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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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 AT NRITYA CREATIONS:

MALATHI PENTAPALLI

Director and Business Developer

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Malathi Pentapalli is the Director and Business Developer for Nritya Creations. She has been promoting and expanding Nritya Creations in North and South Jersey areas mainly focussing Burlington, Camden Counties and in the greater delaware valley areas. She is actively researching finding good teachers opportunities and locations to launch new centers. She also has been teaching Indian Classical dance and adults Bollywood and preschoolers. Malathi has received her Bharatnatyam dance training in vazuvhoor style from several gurus in the United States for over 6 years. She also has participated and performed in local telugu, Tamil, Gujrati Community events, charity shows and dance competitions. Malathi is a strong business developer and has a network strongly built in Indian and American communities.  In addition to leading Nritya Creations in South Jersey, Malathi holds a MS degree in Information Systems from Drexel university and a bachelors degree and has been working in IT industry as a technical lead for more than 16 years. She lives in Moorestown NJ with her spouse and 3 kids.


SHILPA PADHYE

Costume Designer

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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.


TEACHERS

BHARATNATYAM

TATYANA POPOVA

Bharatanatyam, Flamenco, Ballet, Fusion

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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.


APARNA CHANDRAN

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Aparna Chandran is professionally trained in Bharatanatyam by Smt. Savithri Mahadevan (student of Dakshinamurthy Pillai), for over 14 years, in Chennai, India. Subsequently, she received advanced instruction from Smt. Padmaja Kelam at Kalaivani Dance Academy (Atlanta, USA) for 6 years, eventually joining as a co-teacher at the same school. Aparna has also been trained in Abhinaya (facial expression) by Padma Bhushan Late Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan.

Aparna has performed in several locations across India and USA and has several years of experience conducting Bharatanatyam classes for 5-13 year olds, progressing from basic body movement coordination to execution of dance routines (class size of 20).

Aparna is an AMI trained Montessori teacher and a graduate in Microbiology. She also teaches Tanjore Painting, an art that originated from the Southern part of India.


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.


ANTIMA “Payal” CHAKRABORTY

Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi-Classical

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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.


 KATHAK

JYOTI

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At the age of five, Jyoti started her training in Kathak Nritya under the guidance of her Guru, Gyanendra Gupta, who is a maestro in the field of Kathak. Jyoti is  rained in both Jaipur and Lucknow Gharana style, and has completed her ‘Sangeet Prabhakar’ (Graduation) in Kathak from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in 2002. She volunteered as a Kathak Teacher at Sangeet Prashikshan Kendra of Dance and Music in Kota, India for several years, and subsequently opened her own dance academy, named ‘Natraj Nritya Academy’. She has performed in events and competitions across India, in cities like Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mangalore, Manipal and Udupi, and has won numerous prizes. She has also performed at ‘SPIC MACAY’, a nationwide voluntary movement in India, which organizes programs of Indian classical music and dance throughout the world in an effort to create awareness about Indian heritage. She has been

awarded ‘Best Dancer’ and ‘Dancer Par Excellence’ at her school and college level. Along with Kathak, Jyoti is trained in other dance forms like, Indian Semi-classical, Rajasthani Folk and bollywood. She has choreographed solo, duet and group dances for schools, colleges, and sangeet ceremony of marriages. She has been invited as an honorary judge at various dance and music competitions organized by institutions and communities around Kota. Apart from being a trained dancer, Jyoti is a Dentist, with specialization in Oral Pathology and Microbiology. She currently teaches Kathak, Semi-classical, Rajasthani Folk and bollywood dance at Nritya Creations.


VIMMI

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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.


BOLLYWOOD

AMANDA

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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. 


AASHITA AGRAWAL GUPTA

Indian Semi-classical, Traditional Bollywood, Bollywood fusion and folk dance

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Aashita started her training as a dancer at the tender age of 6 and has more than 20 years of experience in dance. She took training in Kathak from guru Rahim Sheikh. Later having a keen interest in Bollywood dance she started pursuing training in Bollywood and semi classical dance. While learning dance she has performed at several events, functions and competitions and won many dance competitions. She was selected and performed in TV show “Dum Duma Dum”. Along with Bollywood She has learned and performed folk dances like Garba, Bhangra, Rajasthani and Maharashtrian (lavni) dance. She has taken Bollywood dance training from Shaimak’s dance institute and has performed with the team. She has a bachelor of engineering degree from Pune University and has worked as Software Engineer for Accenture Pune. While working for Accenture Pune she has performed and choreographed dance for several events in company and has won first place in cultural event. She started teaching at Nritya creations in 2015, her students has performed in different events in New jersey including Indo American Dusshera festival, Diwali Mela, Asian American Heritage festival and Best of the Best 2015. Her choreography and team got 3rd place in “Best of the Best 2015” for Adult Bollywood category.


KATHRYN MITCHINSON

Pre-school, Bollywood, Ballet

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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.


LA’NISE

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La’Nise found her passion for dance at a young age. She recently completed a degree in theatre and a degree in dance from Rowan University. While attending Rowan University she was apart of both Dance Extensions and Atomik Legacy Dance Crew for all four years. Prior to studying dance at the university level, La’Nise has studied and trained under the direction of Mrs. Pattie Harris, Mrs. Rachel Gaskill, and the Encore performing arts center.


JACLYN

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Jaclyn has been dancing since the age of two with her dream being to pass on the knowledge of dance to anyone who is willing to learn. Before college, Jaclyn has performed in the Bay Head Christmas walk’s “Nutcracker in the Sky”, her high school color guard where she choreographed their Saint Patrick’s Day Parade routine for NYC, and choreographed original work for her high school’s talent show. While at the Bay Head School of Ballet, she was a teaching assistant for five years and continues to go back and help. In college, she branched out from ballet and discovered a love of contemporary dancing as well. Graduating with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and English, Jaclyn’s college work included “Incubi Nella Tempest” (a Hurricane Sandy piece), “The Final Dance”, and “Iganno Umano”. She performed in various dance shows with many different choreographers such as Sarah Carlson (founder of DanceLink and co-director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange), Sarah Parker (founder of Continuum Dance Theater and owner of Evolve Productions), Nick Ross,Firuzi Desai, and many more. Jaclyn teaches ballet, jazz, and contemporary Bollywood at Nritya Creations.


DIVYANG BARIA

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Myself Divyang baria . I am Dancing  from last 9 years . I am tarined in remo d’souza and Dharmesh sir dance accedemy in India. I have won lots of state level competitions and also i am awarded by Saroj khan (Bollywood choreographer) . I learned Tango(Latin) dance from Argentina dancer. I have been in teaching field from last 4 years. I am a versatile dancer. I have experienced dance in various fields like Hip-hop, contemporary, salsa , tango, Bollywood, folk, Bhangara, Zumba and latest lyrical hip-hop.


MITUL PATEL

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Mitul patel is a New York metropolitan area based dance choreographer. He has been teaching dance and performing throughout in the new york metropolitan area since 2010. Expertise includes in the area of  bollywood and hip-hop (bolly hip & pop), lyrical (contemporary, hip hop freestyle), break dancing, pop locking and much more. He has started working with Nritya Creations since January 2016.