ANIKAI Dance performances weave together music, dance and storytelling, folk and classical, modern and traditional, secular and sacred, aural and visual. With each synthesis, a language is created. ANIKAI communicates in a unique and constantly evolving language. Wendy Jehlen, founder and director, is a choreographer whose work is rooted in her life-long training in Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance), as well as in Capoeira, West African dance, Japanese Butoh and American Contemporary dance styles. Jehlen's choreography also incorporates her work with Deaf artists, specifically the aesthetic of American Sign Language poetry. ANIKAI's work has been produced throughout the U.S., Europe, India and Japan and has received funding from the Artist Grants Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ford Foundation/Arts International, the Tokyo American Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. DeAnna was rehearsal director, principal dancer and founding member of ANIKAI (2005 - 2011). She has performed with the company at Harvard University, Brown University, Boston University, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and throughout India.