Click on the image above to view footage from a recent Polynesian Workshop at IS392


Programs Descriptions

Lotus performing artists/master teachers are available for workshops, master classes and assembly programs in the following formats:

  • Solo performances or small ensembles (3-4 performers) with live or taped music accompaniment
  • In collaborative programs that focus on more than one tradition i.e. Burma, Korea and India or Spain, Middle East, India
  • Workshop residencies from 5-10 weeks in length (meeting with students once a week) that can lead to student performances.

Programs Available

  • Native American Dance, Drumming & Traditional Instruments
  • Burmese Dance Drama
  • Indigenous Dance of the Southern Philippines
  • Dances and Folklore of Japan
  • Classical Dance Traditions of India: Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi
  • Drums and Dance of Korea
  • Journey to the Homeland: African Dance, Music & Storytelling
  • Soul of Spain: Elements of Flamenco
  • Dance, Music & Rhythms of the Middle East

Professional Development for Teachers and Parents

Professional development for teachers and interested parents is provided through lecture/demonstrations and short/long term residencies that involve co-teaching strategies. Our teaching artists and Arts Education specialist are available for the following:

  • Sharing strategies for incorporating traditional performing arts into the curriculum
  • Dance and music lecture demonstrations with inter-active activities
  • Holiday celebrations that combine music and dance from the culture chosen into the festivities
  • Master classes at Lotus Studios for academic teachers
  • Use of study guides to enhance classroom teaching and reinforce what is learned in each dance class


Praise for Lotus Music & Dance's Arts in Education Program:
"Lotus has been a part of our school community since I started as principal in October 2006. It was essential that Lotus play a role as an Arts provider to our school. Since the 2006-07 school year, for every year consecutively, we have utilized [Lotus's] services in preparing for our Arts in Content Festival. Residences have included African, Native American, and Brazilian dance. Our teachers have developed a respect and admiration for the teaching artists and look forward to working with them year after year."
Susan Green, Principal, PS 208 (Manhattan)

"This was more than a dance show. It was a riveting educational experience that was exciting, fun and brought about understanding of different cultures. They exemplified the importance of working together, and increased the morale of students that participated in this special assembly by giving them something positive to identify with."
Haydee Rentas, Counselor, PS 131 (Brooklyn)

Upcoming School Bookings
Jan 19, 2017 PS 197 John B Russwurm – Family Night Dinner
Feb 14, 2017 IS 392 9 am – Caren Calder
Feb 24, 2017 Children’s Museum of Manhattan 2/3 pm - Ajna Dance – Bolywood Dance
Feb 25, 2017 Children’s Museum of Manhattan 2/3 pm – Japanese Folk Dance Institute  - Flower Hat Dance Workshop

School Bookings 2015-2016
PS 87 Native American Assembly –October 6th, 2015 (DCA/DAH)
PS187 Native American Assembly - March 18th, 2016 (DCA/DAH
PS 266 Salsa Residency - March 28th, 2016 (DCA/WDP)
PS 266 Polynesian Residency - March 28th, 2016 (DCA/WDP)
PS 266 Mexican Residency - April 1st, 2016 (DCA/WDP)
PS 208 Bollywood Residency - May 10th, 2016 (DCA/WDP)
PS 174Q Japanese Residency - May 19th, 2016 (DCA/WDP)
PS 205 Native American Assembly –May 23rd, 2016 (DCA/DAH)
PS 205 Native American Assembly –May 26th, 2016 (DCA/DAH)
PS 174Q Native American Assembly –May 23rd, 2016 (DCA/DAH)
I.S. 52 Native American Assembly –May 23rd, 2016 (DCA/DAH)

    All NYSCA funded programs are made possible, in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Past School Bookings Click to view!


For booking & further information please contact Loretta Palma at 212-627-1076 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.