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Joti Singh is the Artistic Director and founder of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. She is a choreographer, performer, and instructor of Bhangra dance from Punjab, India. Growing up in Atlanta, GA, Joti learned Bhangra from the Punjabi community, including her parents, uncles and aunts. She was an Artist-in-Residence at CounterPULSE in 2008. She participated in the Margaret Jenkins CHIME mentorship program during 2009, studying Mexican Folklorico dance with Zenon Barron. Joti received a Creative Work Fund grant to collaborate with Barron’s company Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco to create a piece on the Punjabi Mexican communities of California.
Joti has traveled to Guinea several times to study with Master Dancer Moustapha Bangoura and other members of Les Ballets Africains. In addition, Joti apprenticed with Guinean dancer Alseny Soumah through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Apprenticeship Program and received the organization’s Traditional Artist Development Grant.