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Sanjay Saverimuttu was born in West Lafayette, IN where he started taking ballet lessons under the guidance of his aunt, Sandra Peticolas, at Lafayette Ballet School. His main pre-professional training was in Boca Raton, FL at Boca Ballet Theatre under the directorship of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. He attended summer programs at Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. He graduated salutatorian from Dreyfoos School of the Arts where he majored in Dance. Sanjay earned a BS in Biology from Stanford University. At Stanford, he continued his dance training under teachers Kristine Elliott, Muriel Maffre, Robert Moses, Diane Frank, and Alonzo King. He studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked and taught at Dance For All, an organization specializing in educating and training township youth in ballet and dance.
Sanjay was a dancer in LAUNCH 7 at Northwest Dance Project, performing world premieres by Hanna Kiel and Robyn Mineko Williams. Sanjay joined Louisville Ballet in 2012 as a trainee and was hired into the main company two years later, the last hire of then Artistic Director, Bruce Simpson. As a dancer, Sanjay has performed in many classical and contemporary ballets. Some of those highlights include, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, and Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues and Romeo + Juliet. He has also danced in works by George Balanchine, Lucas Jervies, and Brandon Ragland. Sanjay also teaches ballet at the Louisville Ballet School, Dance Centre in Elizabethtown, and Inspirations Dance Academy. He has also guest taught at Lafayette Ballet Company and Boca Ballet Theatre.
Sanjay has debuted many original choreographic works through Louisville Ballet’s Choreographers Showcase (Saligia, Strange Attractors, Sea Change, Sunrise). He has also received commissions for his work from Louisville Ballet (And Don’t Talk About It), the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble (Spectrum, Always on Your Mind, After the Pulse), Prelude for Botanica (Spring), and Boca Ballet Theatre (Strata, Summer Waves, Anagapesis). He was a finalist in Ballet Arkansas’ Visions Choreographic Competition (Solomon’s Gift). His work, Always on Your Mind, was selected for the Gala night of the 2018 RDA SERBA Dance Festival. He most recently received one of the inaugural grants from the Elevator Artist Resource, to help complete his first dance film. Sanjay is a member of the Hadley Creatives Class of 2019, a professional development program to elevate local Louisville artists in their careers.