IAAC is excited to bring Padma Shri Malavika Sarukkai to New York for a performance with collaborators Niranjan Gokhale and Sai Shravanam.

Malavika Sarukkai: Intense, extraordinary and luminous are the qualities that distinguish Malavika Sarukkais dancing. With her artistic mastery and technique she commands a presence on the world stage. She is acclaimed globally for her creative dance choreographies, which transport the viewer to the heart beat of dance, taking dance beyond specific geographies.

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Curatorial Guidelines

We are only taking in applications via this form this year.

You can submit solos, duets, or larger groups.

Typically, each performer will be given 8-12 min. This includes any additional information or narration.

Your videois the most important part of your application. An impressive video can catch the eye of the curator and make your performance memorable. When submitting a video, make sure thevideo is well-litandappropriately edited for maximum impact.

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Festival of Indian Dance
Festival of Indian Dance


What are the dates for the 2023 festival?

September 23: Saturday: In person in New York
September 24: Sunday: In person in New York
September 25: Monday: Evening digital performance
TBD: Workshop and panel discussions

Why should you consider performing at this festival?

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is widely regarded as the most reputed festival of Indian dance in North America. As an artist, performing in this festival gives you the opportunity to showcase your dance on a great platform the festival receives significant media attention, and is reviewed by noted critics.

Do you pay the artists for the performance?

Yes. Artists are paid an honorarium for presenting their work at the festival. Since we are a non-profit, our means for providing financial support to artists are limited. The fee amount is comparable to other New York arts non-profits.
Note: Selected artists for the virtual festival will receive $250-500 for production value. Please submit a sample budget plan of up to $250-500 for the final production to account for videography, editing, or other needs.

Do you present both solo and group works?

Yes, we present solos as well as groups (duets, trios, quartets, or larger!)

Which video do we submit with the application? Do we need to shoot a special video to apply for the festival? Does the video need to be shot using a professional camera?

If you are applying to perform at the live festival:
You need to submit a video of the work that you intend to perform. You should submit 2 videos.

1) Submit videos of past choreography.

2) Submit your concept proposal in 100-150 words and send a video (as a work-in-progress). You do not need to submit a video shot using a professional camera – you can submit a video shot using your phone, so long as the quality of the video is good and your dance can be seen well.

Committee and Curators

Upcoming Event


IAAC Through The Years

Down Memory Lane


Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2022
Festival of India At 75
Saturday Aug 6, 2022 7-9PM — In-Person
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Sunday Aug 7, 2022 7-9PM — In-Person
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Erasing Borders Dance Festival
Aug 8 2022 — Virtual


Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2021
September 22-26, 2021
The festival will be virtual on IAACs streaming platforms.


Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2020
Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2020 will be live streamed through our IAAC Live on our Facebook page from Sept 20-Sept 26.


Erasing Borders Dance Festival

September 14-16, 2019
Erasing Borders Dance Festival

September 14, 2019 – Performance
Community Center, 143-09 Holly Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355

September 15, 2019 – Workshops
Studio 6B, Alvin Ailey Studios, 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

September 15, 2019 – Performance
Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

September 16, 2019 – Workshops
Diana 203 Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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Mallika Sarabhai's the colors of her heart

April 17, 2019
Mallika Sarabhai’s the colors of her heart
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 405 W55th St, New York, NY 10019

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