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Ndaru Kartikaningsih

Artist Programs and Production Coordinator

Ndaru Kartikaningsih (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and non-profit arts administrator. Born and raised in a rural village of East Java, Indonesia, she began her training in traditional Indonesian dance and music at 2 years old. Her parents, a singer-dancer “sindhen,” and a shadow puppeteer and choreographer, were both renowned nationally for their talents, and ran an arts center for 20+ years that focused on the conservation, promotion, and preservation of the traditional art forms of East Java and Indonesia. The years of watching her mother run this arts organization while pursuing a performing arts career is what instilled in Ndaru the love for supporting artists in their crafts and expanding access to arts education, and also inspired her to pursue a career in arts administration and the performing arts. Following this rich cultural upbringing, Ndaru’s family relocated to Western Australia, then again to Boston, Massachusetts, where she was introduced to hip hop and other street styles, now her main styles of practice and true loves. In 2023, Ndaru was the Dance Programs Assistant at the Boston Center for the Arts, further strengthening her determination to pursue work that would allow her to support fellow creatives and remove barriers to arts access, and is excited to continue this work at BAX.

When not dancing, Ndaru loves to read and embroider. She is currently pursuing a commercial dance career alongside arts administration, and deeply believes in the life-changing power of the arts in improving health, lifestyle, and overall wellbeing. Ndaru is also in the process of self-producing a documentary series, highlighting artists in her community across all disciplines, and exploring their career, practice, and the connection between the arts and their physical, emotional, and mental health. Ndaru attended Boston University, where she received both a Masters in Public Health, with high honors for her academic achievements, as well as a Bachelors in Health Science and minor in Dance.

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