STAFF & TEACHERS AT NRITYA CREATIONS

 

dfdwAt Nritya Creations we respect diverse, ethnic dance styles and strive to keep the authenticity and proper grammar of each dance form whether it is Bharata Natyam, Indian Folk or other Indian Classical form and Western techniques such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. We believe each form of dance requires specific skills, expertise and proper respect and thus no one teacher can be an expert to teach all diverse dance forms. Therefore members of our highly qualified teaching staff have specialized focus areas of dance expertise and certification to teach our students the correct grammar and authenticity of each unique and different style.  We have teachers who are experts in teaching Bharata Natyam, Creative Classical, Manipuri, Folk and Uday Shankar Style and also teachers with their Bachelors Degree in Dance teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Modern. Our teachers collaborate with each other in creating award winning Bollywood and contemporary choreographies that blend the various styles. We also continuously offer specialized workshops to our students in various global dance styles which are taught by world renowned dance experts.

MEENA BASU NAG

President and Founder

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Meena Basu Nag is the founder and Artistic Director of Nritya Creations. She has been teaching classical dance , choreographing and directing dance productions for Nritya Creations since 1994. Meena has received her formal training in various styles of  Indian Dance including Bharata Natyam and Manipuri/Tagore/Uday Shankar styles of  Dance from several Gurus. She received her formal training in Bharata Natyam from world renowned Bharata Natyam exponent and late Actress Padmini in the USA. Meena has choreographed  and  presented dance programs   and dance dramas for numerous cultural  events in  USA and Canada including AT&T, Lucent and IBM  Asian Heritage Programs, North American Bengali Conferences, Rabindranath Tagore Festivals,  Indian and International Dance Cultural Programs , Dance Competitions and Charity Fundraisers.  In addition to leading Nritya Creations, Meena pursues a career as a Business Development Director in the Telecommunications and IT sector and holds a BSEE and MSEE in Electrical Engineering.


 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Amanda Daley

Business Operations Manager

Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While studying here, she worked with choreographers Silvana Cardell, Myra Bazell, Lesya Popil, and Charles O. Anderson. She additionally completed studies in Child Psychology and Dance Pedagogy to further enhance her knowledge to better train and teach her students. Over the years she has performed and choreographed for community theater, performed with the professional entertainment company Chezzam and assisted in coaching the dance team at her alma mater, Matawan regional High School. As a young girl, Amanda began her dance training at Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel, New Jersey, where she trained in all styles of dance. It was here that she also began her exploration into the styles of classical Indian and Bollywood dance, where she was asked to join Nritya Creations performing company team. After becoming a student teacher and graduating high school, we asked her to come on board as one of our leading choreographers and fusion teachers.  Now her 10th year with us, she continues working along side our award winning choreography team while still teaching our technique classes. 

E-Mail: manager.nrityacreations@gmail.com


TEACHERS


 

TATYANA POPOVA

Bharatanatyam, Ballet, Fusion

Tatyana Popova comes from the multicultural city Almaty, Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Central Asia. Tatyana has bachelor degrees from three different universities of dance. Since taking her first dance steps at age of six, she has continued her trajectory across the world, taking part in different companies and training in prestigious dance academies including the J. Elebekov   Music and Dance Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she strove to perfect her interpretations of Russian,Kazakh  and World character dances & ballet. Her passion for dance led her to train in Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam at the University of fine arts Rukmini Devi Arundale “Kalakshetra”–the birthplace of Bharatanatyam. When Tatyana completed her studies at the Kalakshetra School of Dance, she next travelled to Sevilla, Spain, to enroll in the Matilde Coral School of Dance to train in Spanish dance and Flamenco; she also studied at the Manuel Betanzo Flamenco Academy. Through her career, Tatyana has been invited by numerous dance companies to perform with them and has been a part of national and international productions. Tatyana choreographed, produced and toured with theatrical dance production “Journey across the Globe” in Spain. Lastly, Tatyana holds certificate from “Bolshoi Ballet” for teaching classical ballet. She has experience in teaching different dance discipline over 15 years. Since 2016, Tatyana has been a dance instructor and choreographer at Joffrey Ballet NYC for summer intensives character dance and has been a leading dance instructor of Bharatanatyam in Nritya Creations Academy of Dance in New Jersey for the past 5 years.

 


 

SHAYONI “Mimi” NAG

Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi- Classical, Fusion

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Shayoni Nag is a serious and accomplished dancer with 18 years of formal dance training in both Indian Classical Dance and Western Dance. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance at Bayshore Academy of Dance. Her Indian Classical Dance training in Bharatanatyam began at the age of 5 at Nritya Creations and she continued her in depth study of this Indian classical artform through her high school years and has completed her Bharata Natyam Arangetram (graduation) with Guru Renuka Srinivasan in 2012. She continues to compete, teach and choreograph for the Nritya Creations Performing Company specializing in fusion choreography, blending the Western dance forms with Indian classical dance forms. She has taken numerous workshops in modern dance, creative classical Indian dance, Uday Shankar Technique, Rabindranath Tagore’s Dance Dramas, Indian Folk Dance and Bollywood. Shayoni has led Nritya Creations in winning numerous trophies at Naya Andaz dance competitions held at the NJ State Theatre and has led and organized several charity benefit dance programs including American Cancer Society Cancer Ball’s India Night. Shayoni has performed to full houses as a lead dancer for the opening dance act for the Amitabh Bachchan’s Unforgettable Tour at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Arena Hall and has performed at the South Asian Theatre Festival at the prestigious NJPAC venue. She has performed at the United Nations in New York City and received recognition by UN Ambassador Puri. In addition to teaching and choreographing for Nritya Creations, Shayoni is also a first year medical student.


 

KIRAN RAJAGOPALAN

Bharatanatyam

Kiran Rajagopalan is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator based in the Bronx. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. Kiran graduated with a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish from Boston University in 2008, an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam from University of Madras in 2010, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015. Kiran also regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and neuroscience. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which aims to bridge disparate communities of color in New York through art. Daya Arts’ first major production, #NoTension2017, was a showcase of queer and trans artists of South Asian descent at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance.


 

MELANIE CONLON

Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Bollywood Fusion

Melanie has been dancing for 19 years. She started competitively dancing at age seven. Melanie has performed in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip-hop, Musical Theater and Modern dance. She is currently completing her degree for her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at Rutgers University. During her time at Mason Gross School of the Arts she has been professionally trained in Ballet, Improvisation, Pilates, Afro-American Fusion, Yoga, and different Modern techniques, including Horton, Gaga, and Graham. She also has completed studies in Laban Movement Analysis, kinesiology, and dance composition to enhance her teaching abilities for her students. Melanie has performed in work from professional choreographers during her time at Rutgers as well as student work, including dancing with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Melanie teaches Ballet/Contemporary and Bollywood Fusion. She also works with Nritya Creations to fuse the styles of ballet, jazz, and contemporary with Bharatanatyam, to create award winning competition dances for Nritya Creations Performing Company.


KARTHIKA DEVI

Bharatanatyam 

Karthiga Devi began learning Bharatanatyam under Smt. Santha Baskar of Nrityalaya Arts Academy (Singapore) at the age of 6 and continued her dance education at Bhakti Natya Niketan (Coimbatore, India) under Smt. Karuna Sagari. Karthiga has collaborated with performance artists around the US on social advocacy and arts education projects. Karthiga has a Master of Arts in Critical Communication Studies, and works in Business Operations-Human Resources sector for a non-profit school. 


 

MOUNICA NERAVETLA

Bharatanatyam

Mounica Neravetla is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer who completed her arangetram in 2012. In addition to learning bharatanatyam for over 10 years, she has learnt numerous other styles of dance including bollywood, contemporary and hiphop. While an undergraduate Biology student at The College of New Jersey, she was the head captain of TCNJ Saathiya, a nationally ranke fusion dance team specializing in both modern and traditional dance styles. 


KRISHNAPRIYA RAMAMOORTHY

Bharatanatyam

Krishnapriya Ramamoorthy  has been trained in Bharatanatyam for 16 years from Shevalier Ragunath Manet and Kalaimani Rajamanikam respectively. She has been actively involved in many stage performance during the course of her education. Now she is continuing her passion for dance under Dr. Francis Barbosa. She has more than 8 years of teaching experience. Additionally, she holds a Master’s in Education and English literature. 


VARUNI BEWTRA

Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion

Varuni Bewtra studied Bharat Natyam, semi-classical and western dance forms for ten years at Nritya Creations. Over the years, she has performed at prestigious platforms including the Princeton University Chapel, the United Nations headquarters, the American Cancer Society 2010 Ball, and the Unforgettable Tour in Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. In addition to award-winning performances with Nritya, Varuni joined her high school dance team and continued to perform and choreograph with Rutgers Performing Dance Company, specializing in western dance styles. Varuni now choreographs challenging Bollywood dances which implements fusion technique to Nritya Creations dancers.


DIDITI MITRA

Kathak

Diditi Mitra is trained in Kathak. Diditi began her training in Kathak at a very young age in Mallhar school of dance and music, Calcutta. In the United States, her initial training was with Janaki Patrik, followed by Satyanarayan Charka and subsequently, Pallabi Chakravorty. Diditi also trains with Sanjay Bhattacharya whenever she is in Calcutta.  Previously, Diditi was a member of Courtyard Dancers, a Philadelphia based dance-theater group. As a member of Courtyard Dancers, Diditi has had the privilege of training with Gurus Bandana Sen and Kumudini Lakhia. She has performed widely in the United States. Additionally, Diditi has a doctoral degree in Sociology from Temple University. She teaches at Brookdale Community College.


KENA PATEL

Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion

Kena Patel, a Bollywood fusion choreographer, was born in Ahmedabad, India where she started her dance training at a young age of 10. She is a very high-energy dancer & teacher with in-depth knowledge of dance theory and a knack for inspiring students. She pursued training in various dance forms such as Bollywood hip hop, fusion, contemporary and belly fusion. She has taken advanced technique training program from Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Dance in USA and has performed with the team as well. Kena is very fond of garba and has always been an active member of her garba group during the days of Navratri. Whilst she imparts her knowledge of dance to master the skill of students, she also continues to take advanced training programs and workshops which focus more on technique of dance forms like Bollywood hip hop and contemporary fusion Kena has executed & showcased various dance styles such as urban hip hop, ballroom dance, salsa basics, jazz & tap dance into her choreography. Kena has been working with Nritya Creations since November 2016.


MR. CHRIS

Hip-Hop, Bollywood Fusion

Self-taught during his early ventures of trying to become a professional dancer, Krisis aka Mr. Chris has built quite the resume from working with soul music artist Goapele to the likes of independent artist Tekitha from Wu Tang Clan , and house music artist Ultra Nate’. From 2000-2005 he has also done work for corporations like Nike , Adidas , Kodak , Miss Sixty , Motorola , and Apple and the list goes on. Mr. Chris dance style consists of a fusion of popping , locking, b-boying more commonly known as breakdancing , house dance , with a sprinkling of desi(bhangra) and Latin styles. 


VIMMI SURTI

Kathak

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Vimmi is a Classical Kathak Dancer who started her initial Kathak training in Kadamb, India. She then pursued her dance training under Madhavi Jhala (who is a disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj).  She loves traditional as well as fusion version of Kathak. She imagines and believes any Indian classical dance form to be a part of Holy White Swan (one that brings peace, purity, love, happiness and prayer in one’s personality). She dances with faith in herself and her Guru. She has performed on national level in India and continues to bring more liveliness by studying various dance techniques of Kathak.


AMANDA DALEY

Ballet, Bollywood, Hip-Hop

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Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While studying here, she worked with choreographers Silvana Cardell, Myra Bazell, Lesya Popil, and Charles O. Anderson. She additionally completed studies in Child Psychology and Dance Pedagogy to further enhance her knowledge to better train and teach her students. Over the years she has performed and choreographed for community theater, performed with the professional entertainment company Chezzam and assisted in coaching the dance team at her alma mater, Matawan regional High School. As a young girl, Amanda began her dance training at Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel, New Jersey, where she trained in all styles of dance. It was here that she also began her exploration into the styles of classical Indian and Bollywood dance, where she was asked to join Nritya Creations performing company team. After becoming a student teacher and graduating high school, we asked her to come on board as one of our leading choreographers and fusion teachers.  Now her 10th year with us, she continues working along side our award winning choreography team while still teaching our technique classes.