the classical Indian dance form of bharatanatyam with passion, innovation, and integrity. Amanda was introduced to bharatanatyam by Ragamala Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy in 2004 and began intense study in January of 2005.
Since 2005, Amanda has toured with the company extensively, performing in over 25 states and various countries. US venues include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the New Victory Theatre in New York, and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida. International venues include the Bali Arts Festival (2006), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2008 and 2009), and the Soorya Festival in Kerala, India (2010).
In her work with Ragamala, Amanda has had the privilege of performing with world-class musicians, notably Rajna Swaminathan, Anjna Swaminathan, Lalit Subramaniam, Prema Ramamurthy, Shubhendra Rao, Saskia Rao-de Hass, Waidaiko Ensemble Tokara, and the Cudamani Ensemble of Bali, Indonesia. With four other Ragamala dancers, she workshopped and performed a 40-show run of The Iron Ring with the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis in 2008 and 2010.
Amanda teaches bharatanatyam technique in the Ragamala School and participates in the company's outreach program, giving performances year-round to school and community groups in and around the Twin Cities. She is also Program Assistant at Nonprofits Assistance Fund in Minneapolis.