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Published on Oct 9, 2011
For her contributions in dance, Moving Arts Dance Artistic Director Anandha Ray has received the Las Vegas "Daffy Award" (Dance as an Art Form, 2009), Cingular Award for Community Service (2006), has been inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame (2004), received a citation from the US Senate (2004), was made a member of the Kentucky Order of Honorary Colonels (2003), and recognized as a Visionary for the San Francisco East Bay Area (both in Diablo Magazine's 21 visionaries for the 21st Century, 2000, and 25 women visionaries in the arts, 2004). She has received national choreography awards including: sjCHOREOfest (CA 2007), American and National College Dance Festivals (OR & WA 1986, WA 1988, NM 1990), ADF (NC 1986) and the one and only Martha Graham Company Festival (AZ 1982).
Her work has been presented across the United States of America and in Europe, and has been commissioned/performed by professional companies, universities and colleges. Ms. Ray danced principal roles on international tours with dance companies from ASU, UCLA, "A Ludwig Co" in AZ, and "Clarence Teeters and Friends" in NY. She has performed the choreography of Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, Cliff Keuter, Jose' Limon and Doris Humphrey among many others. In San Francisco she has danced with Claire Whistler's "DanceArt Company" and Rhonda Martin's "Oracle".
She has two Master of Arts degrees from UCLA, was the Director of the Dance Program at the University of the Pacific and Yavapai College, faculty at Santa Monica College, residencies and lectures for universities and festivals internationally as well as adjudicating for several dance festivals and granting committees nationally and internationally. Currently she enjoys sharing Expressive Movement Processing (EMP) with performance communities and creating dances for Moving Arts Dance as well as other companies and universities. EMP combines processes from dance therapy, improvisation and choreography to enhance dancer and actor's creativity and ability to be completely authentic and pure in the performance quality.