Vijayalakshmi is a classical Indian dancer and a renowned expert in the mohiniyattam dance form. She is the daughter of master mohiniyattam dancer Bharati Shivaji, and currently serves as the founder and director of The Mohiniyattam Institute in Los Angeles, an institution dedicated to teaching mohiniyattam technique and developing new stage productions. Vijayalakshmi’s recent projects include Unniarcha, inspired by the martial art form kalaripayattu; a modern adaption of Swan Lake; and Paryapti, which draws upon the cultural ethos and music of Bengal. She has performed at venues around the world, including The Bolshoi Theatre, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Lincoln Center. In 2017, she served as an LOI panelist in Performance.