MEET THE PERFORMERS

ANA ILMI
ANA ILMIPERFORMER
Ana worked with the danceworx for 7years -reknowned Ashley Lobos dance academy. Trained and performed jazz contemporary ballet. Trained and performed bharatnatam. Taught in danceworx for 5years. Performed in corporate shows. Was a contestant in a dance reality show in star plus in 2013- India’s dancing superstar. Was in top 11. Was the lead dancer in the play -Salaam India -by famous theatre artist Lushen Dubey. Was an acting student at Asian academy of film and television in film city, Noida, Delhi. Have choreographed for dance reality shows like – Maharashtra dancing superstar, boogie woogie, nach baliye, jhalak dikhlaja. Have performed in a musical called -Beyond Bollywood directed by Rajeev Goswami
BHAVIK SHARMA
BHAVIK SHARMAPERFORMER
Aged 19, Bhavik worked with Danceworx as a Senior Company Member. He professionally trained in ballet, all forms of jazz, modern contemporary from THE DANCEWORX (Ashley Lobo). He Imparted a 17 days workshop at G.D. Goenka School, Kanpur; representing ‘The Saroj Khan’. Choreographed multiple dance acts for schools and colleges. He received 3 months of personal training from Ashley Lobo in Mumbai . He performed for the grand finale of ‘India’s Dancing Superstar’ with Ashley Lobo. He choreographed a dance sequence in Kashmir for Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Haider’, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.
ANKITA MAITY
ANKITA MAITYPERFORMER
An accomplished dancer, actor and choreographer, Ankita performed more than 500 shows all over the world, from the age of 4yrs. Her journey as a dancer took her to various places including Canada, Durban, Johannesburg, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok. Achieving a Dance Scholarship from Terence lewis dance academy, She performed the role of a choreographer for talat azizji 2012,mantra mugdh 2013,nach baliye with raju shrivastav n his wife 2013 on jhalak dikhlaja, for chalo cinema 5 in durban SA, for sequences for the serial shapath (life ok) and CID (sony channel), 9xm video chote bade feat honey singh, ‘who is d idiot’ ft blaze, Dil dosti dance for shakti Kuwar, assistant choreographer for the song ‘rang jo lagiyo’ from the movie ‘ramaiya vastavaiya’ Ankita performed for ICC world cup in bangladesh, Official video for world cup’de ghuma k, performed for zoya diamond jewellery ,triumph, kala ghoda festival etc. Ankita acted for the song o sajna aaja ve, yash raj serial khottey sikkey, acted for “shake it up” India (disney channel) official add for Nissan ka, promo for channel V nachle, exhausted & agent love, axe ur ex..for disney jonas brothers, video for disney ‘v rock on’, promo 4 utv bindass n B4U. She made a short film “reeha”- to break free…
DIPALI TIKAM
DIPALI TIKAMPERFORMER
Dipali started learning Odissi at the age of 10 from Guru Jhelum Paranjape. She was fortunate to attend workshops with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra from1998-2002. She is the recepient of a scholarship from ministry of culture, Odissi Jyothi award and the Paluskar award. Dipali performed in several prestigious festivals Puri beach festival, Mukteswar festival, Kala Ghoda festival, Mumbai festival, Nupur festival, Kinkini festival to name a few. She also performed in several corporate shows as well as on Doordarshan. Dipali was an assistant choreographer at the commonwealth games, Delhi 2010. Dipali is an active member of Smitalay, Mumbai as a Student, Teacher and a Choreographer.
BENI NARULA
BENI NARULAPERFORMER
Professionally Trained in Kathak, Chhauu, Salsa, Beni worked with all popular dance forms during her career. She worked in the capacity of a Choreographer on Nach Baliye ( Star one), Ocean of Dance (Documentary) and as Assistant Choreographer in several reality shows such as Star Parivar Awards (Star Plus), Kabhi Yaar, Kabhi Pyaar (Sony), hava Shava (NDTV Imagine), Ticket to Hollywood (9X channel), Boogie Woogie (Sony), Dancing Queen (Colours Channel) Dance Sangram (Mahua TV) She was a contestant on Yeh hai Jalwa (9X), MTV On the Job She worked in Bollywood films such as Short Cut, Veer, Golmaal 3 [Yet to be released], Dil toh Bacha hai [Yet to be released]
DIWAKAR NAYAL
DIWAKAR NAYALPERFORMER
Award winning choreographer Diwakar Nayal started his dancing career in 2005, in the city of dreams ‘MUMBAI’. He started with bollywood style then got merged into contemporary , semi folk and Acro Zeal ( acrobacia ). In his dancing career, he had shared the stage with Bollywood stars such as Akshay Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Isha Koppikar, Malaika Arora Khan, Urmila Matondker, Diya Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Bipasha Basu etc. He performed in over 3000 stage shows including CineMAA awards 2011, WOW awards 2010, Big Star Entertainment Awards 2011, A Salute To India 2011,Waves Awards 2011, Saath Hain Hum Uttrakhand (Independence Day Special) 2013 Diwakar participated in various television reality shows including India’s Got Talent season 2, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega season 4, Jhalak Dikh Lajaa (dancing with the stars) season 5, Nach Baliye season 4, Nach baliye season 6, Adurs – Talent Hunt, Super – Talent Hunt He worked as a choreographer on Nach Baliye season 4, Nach Baliye Season 6, Jhalak Dikh Lajaa (Dancing With The Stars) season 5 Diwakar loves to make friends. the first thing which strikes people, is his smile. He always carries it… 24/7.
GAUTAM RAMACHANDRA MARATHE
GAUTAM RAMACHANDRA MARATHEPERFORMER
An MBA in HR, Gautam has been learning Bharatnatyam for the past 4 Years under the guidance of Mr. Vaibhav Arekar & Mr. Parimal Phadke. Having received a scholarship from from Ashley Lobo’s dance company (The Dance Worx), Gautam started learning Ballet, Jazz and contemporary dance. He attended Contemporary Dance workshops in Pune & Mumbai. Gautam performed in “Hat se Hat Mila” Television program with an Actress Urmila Matonkar, in Common Wealth Youth Games 2008, International Robocon Competition, International Badminton Closing Ceremony, Pune Festival for the last 5 Years, Bharat Asmita National Awards MIT, Many Corporate Events. Currently performing with Namo Gurjari Namostute.
JUHI ARORA
JUHI ARORAPERFORMER
The young and energetic Juhi is an accomplished modern dancer. She has been a company dancer of “ The Danceworx “. She had been one of the top 10 contestant of Dance India dance 4. She is a Choreographer at a reality show “ticket to Bollywood” for NDTV and D.I.D lil masters season 3
KUMAR SHARMA
KUMAR SHARMAPERFORMER
National Scholarship Holder in Kathak from Ministry of Culture, India, Graduate from Arya College, Ludhiana, Punjab and Nritya Visharad in Kathak (Pracheen Kala Kendra). Completed Masters in Music Vocal from University of Mumbai and Presently pursuing Masters in Dance from Khairagarh University. Won Gold Medals in Punjab University Youth Festival in 2011 and Mumbai University Youth Festival in 2012 for Kathak. A Disciple of Late Shri Sita Ram Ji of Jaipur Gharana for 6 years AND of Smt. Purva Kausar whom he assisted in various Kathak dance projects and performances in Punjab. Researcher of around 20 Folk Dances of India and Performing Artist of Kathak (Jaipur Gharana) – A Classical Dance form of North India. Kumar is a regular trainer at Punjab University, Chandigarh in Zonal and Inter Zonal Youth Festivals and for the Folk and Classical performances of renowned colleges. He performed Kathak in the concerts of Living Legend A R Rehman Tour 2014. He was the team Leader and Choreographer of the group ‘Kathak Rockers’ in the Dance Reality Show “Chak Dhoom Dhoom Season 2” .Performed in “Dance India Dance Season 3” on “Zee TV” and “India’s Dancing Star” on “Star Plus”. Kumar is presently running his Institute named “Bhartiya Kala Darshan” which is affiliated to “Pracheen Kala Kendra” Chandigarh (NZ-1024) for the last 4 years.
PRAMOTH MANOHAR
PRAMOTH MANOHARPERFORMER
The 21 year old modern dancer Pramoth is a specialist in B boying, locking, popping, urban, lyrical and free styling etc. He is a student of Satish Krishnan, a Tamil film choreographer. He also received training from Vardasini(Phillippines), Harshal, Gethi to name a few. Crowned fresh face Chennai 2011, Finalist of foot loose on competition channel V, top ten contestant in ungali yaar Prabhudeva, a Tamil TV show. He formed and lead a dance crew at college that won several competitions. He also performed in 7 up commercials, Happy to be single music video and was part of the very popular Loyola dream team at India’s dancing superstar 2013.
SAYALI GANGAN
SAYALI GANGANPERFORMER
A graduate of political science from mumbai university, Sayali had been learning Bharatnatyam from the age of 5 and have completed a degree in Bharatnatyam ( ie visharad purna) under the guidence of guru kum.s.vasantha. Sayali had also learnt kathak under guru kum.mukta joshi. She is the the winner of pandit paluskar award of 2011 and had also won many state and national level classical dance competitions. Sayali had been performing at different dance festivals all over India and also participated in reality shows like India’s got talent, Chak dhoom dhoom, Entertainment ke liye kuch bhi karega and others on regional channels. She recently performed with Madhuri Dixit in dedh ishqiya. After a successful academic career, Sayali has now taken up dance as a full time career passionately. She is looking forward to growing in the field dance and spreading the joy of dancing.
SITARA THOBANI
SITARA THOBANIPERFORMER
Sitara began training in Odissi under Dr. Ratna Roy in Olympia, Washington. She has also trained intensively with leading dancers and choreographers in India.
Sitara has been awarded several fellowships for dance, including from the Canada Arts Council and the Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute,
and has performed widely in Canada, the US, the UK, India and Tanzania.
HIRAK JYOTHI DAS
HIRAK JYOTHI DASPERFORMER
This shy and sensitive young man is a hidden gem, and is an accomplished Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet dancer. If you listen to his singing when his feet are not dancing, you could be excused for thinking he is a professional play back singer. He is a pleasure to watch.
KETKI RAUT
KETKI RAUTPERFORMER
Ketki has a Masters Degree in Performing Arts from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya under the Guidance of Smt. Dr. Kanak Rele. She excels not only in the classical form of Bharata Natyam, but also the Indian folk forms and Bollywood dancing. This a beautifully versatile artist has many performances in “Nritya Utsav” Festival of Nalanda College, Doordarshan indradhanushya festival,Nehru center, Tata institute for fundamental research, “Khoni- For the Specially Abled”; Intercollegiate Youth Festival’, Doordarshan Yuva Mohar, Maharashtra Sapta ranga, Rastriya Vasanta natyotsava’, Natyanjali and Many more. Ketki performed under famous Marathi Theater banner “Chaurang” for Marathi Bana and Awaz Ki duniya. She toured US with Troupe “Satvaro shri Radheshyamno” and also“Marathi Bana”. She toured New York US for MTDC(Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) as Assistant Choreographer. Toured Mauritius for Zee tv Mauritius as an assistant choreographer and lead performer for Sunil Sale dance company . She was a contestant in TV Reality show “Yeh Hai Jalwa”. She choreographed Finale performance of Marathi TV Reality show “Halla Bol”.
MOHIT MATHUR
MOHIT MATHURPERFORMER
Mohit is a 23 years old professional dancer. He trained with The Danceworx, Delhi under the guidance of Ashley Lobo as a part of the repertory company. Having trained in Ballet and Modern, 5 days a week under several visiting faculty from across the globe, he gained valuable experiences in different aspects of the field. These included training with Ashley Lobo -Jazz/Contemporary, Sheela Raj -Choreography Composition, Marion Luise Buchman – Ballet, Vangelis Legakis – Flying – Low Technique, Johannes Eugen BoningBallet/Limone, Jocelyn Hope Bowman-Ballet, Yuko Harada Contemporary , Shetty-Theatre Workshop, Chelsea Beamish –Ballet, Ellen Teri Davis –Ballet, Estaban Olives -Contemporary, Bad Boys of Dance- Funk Jazz, Sheila Ann Coleman-Modern, Gabor Sziraky –Ballet, Dilip Shankar -Theatre Workshops. As a Teacher, he trained 5 different levels of students in The Danceworx including Social Dancing (salsa, tango, samba etc.) He performed for various corporate shows like JAGUAR show, MARUTI Show in Auto Expo in Delhi. His journey to Mumbai began with the wonderful opportunity to participate in Star Plus’s India’s Dancing Superstar, having reached Top 11. In Mumbai, he worked with various celebrities and TV actors (Rithvik-Asha, Bruna Abdullah etc. ) during the course of NACH BALIYE 6 and trained them in Jazz, partnering work and contemporary to name a few styles. He is currently working as a lead Protagonist for a World Touring Musical Theater production by RG Production “Beyond Bollywood”. He had also worked as an assistant to Ashley lobo, in the movie ROCKSTAR for the song (SADDA HAQ) 2011. His theatrical credits include One Billion Rising, Homelands, Quarterfest 2012,The Cascade Project 2012, international collaboration with National Dance Company of Wales, Danscapes(ART MART), JHUMROO, produced by Wizcraft International Entertaiment launched in Kingdom Of Dreams (2012). Chrysalis 2012, produced by Danceworx Theater, Global Indian Music Academy Awards, performed at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon (2011)
RUTUJA RAJENDRA JUNNARKAR
RUTUJA RAJENDRA JUNNARKARPERFORMER
Aged 19 and a computer sciences graduate, Rutuja has been learning Bharatnatym for the last 12 years and had recently completed the Visharad exam. She participated in reality shows such as “DUM DAMA DUM” on shyadri (winner), “KHALLAS” on m marathi (top 5), “entertainment k liye kuch bhi karega” on sony, “DANCE MAHARASHTRA DANCE” on ZEE Marathi and “India’s Dancing Superstar” on star plus.
SHIVANGI VAJPAYEE
SHIVANGI VAJPAYEEPERFORMER
A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication from Lucknow University and a Nipun in Kathak from Bhatkhande Deemed University, Shivangi is skilled in the classical forms of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and also proficient in the western forms of contemporary, Jazz, Freestyle, Bollywood, and folk dances Shivangi worked as a teacher in Lachchu Maharaj Ballet Center for 4 years. She had been a part of Judgment panel of many dance & singing competions. Gave solo and group dance performances in Taj, Lucknow, Naimish, Ganga, and Sitapur Mahotsavas. She conducted Kathak Summer Workshop – 2010 of Bhatkhande Deemed University. Attended Birju Maharaj Dance Workshop “KALASHRAM”, workshop of Gopi Kishan Maharaj Dance style. Her achievements include: North Zone Winner of Talash-E-Baliye (Nach Baliye) on STAR PLUS under the judges Farah Khan(choreographer), First position holder in State Kathak Dance Competition, Kalashri award by Progressive cultural society, Quarter finalist in Chak Dhoom Dhoom-2 on COLORS under the Mahaguru Terence Lewis, Top 7 contestant of Dance India Dance Supermom on Zee tv, Three times winner of Yuva Mahotsava “Lucknow Mahotsava”, Performed in Doordarshan. Her life’s Motto : – “MUSHKIL NAHI HAE KUCH BHI AGAR THAN LIJIYE”
UDITA BHALLA
UDITA BHALLAPERFORMER
An MBA with distinction from Cardiff Business School, Wales, UK specializing in Management Consulting, Global Marketing, International Management, Uditha is a trained Classical and Modern Jazz Dancer. She trained for 15 years in Bharatanatyam under Guru Padmashri Ananda Sharnkar Jayant and Guru Padmabhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan. She performed across India in Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangaluru etc including at prestigious venues such as Triveni Kala Sangam, Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. Uditha danced at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Afro-Asian Games held in Hyderabad. She is a current jazz and contemporary dance scholarship student at The Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts. She was also chosen as the lead choreographer for the Yellow Brick Project’s musical – Dear Delhi. Uditha is a licensed Zumba Instructor and holder of the Diploma level, Purple Belt 2 in Karate.
JASKARAN SINGH ANAND
JASKARAN SINGH ANANDPERFORMER
He started his journey in the year 2006 as a student. He trained, performed and taught in a Company called The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy from 2009-2012. He has been freelancing since 2012 and trained with national and international choreographers like Parijat Desai(Contemporary), Sudesh Adhana,(Contemporary), Ashley Lobo(Jazz/Contemporary) Ellen Davis (Ballet) Marion Luise (Ballet) Heidi Lynn Weiss (Modern), Sheila Ann Coleman (Modern), Asha Imani Thomas (Modern) Gabor Sziraky (Ballet) Maria Teresa Houar (Modern), Tino Sanchez(Jazz / Ballet) Anthony Noa (Ballet) Raymond Esterhuizen (Modern). He attended several workshops JasKaran performed as a dancer for collaborative work of different artists like graphic designers, photographers, dancers, singer and guitarist. for an upcoming Indian Movie for director “Vishal Bhardwaj” for a short film (site specific) He taught and assisted to various levels of Jazz and Contmeporary for The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy: Beginners, Basic Elementary, Elementary and Basic Intermediate. Managed 94.3 RADIO ONE for the in house project of the company. His choreography credits include a duet named “Work possibilities” and a solo named Memorial”.(Contemporary Improvisation) Assisted Sudesh Adhana for an upcoming Indian movie.
KHYATHI THAPLIYAL
KHYATHI THAPLIYALPERFORMER
A Bachelor in Journalism & Mass Communication from Institute of Management Studies, Khyati is a qualified Kathak & Contemporary Dance Instructor and an internationally acclaimed performer. Her speciality is to combine Kathak with Aerial silk dance. She completed a 5 years Diploma course in Kathak Dance from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi under the guidance of Guru Nandan Singh (Jaipur Gharana) and a Senior Diploma in Kathak Dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She is honoured with the ‘National Nritya Bhushan’ Award for Kathak dance by Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Orissa. Her international Performances were seen in London, Spain-Barcelona, Madrid; Italy-Rome, Catanzaro, Florence, Georgia, Venice, Massa (Carrara) China, Shanghai (ICCR Tour), Japan, Russia, China Beijing & Bangkok. She is a Finalist at Star Plus’ ‘India`s Dancing Superstar’ reality dance show – 2013 Her performances include Aerial silk dance at Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday party, Lady Gaga and Sharukh Khan at the Formula One event, Aerial silk dance at ‘Asian Bridal Week’ for fashion designer J. J. Valaya, ‘Couture Fashion Week’ for fashion designer Gaurav Gupta, for fashion designer Tarun Tahliani’s fashion show –Lead dancer in “Guide Play” (A story of love, passion and deception based on R.K Narayan’s novel) with Team Work production company – Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. Kathak performance at ‘Taj Mahotsav’, Kathak performance with ‘Kathak Kendra Repertory’ from Indian Culture Council Relationship at China Expo [Shanghai] and in Russia (Moscow ,St. Petersburg) China ( Beijing) , Japan (Tokyo) Conducted a workshop on ‘Indian Dance Forms’ and performed Kathak, Chhau (contemporary), Kalbeliya, Chari and Fusion dance styles – The British High Commission, New Delhi. The list goes on…
MRINAL SHARMA
MRINAL SHARMAPERFORMER
Having done an internship with Ernst & Young and working with KPMG, Mrinal chose to concentrate on her passion for dance. She graduated in Bharatanatyam, classical dance in 2007. She participated in the Chennai Music & Dance Festival(2013), Mahabalipuram Dance Festival(2013) & Bodh Mahotsav(2014). She performed in the XIX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, 2010 She stood FIRST in Indian Solo Dance Competition in IP university,2009, SECOND in Antaragni’08, the Annual Cultural festival of IIT Kanpur, FIRST in group folk Dance competition at Maitreyi college, and stood SECOND at Jesus & Mary College,2008
SANJAY SHARMA
SANJAY SHARMAPERFORMER
Sanjay started dancing in 2011 and joined Busker dance academy in Jaipur. He received traning there for 8 months where he subsequently became an Instructor in that company. Around the same period, he also trained in kathak from RU for 2 years by Shri Jyothi Bharti Goswami. He then got a chance to perform on India’s dancing superstar on star plus and achievement of top 60 and got a dream ticket. He worked for one year doing great events and shows with celebrities and then joined The danceworX. (Ashley Lobo’s company) He moved to for regular classes and for better training. This gave him opportunity to work in the musical theatre JHUMROO in kindom of dreams!
SHRADDA DOSHI & SWETHA DOSHI
SHRADDA DOSHI & SWETHA DOSHIPERFORMERS
Shraddha Doshi & Sweta Doshi (twins) Artistic Directors of TWINS DANCE ART STUDIOS & Ex Company Members of Terence Lewis contemporary dance company
where they recently trained professional batches as a guest faculty.( Diploma in dance, Dance pe chance lo). They are trained in different dance forms
viz: Ballet-( Olga Guba,Ashifa sarkar),Contemporary-( Nakula Somana,Marin Leggat,Mehneer Sudan,Michel Casanova,N Many more…Jazz- (Jessica,Danceworx), bharatnatyam, kathak, salsa, martial arts, gymnastics(Hari Narayan). They are currently learning rope malkhamb and cloth/fabric(arieal act). They choreographed and Performed a Contemporary Production under TLDFST-“SMOKESCREEN 2011′ Choreographed & Performed at the prestigious KALAGHODA DANCE & ART FESTIVAL 2013. They were amongst the top 24 contestant in INDIAS DANCING SUPERSTAR. They performed at several corporate shows-Global India, Reliance, Blue star, DDecor(Fabric Launch), Volkswagon , SBI life insurance, Vat 69, Mumbai Film festival, Apex, Mesto n many more. Charity shows-Alert India, n many more. Televised shows-Radio mirchi Awards, Dance India Dance-2 Movies-Whats Ur Rashee, Isi Life Mein, Happy New Year 2014. Currently Teaching at Wooden stage & Twins dance art studios in Mumbai.
Their other hobbies include Photography , Reading books on dance , Cycling , Listening to music etc.