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:

AMANDA MARTINEZ DALEY

Business Operations Manager

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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. 

E-Mail: manager.nrityacreations@gmail.com


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.


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.


 KATHAK


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.


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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.