Achinta S. McDaniel is a pioneer choreographer, performer, and instructor, and the Artistic Director of blue13 dance company. McDaniel’s powerful work draws from diverse techniques including Bollywood, Hip Hop, Modern, and Bhangra, to create highly theatrical dance in film, tv, and on the live stage. McDaniel has worked with such renowned directors as Todd Haynes and Puneet Issar, with Bollywood stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, and singing superstar Kavita Krishnamurthy. In 1999, McDaniel founded blue13 dance company, the country’s first contemporary Bollywood dance ensemble, since enjoying great success in creating live dance productions in her signature Bollywood-Tech™ and Bhangra Funk™ styles around the globe.
McDaniel is LA’s premiere Indian Dance Instructor, teaching her signature Bollywood Bhangra Beats™ all over the city, and nationally. The press describes Achinta as, “Truly beyond all spectacle [is] the dancing seductress artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel, who brightens up the stage with her presence and brings to the crowd a wave of enthusiasm that leaves them yelling from their seats.”