Rachita Menon is a professional Bharatanatyam artist with over 35 years of experience in this classical dance style from Southern India.
She is an adjunct at Dickinson College where she teaches Bharatanatyam as part of their International dance paper. She has also worked with Center Stage and Penn State Hershey medical center to use arts in the recovery and healing process of patients
This program enables her to bring movement and storytelling into a classroom setting using Bharatanatyam hand gestures and facial expressions providing a creative outlet for emotional growth and learning.
She is currently using this art form in “Creative movements and storytelling”.
Rachita is an artist in residence and has successfully completed an Artist residency with Derry Preschool in Hummelstown, PA in 2020. She is also collaborating with Gamut theater to bring Bharatanatyam to the theater stage, in the spring of 2022 with her production of “Panchatantra Tales”.Rachita has also used her communicative skills in producing a “Virtual Residency” program for the Perry Council on the Arts which can be used in any classroom setting for preschoolers aged 3-5 years.
Rachita is the founder and artistic director for the Rasika School of Dance which is now in its 13th year since inception and has performed extensively all over the United States and India.
She is eager to use her creativity to introduce Bharatanatyam to senior citizens through a unique exercise regimen that can improve muscle strength and cognitive abilities.