Choreographer, Lead Dancer
Ash brings temple dance to the 21st century. Voted Best Indian Dancer, UK by Dance Europe, Ash is a choreographer who has been noted for his uniqueness, speed, precision and attack by Mother Teresa, The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards UK, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jermaine Jackson among others. Born in Calcutta, Ash trained in Indian Classical Dance under Guru Smt. Thankamani Kutti. A young principal dancer of Kalamandalam Kolkata, he subsequently trained in classical ballet, Latin and Jazz Theatre Dance.
Ash is the first Indian National to have been nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award UK 2007 and, in 2008, they invited him to make his choreographic dance theatre debut with his piece entitled “The Meeting Place” at The Place Theatre for Resolution! 2009 for which we was awarded the Critics’ Choice Dance Europe for Outstanding Male Dancer and Best Contemporary Dance Premiere.
He has recently appeared in Move like Michael Jackson on BBC Three, mentored by Michael’s choreographer and close friend, the MTV Award winning LaVelle Smith Jnr to perform in front of judges Jermaine Jackson, Mark Summers and Jamelia, representing Indian Classical Dance and being the only soloist to dance in the Finals.
Ash launched his company Divya Ash Dance Theatre (Temple Dance For The 21st Century) in 2010 with the premiere of his piece Affluenza,for Resolution! at the Place Theatre in collaboration with Ni Madé Pujawati
He is currently choreographer in residence at Amanda Redman’s Artist Theatre School and conducts lecture demonstrations for schools and colleges in London and for Surrey and Folkestone Universities.