About Vanee School of Dance:

Vanee School of Dance was established in 1986 by Harija Sivakumar, in Miami, Florida. Harija's inspiration and dedication to the art offered an excellent opportunity for students to learn the rich Indian culture in this art form. In the initial years, she conducted classes in Orlando and South Florida.

Vanee School conducts school performance every year to showcase student's growth and accomplishments.

Students perform for non-profit events including Arya Samaj, AIA and Performing arts Center. The school conducts classes in various locations in South Florida including Miami, Coral Springs and West Palm Beach.

About the Teacher:

Harija Sivakaumar is a graduate of renowned kalakshetra School of Fine arts in Chennai and one of the few to graduate with the distinction Diploma. She has had the good fortune to be under the expert tutelage of stalwarts in BharathaNatyam such as Rukmini Devi Arundale, Sharatha Hoffman, Adayar K laxman and Uma Sundaram. Her performances have been broadcast by BBC London and WLRN Miami. Harija founded the Vanee School of Dance in 1986, and has over the years, continued to impart her knowledge in this classical dance form to a number of students. She has conducted over 30 Arangetrams and her forte is choreography, specially Ballets. Her productions include Seetha Swayamvaram and Kutrala Kuravanji. With her encouragement her students regularly perform in community and charity events. She has performed with her students for UNICEF: a tribute to Audrey Hepburn and for Miami Children Hospital. Harija now resides in Kendall and runs her Dance school in three locations: Miami,Coral Springs and Palm Beach.

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Harija's Gurus:


Rukmini Devi Arundale (Founder of Kalakshetra)


Krishnaveni Laxman


Sharada Hoffman