Nayanika Vyas: Dancer
New Delhi, India
What Moves You?
My endeavors, they make me and shape me. The process of transforming raw, human emotion into movement is invigorating. It sets the tone and pace for me to create movement and paint the empty canvas. Monotony often makes it harder to seek inspiration in ways that aren’t already present –which is why I rely on the past to help me create something for the future. Until a few years ago I did not find interest in generating movement. My heart only etched to learn and perform. But as the years have gone by, I have found a powerful voice in creating movement and making work about things that matter. I hope to continue to deepen my connection with myself and other artists, constantly evolve for the better and seek artistry that allows me to be who I am freely and create timeless things… and most importantly, continue moving.What Moves You? "Monotony often makes it harder to seek inspiration in ways that aren’t already present – which is why I rely on the past to help me create something for the future." – Nayanika Vyas Click To Tweet
Nayanika Vyas is a dancer from New Delhi, India. At the age of 5, she started to train with The Danceworx and later joined the repertoire company
Nayanika set foot in the US to pursue a BFA in Dance and Minor in Business from The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, where she graduated from in 2019. Nayanika was awarded the International Presidential as well as the Dean’s Scholarship for all four years of her education at The University of the Arts. Trained in classical ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz among others, she has performed in works set by Eryc Taylor, Lamont Joseph, Sidra Bell, Jesse Zarrit, and Jimena Paz.
Being from India where western dance is an unconventional career, Nayanika broke boundaries and inspired other young artists back home to build their passion into a career. Nayanika brings a unique contrast of her cultural diversity into her art form. In the future, she aspires to bridge barriers and give back to dance and her Indian roots what it gave to her. Nayanika currently works as a Teaching Artist and Performer in New York City.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Gurpreet Kaur, Destiny Lynn, Gurpreet Kaur, OneFrameStory, Bill Herbert, Conor Richard