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    Bust a move – Redmond High senior wins national award for dance


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    Neha Venkatesh, Redmond High School senior, has received a 2022 YoungArts Merit award in Dance and joins 720 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from throughout the country. Selected through the organization’s competition, YoungArts award winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12, are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States, in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative and professional development support throughout their entire careers. 

    Neha has been training in Bharatanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, for 14 years, and was selected in the World Dance Forms category. Neha has performed in local and international venues, including the Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Folklife, Chennai Marghazi festival in India and the Cleveland Thyagraja Aradhani in Ohio where she was named a Judge's Special Mention Award winner. She also founded and runs a global virtual community platform, Yuva Samhita, an initiative for young Indian classical dancers to perform and collaborate.

    “We are thrilled to announce this year’s YoungArts award winners—an extraordinary group of promising, accomplished young artists—and congratulate each of them on this exciting milestone in their artistic careers,” said Executive Director Jewel Malone. “YoungArts empowers artists to pursue a life in the arts beginning at the critical time when many are faced with decisions about life after high school. We are proud to support these young artists at the beginning of their journeys and look forward to becoming a resource for them at all stages of their careers.”

    According to the press release, YoungArts award winners become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; microgrants and financial awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues and cultural partners nationwide; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private online platform for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and discover new opportunities.

    YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and provide them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12 in the United States. 

    A complete list of the 2022 winners is available online at youngarts.org/winners.