Tamara Nadel

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Called “richly expressive” and “vibrantly individual” by the City Pages and recognized for her “singular artistry” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Tamara Nadel is a founding member and senior company dancer with Ragamala Dance Company. She is a disciple of the company’s Artistic Directors, Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, under whom she has engaged in intensive study of Bharatanatyam since 1994.

Tamara has toured extensively with Ragamala company throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, India, and the U.K., performing featured roles on major stages highlighted by Lincoln Center (New York), American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Beckett, MA), Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (IL), International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT), Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), Bali Arts Festival (Denpasar, Indonesia), Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), among others. Tamara also serves as Ragamala’s Director of Institutional Development and is a teacher at the Ragamala Training Center in Minneapolis.

Tamara is a 2006 McKnight Artist Fellow in Dance, and is a recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant and a Career Opportunity grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Next Step Fund and Community Arts grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, a Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund grant from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, a Project Support Grant from Rimon: the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and and a Travel Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation.

In 2017, Tamara premiered Haven’t I Hidden Your Name?—a solo work rooted in the writings of the Sephardic Jewish poets of Golden Age Spain, created in collaboration with choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy—at Beth El Synagogue (Minneapolis).

Tamara served on the City of Minneapolis Arts Commission from 2008-2010, and currently serves on the board of directors of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. She holds a degree in Religious Studies from Macalester College, with a Minor and Honors in Dance.

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