Shakti Caravan's Second Tour begins Today!

Livia and Bill arrived home only last week, and already Samantha & Brian Lawton, and Joel Hanna are heading off to India to complete our second Shakti Caravan Tour of 2018. 

They will be teaching at the Happy Hours School in Jodphur, Rajasthan, and then dividing up: Sam & Brian to Mumbai, to get involved in the burgeoning Lindy Hop community there. And Joel, to our home city, Udaipur, to run the third consecutive Fighting for Change program (which teaches free self-defense and martial arts courses for women & girls of any age). 

Learn more & stay updated at Shakti Caravan.

We wish you three love, joy, and strength on your journey! 


Welcome Home, Vanavers!

Livia and Bill are touching down in New York today, after five weeks of teaching and development work for Shakti Caravan. 

Here is an excerpt from Livia from our Shakti Caravan Blog: 

Gathering of Shakti Caravan in Udaipur

Last night Nirmal at Mewar Foodies prepared a sumptuous meal for over 25 members of Shaki Caravan.  This was our way of thanking those that could join us for our final evening of this journey.

That gathering included  our partners: David and Rita/ founders and directors of Big Medicine Charitable Trust and Shakti Academy, Vijay Lakshmi and her family, Sayari, Sheru and their family and ALL  their amazing  musicians who just finished performing at . . . 

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And welcome home, Livia and Bill!  


Celebrating International Women's Day, internationally.

The Shakti Caravan 2018 tour continues! Livia and Bill Vanaver are currently in Udaipur, India, working under The Vanaver Caravan and Shakti Academy's partnership umbrella, Shakti Caravan. Read reflections from Livia & Bill about their time in and around Auroville, and the moving projects they took part in creating.

Recounting United Nations Youth Assembly

 Ray, Rafal, Carla, Juan, and Barbara, backstage at the United Nations Youth Assembly. 02/15/18. 

Ray, Rafal, Carla, Juan, and Barbara, backstage at the United Nations Youth Assembly. 02/15/18. 

Ambassadors of Goodwill. 

Company members from The Vanaver Caravan performed last Thursday at the United Nations Youth AssemblyHere's what the organizers had to say . . . 

"Dear Vanaver Caravan dance group,

As the Youth Assembly at the United Nations comes to a close, the organizing committee and I thank you deeply for your performance at our Gala event. The Gala was a big hit and one of the most memorable parts of the conference for the delegates. Thank you for your fantastic role in helping to make it so! Please find attached our official letter of appreciation to your group.

It has been a pleasure to work with you all. I am glad that we got to showcase your group as the unique, and stellar dance portion of the evening. My conference team and I hope to work with you again, and we will keep you in mind for future conferences and events.


Klevisa Kovaci

Operations & Special Events Coordinator

Youth Assembly at the United Nations


Thank you, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, for your kind words, and for including us as Goodwill Ambassadors. It's an honor to be a part of this work. 

Shakti Caravan 2018

 Photo by R.J. Partington from our 2016 school performance at Happy Hours School in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Photo by R.J. Partington from our 2016 school performance at Happy Hours School in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.


It's a family reunion! Livia Vanaver, Bill Vanaver, and their youngest son, Gabriel Vanaver, fly out to Pondicherry in southern India today to teach a three week dance and music program at the Akiyam school in Auroville. The focus will be on stories and folktales from around the world, which incorporate themes of non-bias, kindness, and respect for other cultures.

Auroville itself will celebrate its 50th year anniversary this month and the Vanavers will be there to bring together the many diverse communities who make Auroville the utopia that it is. Song, dance, and celebration is sure to follow. 

After the Akiyam school, Livia and Bill head to Udaipur, Rajasthan, to visit our Shakti Caravan founding partners at the Shakti Academy of Performing Arts and Healing. 

But that's not all! This April, Samantha, Brian, and Joel (three of The Vanaver Caravan's esteemed Company members and Shakti Caravan teaching artists) will be heading back to the Happy Hours School in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to put together a large-scale world dance performance with the students there. 

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