Natasha Jayasuriya – PRINCIPAL

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Natasha took over from her mother as Principal of the Deanna School of Dancing in January, 2015. She is a qualified Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, UK.

Hip Hop is a cultural movement that emerged in the 1970’s and covers music, dance, dress style and behaviour. The hip hop craze has since reached new pinnacles of popularity, attracting more and more people to accept, love and live by this trend.

The multi talented free style department of Deanna School of Dance, presently headed by Natasha Jayasuriya (Deanna Jayasuriya’s youngest daughter), also the Artistic Director of the Deanna School of Dance, whose passion for dance exuberates as a stimulus to her eager students, comprises of over 200 passionate students who put their heart and soul during sessions and hence epitomize this love of dance for hip hop. Natasha broke into the scene at the tender age of two, literally dancing her way in and has since grown to be recognized worldwide as a distinguished and experienced dancer. Her dance background bears an impressive portfolio of classical ballet, hip hop, street jazz, tap, Spanish, Ballroom and Latin. She has qualified up to the Gold Standard in Ballroom and Latin American dancing. She also furthered her portfolio with her dance tours alongside singer Leslie Loh and the internationally famous British R’n’B act Liberty X. Her professionalism and unique style of dance has captivated audiences in dance tours across major British and Asian cities; including shows in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, New Castle and even Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai. Yet another outstanding experience attached to her career was her successful performance at the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in UK in 2003.

As a director / choreographer some of her endeavours in Sri Lanka include, the FTV New Year’s Party fashion show on New Year’s Eve 2007 staged live from the Secret Garden at the Taj and aired internationally via Fashion TV, The Colombo Charity Fashion Show (ABR Foundation, 2005), ‘Street Beat’ (Elizabeth Moir School, 2004), ‘Bring it On’ (Elizabeth Moir School 2005), ‘Dazzle’ (Elizabeth Moir School, 2006), ‘Breakin’ Bars’ (Elizabeth Moir School 2007) and ‘S.O.S’ (Elizabeth Moir School, 2008). She was also the Choreographer for ArtWalk 2008, 2009 & 2010. Co – producer and choreographer of ‘A Few Good Men’ Charity Fashion show (in aid of the Vajira children’s home 2010), Choreographed dance acts for the IIFA weekend in Sri Lanka 2010. Also directed a number of DSD productions. She is presently choreographing the Rainbow Runway fashion show which will be held in June this year. Natasha has also ventured into choreographing music videos for local artists such as Bathiya and Santhush, Iraj and Rukshan Mark. In addition she has also gained a BA (Hons) in Economics in London.

A pioneer of freestyle, street jazz and hip hop dance in Colombo, Natasha now conducts classes four times a week for all the young, hip and happening souls just waiting to let loose.

After just three years of taking over the hip hop division of DSD, Natasha took on the challenge of introducing her talented students to the public. Following Natasha’s superb guidance, her adrenaline charged troupe of dancers from the free style department, stepped it up in 2006, before a sold out audience, for Natasha’s directorial debut “HIPNOTIC”. With their articulate and innovative movements of dance this 3 day extravaganza staged at Bishop’s College left its audience hypnotized!!
“The production startled me with its professionalism….Her immaculate choreography will leave the audience spellbound.” Such were the accolades won by Natasha after her successful production of “HIPNOTIC”.

Her second show “ATTITUDE” held in July, 2008 was also a roaring success. This show consisted of over 150 hip hop dancers and was a sell out.

Natasha currently conducts Hip Hop classes at the Deanna School of Dancing in four different categories. There is one beginner’s adult’s class, to kids’ classes and one Advanced Class. The sessions begin with a 20 minute warm up work out followed by the routine that she will teach for the day. The Time Table provides information regarding the times and days these classes are conducted.

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