One big, happy, international family.
Miranda ten Broeke
Co-Founder / Program Director - Shakti Caravan
Miranda has danced with the Vanavers since her toes could point and her heels could flex. She is a co-founder of Shakti Caravan, as well as a dancer, teacher, project manager. In 2012 she was awarded a Fellowship from the India China Institute at The New School and traveled to Udaipur to finish a college thesis project and teach dance for, what was then, the Vanaver / BMCT pilot program. That small project has since grown into the ever-moving Shakti Caravan. She is currently dancing happily between planning programs for people in Brooklyn, NY, and Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Co-Founder / Program Director - Fighting for Change
Called “one of the most exciting dancers to ever step on the world stage,” Joel Hanna is a internationally renowned dancer and choreographer whose skill set is as impressive and diverse as his resume. With over 32 years in dance and 25 years in martial arts, he is a passionate humanitarian with a generous spirit who donates his talent to charitable causes close to his heart. In between shows and productions he is a sought after teacher and spends his time mentoring young emerging dancers through various award winning dance and higher education institutions as well as professional companies in North/Central/South America, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. www.joelhanna.com
Co-Founder / Program Coordinator - Shakti Caravan
Marina began her training with The Vanaver Caravan at four. She studied multiple forms of movement such as modern technique, ballet,flamenco, swing dance, Argentine Tango, percussive dance, Appalachian clog dancing, traditional folk dance as well competitive gymnastics. At the age of sixteen, she began dancing professionally for The Vanaver Caravan, stomping the stages of Rudolstadt Folk Festival in Germany, The Egg in Albany, Symphony Space on Broadway and Lincoln Center in New York City. She is honored to have performed for audiences around the world at both prestigious theaters seating thousands and overflowing festival dance tents at folk festivals. Marina graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2010 and is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist.
Co-Founder / Artistic Director, The Vanaver Caravan
For the past 41 years Livia has been traveling throughout the US and abroad with her musician/composer husband Bill Vanaver, and Company of extraordinary dancers and musicians, collecting and performing traditional dance and music from many cultures. They are acclaimed for utilizing traditional sources in the creation of original works and presenting them for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Her commitment to creating community through the vehicle of dance has lead her to work with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in their Balkan Peace and Reconciliation project in Eastern Europe and their program working with families of the victims of 9/11. Ms. Vanaver holds a BFA in Dance from NYU School of the Arts (Tisch).
Co-Founder / Director - The Vanaver Caravan
Well known musician and symphonic composer has been playing to audiences throughout the world for the past 50 years. He is known for his stellar instrumental work on 5 string banjo as well a myriad of other folk instruments. With his vast knowledge of traditional song and musical styles, he has enlivened audiences for over 50 years at such venues as the Newport and the Philadelphia Folk Festivals. For the past eight years, Bill Vanaver has taught “World Dance and Music” at Bard and Skidmore Colleges. Since 1985, he has brought his American and World Music and Dance into the classroom as a lead Teaching Artist with The Vanaver Caravan. He has worked closely with students, classroom and music teachers to broaden their multi-cultural music, song and movement repertoire.
Co-Founder / Program Coordinator / Founder Trustee / Big Medicine Charitable Trust
Rita Dixit Kubiak is an Indian national who has lived in Japan and the US for over thirty years forming lasting networks between individuals and organizations involved in cross cultural exchanges, eco-tourism, natural health practices, and women's issues in her two adopted countries and her native India. She also teaches yoga, practices shiatsu and writes on health and the environment for US and Japanese journals.
She is the onsite program director and co-coordinator of Shatki Caravan, as well as a co-founder of Shakti Caravan.
Premilla Dixit Nag
Director - Big Medicine Charitable Trust
Premilla Dixit Nag has worked for women's rights, peace, environmental and social justice causes in the US and India over 30 years. She has produced conferences, media projects and radio programs; researched and written on the global history and evolution of organic farming and indigenous medicine. Premilla also writes, directs and acts for theatre companies and is a recognized performance poet.
W. David Kubiak
Director - Udaipur Shakti Works / Shakti Academy
W. David Kubiak – Founder director of US-based NGO Big Medicine, activist journalist, and eco-social event organizer, David is the development director for BMCT's Udaipur Shakti Works & Organic Udaipur projects. His primary areas of activity and concern are economic, political & cultural localization and combating the corporate takeover of our countries, cultures and consciousness.
Bharat Verma was born and raised in Udaipur, India. He is the founder and director of the Heart Beators Dance Institute and has choreographed for a multitude of events, workshops and schools, including film shoots . He is trained in Bollywood, Indian Folk, and Semi Indian and Contemporary Dance. Since joining the Shakti Caravan team, Bharat has fallen in love with percussive dance and body percussion. He has made a name for himself as the pioneer body percussion choreographer in India. He continues to teach and perform with Shakti Caravan in both Udaipur and New York.