KATHAK DANCER, EDUCATOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Charlotte Moraga began dancing at a very young age in Miami, Florida. But, it wasn’t until she began her serendipitous study of kathak with Pandit Chitresh Das at SFSU in 1992 that she found her calling. She joined the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) in 1996 and has been a featured principal dancer in his critically acclaimed works: Pancha Jati , East as Center, Darbar, Subali Sugriwa, Sampurnam, India Jazz Suites, Sita Haran, Yatra, and Shiva. Her 2014 performance in Yatra was described by Dance Critic Rita Felciano in DanceViewTimes as, “…elevated to classical form by Charlotte Moraga's sense of perfection in the details and her extraordinary speed and precision in those pirouettes.” In March, 2016, dance critic Allan Ulrich wrote of Charlotte’s performance as Shiva: “Her Shiva, seen only in silhouette behind a screen that suggested the Earth seen from an interstellar location, still mesmerized with its twisting grandeur. Here, the appeal was universal.”
Thursday night's triumph belonged to Charlotte Moraga, as fast and focused as an arrow, delighting the crowd with double turns that stopped on a dime.
- SF Chronicle