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.

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 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT NRITYA CREATIONS:
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MEENA BASU NAG
President and Founder
a1 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.

SHILPA PADHYE
Director of Business Operations
a11 Shilpa Padhye is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer who completed her arangetram after 12 years of rigorous training from her guru Krishna Panicker. She is also a certified yoga instructor who completed her training from Soma Yoga Center in Highland Park, and has completed a certified course in dance therapy from the Dance Education Laboratory in New York City. She has blended her passion for dance and yoga to provide yoga therapy for special needs children. She has also completed professional workshops and received certificates in dance related courses from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Shilpa holds an honors degree in Economics from Mumbai University. After teaching Bharatanatyam for four years at Nritya Creations, she currently serves as the academy’s Director of Business Operations.

ANNA SHADAGOPAN
Special Projects & Curriculum Director
Anna-Shadagopan Anna has is an avid follower and connoisseur of Indian Classical and Creative Dance and serves as a Curriculum Director, standardizing the Bharatnatyam syllabus across all Nritya Creations centers. She also handles many special projects in the school and assists with costume design, stage design, music creation and  dance choreography innovation.  She also helps lead and coordinate the adult classical dance team at Nritya  Creations. In addition to being a major support for the growth and evolution of Nritya Creations in the last couple decades, Anna has also led a rewarding career in the Telecom industry as a Scientist and Software Engineer.

TEACHERS

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SUJA VANTHY SRINIVASAN- Bharatanatyam, Semi-Classical Bollywood

SUJA--VANTHY Suja Vanthy started her training as a dancer at the tender age of 5 and has more than 20 years of experience in Indian classical dance. She completed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram and received award from “Padma Shri Padma Subramanian”. She has performed and received many awards in different sabhas in India like Music Academy, Ganna Sabha , Naradha Ganna Sabha, Rani Sethai Hall , Lady Andal School, Mylapore Fine Arts, Shree Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. She has performed in front of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at “Valluvar Kootam”. She has participated and won many prizes in TV shows like “Thillana Thillana ” (Sun TV dance show), “Vivel Miss Chennai 2009″ (Vijay TV show, got crowed as “Miss Talent”) . She has performed for “Natya Sangam” and “Tamil Sangam”.

TATYANA POPOVA  – Bharatanatyam, Flamenco, Ballet, Fusion

dfdf Tatyana is a professional dancer and a choreographer hailing from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She graduated from the state Music and Dance Academy in Character Dance and choreography in Kazakhstan. As a teenager, she was awarded second place in the ‘Voice of Asia” competition and received a five year scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to study Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra in Chennai, India. She completed her rigorous training in Bharatanatyam and  completed  her arangetram at Kalakshetra. Thereafter, she studied Flamenco dance and graduated from the Academy of Flamenco and Spanish classical Dance “Matilde Coral” in Spain.  Tatyana is a versatile dance instructor and performer of bharatanatyam, ballet and flamenco at Nritya Creations.

THANNMAYA VENKAT – Bharatanatyam and Indian Semi-Classical

THANMAYA-VENKAT Thanmaya developed interest in classical dance at a young age and started learning formal Bharata Natyam at the age of 11. She has successfully completed her junior level exam in Bharata Natyam conducted by the board of secondary education, Govt of Karnataka. She completed her Rangapravesha on 12th April 2009 in Bangalore, INDIA under the guidance of Smt. Subadhra Prabhu, who is a professional classical dancer in Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi. Thanmaya has a knack for choreographing complex choreographies in the Bharata Natyam style as well as in the creative Semi-Classical style blending Indian Folk, Bharata Natyam and Bollywwod for stage performances. She presently teaches the more advanced students at Nritya Creations and also performs in the Nritya Creations Senior Dance Company. Thanmaya Holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce and plans to attend Graduate School in the near future.

RAGINI SRIDHAR –  Bharatanatyam

dfgd Ragini Sridhar has had several years of training in Bharata Natyam under the tutelage of Karnataka Kalathilaka Smt.Radha Sridhar and Kalakshetra Sri M.R.Krishnamurthy in both Pandanallur and Kalakshetra styles of Bharata Natyam. She has completed her Arangetram or graduation performance in 1989 in Bangalore, India. She has performed on various occasions in various cities in India like Bangalore, Bombay, Madras and Hyderabad, and participated in several Bharata Natyam Dance Dramas choreographed by her mother/teacher Radha Sridhar. She has performed for the Bangalore Doordarshan (Television). Recently, she has performed at the AKKA World Kannada Conference 2010, New Jersey. In addition to being a Software Engineer she has several years of training in the traditional Carnatic Music. She has taught Bharata Natyam for several years and loves to impart the rich classical dance form to young aspirants. Her teaching style is to cultivate a strict discipline in body movements and use of facial and body expressions to effectively depict the art.

ANTIMA “Payal” CHAKRABORTY –  Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi-Classical

 gjkj  Antima “Payel” Chakraborty began her dance career at the age of five. She completed her training in Kalakshetra-style Bharatnatyam from the renowed Shrimathi Padmini at her school in Middletown, CT. She also received additional advanced training from the renowed Narthaki Natraj. In addition to Bharatnatyam, Payel has had experiences with a variety of other dance forms, including, odissi, kuchipudi, rabindrasangeet, Bengali folk, bhangra, and Bollywood. Upon completing her arangetram, Payel performed with various dance companies. She was a dancer and choreographer for her college’s classical Indian dance troupe, Samhati Dance, as well as the choreographer for her college Bhangra team, Raunak Bhangra. Additionally, she performed and toured the northeast with Leela Dance Company from 2002-2004. Payel joined NrityaCreations in 2008, as a performer and a dance teacher. With NrityaCreations, she has performed at the Atlantic City Convention Center, at Naya Andaz, and at multiple other competitions and invitational performances. Outside of dance, Payel received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, with concentrations in Politics and Organic Chemistry. She has worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, in Boston, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, and at Merck Pharmaceuticals on clinical research studies focusing on gynecological cancer and breast cancer. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2013. Payel currently works as an attorney at the Philadelphia office of a national law firm. Payel teaches Bharatnatyam/semi-classical at Nritya Creations’s Cherry Hill location.

KATHRYN MITCHINSON – Pre-school, Bollywood, Ballet

hrtyj Kathryn Mitchinson has been dancing for over 17 years, studying all styles of dance, including Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Training at St. Clare Dance and later Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel NJ. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. During her time at Rutgers she took Modern Dance classes through Mason Gross School of Dance and participated in Rutgers Performing Dance Company which held a dance showcase each semester. Kathryn began dancing with Nritya Creations in 2007 as a member of the winning team at Naya Andaz for their performance of “Naach.” Since that time she was also involved in the winning performances of 2008 “Dil Se”, 2010 “Sufi Rock”, and 2013 “Ya Ali”. She continues to dance and perform with Nritya Creations Senior Performance Company. Beginning last year she was hired to teach the Bollywood curriculum at Nritya Creations, teaching classes of all ages from Pre-school age to Adult.

AMANDA MARTINEZ- Ballet, Jazz , Hip Hop and Fusion

a1111 Amanda is versatile dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been learning and performing dance   for 18 years and began early childhood training at Joan Irene’s Dance School and later transitioned to Bayshore Dance Academy in Holmdel, New Jersey.  She  dances and teaches  Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Modern.  At  the age of 12  she was chosen to perform in the Nutcracker Ballet with the PAE Dance company at  the prestigious Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and Strand Theaters. Amanda has also participated in community theater and musicals within the schools of Matawan-Aberdeen and Bayshore Dance Academy. She  was  the Production Assistant for Matawan-Aberdeen Summer Theater Workshop where she assisted in choreography. In High school, Amanda served as the Team Captain for Matawan Region High School varsity competitive  dance team  in her junior and senior years and led many of their choreographies. Amanda started  dancing with Nritya Creations as a sophmore in high school and since then has been  a key  member of the award-winning Nritya Creations Performing Company helping, to set new standards of fusion choreography blending western dance technique with Indian dance. She has trained in Indian dance at Nritya Creations and creatively applies the correct western technique and grammar to Bollywood dance choreography. She performed in the Naya Andaz  Bollywood Dance Competitions that won First Place and Best Choreography Award in 2007 and 2008 for “Naach” and “Dil Se” fusion dances. Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and concentration in Dance Pedagogy. She currently teaches advanced Ballet and Jazz at NC and is a choreographer for the Nritya Creations Performing Company.

KELLEY FARLEY – BALLET/JAZZ, HIP-HOP, FUSION

kelly-farley Kelly Farley has been dancing for the past 22 years in all styles of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Company Performance. She has competed in dance competitions for 15 years and has won numerous first place and platinum awards for her solos, duets, and group performances in Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical.  She won a title at the age of 9 for a Tap solo performance with the highest score of the entire dance competition. Kelly Attended Middlesex County College where she graduated with an Associates degree in Education. During her time there, she took part in the Middlesex Dance company and performed in 8 performances and choreographed 4 of them. She was the treasurer of the Middlesex Dance Team for 2 semesters before graduating. After Graduating from Middlesex College,  Kelly attended Rowan University where she graduated with degrees in Elementary Education K-6, Mathematics, and Geography. During her last year of college, Kelly joined Artistic Visions Dance Company and now is one of the main members and choreographer of the company. Kelly performed with Nritya Creations in 2014 as a member of the first place winning team at Naya Andaz for their performance of “Jab Dil Mile.” Since then, Kelly has become a member of the Nritya Creations Performing Company and a part of Nritya Creations Teaching Staff. Kelly currently teaches Hip-Hop and  Ballet/Jazz at Nritya Creations.

Meghan Monte: Ballet/Jazz, Modern, Fusion, Pre-School dance

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Tanvir Gopal:  Bollywood, Fusion, Bhangra

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Geetha Srinivasan:  Bharatanatyam, Fusion,  Bollywood, Bhangra

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Aashita Agrawal: Bollywood, Semi-Classical, Kathak

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SHAYONI “Mimi” NAG – Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi- Classical, Fusion

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Shayoni Nag is a serious and accomplished dancer with 15 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 Bharata Natyam 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 including 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 in 2010. 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. Shayoni choreographs and teaches innovative fusion technique to students at Nritya Creations and prepares the Performing Company for competitions.

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SANJIB BHATTACHARYA – Uday Shankar, Chau Folk Dance, Manipuri, Creative Classical

ertsSanjib Bhattacharya, recipient of Indian President’s Awards from A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2006 and Pratibha Patil in 2011 is an accomplished Indian  Dance Exponent, Guru and well-known Choreographer of India and abroad. He specializes in Creative Classical Dance, Uday Shankar style,  Manipuri and the Cho Folk Dance tradition  .  He has received his training under the tutelage of Guru Bipin Singh, Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri, Kalavati Devi, Manjushree Chaki Sircar and Mamata Shankar.  He is currently an established performer of great repute having extensively performed across India and abroad. He is not only performing as a solo artist, but is also performing with  eminent Gurus and Icons of Indian Classical dances like   Padmavibhushan Sonal Mansingh, Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri,  Padmashri Ranjana Gauhar Pratibha Prahlad, Vaijayanti Kashi, Gopika Vermer Sadanam Balakrishnan and other eminent gurus  all over India and abroad.  He runs several dance academies and schools in India while conducting Lecture Demonstrations and workshops regularly in India, United Kingdom, Poland, and the United States.  Sanjib provides routine workshops in creative classical dance to Nritya Creations students and faculty. Major Achievements

  • Recipient of Two President Awards from A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2006 and from Pratibha Patil in 2011 for Excellence in Manipuri Dance.
  • Received the Senior Scholarship Award from the Ministry of H.R.D. Dept. of Culture, New Delhi, for three years from 1994 to 1997.
  • Received Production Grant to create “Udhukhal Rass” for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Indian Independence  from H.R.D. Dept. of Culture, New Delhi.
  • Received the Title Award “Singarmoni” from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, in 1997.
  • Received the Title Award “Nartan Visharad” from Manipuri Nartanalaya, Kolkata, in the year 1998.
  • Received the award of Junior Fellowship for two years for the project ‘Tandava Lasya’ from the Dept. of Culture H.R.D. New Delhi.
  • Received Production Grant from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, New Delhi, for the Productions ‘Jeevan Darpan’ and  “Poonascha.”
  • Regularly performing in a lead role with Padmavibhushan Sonal Mansingh in her various productions like  “Krishna,” “Swaralayamadhuri,” “Kumarsambhavam,”  “Nayika,” etc.
  • Selected as the Indian dance representative for the prestigious Asia Pacific Cultural Exchange Programme organized and hosted by The University of California at Los Angeles.
  • Invited by Kala Bharti (Montreal, Canada) for a two month project on “How to develop Multiple Intelligence through Dance” under the title “Dance & Child.”
  • Invited by Viva Cultura Foundation (Poland) to conduct an eighteen city tour consisting of 50 performances and 40 workshops.
  • Recently launched a performance tour, “Bichitra Ananda,” based on a Manipuri style to commemorate Tagore’s 150th anniversary in New Delhi, Mumbai, New Jersey and New York.

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SHAYONI “Mimi” NAG – Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi- Classical, Fusion

Bharat Natyam Poses (32)

Shayoni Nag is a serious and accomplished dancer with 15 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 Bharata Natyam 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 including 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 in 2010. 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. Shayoni choreographs and teaches innovative fusion technique to students at Nritya Creations and prepares the Performing Company for competitions.

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AMANDA MARTINEZ – Ballet, Jazz , Hip Hop and Fusion

a1111Amanda is versatile dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been learning and performing dance for 18 years and began early childhood training at Joan Irene’s Dance School and later transitioned to Bayshore Dance Academy in Holmdel, New Jersey. She dances and teaches Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Modern. At the age of 12 she was chosen to perform in the Nutcracker Ballet with the PAE Dance company at the prestigious Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and Strand Theaters. Amanda has also participated in community theater and musicals within the schools of Matawan-Aberdeen and Bayshore Dance Academy. She was the Production Assistant for Matawan-Aberdeen Summer Theater Workshop where she assisted in choreography. In High school, Amanda served as the Team Captain for Matawan Region High School varsity competitive dance team in her junior and senior years and led many of their choreographies. Amanda started dancing with Nritya Creations as a sophmore in high school and since then has been a key member of the award-winning Nritya Creations Performing Company helping, to set new standards of fusion choreography blending western dance technique with Indian dance. She has trained in Indian dance at Nritya Creations and creatively applies the correct western technique and grammar to Bollywood dance choreography. She performed in the Naya Andaz Bollywood Dance Competitions that won First Place and Best Choreography Award in 2007 and 2008 for “Naach” and “Dil Se” fusion dances. Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and concentration in Dance Pedagogy. She currently teaches advanced Ballet and Jazz at NC and is a choreographer for the Nritya Creations Performing Company.