Akademi provides a year-round programme of opportunities for dance artists. From mentoring and advice to curated showcase opportunities, we are supporting the next generation of talented dancers and aim to help them build sustainable professional careers.

We currently have two performance-based development programmes NAVODIT and DAREDEVAS.


NAVODIT is our entry-level artist development project. Selected through Akademi auditions, artists are provided with a creative mentor and introduced to the workings of a production and creative team. We support artists through the production process to provide first-hand experience in realising dance work in a professional context.


DAREDEVAS is our artist development platform for mid-career classical Indian dance artists. DAREDEVAS supports established artists to engage with and refine their performativity. From 2017, DAREDEVAS will focus on working with live music. Each DAREDEVAS project is supported by and developed in collaboration with a team of technicians, mentors, lighting designers and a production coordinator.

Recent Performances

In March, Akademi presented Sooraj Subramaniam‘s Margam, at Rich Mix. This evening piloted a new focus for our Artist Development scheme DAREDEVAS; supporting dance artists to collaborate with live musicians.