Shalaka Kulkarni is a trained dancer in two Indian Classical dance forms- Bharatnatyam and Kathak. She started her dance journey in India at a very young age and continued that when she moved to Chicago.  She has presented her work at festivals and venues like Dance Chicago 2004-2007, Stockyards Women Festival, Loyola University of Chicago, for Kalapriya Dance Company, Harper College, Depaul University, Columbia College Chicago, Prop Theatre, Mandala arts and for FIA Chicago. She won 2005 Dance Chicago Outstanding Award for her work, “Untamed”. She was commissioned to develop new work for Chicago Cultural Center through their 2007 Dance Bridge residency program. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago.

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