Anita Menon is the founder and artistic director of the Anjali School of Dance and is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form originating in Southern India. Anita is the recipient of the prestigious Performing Arts Fellowship in 2014 from the Regional Arts and Culture Council , the first Asian-American to receive this honor.
Her classical yet inventive approach, creates a distinctive style that is meaningful and appealing to diverse audiences around the world. Besides choreographing dances depicting stories with strong female role models, her passion has been to choreograph Western stories through Indian dance including Red Riding Hood, Pegasus and Wizard of Oz. Anita has directed theatrical productions that are Indian adaptations of classical western plays including Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", as well as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot murder mystery, “Death on the Nile”, titled "Murder on the Ganges". Her productions are known for their elaborate dance numbers using several styles of dance including Indian folk, ballet, hiphop, jazz and Bollywood.
She has co-directed "The Jungle Book" at Northwest Children’s Theater MainStage (2014-2015 season), which subsequently received four Portland Area Musical Theater Award nominations. As a dancer, Anita has traveled the world, performing delivering performances in the United States, India, France, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore. Anita also serves on the board of the Northwest Children's Theater as well as the Regional Arts and Culture Council.