Pranaya Sheela Akula


Pranaya has lived in the United States for many years and has been honored with the opportunity to learn a variety of different dance forms. Her passion and interest lies in educating others about the powerful work of expression and art known as dance.

Classically trained in Bharatanatyam for many years under Ms. Shakuntala Devi, Pranaya’s talents have been nurtured further by Mrs. Anjali Nandan. She is currently under the mentorship of Archana Vyasam.

Pranaya’s exposure to international forms of dance occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina, from the Carolina Dance Capital and the Charlotte Dance College, where she was educated. She also has participated in multiple Indian festivals and numerous events in North Carolina.

Pranaya has worked as a teacher, instructing others in dance at Oakridge International School in India. She has also had many opportunities to attend dance workshops, and dance therapies, which introduced new  concepts of care through dance elements.