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Anvita Devineni


"For me dance really is a form of therapy. I think I discovered that more in college because growing up it was more just an extracurricular activity; it was a part of the weekly going to dance practice and learning from my dance teacher. There was a sense of consistency and discipline, so it became a part of my routine. I think as I was going into college, dance became an outlet for my emotions and my stress. As I was transitioning to be a captain for WashU Classical and WashU Raas, two dance teams at my university, it also became a creative outlet for me. This was the first time I created my own choreography. Growing up, as I was learning from my teacher, I was always focused on “How do I learn this?” or “How do I perform this?”. Now, I was focused on “How do I execute my creative vision?”. In my senior year of high school, I had trained for about ten months for my arangetram, a large performance. Having had that intense training, I was ready to go into college and experiment with different styles. During that time I learned to embrace the challenge of dancing and not only dance to what styles I felt comfortable doing. I didn't come into college saying I want to be on this team or that team; I wanted to try everything and see what was most challenging to me."

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