Jayanthi Sivakumar

Born  and  brought  up  in  Chennai,  India,  Jayanthi  had  an  opportunity  to  learn  the  Indian Classical dance  –  Bharatanatyam  from  her Late Guru Uma Sundaram who  is an alumni  of Kalakshetra,  Chennai.  Alternating  between  dance  and  completing  her  Masters  in  Medical Microbiology,  She  became  a  free-lance  artist,  performing  with  many  eminent  dance professionals & dance companies in India and abroad,

Jayanthi obtained a PGCE from Edge Hill University, Lancashire  in 2003 to qualify as a teacher and taught secondary science in many schools as a supply teacher for 7 years. Taking teaching as her  professional  career,  allowed  her  the  flexibility  to  pursue  her  dance  teaching.   Having taught dance for more than 15 years  and along the way, choreographed dance for competition in National dance for Elizabeth school of dance, St Helens, Merseyside, the passion for dance took the primary position in teaching.

Jayanthi successfully runs her own dance school in Manchester called “Tejas Dance”. She is a  member  of  ISTD  (Imperial  Society  for  Teachers  of  Dance)  for  Classical  Indian  Dance  -Bharatanatyam  and  now  train  students  for  ISTD  grade  exams.   She  also  involves  them  to participate  locally  in  shows  and  workshops  to  motivate  themselves  to  boost  their  self confidence.   Jayanthi  is  now  associated  with  Yuva Gati at DanceXchange,  Birmingham where she assists  in training talented young dancers from all over UK giving them an opportunity to realise their full dancing potentials and to become an excellent performing artists. She has completed a certificate course on “Safe Dance Practice” conducted by Trinity College in 2012. She is also a member of “Peoples Dancing” to be in touch with the community. Jayanthi continues with her professional development by attending masterclasses in UK & India and continues to do dance research.