About Us

Our story

Art is a powerful tool.  It grounds us in our cultural heritage, provides a connection point for learning and celebration with our neighbors and community, and is a powerful vehicle for change.  The vision of NSPA is to utilize traditional Indian dance and other cultural expressions and programs to achieve all these goals.  

Founded in 2004, NrityArpana School of Performing Arts (NSPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and was originally envisioned as a space in which to engage the Indian American youth and immigrant Indian population to share its rich heritage with the community at large.  Today, NSPA has evolved into a dynamic cultural arts center and a leader in multicultural education, celebration, and collaboration in the Greater Cincinnati Area.  

About Anupa Mirle


Anupa Mirle is the Founder and Executive Director of NrityArpana (NSPA).  A world-renowned artist, Ms. Mirle has taught more than 300 students and worked with many schools in Cincinnati bringing Indian culture to classrooms, museums and other locations in the area.  


Anupa has been recognized for her contributions to the community by Eye of the Artist (2015 Dada Rafiki), the Ohio Arts Council ( 2103 Heritage Fellow) and UNESCO (2006 Council of Dance). Invited as a judge for inter-collegiate competitions like Midwest Masala and Bollywood America, she also serves as a cultural consultant and choreographer for non-Indian specific organizations, such as the Cincinnati Childrens’ Theater recent production of The Jungle Book.


A native of India, Anupa possesses an MFA in Dance, an MBA, and an MS in Chemistry, the latter of which brought her to Cincinnati to work for P&G before founding NSPA.  Her unique background in the arts and the sciences along with her association with AID, has helped her to develop powerful dance pieces exploring issues as varied as corporate ethics, environment, smoking, and gender balance alongside pieces with traditional themes like Kaalidaasa’s Ritusamhara. Married to a theatre lover, she has also forayed into theatre and has worked with her husband Dr. Srinivas Mirle on a few productions.


Rangapravesh Training


This six-year, curriculum-driven program is designed to prepare students for the traditional Indian Rangapravesh, or Dance Debut.  Students work with NSPA Founder and Master Teacher Anupa Mirle to master the intricate movements, rhythms, and storytelling skills required in this beautiful and important cultural keystone in Indian tradition.  


“Rangapravesam is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘debut’. Ranga means ‘stage’ and Pravesham means ‘entry’. Rangapravesam has begun to mean different things to different people. For some, it is simply that performance in which the spotlight is only on oneself.”

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August 21, 2021

Summer Recital 2021

Summer Recital 2021

July 7, 2020

Online Instruction

Online Instruction

September 7, 2019

Opened for Business

Opened for Business Rhythm Workshop with Grammy Nominee Subhen

November 5, 2018
August 18, 2018

Annual Day

Annual Day

July 21, 2018

Rangapravesha of Keerthi Sekhar

Rangapravesha of Keerthi Sekhar

July 22, 2017

Rangapravesha of Deepa Ananth

Rangapravesha of Deepa Ananth

April 18, 2017
April 27, 2016
June 13, 2015

Rangapravesha of Vikranth Rao Mirle

Rangapravesha of Vikranth Rao Mirle A first for the city- a debut in Percussion  

June 15, 2014
November 3, 2013

Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award

OAC award Recognized as an asset to the state of OH A moment of pride for the community that traditional Indian art is recognized in Ohio  

February 1, 2012

Moved out of our basement

Outgrew our basement A grant from ArtsWave helped us make this move as we suddenly had an added expense of $30,000 per year! Fall 2011-Feb 2012 we were renting a studio-it was very expensive, so decided to lease. That grant also helped us kickstart our grants process.  

September 3, 2011


Kanthi Murali- 62 year old single mom, with both knees replaced, congestive heart patient The community came together to celebrate her journey and determination Dance heals and is a powerful physiotherapy. She could not walk down the steps to my studio in the basement and gave a 2.5 hour solo..Read More

July 4, 2011

The chosen one!!!

One of 11 to study Chicago    

June 19, 2010

Rangapravesha of Nisha Giridharan

Nisha Giridharan Nisha Giridharan- Completing Fellowship in Neurosurgery at Baylor  

June 19, 2009
September 5, 2007


Invited to become a member of Council of International Dance Performed at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece This led to the first cross cultural platform for NSPA- World Dance Day. The first was held in 2009 at Balletech, Kennedy Heights, OH

September 15, 2006


Women’s Empowerment- we need balance-ardhanari/Yin Yang Presented in India A collaboration between a physician who had worked with rural Indian women, an artist who had gone through personal upheavals and a highly talented Indian orchestra  

May 5, 2005

Choreographer’s Showcase

Choreography selected by Ohio Dance Presented in Athens OH It put us on the map and recognized Anupa, the founding director as a choreographer in the non-Indian community