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She has choreographed many pieces of dance work, often leading to major performances, such as Kathak Katha, The Ugly Duckling, Triangle, Kathak Double Bill and Rainbow. As part of the annual Leicestershire Schools Festival, Nilima Devi has contributed to the South Asian dance input in highly successful productions such as Aladdin, Stars and Stripes, Dance Spectacular and a section from Rainbow for the celebration of 20 Years of Youth Dance in Leicester.

As part of the Diwali Millennium celebrations in Leicestershire, Nilima Devi devised and produced Vyom, a fascinating journey through the Indian mythology and science of the solar system. As part of her research project, she collaborated in a creative process with a contemporary choreographer to develop two solo dance pieces called Brahmari and Against The Tide combining in an innovative way the movement vocabulary of Kathak dance with the contemporary language of Western dance.

More recently, through the Year of the Artist Award, she choreographed and performed 'Flaming Feet', an innovative collaboration of Kathak and Irish dance and music, which opened up these distinctive and rich musical and dance traditions to a wider audience.

In autumn 2001, Nilima Devi choreographed and performed her, at that time new; solo work entitled Katha Kahe so Kathak (Kathak Tells a Story). This dramatic, expressive production, tracing the evolution of Kathak through the ages and accompanied by live classical Indian music, was premiered at Leicester's Haymarket Theatre on 31st October 2001 and was then performed at various venues in the UK.

Another new work called Images using new technology, and collaborating with Jazz, Irish and Indian musicians and dance was toured in June-July 2003.

Apart from particular projects, Nilima Devi is always engaged performing, teaching, choreographing solo pieces for her and for young dancers and regularly performs for school assemblies and for important festivals to raise awareness, interest and appreciation for Indian classical dance. Her annual visit to India also keeps her busy performing and establishing further networks and contacts for international cultural network and exchanges.

In September 2004, as part of research and development, Nilima Devi created Urjah, using two Indian classical dance styles (Kathak and Bharatnatyam) based on the ancient Maha Mantra Gayatri, the energy behind the sun.

Urjah was later performed by two Kathak and two Bharatnatyam dancers as part of Nartan Festival organised by CICD in autumn 2005.

Since autumn 2007 Nilima Devi Dance Company has been touring Urjah production in the East Midlands region in the main stream venues to raise knowledge and understanding of Indian classical dance to diverse audiences.

Nilima Devi was invited to perform Kathak dance in Italy as part of the conference at Siena University in July 2008 based on the theme of Women and Law.

Nilima Devi continues to give solo performances and workshops at various venues and schools in the UK, apart from training young talented students of dance on a weekly basis.

Our Kathak Dance Studio offers not only a large variety of dance classes for all skill levels but offers the chance to be apart of small to large shows where you'll be able to perform. Our experienced instructor is passionate about helping each dancer achieve their highest potential, while also having as much fun as possible.



In 2019-2020, CICD celebrated its almost 40-year-old costume archive with its project Poshak Puralekh, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project looked at around 300 costumes accumulated since the Centre was formed in 1981 by Nilima Devi MBE. The best selection from these costumes was then presented to Leicester Museums, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Nottingham Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


Whether you’re looking to learn new dance moves or hone in on your existing talent, this class is what you are looking for. The instructors are committed to giving each student attention while also moving the class forward. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about this class or any others - simply contact us or stop by.


A beautful exploration of 'Abhinaya' by acclaimed classical dancers – Nilima Devi MBE (Kathak) and Anusha Subramanyam (Bharatnatyam). Enhanced by live music, this was a true collaboration between the archaic and the new, transmitted through expression and emotions found in 12th-century Indian texts, contemporary Britsh poetry and real stories taken from community women.



This class is a favourite among many of our students. Everyone loves the opportunity to explore the new dance moves taught in this class, while also mastering the classic moves. Our amazing instructors make sure everyone gets individual attention while keeping the class collaborative. Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today.


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