Asanga Domask

About

Asanga Domask is an educator, performer, a choreographer, an arts administrator, and the founder and artistic director of SerendibDance, a Sri Lankan Traditional & Folk dance company based in the Washington, DC area.  She grew up in Sri Lanka, where she devoted most of her childhood to the art of traditional Sri Lankan dance – Kandyan and Low Country – under prominent dance masters, including Nandana Balasuriya, Chitrasena and Vajira Dias, and Gyana Magammana. In 1993, she performed her Ves Mangalya in Kandyan dance – a highIMG_4897 achievement in the field of dance. After coming to the U.S., Ms. Domask received her B.A. in Economics from Mary Baldwin College, worked at the World Wildlife Fund, and later earned her M.A. in Dance from the American University with a thesis focused on Sri Lankan traditional dance preservation.  She joined CityDance Ensemble in 2005 and has held many positions within the company, including Manager for CityDance Center at Strathmore, Director of Finance, and Director of Administration. She has choreographed and performed extensively in local and international venues, including the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sri Lankan Embassy events, U.S. State Department, The Music Center at Strathmore, Pyramid Opera House in Kazakhstan, VelocityDC Dance Festival, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Intersections, the American Performing Arts Presenters in NYC, among others.

In 2010, Ms. Domask established the Sri Lankan Traditional and Folk Dance program at CityDance and has directed and choreographed the annual Sri Lankan dance concerts held at CityDance Theater at Strathmore since then to help preserve the heritage of Sri Lanka. In 2013, she was invited to national ballet of Kazakhstan, Astana Ballet, to choreograph and teach master classes. Her work with Astana Ballet was premiered in June on President’s Day Gala at the Pyramid Opera House and is currently a part of the Company’s International Tour.  Ms. Domask is a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at CityDance and is a recipient of prestigious awards; FY13 Individual Artist & Scholars Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and 2014 Individual Artist Award in Dance: Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

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