Reflections & Upcoming Shows

2018 Reflections, 2019 Resolutions

Today, we reflect on a year filled with song, movement, and development, and look forward to a new year of celebration, performance, and travel.

As our friends know, The Vanaver Caravan is made up of a many moving pieces. We have robust dance programs for children and teens in the Hudson Valley; 35 years of enriching arts-education programs in schools across New York State; we have an umbrella in India called Shakti Caravan; and—of course—our international touring Company is always on the move.

What Has The Company Been Up To This Year?

We have been in development for our newest show, Turn Turn Turn: Celebrating Pete Seeger in Dance & Music, in celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday this year!

  • See Turn Turn Turn on May 5th at the Bardavon Opera House. More details to come.

What Has Our Dance Institute Been Up To?

Our Caravan Kids and Youth Company have been growing steadily this past year. Our dancers just finished seven sold out performances of our holiday show, Into the Light, and are taking a well-deserved break!

In 2019, we are excited to…

  • Host the 29th Annual DanceFest 2019 - March 2nd (rain date March 3rd)

  • Perform with our entire Dance Institute at 29th Annual Beltane Festival - April 28th

  • We have TWO full weeks of Caravan Kids Week - July 8-12 & 15-19

  • SummerDance on Tour will take place on July 22-Aug 10


What Has Shakti Caravan Been Up To?

Three 2018 Shakti Caravan Teaching Tours:

  • January - February saw Bill & Livia teaching at the Akiyam School in Auroville, Pondicherry.

  • In April, Samantha and Brian Lawton and Joel Hannah taught at the Happy Hours School Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

  • In July, Bharat Verma traveled to New York to teach at SummerDance.

Two Upcoming Shakti Caravan Programs!

  • January - February 2019: Livia and Bill will return to the Akiyam school in Auroville and head to Udaipur to teach and perform with our friends, Sayari Roots of Gypsy.

  • April 2019 - Miranda ten Broeke will return to Udaipur to teach in schools and develop a performance on the site of the Shakti Academy.

Livia and Bill Vanaver bring alive Barbara Bash's children's book about the life of an Indian banyan tree in dance, music, and theatre. This delightful event was enacted by the Tamil village children of the Aikiyam School in Auroville, India, and performed by 125 first to fifth graders, within the school's banyan grove.

What Have Our Schools Been Up To?

Our school programs are the cornerstone of what we do and we have had the honor to work in 19 schools this year. In 2018, we taught world dance and fostered cultural understanding to over 1200 students.

As always, we stand committed to our mission to inspire, through dance and music, the harmonious co-existence of world cultures and traditions, to promote peace and celebrate our humanity. Thanks for being a part of our mission and our community!