Kavita Rao

Michael Waldrop

Kavita Rao, Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, produces distinctive contemporary dance styles. Internationally and regionally renowned for her choreography and teaching abilities, she conjures out of her world travels characteristics of eastern and western dance. Signed with one of LA’s top dance agencies, MSA, Rao has been featured in numerous lives shows, music videos, films, commercials and television shows as a dancer. Her choreographic work can recently be seen on episodes of “Got Talent Israel,” “Angie Tribeca” on TBS, Youtube Red’s “Buddy System,” “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento,” and the past few Vidya Vox music videos including “Tamil Born Killa,” “Diamonds,” “Minnale” and “Home”. She recently worked with Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammar for an upcoming Netflix movie and on a new NBC pilot slotted to air this fall. Some recent live credits include Vidya Vox’s 2017-2018 World Tour, Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi fashion launch of their collaboration line, Ford Amphitheater and Randy Jackson’s studio launch party.

Rao is a current faculty member of The Relativity School in LA and Joffrey West. A 7 year faculty member of Dupree Dance Convention, Rao was the first master instructor to bring Bollywood dance to the national convention circuit. She has judged many national Bollywood competitions, including Just Dance (India’s SYTYCD), Jhoomti Sham, Bollywood America, Nachale Deewane. She created artistic works in Guam, Israel, Los Angeles and across the US. Choreographing for multiple artists, Rao has a list of music videos to her credit as well being the choreographer for Vidya Vox and the current artistic director for DJ duo Atmsphre and violinist Esther Anaya. She is also the resident choreographer for the commercial production company Contagious and some studio residencies include Millennium Dance Complex, Dance Dimensions and International Dance Academy Hollywood — and master classes across the country. Along with teaching multiple dance styles, Rao uses her public relations and entrepreneurial background to teach a business for dancers class to help prepare young dancers for the industry.

As the Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, she recently choreographed and danced for clients such as IFFA (International Fashion Film Awards), International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), IFFLA (Indian Film Festival LA), Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Gitanjali Diamonds, GO Campaign, Pratham, INDUS, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), South Asian Bar Association, Arpen Global Charities, and SDM Cancer Relief Fund, Chopra Foundation, Red Roof Inn, Morongo Casino. She recently directed and produced a full length Bollycirque production “AAJA – A tale of Karmic Destiny.” Co-creator of Bollywood Rise, a full-length dance spectacular featuring interdisciplinary performance arts and high scale production, Rao pushes the envelope when creating live stage shows. Rao also obtained rave reviews for her work in “Beyond,” a cabaret show that had a residency in Los Angeles.”