They say that dance is the hidden language of the soul. They say that to dance is to hear one’s heart speak to them. They say that dancing is like dreaming with your feet. Throughout my journey, I have heard many great artists speak of the deep connection to oneself acquired through dance, but I only began to truly understand the importance of being able to express yourself when I realized how valuable the art form is to me. When I was a young girl, my mother wanted me to be trained in one of the Indian Classical Dance forms,Bharatanatyam. She was always incredibly passionate about the art, but her family did not allow her to pursue this dream of hers. So, I made her dream into mine. I have had many opportunities to be trained by various artists, all pouring incredible talent and love into their work. Such visionaries include Smt Thanjavur Rajalakshmi, Sri Kiran Subramanyam and Smt Sandya Kiran, Smt Puja Allepalli, and Smt Divya Devaguptapu. I have also attended various workshops with other artists such as Sri Pavitra Krishna Bhatt, Smt Bragha Bessell, and Sri Adayar.K. Lakshman. I began my training at the age of 5 in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam, which is the clean and modern form known for its angular movements, straight lines, and ballet-like calisthenics. I performed my arangetram, or dancer’s first solo presentation, at 16 years old. Although I have had many teachers, or gurus, throughout my journey, I have held true to the peace and happiness that I found on the dance floor. Dance gave me a pathway to express myself without fear of judgement or criticism, and it became an outlet for me to reconnect with all parts of who I am. I hope I can bring a piece of this light I found through dance to you, and I thank you for allowing me to share my story.
Valli is also a yoga practitioner and currently training in hatha yoga.
She moved to Denver about 22 years ago and is a dentist by profession. Along with her dental team she provides dental services to the underserved kids of Northern Colorado area.