Christel Stevens

Christel Stevens is a scholar, performer, and teacher of dances from India. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in Bharata Natyam and Manipuri classical dances of India. Christel learned Bharata Natyam at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts under full scholarship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Later, she returned to India to live in New Delhi, studying Manipuri dance under Nabaghana Shyam Singha, Guru Bipin Singh, and Ojha Th. Babu Singh. She also continued her Bharata Natyam studies at Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under Padma Shree Km. Leela Samson. Christel has visited Manipur several times for research and training in Manipuri dance. She was awarded a Visharad degree in dance by Sri Sri Govindajee Nartanalaya, now Manipur State Dance College, under Principal Guru S. Thambaltombi Devi, daughter and disciple of Sarangthem Guru Meitei Tomba. In 1996, Christel returned to India with colleagues Lori Clark and Dr. Naima Prevots of American University to conduct the study, "Images of Women in Indian Dance, Sacred and Profane," funded by the Smithsonian Institution Foreign Currency Program.

Christel is currently employed by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as Performing Arts Specialist at the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County, Maryland. Responsibilities include: supervision and production of the annual Choreographers Showcase in partnership with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland; production and supervision of the annual World Dance Showcase at the Publick Playhouse; supervision of two summer teen theater touring programs in Prince Georges County; and production of the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month observances sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.