Aakash Odedra Company tells stories through movement. Inspired by South Asian classical dance, contemporary dance and collaborative partnerships, the work always seeks to enliven audiences and find new ways to engage with people. Aakash Odedra is one of the most sought after dancers in the UK. With a growing international reputation for making and commissioning beautifully crafted dance works.
Aakash Odedra Company has firm roots in its home town, Leicester. Aakash says, ‘for all the global touring and success, it would be futile if we could not share our journey in dance and provide high-quality opportunities at home’. The Desi Masti Studio, founded by Producer Anand Bhatt in 2003, is a home for learning Dance in Leicester in a richly diverse community. The belief is that social, economic and physical regeneration can be inspired if we deeply invest in cultural learning. The three-thousand square-feet facility is used by some 200 learners per week.
In 2014, the company partnered with Aakash’s alma mater Shiamak to deliver indo-jazz, indo-contemporary and Bollywood style dance classes across the Midlands.