Elena Tarasova is a practitioner of Indian dance since 1987. Performer, choreographer, dance teacher with 26 years experience and everlastingly learning student and art researcher.
1994-1999 — Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. Diploma with distinction.
1996 — established Indian Dance School «Apsara» in Saint-Petersburg.
2008 — participated in International Kuchipudi Dance Convention in USA.
2008 — was invited to create and teach a course on Indian dance in Academy of Russian Ballet named after A. Y. Vaganova.
2009 — founded Center of Indian Culture in Saint-Petersburg.
2013 — set up the project «The dance without limits» — video learning tool for 4 Indian dance styles: Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak for the beginners and Bollywood dance for the advanced level.
Working languages are Russian and English. Holder of Guiness World Record for Kuchipudi dance.
Dance studies and teachers
1980ies: Tatyana Vladimirovna Rymareva (Kathak, Bhartanatyam basics), Tatyana Stanislavovna Yatsenko (Kathak, Bhartanatyam basics), Anna Styazhkina (Kathak, Bhartanatyam basics).
1994-1996 Anna Vyacheslavovna Maschak (Kuchipudi)
1996-2020 self practice, workshops, visits to India in different time:
— winters 2003-2004, 2006-2007 — Dr. Sobha Naidu, Hyderabad, Srinivasa Kuchipudi Art Academy (Bho Shambho, Okapari Kokapari, Vani Pondu, Shivashtakam, Tillana Bageswari);
— Shiv Adinarayana Chinta, Hyderabad (Ganesha Kouthuvam);
— 2008 June — Vempati Ravi Shankar, USA, Cupertino (Swarajathi Athana, several ballet parts for Kuchipudi Convention);
— Sailaja, Moscow, week workshop (Ananda Tandavam, Narayaneeyam, Ramayana sabdam),
— 2012 Yashoda Thakore, Saint-Petersburg (Sharanam Bhava).
— short workshops by Deepika Reddy, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Kaushalya Reddy,
— Praveen Gangani (Shiva Vandana),
— Rajendra Gangani (Durga Stuthi, Trivat, Ganesha Stuthi, Pancham Savari),
— Sharmila Sharma, Riga (Tarana Malkauns),
— Mahendra Parihar — a year of Jaipur gharana Kathak training in Saint-Petersburg;
— Ashwani Nigam (workshop on basics on Kathak),
— Shyamala Surendran (workshop on basics on Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam)
— Sujata Mohapatra, Saint-Petersburg (workshop on Odissi basics)
— 2009 — 2020 Jaykishore Mosalikanti (Bramham Okate, Alokaye Sri Bala Krishna, Pankajamukhi Arathi, Saraswathi Namostuthe and a number of Master’s garu compositions)
Performances, workshops, choreography production (over 100 dance items), daily practice and teaching (Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bollywood dance, Indian classical dance theory), plastic art, yoga, dance therapy and philosophy of the dance.