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Monday, December 30, 2013

25th Anniversary of Lotus Music & Dance

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Please join our programs in 2014.
I will offer Okinawan Drum Dance lessons
starting March 29th, 2014 at Lotus
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Dear Friend of Lotus,

As we approach our 25th anniversary of bringing multi-cultural music and dance to NYC and beyond, we take a moment to reflect on how far we have come in the past 24 years. When we began in 1989, a few hundred people attended our classes and workshops each year. Today we welcome over 10,000 people a year in our classes, workshops, arts in education programs and outside bookings throughout the tri-state area. This year, Lotus visited 21 schools, bringing multicultural dance programs to nearly 6,000 students, many in underserved communities in New York City.

While 2013 was a challenging year for Lotus, it allowed us to get back to our roots and reconnect with family and friends who have stood by us for so many years. It was also a year to celebrate the many cultures that help shape who we are today. For those of you who celebrated with us this past year, thank you for joining us. If you couldn’t make it, here’s a sampling of what you missed.

  • World in the City: Hindustani Music--A Comparison of Benares and Maihar Styles and Kathak--A Comparison of Lucknow and Jaipur Styles, supported by New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA)
  • Tributaries: The Music of Tabla hosted by Samir Chatterjee
  • Ryukyuan Music and Folk Dance with Junko Fisher
  • Cambodian Dance Master class with Chey Chankethya, as part of the Seasons of Cambodia festival
  • 11th Annual Drums Along the Hudson Native American and Multicultural celebration, sponsored in part by Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
  • Dancing Across Cultural Borders in Harlem: a series of multicultural programs featuring the Roots of Flamenco, Burmese Dance and the Magic of Polynesia
We have an exciting year ahead of us, as we will kick off our 25th anniversary with a Dancing Across Cultural Borders: A World Dance Festival on January 26th at the Faison Firehouse Theatre Harlem, NYC. Other events planned include a Young Talent Showcase for Classical Indian Music in February, a World in the City program: Odissi – A Comparison of Two Styles in March, and the 12th Annual Drums Along the Hudson.

These and other programs cannot continue without the help of our Lotus friends and family. Earlier this year, we launched a successful “25 for 25 Campaign”, where many of our loyal friends and supporters donated $25 or more to help Lotus make it to our 25th year. In case you missed this opportunity, the end of the year is a chance to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary by making a tax-deductible contribution. Please help us continue to keep multicultural traditional performing arts alive and accessible to all by making a tax deductible gift today. Your help is crucial at this time.

To Donate to Lotus
Dancing Across Cultural Border Tickets
I thank you in advance for your support & Happy Holidays,

Kamala Cesar, Artistic Director / Simmi Malhotra Degnemark, Development Director
Lotus Music and Dance
336 West 37th Street, Suite 315
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212-627-1076 Fax:212-675-7191

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Current Schedule
       PLEASE NOTE: Classes will begin the second week of January and will be held at either                                                                                     Simple Studios 134 West 29th Street  2nd Floor New York, NY or Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave New York, NY 10018 
              CLASS LEVEL
T6 - 7 PMThunderbird American Indian Hoop Dance Workshop(Pearl Studios)March 4March 25Marie Ponce
June 3June 24

6 - 7 PM
Hula/Mixed Level (Pearl Studios)
  Jan.14 June 24Makalina

7 - 8 PMOri Tahiti Mixed Level(Pearl Studios)Jan.14June 24 Carol Leogite
TH6:00 - 7:00 PMKathak Beg. (Simple Studios)  Jan.9June 26 S.N. Charka
  F6 - 7 PMBharata Natyam (Inter.) * (Simple Studios)  Jan.10 June 27Kamala Cesar
 6 - 7 PMFlamenco Absolute Beginners
* (Simple Studios)
March 7  June 20      Sol "La Argetinita"
 6 - 7:30 PMJayadeva Parichaya
* (Simple Studios)
Jan.3March 28Mala Desai
 7 - 8 PMFlamenco Mixed Level* (Simple Studios)March 7June 20   Sol "La Argetinita"
 7:30pm - 9pmOdissi Advanced Choreography for Pure Dance
Construction Company
(10 East 118th Street, 3rd Fl.)
Dec.6Jan. 17Bani Ray
SA11am - 12NOONBharata Natyam (Beg.)
* (Simple Studios)
Feb.8June 28Kamala Cesar
 11am - 12NOONIntro to Bharata Natyam Workshop
* (Simple Studios)
 12:00 - 1:00 PMBasic Hula Workshop
* (Simple Studios)
Jan. 11Feb.1Makalina
 2:00 - 3:30 PMOkinawan Drum Dance Workshop
* (Simple Studios)
March 29April 19Junko Fisher

Monday, December 23, 2013

Junko's New Bags and Obi Belt

I would like to introduce my new bags and belt.
All bags and belt were designed and made by Junko.
All rights reserved.
Please visit Etsy:

Green Satin Kinchaku bag

Mini Kinchaku bag
Brocade Clutch

Nishijin obi sash (Junko's original obi)

Nishijin brocade double mini wallet

Nishijin brocade clutch

Nishijin brocade tote


 Gold flat bag

Kimono bag with circular bows
 Kimono tote bag with bow

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Ryukyu Bingata Bag for sale

These are my new bags.
I will list these bags on my Boutique (Etsy) later.

Kimono Kinchaku Bag

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Sale!

I reduced prices for all of my bags for holiday.
 Please check my website:
or boutique on Etsy;
Please enjoy the holiday season!