Achinta S. McDaniel is a pioneer of modern, mixed-genre dance in the United States, and the founder and Artistic Director of Blue13 Dance Company. A prolific choreographer, performer, and instructor, McDaniel’s powerful and fresh style draws from diverse techniques including hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, Bhangra, Kathak, and Bollywood to create truly spectacular and visionary dance. She is known for her experimentation with international styles and her theatrical, inventive staging of many genres. Her work appears in feature films and television, commercials, music videos, and live theatrical dance productions from LA to Mumbai. McDaniel has worked with Timbaland, such renowned directors as Todd Haynes and Puneet Issar, and with Bollywood stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, and Nandana Sen, as well as with singing superstar Kavita Krishnamurthy.
In 1999, McDaniel founded Blue13, the country’s first professional contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble, since enjoying great success in creating live dance productions in her signature Bollywood-Tech style, along with mixed-genre modern dance around the globe. Her work is highly dramatic and a real reflection of her upbringing: Eastern and Western, exotic, mysterious, wild, electric and unconventional. The press describes Achinta as, “Truly beyond all spectacle [is] the dancing seductress artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel, who brightens up the stage with her presence and brings to the crowd a wave of enthusiasm that leaves them yelling from their seats.” For more on Blue13 and Achinta, visit www.blue13dance.com.