In a vibrant showcase of cultural harmony, students from the Sri Lankan Dance Academy recently mesmerized the audience at the Upper Hutt Multicultural Council’s Diwali Celebration in New Zealand. The academy, a beacon of tradition and innovation, showcased ancient Sri Lankan dance forms alongside contemporary expressions.
The Sri Lankan Dance Academy, a voluntary organization committed to preserving cultural heritage, aims to share the island nation’s dance tapestry with the New Zealand public. Beyond this, the academy plays a vital role in nurturing the modern dancing arts while fostering an enduring interest in Sri Lankan dance among the younger generation growing up in New Zealand.
Founded with a vision to connect Sri Lankan children to their roots, the academy also serves as a cultural bridge, offering Wellingtonians a chance to immerse themselves in the rich and colourful tapestry of Sri Lankan heritage. This recent performance underscores the academy’s dedication to promoting cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of dance.