TEACHER OF TARA DANCE SANGHA OF ATLANTA:                                                        

Learn the Mandala Dance of the 21-Praises of Tara in our 11-week class!

Deanna Palumbo:  Level 3 Student Teacher - Presenter of Tara’s Mandala

Deanna was introduced to the Tara Dance in 2000, through a weekend workshop with Prema Dasara and Anahata Iradah.  Drawn to the moving meditation and teachings, Deanna continued to explore the experience through monthly Tara Dances.  She assisted in building the Tara Dance community in Atlanta, through administration, documentation and eventually joined the Student Teacher Program. Since then, she has been attending the annual Tara Camp in Kaua'i, Hawaii and the new Mainland Retreat, where all student-teachers & interested students of Tara gather to receive teachings and connect with other Tara dancers from all over the world....enriching her experience and honing her leadership qualities.  Currently, Deanna is committed to building the Tara Dance Sangha of Atlanta to present the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara in public offerings.

Deanna has natural dancing ability; dancing for joy, sacred dance, ecstatic, swing, contra dance, zydeco and waltz.  Since childhood, she attended a music school in Philadelphia for classical piano and choir.  Currently, she is often drumming, dancing, singing & enjoying her new love of ukulele.  Beyond the Tara Dance Sangha of Atlanta, Deanna is a contra dance caller/dancer/organizer, an energy healer, works in the administrative field and also donates time to a spiritual healing group in Atlanta.

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Experience the Wisdom and Compassion of their teachings in upcoming workshops.    

Anahata Iradah:  Creative Director of Traveling Light

Anahata is a senior teacher in the Mentor Teacher’s Guild of the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace. She is a versatile and gifted musician, teacher, composer, songwriter, meditator, DVD author and documentary film producer. The revered Buddhist teacher Shinzen Young has been her personal guide in the path of Vipassana meditation. With his encouragement she has combined the Dances of Universal Peace and Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings. Anahata's deep interest in the spiritual paths of the earth has led her to many interesting places, experiences and people. Currently Anahata lives 6 months of the year in Georgia, United States and 6 months in Brazil, where the openness and joy of the Brazilian people constantly dissolves and challenges the conditioning of her British upbringing. The quality that most stirs her heart, is the attribute of kindness.The Great Mother Tara and her Divine attributes have woven themselves into Anahata's life and continue to guide her and transform ordinary reality into Tara's pure land.



Prema Dasara:  Spiritual and Creative Director of Tara Dhatu

"I must have danced out of my mother’s womb,” says Prema, who began formal ballet training at the age of three. She soon abandoned the formalities to dance on her own, like her idol Isadora Duncan, as a personal expression in nature. She dipped in and out of western expressions of dance but did not return to formal classes until she went to India in 1976 and became a student of Ramani Ranjan Jena, a master of the Odissi style of Classical Indian Temple Dance.

During the six years she spent in India she worked as an editor for the Theosophical Society, immersing herself in the study of comparative religion. To compliment her dance training she studied Classical Indian Music, She studied Sanskrit to deepen her understanding of the Hindu Culture.

In 1983 she settled in Hawaii where she became a student of the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Lama Sonam Tenzin. He encouraged her to continue her sacred dance work which culminated in the creation of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara, a group ritual based on the profound mind training practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has traveled the world since 1986 teaching this dance and the accompanying meditations. She has been invited to present the ritual to many of the most accomplished lamas including His Holiness the Dalai Lama who proclaimed the dance, “wonderful”.

Prema continues to create dance rituals. For inspiration and authenticity, she studied Charya, the ritual dance of Nepali Buddhists, a style based on Odissi movement but dedicated to Buddhist practice. She studied Tibetan Lama dancing at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and sacred Balinese dance from the Queen of Peliatan in Bali.

Prema teaches with humor and clarity. She leads anyone who participates in her work into an experience of their own potential, and teaches simple, clear methods of developing this wisdom in their day to day life.

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