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
  • 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)


School Bookings 2020/ Upcoming School Bookings


Van Cortlandt Park, Entrance on 246th Street, Bronx, NY

Native American Dance Workshop "Barefoot Dancing" with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

Thursday, July 9, 2020

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Van Cortlandt Park, Entrance on 246th Street, Bronx, NY

Belly Dancing Workshop "Barefoot Dancing" with Julia Kulakova

Thursday, June 11, 2020

6:00 PM - 8PM


PS 266, School Gymnasium, 74-10 Commonwealth Blvd, Belrose, Queens, NY

Indian Garba Dance with Parijat Desai

Thursday April 2 - Friday, June 5, 2020

9AM - 12:00PM


The Center for Global Studies, 300 Highland Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854

A Native American Drumming and Dance Workshop with John Scott Richardson

Tuesday, June 2, 2020



Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis HS, 120 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

Native American Assembly: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

Wednesday, May 20, 2020



Van Cortlandt Park, Entrance on 246th Street, Bronx NY

Salsa Dance Workshop "Barefoot Dancing" with Edwin Ferreras

Thursday, May 14, 2020

6:30PM - 8PM


PS 132, 185 Wadsworth Avenue, NY, NY 10033

Native American Assembly: The Thunderbirds American Dancers 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020



Poppenheim Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point, NY

Filipino Dance: Potri Ranka Manis & Kinding Sindaw

Saturday, May 9, 2020

1 PM


PS 536, 1827 Archer Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460

Bollywood Residency with Indira Totaram from Ajna Dance

January 17 - March 13, 2020. 9:15AM

March 13, 2020 Performance  9:15 AM, School Auditorium - Parents Welcome


Black History Month Celebration, 200 Grand Street, Patterson, NJ 07501

Caren Calder/Indigo Arts West African Dance International High School

February 28, 2020

9:30am and 11:30am


Native American Assembly, 1801 Avenue Y, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

PS 254

February 28, 2020



PS 148 Q, 89-02 32 Avenue, Queens, NY 11369

Ballet Fiesta Mexicana

February 4, 2020 

9:10 AM - 10AM


Native American Assembly, 42-00 72nd Street, Woodside, NY 11377

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

PS 12 Q

February 3, 2020


Mott Hall II MS862, 234 West 109th Street, New York, NY 10025

Bollywood- Indira/ Ajna Dance

Hula- Makalina

West African- Caren Calder 

Flamenco- Yloy Ybarra/ American Spanish Dance Theater-Danza Espana 

Bulgarian- Galina Saharova 

September 16, 2019 - January 31, 2020  


PS 148 Q, 89-02 32 Avenue, Queens, NY 11369

Ballet Fiesta Mexicana

February 4, 2020 

9:10 AM - 10AM


School Bookings 2019

PS 87, New York, New York 10024

Red Hawk American Indian Dancers

October 3, 2019 


PS266, 74-10 Commonwealth Blvd. Belrose, NY

Red Hawk Indian Dancers

June 5, 2019


TEP Charter School, 4280 Broadway, New York, NY

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

May 17, 2019


PS254, 1801 Avenue Y, Brooklyn, NY

Native American Assembly, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

May 14, 2019


 Mott Hall II, 234 West 109 St., New York, NY

Flamenco 10 Week Residency, Danza Espanza

March 28 – June 5, 2019


Mott Hall II, 234 West 109 St., New York, NY

Bollywood Residency 2, Ajna Dance

March 27 – June 5, 2019


Hula 10 Week Residency, Makalina Gallagher

March 25 – June 5, 2019


Bulgarian 10 Week Residency, Makalina Gallagher

March 22 – June 5, 2019


PS536, 1825 Archer St. Bronx, NY

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

March 22, 2019


Newark Museum, 49 Washington St. Newark, NJ

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

March 10, 2019


PS12Q, 42-00 72nd St. Woodside, NY

Native American Assembly, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

March 5, 2019


PS536X, 1827 Archer St., Bronx, NY

Bollywood Residency, Ajna Dance

Jan. 18-Mar 15, 2019


Mott Hall II, Bollywood Residency, 234 West 109 Street, New York, NY

Bollywood Dance, Katelyn Homer.Ajna Dance


School Bookings 2018

Bronx Early Academy, 250 West Gate Drive, Bronx, NY

Latin Dances (Alda Reuter)

December 18, 2018


IS392, 104 Sutter Ave. Brooklyn, NY

North and South Indian Dances (Chandra Banerjee, Aishwarya Madhav – Bharata Natyam, Urvashie Kissoon, Henna Khanijou – Kathak)

November 30, 2018


PS87, 160 West 78th St. NY, NY

Native American Assembly, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

October 3, 2018


PS 4 Duke Ellington School, 500 W 160th Street, NY, NY  

Flamenco Dance Workshop: April 19, 26 & May 10, 17, 24, 31 & June 7, 2018 at 10:15 and 11:05 AM


PS 266, 74-10 Commonwealth Boulevard, Queens, NY

Multicultural Day Bulgarian Showcase: May 25, 2018 at 10 AM

Bollywood Dance Assembly (Ajna Dance): May 25, 2018 at 8:55 - 10:20 AM

Japanese Dance Assembly (Japanese Folk Dance Institute): May 25, 2018 at 12:45 - 1:30 PM

Bulgarian Residency: April 23, 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18: 8:05 - 10:20 AM


PS 112M, 535 E. 119th Street, NY, NY

Native American Assembly (Thunderbird American Indian Dancers): May 14, 2018 at 9 AM

Bollywood (Ajna Dance): January 8, 2018

West African (Caren Calder), December 4, 2017

Mexican (Danza Espana): October 16, 2017

Sumatra-Indonesia (Nupoor Singh): October 16, 2017


PS 176X, 850 Baychester Ave., Bronx, NY

Native American Workshop: March 27 & April 10, 24, 2018 at 3:45-4:45 PM


School Bookings 2015-17
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)
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

    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.