The best investment one can make is in themselves. Despite the odds of fate, I made a choice to learn the art of Bharatnatyam (Indian Classical Dance), an investment made out of sheer determination and blind faith. Everyone has a story - this is mine! I hope to inspire you to be the best you can be and then some more. Happy Dancing Everyone!
"Learn More... Do More... Be More"
Dance Your Dreams
“The future is inside of you. God has things in you that you haven’t tapped into yet. The reason why you woke up this morning is that God is not finished with you yet. He has something else for you to do. You haven’t sung your best song yet. You haven’t thought your greatest thought. You haven’t written down your greatest idea. You haven’t dreamed your best dream. You haven’t laughed your best laugh. You haven’t had your greatest day yet. It’s somewhere inside of you. There is all kinds of stuff down inside of you waiting to come out. You’re a miracle looking for a place to happen. You’re a testimony looking for a place to be delivered. You have all kinds of things locked up inside of you that are about to come forth for such a time as this. The time is right. The stage is set. The conditions are in order and something awesome is about to happen in your life. Every day that you wake up in the morning, it’s a sign, the best it yet to come.” - Paster T.D. Jakes
Performance Opportunities & Events
March 7, 2020
Chicago Malayali Association Women's Day
Received the opportunity to perform Smaara Vaarum Vaarum for Women's Day Events
February 22, 2020
Balaji Temple: Maha Shivaratri Program
Performed Ardhanarishwara with fellow students for Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple (Balaji Temple) for Maha Shivaratri Program
December 21, 2019
Chicago North Malayalee Association
Performed Mary Stuti for the Chicago North Malayalee Association 2019 Christmas Program.
December 7, 2019
MEANA Family Night 2019
Performed Mary Stuti - choreographed by Dr. Francis Barboza.
November 17, 2019
Balaji Temple - Nrithya Samarpanam
Myself along with senior dancers presented Kadana Kuthoolam Thillana as part of Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, Aurora, IL and the Balaji Cultural Committee's Nrithya Samarpanam.
November 16, 2019
Arlington Heights Library Multicultural Event
Mudra Dance Academy was invited to perform a one hour long dance presentation for a multicultural event. Myself, along with Chaithanya Sri Sridhar and Anuri Shah performed "Natyanjali".
October 19, 2019
TALC - Dasara & Deepavali Celebrations
Susan Abraham performed "Nada Thanumanisham" for the Dasara & Deepavali Celebrations at the Hindu Mandir of Lake County.
September 28, 2019
VKK - Dasa Day
Susan Abraham won 1st place in a dance competition presented by VKK. Auditions were September 22, 2019. Susan performed "Tummak Chalat Rama Chandra" which was choreographed by Guru Kshama Shah.
September 21, 2019
MEANA Onam 2019
Presented Natyanjali for MEANA 2019's Onam Program
September 21, 2019
Presented "Tummak Chalat Rama Chandra" in a competition where I won first place.
August 24, 2019
Krishna Janmashtami - Shiv Durga Temple
Performed one of my favorite bhajans - Madhurashtkam for Krishna Janmashtami at Shiv Durga Temple.
August 17, 2019
Milwaukee - IndiaFest 2019
Susan Abraham performed Pushpanjali and Ganesha Shloka at Milwaukee's IndiaFest 2019 where she placed 2nd in a dance competition.
July 16, 2019
Guru Poornima Celebrations
Presented "Natyanjali" with Chaithanya Sri Sridhar and "Smara Vaarum Vaarum" with Veena Anantharam and Vindhya Viswanathan for Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.
June 25-27, 2019
Workshop - Dr. Sanjay Shantaram
Attended a workshop with Dr. Sanjay Shantaram, a Bharat Natyam and Kuchipudi exponent from Bangalore, India.
May 11, 2019
Anuri Shah and Susan Abraham presented an hour long margam in which they performed duet and solo items at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, New Berlin, WI.
May 5, 2019
Pre-Performance Showcase - Thillana (Presented before Rukmini Vijayakumar's "Talattu")
Presented Geeta Dunika Thillana along with senior dancers from Mudra Dance Academy
April 27, 2019
CMA Kalamela 2019
Performed Thillana (Dhansari) at CMA Kalamela 2019.
November 27, 2018
Smaara Vaarum Vaarum
Performed "Smaara Vaarum Vaarum" as a duet for Diwali Program sponsored by TALC.
November 21, 2018
Bollywood - Ram Leela
Performed to Ram Leela's Ghoomar with Vindhya Viswanathan and Anuri Shah for Senior Citizens Event
August 29, 2017
Performed for a fundraising event for Nada Natya supporting Isha Vidhya.
August 19, 2017
Nrithya Samarpanam 2017
Performed Madhurashtkam along with other dancers from MDA for Balaji Temple's Annual Dance Showcase
July 2, 2017
NATS Convention Performance - ISHA Dance
Performed "Yogeshwarya" at the NATS Isha Convention at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention.
April 2, 2017
Shri Shrdi Sai Baba Temple Dance Program
Performed "Aiyi Giri Nandhini" at Shri Shrdi Sai Baba Temple.
March 25, 2017
Balaji Temple's Dance Program
Performed Aiyi Giri Nandhini at Balaji Temple's Dance Program
August 11, 2016
Performed the famous Shiva Thandava Stotram for Balaji Temple's Mahashivaratri Program
September 19, 2015
Nrithya Samarpanam Dance Festival
Performance of Ardhanarishwara with my guru Srimathi Kshama Shah at Balaji Temple in Aurora
January 21, 2015
Performance of Folk Dances
Performed a folk dance taught by Guru Srimathi Kshama Shah.
March 13, 2013
Mahashivaratri - HTGC
Performed "Charishnu" for Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago's Mahashivaratri Program
June 25, 2011
Arangetram - Susan Abraham
My dream came true! I presented my arangetram to my closest friends and family! It took me nine years of consistency, dedication, and sacrifice. In my guru, I found my sister, my friend and most of all, my lifelong mentor who has been my pillar of strength and motivation throughout the past twenty years.
October 10, 2009
Ramayana - Production
Performed in Ramayana along with 2 other dance schools - portrayed the character of Ravana.
Susan Abraham - A Prism of Visions
Merging the Dynamics of Dance, Engineering and Education
Susan Abraham - Educator
Susan Abraham is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago (Bachelors) and a graduate of Dominican University (Masters/ESL). She is an educator at Irving Middle School where she was a biology/chemistry/physics teacher for 13 years and a STEM teacher for 4 years. She has taught many after school clubs such as Sea Perch, Coding (WOZ-U), and IMSA Fusion. She serves on the ILT team and is the ENCORE Department Lead. Using Best Practices and current teaching methodologies, she creates lessons that take on real world problems - NASA's space program, Digital Revolution and the lost art of 3D Building. Students leave her class equipped with skills ready to challenge the world around them.
Susan Abraham - Dancer
Susan Abraham is trained in the art of Bharat Natyam (Kalakshetra) under Guru Kshama Shah, artistic director of Mudra Dance Academy. She initiated her dance studies with her arangetram on June 25, 2011. She has participated in all of the company's dance production such as Meera, Shiva Shakti, Ramayana, Seasons and Vastrakruthi. She is receiving advanced training from her Guru in dance. She is also an assistant teacher at MDA. Furthering her passion for dance, she is also the makeup artist for Mudra Dance Academy arangetrams and can be contacted for dance makeup related events.
Susan Abraham - Engineer
Susan Abraham is a graduate of Triton College (Mechatronical Engineering). Her love of learning and creating led her to pursue engineering. Combining her love of teaching and engineering, she has immersed herself at Triton College's Continuing Education Department and teaches robotics through their summer programs. She is currently looking to pursue engineering in the private field while giving back to the community.
Susan Abraham - Motivator
Susan is the perfect example of a woman determined to succeed. She does not let her circumstances nor her troubles define her. Her love of dance has led her on a journey that has helped her give back to her professional workplace, her culture and everyone whose path she crosses. Her brainchild "Dance Your Dreams" comes from her love of dance and how it taught her to follow her dreams. A firm believer in her faith, she believes that everything happens for a reason, everyone she meets has a purpose and there will be a time to experience all that life has to offer.