Sponsored by ANUJA SA, Arathi School of Indian Dance, Kalalaya Indian Performing Arts, Kaveri Natya Yoga and Natyanjali

This production is not a presentation of the Carver Community Cultural Center or the Carver Development Board.

Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company

Artist's Website

Leela Samson is a dancer, teacher, writer and choreographer of Bharatanatyam. She has been deeply influenced by the visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, who founded Kalakshetra, the premier academy of arts in Chennai. Leela joined Kalakshetra as a young child and her formative years were spent imbibing the nuances of Bharatanatyam and related arts at the feet of celebrated gurus. Over years of independent work, her dance has metamorphosed from representing the best of her alma mater into a unique personal expression, which is at once unostentatious, serene, philosophical and joyful.

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A well-loved and respected teacher, Leela has also trained several students who are now accomplished dancers and teachers in their own right. In 1995, she formed a group called Spanda, to explore group dynamics in Bharatanatyam. Leela has been the subject of two documentary films, Sanchari and The Flowering Tree. She has also authored several articles as well as two books, Rhythm in Joy (1987) and Rukmini Devi: A Life (2010).

She is the recipient of several honours, from the Padmashri and Kalaimamani to the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sanskriti awards. Leela has served as Director of the Kalakshetra Foundation, as Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi as well as of the Central Board of Film Certification. Leela lives in Chennai, where she continues to dance, choreograph, teach and write.


Tricentennial Celebration



This performance is in celebration of San Antonio's Tricentennial anniversary. Celebrating Diversity and International Excellence

Ticket info

Tickets will be processed in August and mailed via First Class USPS unless there is five business days or less between your order and the performance date, in which case your tickets will be held for you at the theatre box office beginning two hours before your performance.

*Artists, productions and dates are subject to change


Seating assignments are completed by ARTS San Antonio ticketing staff on a first-come, first-served basis based on the time stamp when your order is received. All special instructions are taken into consideration for every ticket order. Premium seats start at $99 and are seated closest to the stage, followed by Superior at $69, Advantage at $49 and Value at $29.

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Directions and Parking



Suggested Parking Garage:
Parking is available in the Carver Administration, Carver Academy and St. Paul parking lots. Additional parking is available along Center Street and Gibbs Street by the Freidrich building. Parking is free.

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