Aparna Kalyanaraman loves to dance and share dance in community. She began her formal training in South Indian bharatanatyam, ballet and West African dance and continued her studies in folk/cultural dances from around the world, especially focusing on dances of the African Diaspora.

A graduate of the CAT (Community Arts Training) Institute, she worked as a teaching artist with Springboard and Interchange prior to teaching dance full-time at private and public schools for the last 9 years. She has been performing and teaching classes and workshops in and around St. Louis for over 20 years, independently and with local dance companies: Dances of India (South Indian classical dance), Afriky Lolo (West African dance) and Grupo Atlántico (Colombian dance). She attained her undergraduate degree in dance and English from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA in teaching dance from Lindenwood University.

Founder of Daughters of the Mountain dance, she currently teaches independently, dances with Grupo Atlántico and homeschools her own brilliant, diva-tastic daughter.