I grew up in Bangalore, India where dance found an active expression in my life from the age of 12 as I participated in group dance competitions at school. My first formal dance training was in Salsa, Cha Cha and Bachata at 18 after which I joined Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts in summer 2006. I grew quickly during my time there and in six months I was selected into the special potential batch. Shortly after, I became an assistant instructor by summer 2007, and started instructing all-levels of classes at several centers in a year from then for the next 3 years. I trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Bollywood and Salsa, and performed across many cities in India including the inaugural ceremony of Indian Cricket League and with dancers such as Isha Sharwani. As part of Shiamak’s Victory Arts Foundation (non-profit), I’ve also conducted a week long workshop at a residential orphanage near Hyderabad and taught differently-abled students at other schools in Bangalore.
In 2011, I moved to the US to pursue a graduate degree at Arizona State University. I worked as a part-time Bollywood and Yoga instructor at the Polytechnic campus during my first semester there. I absolutely love being a student and learning different dance styles at every opportunity. That led me to being a part of a student dance club called ‘Free the Dance’ where I continued to train every week and also taught a couple of Bollywood routines.
Work brought me to the Bay Area in 2014, and I joined Sanhiti – a South-Indian volunteer-based production house, where I performed at their 10th annual fund-raiser. I also choreographed a Stomping routine for the show that received excellent reviews. Life came a full circle when Shaira, someone that I danced in front of the television with, was right here running Dance Identity. I’ve been training with her in Contemporary, Hip-hop and Bollywood for 10 months now. As part of DI, I also teach private and group Bollywood/Contemporary/Hip-hop classes. To sum up, I truly resonate with the following thought — “Dancing is one of the purest forms of meditation”. I aspire to continue learning, teaching and sharing the art of dancing with the community I live in.