Naina Shastri is an Indian Classical Dancer, Educator, and Advocate for the Arts. She is the Artistic Director of Ushanjali School of Dance, a premier dance academy with centers in San Ramon, Pleasanton and Berkeley. Over 100 students are trained in the traditional Mysuru style of Bharatanatyam in both the practical and theoretical aspects of this ancient art form. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California and a RAW Resident Artist at the SAFEhouse for the Arts in San Francisco, California. Naina has performed at various festivals and events around the SF Bay Area such as the Kearny Street’s APAture Festival, West Wave Festival, Mbongi Square Festival, and Articulate Festival.
Naina regularly collaborates with other artists and groups presenting cross-cultural performances on various themes of social justice, women empowerment, inclusion, equality and diversity.
In addition, Naina currently serves as Chair of the San Ramon’s Arts Advisory Committee and is the Founder/Director of Namaha Foundation of the Arts, a 501c(3).
YouTube Channels: Naina Shastri Namaha Foundation for the Arts