"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham
Dance lives in my soul.
I started performing when I was 2 1/2. I have done everything from performing to teaching and choreography.
I first started to learn dance from the age of 2. From the age of 8, I formally studied the classical Indian dance form known as Bharat Natyam for 10 years, culminating in my "graduation" ceremony, known as the Arangetrum. It is a 90-minute solo performance showcasing my ability and understanding of the dance and the culture. I created and choreographed an original dance number as part of this graduation ceremony. Through my tenure as a dancer, I performed for several museums in Los Angeles, CA as well as in Washington DC for the Smithsonian. I served as a cultural Ambassador for the department store, JC Penny. I performed internationally in Japan in 1988, and I had the honor to perform for the President of the US in 1989. I stayed active as a performer through 1995 by dancing at various cultural events for the community and for visiting dignitaries. I retired from performing in 1995.
I started a Bollywood Performance dance troupe in Seattle, WA. I created original choreography to popular Bollywood songs. I taught, choreographed, filmed, and promoted the troupe. We would teach and perform at community festivals, corporate and private events in Washington and California. I was interviewed and had my company featured on CNN Money as a successful small business owner in September 2012. In 2014, I was featured in the Seattle Times for the fun, fusion fitness classes that we offered. My performers and I were also featured on a local TV channel in Seattle.
I grew up in the "Internet age" and was interested in learning about SEO rankings. That is, I wondered how certain websites found their way to the top of the search list. I decided to create a website about my first love - dance. I used it to help me figure out how to rank higher in website searches. As I worked on this process, my website became more popular, and was found by people wanting to learn how to dance. The circularity created a new side business for me - teaching dance. It brought wonderful opportunities to teach and grow. I created a performance group - Bollywood Seattle Performers, and got involved in the music and dance festivals in the Seattle area. I held office in Seattle World Percussion Society, a non-profit organization that offered a free festival that served upwards of 20,000 people every year.
Most importantly, it taught me how to run a successful business. I was able to combine my love for dance, teaching, project managment and business into one experience.