About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

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DANCING BARE FEET

By RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy
Created by Renu Kumar

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Dancing BareFeet, a fast-paced Bollywood Dance-Drama, is a humorous saga of a young girl’s emotional journey, woven within nature elements. Enjoy the comedy, colorful dances, melodious music & riveting drama.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Read the reviews

Magical show!

by Nidhi G on August 21, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I thoroughly enjoyed this energetic, colorful show! The dances were incredible and beautifully choreographed. The lead actress was so talented and the entire cast was hilarious. I was especially impressed by the symbolism and parallels interwoven in the storyline, and I can't get over how much work it must have been to ensure that the large cast, set design, and music all went off smoothly - which they did! Congrats on another great, original show that remained lighthearted while delivering a deeper message. HIGHLY recommend!


Minnesota meets Bollywood!

by Jeanie Johnston on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

What fun! The dancing was fantastic and the costumes awesome! The story was cute....absolutely Bollywood. What made this truly rock for me was the song, Jai Ho! Loved it!! Thanks for a great performance!


Visually strong

by Mark Webb on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I really do love this groups dancing, and the costumes are gorgeous. And although I understand the purpose of the stories, I found them to be distracting to what this group does best. I've seen them before, and I still would prefer to see more of their traditional dancing and less spoken word.


Riveting!

by Ruby Juneja on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Was a mesmerizing creation! Loved the concept, positive energy, the subtle message, costumes, color and everything else about it. Would highly recommend it!


A must see Bollywood show

by Ricky Arora on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Inside the beautiful set a wonderful ensemble of actors play their roles perfectly and professionally. Each actor is worth noting but stands out in an impeccable performance. Great costumes, dances, choreography and song selections. A must see riveting performance.


Bollywood comedy with a message!

by Priya Verghese on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play was thought provoking, light hearted and fun. The dances were spectacular and the script and acting wonderful. I'm glad I went!


Dancing Bare Feet

by Jana Ramlet on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wonderful show! The show was happy and whimsical all while conveying a deeper message. Very talented dancers and actors taboo 😁 Kamal Aggarwal was exceptional!


Dancing Bare Feet

by Ranjana Chakravarty on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It was a great show! We really enjoyed the colorful costumes and the lively dances and acting. The show was well choreographed and performed. The music selection was also very nice. Congratulation and best wishes to all participants !


Dancing Bare Feet

by Sarina Khariwala on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Spectacular performance! Fantastic acting and dancing. The actors captured your attention and pulled you into the storyline. Very well done!


Exactly what I wanted!!

by Alex Schumacher on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

After seeing three heavy dramas to be taken away by this delightful and fun show was a treat. I laughed, my friend cried, I smiled with glee throughout the entire thing. I you want to smile and be transported away from your worries through amazing dancing this is the show for you.

Also it has a great message. Go David (and moths)!!!!


Healing

by Haydin Wellens on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I had so much fun from the beginning to the end of the show. If you watch a lot of dramas during the festival this show is a great way to come back to earth.

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent Show

by Piyush Khandelwal on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Cute story of love and dreams accompanied with wonderful dancing sequences. Loved the concept of story five elements that affect human nature and if in balance can change your life. I would recommend this show.

1 person found this review helpful


What's Fringe Without Bollywood

by Pj Doyle on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Beautiful costumes and wonderful dancing. Love the use of the space and the experience was just plain fun!

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful dancing and costumes!

by Anna Amyx on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I love a good dance number, and Dancing Bare Feet provided one after another after another! Beautiful costumes and props as well. Highly enjoyable.


Gorgeous

by Dorothy Owen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I loved this show! Bright, colorful, energetic - Bollywood on stage.


Mary L

by Mary Davidson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The dancing in this show was wonderful. The costumes were lovely, too. The Bollywood story, while cute, really didn't add much. I would have preferred the focus to remain on the environmental story. And, it would have helped to have the mc explain the story that we saw protrayed in dance--the significance of the bfeaking of the five balls when pollution struck, and their reassembly through the other dances. I highly recommend this show.


Uplifiting, colorful show!

by Maneesha Jain on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

RGK was a delight to watch in action. Beautiful show with a uplifting story and lively music. Definitely worth seeing!


Entertaining

by Navin Uppal on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Beautifully done show, it's like watching a Bollywood movie!


Interesting

by Su Hwang on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was a wonderful glimpse of the bollywood world. Full of dancing, color, laughter and many other emotions. The concept and message of the story was very valuable, yet the story itself was confusing and disorganized. The main actress was very natural and beautifully portrayed her character. Other actors on the other hand seemed a little forced and out of place. Transitions were a little rushed and chaotic. The dancers were very graceful and looked amazing on stage as their white costumes flowed and washed over the stage, making you feel like your in completely different world. Overall good show, but not so good story line with unnatural and confusing lines.


Best Show Ever

by Jane Ahmann on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dancing Bare Feet is not only a colorful and entertaining show, but it gave a very meaningful message. The characters in the show perform beautifully with great passion and energy, and are also able to get the crowd laughing throughout the show. The choreography is exceptional and very eye-catching. The actors are very skilled in that area, as well as the acting in general. Kamal Aggarwal is the best example of a notable performance in this show. She obviously has much experience with acting and is able to illuminate the stage with her humor and positive energy. I was very lucky to be able to have the chance to enjoy this show. I absolutely recommend viewing it.


Incredible Talent!

by Neha Kumar on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dancing Bare Feet is a spectacular show! I was completely swept away by the colors, vibrant dancing, and spirited acting. It was amazing to see so much talent in Minnesota - I could see this show turning into a touring act! Also, the show's message of harmony within yourself and within the universe is an important one. (And I loved how the five bells concept was depicted onstage - so creative!) I would strongly recommend this show - Such an energizing hour. Congratulations to the RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy team for creating this beautiful play!


Must See

by Sree Veluvali on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great show!Costumes are so colorful ,a feast for the eyes.cast is very good esp Kamal Aggrawal. Dances are Suberb.music that makes you want to get up and start dancing.
Overall it is light hearted but gives a good message about relationships and harmony both within you and yours.Art that invites you and makes you lose yourself in the story -must see!


Dancing Bare feet

by Jennifer Giggleston on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a fun and entertaining show. The dances were very well choreographed with beautiful costumes. All the actors were great at their roles! The play nicely fit in with the dances. A perfect one hour of light, fun and family-friendly show!


Glimpse of Bollywood

by Parmak Preet on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Light hearted, fun show. Costumes and set design are superb. Engaging Story, Upbeat music and seamless acting keeps you entertained. A complete recipe for fun and treat to the eyes and heart.


entertaining

by Gregg Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Entertaining but confusing.... a good effort and some nice performances. With a little more work and reconfiguring this show could have been great. Nice colorful costumes!


Beautiful!

by Margaret Funke on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Popped in on a whim and had a lovely time. Beautiful costumes, dancing and sweet story!


Oh

by hannah Baker on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It was fascinating.......🤕


Beautiful Show!

by Jessica Woldenski on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I'm a sucker for anything dance and this one gave me it in spades. The numbers were tight and energetic and I was thoroughly entertained the whole time! I was also a big fan of the costumes. Great job to all involved!


Mesmerizing

by Geeta Vasudev on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the show , was blown away by the choreography and the dances . Was mesmerized by the thandav by Renu Kumar , wasn't expecting to see a glimpse of kathak in a Bollywood show , was totally blown away by it . The kids were really amazing and so were all the other dancers in their beautiful costumes . Overall a very light show , with beautiful song and dance sequences ( very bollywood) with a subtle social message . Loved the show , definitely a good watch .


Fantastic!

by Bindu Uppal on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wonderful show, very entertaining! Beautiful dances and costumes!!


Loved the show

by Seema Bhargava on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Funny Jokes in the play, nicely coreograhed Bollywood dances. I loved the show.


Immensely fun

by Cheryl Lowe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show features beautiful dancing, costumes and a fun Bollywood story. I thoroughly enjoyed this!


"What just happened?"

by Reggie Kae on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The costumes were beautiful, the dancing was entertaining, I loved the music...the story, not so much. The main character at one point in the show says "what just happened" and that's exactly how I felt the whole time - and not in a good way. I almost gave this 2 stars, but the costumes are what bumped it up to 3. If you want to see dancing, see this show. If you want a good story that makes sense, skip it.


Entertaining!

by Nicki Aneja on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

There was comedy , there was romance , there was drama and melodrama, a typical Bollywood story with dance sequences that were very entertaining. The theme dancers performed beautifully and were treat to the eyes. They looked so ethereal in their white costumes. Also enjoyed the opening group dance number.The lead characters had great stage presence. Great acting by the cast. I wish they had made the theme of 'harmony of different elements' and the story of the play more integrated.
But like any Bollywood masala don't put your mind into it and say 'why' but put your heart and say 'why not' and dance bare feet on a happy tune and live, laugh and smile.


Great all around show

by Ishan Aggarwal on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dancing bare feet precisely portrays the modernized Bollywood style. The set, play write, script and costume design were all very professionally done. The dances were all very well coordinated and well done, and the acting was fabulous. Dancing bare feet is a must see show at this years fringe festival.


Beautiful all around

by Danielle S on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Costumes are great, dancing was fantastic, and the set design/props and theme of the show were great, too! Sure, the story itself was super stereotypical - but I believe the point of a story in Bollywood is specifically a vehicle to get to more dancing, so I didn't mind it at all!


Amazing

by Navneet Choudhary on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It was wonderful to see all the dancers dancing on Bollywood songs. The choreography and consumes were great. It is worth watching.


Entertaining and inspirational

by Vipin Kumar on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It was fun to see a multi-cultural cast of actors dancing to the tune of Bollywood music in this entertaining and well directed dance drama. But what I liked even more was the subtle message that the harmony of elements in the universe that lives inside each of us is as important to our happiness as the balance in different elements of nature is for world peace.

1 person found this review helpful


Bollywood it is

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Want to know more about Bollywood romance? this has the recipe down. Good energy, some missed tech cues, huge cast. All fun and light and love at the happy ending - oops - did I give it away?


Good effort.

by Divya Maiya on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Costumes were great as usual. The actor who played the nerdy guy was really good!


Well done

by Vandana Mangalick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

It is hard to make a bollywood movie, because there is no bollywood without songs and dances and a love story woven together. This show felt like being in a nice "masala" movie with an earthy and spiritual message. The analogy of centering with the five elements of the universe and the bells of the anklet of a dancer was very nice. A healthy soul requires a balance of these elements. The dancing and acting was fabulous! And the writing even better. Great work!

2 people found this review helpful


Hooray for Bollywood!

by Jeff Cawhorn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I came to see this show because my first show had sold out. That's one of the great things about Fringe. If one show doesn't work out there's plenty of other great shows to choose from. I'm glad I lucked into this one. It's a wonderful show and great fun to watch. It features beautiful costumes, music, dancing and a touching story. This is a must see!

1 person found this review helpful


Bollywood may not be for me

by Jon Golden on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Was this show terrible, no, was this show incredible no. The dances were good, a little off here and there but overall fun to watch, the story in the middle drags on for way too long. Main guy and girl have a good stage presence though. Nothing I can fault the actors for but the lighting and sound ques were often way off when I saw it which stopped them from having any seamless transitions.


Beautiful costumes and Wonderful Dancing

by Maria Keith on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

A fun show with dancers who are passionate about dancing. I enjoyed the story. This is a good filler show while Fringing.

1 person found this review helpful


Come for the dancing and costumes

by Jacob Gulliver on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was a very fun show, and it had a unique style - the attention to detail on the set pieces and costumes was really a treat. I feel the dialogue hurt this show the most, with some awkward lines and strange phrasings taking me out of the moment from time to time, but to be honest, the story wasn't the centerpiece of this show. The show was driven by skillful and passionate dancing from the performers, and that's the real reason to go see this.

1 person found this review helpful


This is a FUN show!

by Dennis Dienst on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is a great east meets west performance! The Dancers are talented and share those talents with grace and energy. By the way everyone dances! The music is infectious and got me clapping several times. The leads characters bring a great story forward. Good time was had by all!

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful dance drama of west meets east

by Rajiv Aggarwal on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was the 3rd show that I watched today. It kept me mesmerized throughout the show. The acting was wonderful. The dances had poise and grace. It was funny and heart warming. Go to this show if you wanna laugh, enjoy graceful dancing and experience love in one hour.

2 people found this review helpful


Beautiful Dancing

by Jenna Gustafson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

What drew me to the show was the dance aspect of it, which did not disappoint. However, the acting and other in-between portions left something to be desired.


Bollywood style

by Sushumna Aggarwal on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great performances, loved the dancing.
Amazing to see cross cultural cast giving entertaining bollywood style show.

2 people found this review helpful


WOW!

by Avi Kumar on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What an awesome performance, I wish I could give it 6 stars! From the acting to the costumes and choreography, everything was performed beautifully. The story was entertaining from start to finish and was filled with so many colorful dances! I highly recommend going to see this show!

1 person found this review helpful


A Hot-Footed Delight

by Justin DeLong on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

A cute show with some great dancing! Fans of Bollywood films will love this tale of a girl with a dream and the people who help it come true.
Family friendly, some great laughs, and impressive choreography.

3 people found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Renu Kumar

Producer, Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer, Dancer, Actor- Playing, 'Rohini'



"Renu Kumar is the Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer of RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy (Founded in 2004). She has worked as a master teacher and performer in Modern Indian/Bollywood/Folk dancing in the U.S. for 1982. Renu is originally from India and has extensive training in Classical North Indian Kathak, Folk and Modern dances. In addition, she was trained in many other art forms, which include painting, graphic design, computer animation, and photography. These skills have provided her with the background for her artistic expression and are heavily utilized in her work as an Artistic Director.

She graduated from Meerut University with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a Masters in Political Science. She has a passion for dance from childhood and sees dance as a primary medium of artistic discourse. For her, dance is like a form of yoga, which synchronizes the inner biorhythms with the movements of the body.

This will be RGK Modern India Dance Academy's 14th major original Bollywood productions, some highlights of previous productions include: "All is Well", "Best Bollywood Inn" (MN Fringe Festival 2015 with the best audience review), "Door", "Cocoon", "Chabbi Ka Guccha". RGK group also has performed in a Hollywood movie,"Problem Solving the Republic".

Renu has been honored with several awards for performances, innovative directing and choreography. Renu and her selected charities been honored with awards from the Dr. Dash Foundation (2016 and 2015), and the Travelers Insurance group (2011). She has raised funds through RGK's annual Bollywood Dance musicals locally and internationally for Second Harvest Heartland, Alzheimers Association of MN, Children Hospitals, CRY, Red Cross, Hindu Society of MN to name a few. Her work has been profiled by TV Asia and Plymouth Magazine, as well as several TV and radio channels. She has been Honorary Judge for several shows including Vibha, "Taal" (2009, 2010, 2014), and Talentz (2013), "Natya Manjari" (2015).

Renu would love everyone to come and see this wonderful show that depicts how nature-elements affect each and every one of us. She is very grateful and thankful to the Dancing Bare Feet staff, RGK volunteers, sponsors, family, friends from Minneapolis, all over for their continuous love and support to her new an original work every year. Please do come to give us your feedback after the show.


Sayali Pathak

Script Writer, Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer



Sayali is thoroughly enjoying her very first experience of play-writing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival production of the Bollywood Musical Drama “Dancing Bare Feet”. She has participated in plays during her school days and once in 2016 in the RGK Dance Academy Dance Drama “All Is Well”. She finds it’s great to be re-united with the same team with some new members. She is a Mechanical Engineer by profession but enjoys artistic hobbies. She thanks the RGK Dance Academy and the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the opportunity and hopes everyone enjoys the show.


Ashley Nicole Stevens

Actor, playing, 'Leena Thomas', Dancer


Ashley Nicole Stevens is an actor/singer from St. Paul, MN. Since graduating from Bethel University, with B.A.s in Theatre Arts and Sacred Music, she has performed as: Martha Dunnstock in Heathers: The Musical (Twin Cities Community Theatre), Inez in No Exit (Directed by Carlie Abel), Melisandre/Narrator in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Really Spicy Opera; MN Fringe Festival 2016), Chorus in Little Women (Theatre 301), and Various Roles in Christmas Programming (New Seed Theatre). This is Ashley's first production with RGK Dance and she is very excited for everyone to come see this wonderful show. Thank you for your support!


Sam Aanested

Actor, playing, 'David', Dancer


Sam is absolutely thrilled to be performing in his second Minnesota Fringe Festival production of Dancing Bare Feet this year. This will be Sam’s 24th production over the span of his acting career thus far. His last MN Fringe credit included him playing Taiko drummer Dietrich in Restless Beat. Sam has recently finished performing as youth pastor Justin Waverly in Southern Hospitality at the Lakeville Arts Center, as well as his first season with the Black Dirt Improv troupe in Hastings Minnesota. He is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, and enjoys practicing varieties of dance such as Ballroom and Jazz, hiking and playing drums (of all kinds). He thanks you very much for coming to see this masterpiece, and hopes you really enjoy it.


Kamal Aggarwal

Actor, playing, 'Sumi Thomas', Dancer, Coordinator


Kamal a.k.a Kam Aggarwal (Sumi Thomas) is delighted to be performing in RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for the Fringe Festival. Kamal has a Bachelor's of Engineering from Pune University. She loves to act and dance and has performed in multiple cultural shows with local community organizations for 16 years. Kamal has also produced, choreographed and enacted multiple skits and dances for private events. Kamal is engaged with the production of the "Vaishaki Mela" for MN Punjabi Society and MN Sikh Society for 17 years and is an active participant for Diwali shows. Her previous RGK production was a lead role in the Bollywood dance drama "Cocoon". Kamal would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see the show. Please form a line outside her dressing room after final curtain. 😊


Robert Permenter

Actor, playing, 'John Thomas'


Robert is excited to be working on Barefoot Dancing with Renu Kumar, cast and Crew.Robert has been on stage at Theater in The Round, Lex-Ham Theater, Century College, and other stages in the area. This summer he finished a feature film and worked on a pilot for TV. He has written/acted first person monologues based on historical/biblical figures and fictional characters, as well as helped out in the Fringe before. He is happy to be a member of the Actors Workout taught by Raye Birk.


Lowell Rice

Stage Manager, Actor, playing, 'Mike Leena's Boyfriend', Dancer


Lowell Rice is excited to be a part of his first show with RGK. It is his third year performing in the MN Fringe Festival, having previously been in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Roose Bolton/Ensemble) and Jacob's Ladder (Esau/Ensemble). Lowell graduated from Bethel University with a BA in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing.


Ram Nagarajan

Actor, playing, 'Prem Kapoor' Bollywood Director, RGK Volunteer


A high school stint at monologue delivery can incite a desire to shoot for ''stage related activities of some sort, at some point in one's life''. Thanks to a friend, I have been able to become at least an amateur, in that regard. The fun of appearing on stage can be quite gratifying to some, conceivably. Quickly recognizing the potential for overstating, it is probably prudent to move on to the business end of the bio.

My encounter with the Minnesota Fringe Festival set of events resulted in a play, ''The Best Bollywood Inn'', in 2015. I was one of many characters, and needless to day, it was, personally, quite an exhilarating experience for me. Rest in person, folks.
Thank you for reading this. I feel much obliged.


Anu Elayaperumal

Choreographer, Dancer


Anu Elayaperumal developed a passion for dancing after watching her very first Bollywood movie as a child. She trained in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, and enjoys creating dances which fuse classical Bharatanatyam with other forms of dance. Growing up in the Twin Cities, she has performed at various cultural events and shows and enjoys sharing the beauty and culture of the Indian dance art form. Anu graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology and physiology and is currently working in the medical device healthcare field.


Arun Bhargava

Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer


Minakshi Chaudhary

Dancer



I am Minakshi Choudhary. I workded as lecturer in India and moved ot USA in 2015. I live in Plymouth with my husband, Navneet Chaudhary and my 2 sons: Arush (6years) and Zavian (1 year). I have lot of passions for dance and dready to dance anytime. During School and college, I have participated in may dance competitions and also choreographed dance items for various events. It is a great experience to particiapte with RGK Dance Academy and I am looking forward to perform in MN Fringe 2017.


Reha Menon

Dancer


Meet RGK Dance Academy's pre teen dear student and performer from Dancing Bare Feet, a Bollywood Dance Drama.
Rhea Menon is 11 years old and has a passion for dance and arts. Her journey with RGK dance academy began 5 years ago and she been dancing since then. Thank you, Renu aunty for being my partner in crime !!. She is looking forward to performing at the fringe festival and RGK's Benefit 2017 Show!


Penny Meschke,

Set Designer, RGK Volunteer


Ramya Munukutla

Dancer



Born in Bangalore and lived in Hyderabad, India. Started learning Bharatnatyam dance at age of 5 and Kuchipudi at age of 10. Participated in lot of dance programs since the age of 6 -Classical, Contemporary and Bollywood style. Represented my school and college in various competitions and won accolades. Have been into Choreography for Contemporary and Bollywood style dancing. Passionate about dancing and enjoy teaching others as well.


Prashant Srikhande

Script Writer, RGK Volunteer


Prashant is not new to the theatre. An engineer by training he grew up in northern India surrounded by dance, drama and music through his fathers vocation and is particularly fond of singing. He has been involved with RGK Dance Academy for over a year.


Pooja Sudarshan

Dancer


Pooja Sudarshan is a talented dancer trained from the age of 7 Yrs in the classical dance form of South India called Bharathanatyam. She has performed in several reputed cultural gatherings and meetings and completed the junior level certification in Bharathanatyam. She has also performed in many dance festivals at historic locations in South India like Belur, Shravanabelagola etc. She has a masters degree in commerce from the University of Bangalore and has several years of experience as a quality certification professional. She is also trained in the Carnatic music as a vocalist from the age of 5.


Shagun Uppal

Dancer


Shagun Uppal is a rising middle schooler. She loves to sing, dance and play the piano and violin. Shagun discovered her love for dance with RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy three years ago and has been dancing ever since. She is looking forward to performing at the fringe festival!


Akshaya Vengala

Dancer



My name is Akshaya Vengala and I am 8 years old. I am in 3rd grade at Meadow Ridge Elementary school. Dancing has been my passion since I was three years old. I love to dance, a good inclination to Bollywood Dance. I have performed in many events organized by RGK Academy over the past four years. My other hobbies are reading books, playing with my friends and listening to music.

I feel very privileged to be part of RGK Academy where I am surrounded by so much inspiration. I feel so lucky to have Renu Kumar as my Dance teacher. To have the opportunity to dance and getting trained in such an inspiring environment is not only an advantage but a motivating experience.


Esha Agarwal

Dancer


Esha is a rising sophomore in High School.
She is fond of dancing and singing and is taking professional training in classical voice and dance lessons.
Esha loves taking photographs as well as spending time with family and friends.
She has enjoyed practicing with RGK for Dancing Bare Feet.


Kumiko Borman

Dancer, RGK Volunteer



Kumiko has been with RGK on and off for almost 9 years! Dancing is her favorite form of workout and something to give her an energy boost. This is her first performance for MN Fringe and very excited to perform there. She loves dancing with RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy.


Upasana Khandelwal

Dancer



Upasana is an artist born in rich and multi-cultured place of Rajasthan, India. Her family inspired her to be pursuing hobby into doing artwork and dancing at an early age. She acquired a master’s degree in finance from India and parallel took deep dive knowing Rajasthan cultural art & Indian Bollywood dance. She performed dance at various events and her school/college events. After her marriage she moved to United States and joined RGK Modern Dance Academy Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started performing various Bollywood dance forms at events around Minneapolis.
Experience with RGK Dance Academy:
I used to miss dancing after moving to Minneapolis but I found RGK Dance Academy that allowed me explore my passion for dance. I joined RGK that enabled me to perform at various dance events around Minneapolis. RGK Dance Academy has given impetus to my passion and I am growing day by day being a part of it. I am very much excited to perform at Fringe Festival with RGK Dance Academy.


Swati Kumar

Dancer


Swati Kumar, Software Engineer origins from India passionate for dance since childhood. Enjoy Dancing and choreography the groups of all ages. Lives in Eden Prairie, MN with husband and 7 years old son and 2 years old daughter. Love to spent time with family and teach dance to my kids.


Varsha Lowe

Dancer



Varsha Lowe will be a Junior in High School. She started dance this year under the leadership of Renu Kumar. Varsha is thrilled by this opportunity to dance and perform.


Chaya Pathak

Dancer


Work: I am working in Wells Fargo Bank as a Business System Consultant.
Degrees: I am Masters in Mathematics and MBA in Human Resource and Marketing.
Family: I am living in Chanhassen (MN) with my husband, Sharad and my 6 years old son Vatsal.
About me: I am a very fun loving, happy and extrovert girl. I have a passion for dancing. In school and college, I have won many prizes in Dance, Mehndi, Advertisement making, Science projects, Sports, and Art competitions. I am a good painter and artist. I have performed in Hindu Temple for Holi and Milan Mandir as well. I was the Captain of Girls Cricket Team during MBA.
With RGK: It is a great fun to work with RGK. Dancing Bare Feet producer, director Renu is so polite and a very nice person. I am really excited to perform in Fringe 2017.


Shruti Sankpal

Dancer, RGK Volunteer



"Shruti is very delighted to be performing in RGK Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for Fringe festival. She has learned classical Kathak dance during school days. She has participated in dances and plays at various events in schools and college. She has also been performing in dances at various cultural events in Minneapolis over the past 5 years. She has a Bachelors in Engineering and is a Project Manager by profession in the Financial industry. She enjoyed dancing in RGK's dance drama "All is Well" in 2016 and has been performing with RGK at various events over the last 1 year. Thanks to RGK for providing me an opportunity to pursue my passion for dance."


Harsheen Batra

Dancer


Kim Greene

Dancer


Sunanda Kakade

Artist, RGK Volunteer


Venugopalan Anantharamakumar

Actor, Dancer and Narrator, playing 'Sunny' Thomas, Dj



Computer Engineer by day, Venu is a performing artist who has experience in multiple dance forms including Salsa, Bollywood and Bharatnatyam. His previous theatre credits include Chicago, Grand night for Singing, 42nd St and more recently as Fakir in Artistry’s “Secret Garden”. He also performed for professional dance companies like Noche Latina, SalsaYControl, Conga Beat, Mambo Swing, Island Touch and Natyaprabha. DBF marks Venu’s exciting debut with RGK.


Chaitanya Polumetla

Videographer


Bish Wish

Photographer

More information

 



RGK Dance Academy is coming back, after a triumph in MN Fringe 2015, with a new original Bollywood Dance Drama: "DANCING BARE FEET".  A play that portrays natural elements through Leena's life experience. She has to discover her true passion in life or let the chaos inside her take over. The play co-relates natural elements with a Bollywood-style family drama that is sure to warm your hearts and entertain your family!


 


 

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