1999…. Entering Freelance Private Group Choreography. How we got into it…

1999 marked the year when our founding member Ms. Hetal Nagaraj first stepped into professional competition choreography as freelancer. It was the very first time when she taught students similar to her age, or they did not belong to her affiliated groups/school or college or let’s just say, were complete strangers. For a 20 year old, it was tough call when she was not a performer but a choreographer (Sigh). Through a friend’s friend, this all got started and today we are thankful to both of them.

Biggest challenge was that these students were avid dancers (who could move the way you want them to) but they had no idea of what they were doing. This is in-spite of being natives or participating in various community or school events as they claimed to. But, ready to work hard & first whole week just passed by getting their moves FIXED to folk requirements, which we did daily for 4 hours totaling to up-to 28 hours of training!

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After spending all that sponsored funds for the costumes and travel, you cannot afford to do mistakes. The whole week, with pure folk training & listening to audio/video of 30+ folk artist, finally we ended up in a song that was approved by competition board to use and was best fitting our decided folk & theme!

Then the real drill work of choreography had begun!

Folk Dance Competitions in India were/are technique focused (The ones we participated in) considering the important and major elements of folk dances to promote the authenticity and importance of Folk Dances. Other folk dances participated as well due to diverse cultural demographics in Gujarat. Judges either had dual degrees in performing arts, followed by PHDs or double masters in their areas. Ms. Joshi (we were) was worried as it was her very first freelance private group choreography with just some amateur free-move dancers who took training for short period of time! Getting them to NOT do mistake was biggest challenge.

If that was not enough, innovation & creativity was an essential element and to further make it look dramatic, we added the props that required balance.

Pressures…pressures & crazy pressures of around 16 dancers (14+2 setting) and it was all worth taking the pain! Cash prize of 1 Lakh Rupees & gift certificates to various malls & resorts. We did bag 20K INR (from award money as our % other than choreography fees), free tickets to cultural concerts, and gift cards to restaurants and hotels. It was a big amount back then in 1999 for a 20 year old to earn that money for just 3.5 months of work!

The satisfaction, Ms. Joshi (we) got was PRICELESS. Ms. Joshi also received additional perks from group as a thank you note for arranging costumes, jewelry & Props in last moment when board did not approve costumes and jewelry (due to folk costume guidelines) that group had initially decided. This was a kick-starter for us…Our best of all until now!

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Why Grace And Grooves LLC discontinued Better Business Bureau of Dallas Fortworth.

Why Grace And Grooves LLC discontinued Better Business Bureau of Dallas Fortworth : 

Loved, loved and loved the services and perks that we received from BBB, A Better Business Bureau. Past 2 years has been an amazing ride with them with all the wonderful services, workshops and knowledge that they offer for small businesses like Grace And Grooves LLC.

It is when you suddenly realize that you are the only Indian Company offering exclusive indian folk dance classes apart from bollywood and not mix it up anywhere around, and that you are the only one with absolutely transparent background in all the programs that you offer from Bharatnatyam and Bollywood as well, it is a feature on our hats to be connected with BBB, A better Business Bureau.

The only problem that we faced was as we moved further in journey with them, we asked our parents and staff members to write something about how they feel about us on our little place that we earned it from Better Business Bureau as we were with A+ accreditation with them.

It seems like social media such as google, waze, facebook, twitter and instagram took over all of this when it came to customer feeling more at comfort talking about it. Our customers share such a fun and healthy relationship with us that it was better and easier for them to just write reviews over social medias instead of BBB boards.

From ethical grounds, quality of work, affordable services, beautiful costumes, non-allergic jewelry, arangetram preps, continued education in classical dances for various degrees and providing services as promised in the related programs, everything just ended up in social medias, recommendations, emails and text/sms messages.

And thus, we had to let go the better business bureau accreditation at-least until we get students/parents/customers who would not mind spending some time logging to these BBB boards to see our exclusive little place on their website and write something about us-good or bad!

That being said, we still enjoy attending their programs as we come across and available. We miss that tiny little icon of better business bureau and we hope that in near future, we can do something more with them and use them further for our services and products.

Grace And Grooves LLC shared A+ accreditation amongst the BBB businesses from 2016 to May 2018.

But that taught us to give you all what we do best :).

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Grace And Grooves Blog List Of Articles

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Blog List Of Articles : (From Newest To Oldest–Scroll Down)

    1. ALL Recitals Of Grace And Grooves
    2. Time-Line of Grace And Grooves LLC
    3. Student of The Year – Updated Annually.
    4. Is Learning Language Required To Learn Dances ?
    5. Why Grace And Grooves LLC discontinued Better Business Bureau of Dallas Fortworth. NEW 
    6. Trained & Untrained Teachers – Difference by Hetal Nagara
    7. Competitions Counted On Our Lists.
    8. Salutations to Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad-India) & Trainings.
    9. Grace And Grooves LLC, Names, Logo(s) – Updated As Required
    10. Recital 2017: Celebration of Life Featuring JALSO (NRITYA KI MASTI).
    11. Past Interns and Visiting Faculties w/Grace And Grooves
    12. Musical Dance Drama 2017(Public) 
    13. Creative School-Fun Projects
    14.  List of Performances 2015 and Before
    15. Early Training of Our Founding Member-Raised With Standards
    16. Recital 2016 : Dance of Gods Featuring ADI-SHAKTI
    17.  Bollywood Fever…. since 2015
    18.  ELITE: Expensive or Quality?
    19.  Creativity In Performing Arts (Folk): Embrace Or Not?
    20. Our Story – How, when…. Grace And Grooves Started. And Why us ?
    21. 1999…. Entering Freelance Private Group Choreography.  
    22. Past Volunteers And Staff
    23. Dance like nobody’s watching OR dance like everybody’s watching? 

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Is Learning Language Required To Learn Dances ?

A question that has puzzled several students for years and will probably puzzle coming generations too!

Debate is if its required ? or if its not required ?

We say – IT IS NOT REQUIRED.

Coming from a background of Indian Performing Arts and first dance steps learned in Indian Folk Dances and then Bharatnatyam, language is just a part of song that expresses the mood and the story of incidents happening in the act/song.

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Pure Bharatnatyam in Pure Gujarati

With several Indian Folk Dances being taught one after the other with their styles, it is IMPOSSIBLE to sit and learn all the languages since one of the main criteria to differentiate most or all Indian Folk Dances would be the language itself to begin with and then techniques; later the choreography.

But does that mean that dancing anything you like or directly expressing the words of song on one particular language is called Indian Folk Dance-NOPE :).

We wished, it was that easy.

Translations of each Indian Folk Dance are very much given in all pioneer institutes that teach these authentic Indian Folk Dances (not to confuse with Bollywood/Indian Movie Music or dance moves). At Grace And Grooves, students get to understand the translations in their native language (most preferably english in USA) just like the way our teachers and guru(s) gave these in our regional languages. With practice and proper understanding of each mood and lyrics, each dance is thus easier to incorporate in dances & students. It brings out the moods, expressions & lyrics of the song as & when required. Our audiences are able to understand what song means with the dance being a medium 🙂 This includes Bharatnatyam. That Is How We Got Our Name 🙂 

Not to confuse with happy-smiling face all the time (That is not following Navarasa given the fact that Indian Folk Dance May Not Follow Natya Shashtra!) Read below why…Navarasa does not tell you to smile all the time!

editedrec5For those who understand language during the performances, it will NOT look beautiful because your face, gestures and mood is telling a wrong story than what song says. It will look awkward and weird. Not Beautiful. Nobody cares for those who don’t understand language and would wonder what it is!

Is this is evolution of dance ? Nope. Neither it is accepting modernization. It is not creativity & it does not showcase any culture either! It is not fusion either. But is that a solution for those who don’t understand language? NOPE.

Remove the word-Indian from it, Remove the word-Folk from it in that case :). You can remove the word-dance from it if you know language(LOL). Because yeah, by all means you can move your body the way you want on any music you want. No rules without any restriction is just creative movements. And we wonder what is so creative, if you are showing exactly what song describes and it does not relate to the song..We could add salt to our tea/coffees…let’s assume, nobody would care to notice!

Bharatnatyam is no different when it comes to breaking chains of language. Techniques have no connections with languages and we wished it was true for all Indian Folk Dances.

Bollywood Program Content 4Although most krithis and keertanas were composed in Tamil for Bharatnatyam with its birth & re-birth in Tamilnadu, the art-form has travelled through out India & outside, gaining popularity in North India. Though if you see the jatis & adavu sets do not have any language except pure Carnatic/Classical notes (no song associated with it). Several other compositions from other renowned regional poets were added to the list of dances esp. for Abhinaya as it travelled across the states. Some of which includes inspirations from Indian Folk Dance poets too where the entire song/lyrics were RECOMPOSED to Classical/Carnatic form with ragam and talam to welcome the art-form. But dance remained same! To make it competitive, some institutes added more margams, permutations and combinations of jatis & adavu sets to its choreography. Terminology w/pronunciations, teaching methods changes depending on teacher.

Why this evolution ?

Because teaching Tamil was not possible for everybody as they travelled to different states and taught the dance form. Sitting and learning Tamil was NOT possible for each student when dance was just an activity to incorporate traditional classical culture in life. So translations were given word by word with meaning and the story or act of each composition.

Then…………..Why so much emphasis on learning language then ??

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Our choreography works from past trainings in multiple languages showcasing differences between Indian Folk Dances, Dance Dramas and Bollywood/Movie Dances.

Learning a new language has not hurt anybody so a-lot of students have learned the language to make it easier to incorporate other compositions that were not taught by their teachers directly gave more possibilities to achieve in the art-form. It is beautiful practice to train your mind to learn new language anyways and there is nothing wrong if you learn it or if you don’t. For some students who have taken their degrees in Sanskrit and any of such rich mother languages, all languages pretty much connects to them. Roots of most languages have been same with no evolution theories to it.

Indian Folk Dances though travelled did not leave their regional language in most cases. Though the variations and styles were created within a specific Indian Folk Dance Form to make it welcoming for new generations. Fundamental techniques are constant irrespective of language in both; Bharatnatyam And Indian Folk Dances. Indian Folk Dances Forms have shorter compositions and non-carnatic music in most or all cases than average Bharatnatyam or any classical dance and so it is easier to learn it without recomposing the work in regional language. Besides, it is easy to learn translations of whole song than to go bonkers over learning a language for just one time 3-4 minute of dance work. And for Indian Folk Dances, language changes drastically for each folk dance form with NO absolute resemblance of technique or anything.

Bollywood as we talk about is NO different when it comes to breaking the language standards. Bollywood got its name from Bombay Studios-thats in Mumbai. Mumbai is in Maharashtra-India. Mumbai has regional language of Marathi. Bollywood is NOT IN MARATHI :).

IMG_5972As the theater dramas advanced to movies & gained popularity, the Bombay Studios adopted National Language of India-Hindi to give honors to India and various talents from all over India were invited to be part of showing their talents and skills on the big screen. Sort of like a pre-recorded theater drama where in all the set-backs and mistakes of live performances were deleted!

It did not end there, Marathi theaters continued and several other regions of India (which are now states) had their own theaters that advanced to movies in their regional languages. So now we have different names for Tollywood-Telugu Indian Cinema as it is known, Kollywood and several smaller names that are barely used. But Bollywood and Tollywood gained its big name because of variety and entertainment level that it had to offer on such a broad spectrum, all over the world. From some of the most famous Classical Dancers, Indian folk dancers, Music, Cultures to pretty much any talent you can think of is all showcased. Therefore, even in Bollywood that has principle language as Hindi, it is not only Hindi but has flares of various accents of other languages depending on story!

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Some of our elite performers. Bharatnatyam in 2 different styles and Indian Folk

From Aika Dajiba (marathi song but inspired from folk song), Neele Neele Ambar (in Hindi), Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje(Gujarati remix from folk song), famous songs of Rabindranath Tagore (mostly in bengoli), telugu remixes and tamil remixes, bhagra & Rajasthani examples(unlimited songs!) to any religion dances that you can think of. All of these hit the charts again and again with its several variations of song recomposed with several remixes and today we have Shape of you that is actually a Non-Indian Song & thats the part of several Bollywood remixes! Tollywood has main language as telugu but it has remix of English, Hindi, Urdu and lot of other languages and cultures showcased just as well.

Main goal & audiences of Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Cinema Dances is only entertainment with some culture to be called as Indian at least in the entire movie of 2-3 hours. In Tollywood, it is usually showing off the South Indian flare & some other languages as dialogues or accents to be specific but that does not mean Bollywood is specifically for North Indians (LOL). And it does not mean in Tollywood, they don’t wear western clothes 🙂

That is why indian movie dances do not have dance form or specific style of its own.

There, we eliminated your need of sitting and learning ALL the languages for learning Indian Folk Dances, Bharatnatyam Or Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances.

One more less work to take care of. Isn’t life that simple ?

This is why Grace And Grooves is different. It is called serving to knowledge 🙂

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Post Updated : April 15, 2018.

 

All Annual Recitals Of/By Grace And Grooves

Past Recitals & Programs Exclusively By Grace And Grooves:

 

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Recital 2018 – A Fusion Life of American Born Cultured Indian/Desi (ABCD)

fusionlife2018Recital 2018 concept and theme was decided in 2016 by Hetal Nagaraj.

The students in beginning of 2017 were actually taught dances like-wise throughout the year covering just the basics staying in their own category.

The whole idea got the shape in October 2017 when a rough playlist was made. A couple of these dances were also showcased in some of local talent competitions (September-October 2017), Diwali Mela(s)-(November 2017) at various places and other local festival stages. And a few of these had already won the awards too such as Pushpanjali, Madhurashtakam (Practice video-Selected for finals).

With all the influences of Non.Indian Culture in our Indian Dances, Dramas and thus our lives, we thought of showing how a life of our next generations that are brought up here. As it says, A=American, B=Born, C=Confused, D=Desis. But for our students of Grace And Grooves, C stands for CULTURED DESI, CLEAR FUNDAMENTALS, AND CRYSTAL CUT Diamond like TALENTS. Talents that can’t be beaten, Talents that can’t be judged with shallow mark-ups or untrained eyes and Talents that can’t be shadowed. 

Grace And Grooves is an Indian Dance School where students know difference between Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood And Bharatnatyam, Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk, Semi-Classical And Bharatnatyam too! 
So the recital program 2018 of Grace And Grooves had Pure Bharatnatyam that showcased the richness of Indian Classical Dances to Fun Indian Folk, Fusion Folk, Movie Types Semi-Classical Dances infused with & without Desi-HipHop to real semi-classical dances, Bollywood Modern-Contemporary Desi-HipHop Fusions and Folk And the dance dramas inspired from movies such as Bahubali, Veer Zaara & many more. 

Grace And Grooves successfully completed NAVARASA as per Natya Shashtra Guidelines in Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances And Bollywood/Movie Dances in 2017-2018 year. All the dances are directed or choreographed exclusively by Hetal Nagaraj unless otherwise mentioned. Our Company Choreographers contributed with dances on Ramta Jogi by Mansi Chauhan and Ganesh Kavtuvam by Buvuneshwari Murugan.

We cannot forget Indian Movies that teaches us to dream big and live-happily ever after within our cultural boundaries—no matter where we go. Thus, our Special Feature of the evening & 90s Tribute was An Exclusive Tribute to Shahrukh Khan of Bollywood – SRK as we know him. It showcased non-stop 11 mins of SRK’s movie dances by around 20+ students and special appearances from Raghu K and Pavithra K. Videos will be shortly available.

Very first time in our recital, we had Guest Choreographers with Rang Barse-Holi Remix Tribute by Ritu Kharbanda and Bollywood Garba on Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje By Mishu Shashtri. Our Guest-Artist this time was a young artist – Arjun Iyer, Age 11 who played various notes starting from National Anthem of USA with music to notable Tamil Songs on Keyboard-Piano and Clarinet. Guest choreographer Ritu Kharbanda contributed with song of Om Shanti Om to our SRK non.stop dance extravaganza as her contribution to salute our King Khan with Harshita and Gargi.

All students, choreographers were acknowledged with participating medals and certificates during the show and later-during the classes. Below are the all the pictures, Enjoy And Don’t forget to sign up for our lessons : www.graceandgrooves.com

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Bharatnatyam Pushpanjali. Concept, Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj. University Level Work.IMG_5966

Golden Era of Movies in various Languages : 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s From Semi-Classical Mujras To Desi Hip Hop Infused with various Indian Folk Dances.Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dance Dramas In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Our tribute to Gujarati Sahitya @Recital 2018. Abhinaya covering Navarasa in Pure Bharatnatyam-Gujarati Dance Drama with Gujarati Classical Music. Concept, Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dances In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Recital 2018 Dance Dramas In Pure Bharatnatyam, Semi-Classical, Indian Folk And Bollywood/Movie Dances In Various Languages. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Golden Era of Movies in various Languages : 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s From Semi-Classical Mujras To Desi Hip Hop Infused with various Indian Folk Dances. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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We did Bahubali 1 and won several competitions in Solos & Groups. How can we not do Bahubali 2. Concept,Choreography, Choreographer, Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – Shah rukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – ShahRukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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A Special Tribute of 90s & Later was for our SRK – Shahrukh Khan. A 11 Minute Non.Stop Dancing By Around 20 Dancers featuring his movie dances with our choreography n his famous dance moves. Choreography, Choreographer Hetal Nagaraj. Om Shanti Om Title Song By Ritu Kharbanda. Concept & Direction by Hetal Nagaraj.

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Our Company Choreographers for Ganesh Kavtuvam By Bhuvaneshwari Murugan and Ramta Jogi By Mansi.

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Guest Choreographers : Mishu Shashtri for Bollywood Garba(Costumes by Hetal) in Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje Song & Ritu Kharbanda for Rang Barse Holi Special Remixes.

Special Thanks To Arjun Iyer, Mishu Shastri, Ritu Kharbanda for their wonderful participation in Recital 2018, A Fusion Life of ABCD.

Special Thanks To :

Kedar Golvelkar For Music on Guitar (Ankhon Mein Teri),

Bhagwat Pandya For Sound Services

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Post Updated : March 15, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Indian Dances And Their Values…

Ballet = 50$ for 4 classes, Tap = 50$ for 4 classes, Jazz = 50$ for 4 classes….All of them $50 and above with registration fees(starts from $25), costume fees($30 & up), and recital fees($30 and up). We could go on and on.

Why so many charges. We can name it as American Dances and just sell it all together ?Yes-by all means. If you could do Indian Dances as all in one package as nobody cares; you could just as well do all in one package for American Dances-why would anybody care.

Why discrimination of names. Who cares ?

If answer is NO then why is that Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances are tagged just as “Indian Dances” and are sold in 1 package. Why is it that Indian Dances are so under valued?  To an artist who knows what it means to teach those with just the basics, yes-there is discrimination there. Ballet is a dance form just like Bharatnatyam or any Indian Classical Dance is. Indian Folk Dance is a dance-form just like Tap which has styles in variations and they all vary by region, culture and countries too! Or yes, we could have one Folk Dance or Just dance for all countries-How Beautiful It Would Be. But, It Is Not Possible. Let’s do more on that…Let’s be flexible with costumes and clothing…Fashion, Trend, we could on and onn..oh yeah, let’s just not follow the rules-Right!

Here’s a request. Do you have to wear ballet clothes to learn the dance ? Why ? I could wear leggings and just go there. Nobody cares. But yes, as an artist, I will care because to get into the form especially when you are in training—-it is absolutely important that you get used to its attire and all that is required. Why ? To handle the stress of entire required clothing as basics. It is environment that you are giving your body to train with all that physical work going on while dancing.

So why is it that, it is stressful for you as an Indian to reinforce Indian values and not ask your kids to wear Indian dresses and go to any of the Indian Dance Classes but you are absolutely fine having them wear those tight stockings of ballet with a tiny skirt that shows their hip line. or have them wear sports shoes in PE. Well-we would love to see somebody wear heels and play soccer :)..Rules are to keep your body safe.

Are you telling me that learning Ballet is important. Ballet that does not have any correlation to Indian Culture but is importantly forced to child that is brought up in America ? For ? Whom are you pleasing ? Where are the roots ? Where is the culture ?

So why are the Indian Dances so under valued from their selling points, names, rules, costumes and I could go on and on? Every other person in the end of the street wants to teach Bollywood Dances. Agree. Its fun. But do you understand the complexities that comes with it without having fundamentals of body dynamics and lot of other factors that affect dancer’s life in later years and if it is safe for child ? Even if it is for FUN.

Would you give your child to somebody who just likes doing it without the knowing how it actually works in doing it. We can have doctors likewise-why do you need a 5-8 year degree to study medicines. Google helps these days-doesn’t it. Think about savings for you-no insurance, no obligations of going annual visits and we could go on and on….!! 

Why are Indian Dances so under-valued ? Is it that we as Indians don’t value it ? Or is it that being on Non-Indian land, we are taught to live a compromised life of under-valuing every single thing that is attached to our Indian culture. To do what ? To embrace values that does not teach my own culture and to leave your own values ? Creativity is such a beautiful thing-Why ruin it at the cost of children and doing it all wrong. Can’t we keep it beautiful, graceful like the way it should be ? What good it does to your child ? Think! It only leaves your child totally confused in future. ABCD : American Born Confused Desi !! Yep…But at Grace And Grooves, ABCD stands for American Born Cultured Desis. A Desi who is very very clear about every single thing that they do from dances, costumes, makeup and we could go on and on. 

Here at Grace And Grooves, we reinforce the values and Indian culture by means of Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood And Bharatnatyam just the way its supposed to be done with fundamentals as our basic goals to practice safety. Creativity automatically follows with training. We know how it works as our founding member, Ms. Hetal Nagaraj did it all her life ever-since age 4 step by step, one at a time and still she is able to switch between genres of any Indian Dance Forms without any mistakes, even by a mistake. It is the training only! Training teaches you to be in discipline of your own dance form or style and you will deliver exactly whats required. It is like learning 1+1=2 and the answer is same, no matter what time of day you wakeup to! And so we follow the same. You can only imagine how long the journey was for Ms. Hetal Nagaraj to reach at this level. The comfort level of each dance is taught in a very beautiful way just the way our founding member has learned while balancing her life. This is exclusively done in particular methodology combined with knowledge of training, sportsmanship and psychology so that your child is NOT confuse about what they are doing and delivers it safely. Somebody who has done this by balancing her life in place like India where being a girl itself means responsibility and in that, think about how early it was for her when she had a bed-ridden mother for over a decade & was brought-up by people around her, most importantly-a man/her dad. All of this experience with a masters degree in her own mainstream education, national level sports qualifications and several other list of professional certifications. None of it was possible without training!

We at Grace And Grooves feel blessed of parting all of this knowledge to our students for any dance forms/styles/types/categories that we teach. We love how we do it, we love what we do and we absolutely love when we see our students as AMERICAN BORN CULTURED DESIS.

We love to teach students of Grace And Grooves who know how to draw a fine line of NOT GETTING CONFUSED and still embrace all the fun, trend-fashion etc that comes with practical life on American lands. A musical presented by students of Grace And Grooves LLC on A FUSION LIFE OF ABCD, where our ABCD stands for American Born Cultured Desi. This program is on March 4, 2018 at Plano Courtyard Theatre, Plano and it features Mainstream Traditional Bharatnatyam in several languages, Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances in several languages, Fusion Dances and Creative Dances(that don’t belong to any categories/forms or styles). Come and see yourself – Difference!fusionlife2018

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When The Team Work Strikes….

This post of blog will be updated on yearly basis w/date of each update.

We love our choreographer’s contributions.

Choreography Works of Hetal Nagaraj : Click Here.(Coming Soon Hetal’s Website!)

When the team work strikes, results are beautiful...No doubt. Choreographers play an important role in any choreography.

Be it Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances–only thing that matters is how it beautifully blends.

As of now, we have on-board-our student choreographers & part-time choreographers. Life has given us short sweet surprises beautifully blended with creativity and zeal to learn and excel.  We are very proud of our choreographers to come a long way in-spite of their own demanding life such as toddler or studies.

Choreography Works With Mansi Chauhan : 

  • 2014 : Mansi Chauhan joined us as a student-intern(as available) under strict supervision of Hetal Nagaraj while dealing with younger-kids and elite students where she made them practice learned work from Hetal right there on the spot or at-times seperate training for her.

  • Student’s life is demanding and thus-she agreed to come whenever she can. She was still learning to teach, deal with kids and students of all ages so a full-time pay was not possible considering the commitment level and drop-in teach class.

  • She assisted Hetal for guided practices for the choreography such as :
    • Private Groups : Boys & Girls Bollywood Medley, All Bollywood. Age 5-7. 
    • Yamuna Tat 2014-2015 : Contributed beautifully towards Pure-Kathak Work and Duet from Trio @Hanuman Temple of Frisco-Texas.
      • Students took 4 hours of Professional Kathak that was independently led by Mansi and improvised by Hetal to get the 30 seconds of Pure Kathak Work-just right!.
      • It was a Semi-Classical Fusion Folk Dance where all the Indian Folk Dance Elements were added by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • IANT 2015. Semi-Classical Fusion Folk Dances of India Glimpse.
      • All Students trained in forms/styles seperately.
    • Nimbooda up-to 2 mins. ​Bollywood Garba (Bollywood Garbha)
    • Bahubali : Bahubali was tough choice to teach. The song for which everybody fought with Ms. Nagaraj for NOT doing it. Eventually, upon strict supervision, they all did it.
      • Every audition was cleared and anywhere it was showcased for competition-it was first place.
    • Mansi took over the practices for all the base work which then had several variations led by Hetal for different events from solo, auditions, & later to adding yoga elements. (Hetal is trained in various Yoga techniques & Meditation for over 6 years from Shri Arvind Kendra-Gandhinagar-Gujarat-India).
    • Various version of Bahubali (in all languages) was then showcased at various events featuring Yoga Exercises, Shiva as special feature, and a Semi-Classical Work was produced all by elite students under direction of Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Later in IANT 2017, it was re-directed by Hetal with all their pre-competition students to include Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances together on one stage for community performances. All performers are in their respective dance forms and styles.
  • Choreography contributions along-with Hetal :
    • Her very first independent contribution with Hetal’s work was from halfway of Nimbooda, some /wApsara and onwards when she was available back to back for couple months.
    • Nimbooda​ : Bollywood Garba(Bollywood Garbha).
    • Apsara Hali : Bollywood Lavani directed by Hetal Nagaraj.
  • Workshops attended under Grace And Grooves LLC at other public events/organized by other dance schools:
  • Independent Choreography of Mansi which Hetal took over for practices & later to competition level :
    • Pinga – 2016-2017 : Bollywood Lavani. Directed by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Thug Le – 2016 : Bollywood/Indian Hip Hop Summer-Workshop Exclusive.
    • Ramta Jogi – 2017 : Fusion of Contemporary+Bollywood/Indian-HipHop.
  • Direct Independent Competition Submissions (Good Job!):
    1. Thug Le – 2016 : Bollywood/Indian Hip Hop Summer-Workshop Exclusive.
    2. Ramta Jogi – 2017 : Fusion of Contemporary+Bollywood/Indian-HipHop.
  • Solo Contributions as Performer of Grace And Grooves LLC:
    1. Woh Kishna Hai 2016, Iskon of Dallas, Bollywood.
    2. Mohe Rang Do Laal : 2017 Recital-Choreographers Re-treat.
      • Semi-Classical Kathak Bollywood.
    3. Special Appearance in Galyan Sankli w/Pre-competition Team directed by Hetal Nagaraj: Recital 2017.
  • Mansi has also offered a Bollywood workshop at Plano Library for Kids of ages 4-8 years old for a social gathering on behalf of Hetal Nagaraj.
  • Competitions w/Grace And Grooves LLC :
    1. D** – Texas ​Audition 1. Cleared w/ Hetal.
    2. D** -Texas : Audition 2. Cleared Direct.
    3. Sap**** Solos – Both the girls were to go for duet instead they decided to go Solo(s). 2015.
    4. ***i Audition 1 : 3 Solos + 1 Group Cleared w/Hetal
    5. ***i – Audition 2 : 3 Solos + 1 Group Cleared. w/Hetal
    6. ***i –  Audition 3 : 3 Solos + 1 Group Cleared. w/Hetal
    7. ***i –  Audition 4 : 3 Solos + 1 Group. w/Hetal. We missed out on South/State Level.
  • Other PAID Activities To Represent Grace And Grooves LLC at various events :
    1. Workshop@Plano Library. Kids Ages 5 to 8.
    2. Corporate Dance Performances at various corporate or fundraising events such as CRY America(2016), Microsoft(2018) and many others. Attendees from all over world and Dallas Fort-worth Areas.
  • Mansi’s Personalized Page on http://www.graceandgrooves.com : Click Here.
  • Mansi’s Last Day of Work : 31st August 2018.

Choreography Works With Deepthi Chandrasekaran :

  • 2014 Oct/Nov:  Deepthi joined us as a intern (as available as volunteer or in lieu of costume or dance fees & to gain experience) under strict supervision of Hetal Nagaraj while dealing with younger-kids where she would make them practice learned work from Hetal-right there on the spot.
  • Later, in 2015, she moved to teaching adults looking to her choreography level in Bollywood as her schedule demanded breaks such as India trips and taking care of toddler.
  • She assisted Hetal for guided practices for the choreography such as : ​
    • Chalka Re-1: Adults. Bollywood-Rajasthani Dances directed by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Chalka Re-2 : Adults + Hetal as Indian Folk Dancer : Union of Bollywood & Indian Folk Dances displaying the big-time differences between Bollywood Folk & Pure Indian Folk Dance. Topic : Rajasthani Folk Dances. Directed by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Manmohini Morey : Pure Bharatanatyam on Shankar Tucker’s Album Song : Manmohini Morey ft. Aditya Rao, Ajay Ravichandran. Directed by Hetal Nagaraj.
      • This work was specially prepared for Recital 2016- a fundraiser for CRY America.
      • All dancers had some classical background in past and were also professionally trained by Hetal and Deepthi with Bharatnatyam techniques for 10 hours plus vigorous hours of practices. This work had also cleared several auditions when submitted for competitions but our adults have been busy with their family plans. Students signed seperate forms & paid seperate fees for these specified hours of work w/practices.
      • Dancers : Hetal, Deepthi, Sindhu, Rashmi.
        • No other students were allowed to participate for this work’s class or even practices.
    • Rang De : Traditional Creative Bollywood Dances.
    • Woh Hai Kisna : Movie-Kisna. up-to 2 mins. Traditional Creative Bollywood.
  • Choreography contributions with Hetal :
    • Her very first independent choreography with Hetal’s work was from half-way of Kisna. Bollywood (Indian Movie Dances).
  • Independent Choreography of Deepthi without Hetal (Good Job!): 
    • Half of Kisna. Traditional Bollywood-Hindi Movie Dances. (Movie:Kisna)
    • Manwa Laage. Traditional Bollywood-Hindi Movie Dances.(Movie:Happy New Year)
    • London Thumakda. Traditional Bollywood-Hindi Movie Dances.(Movie-Queen) but theme-directed by Hetal.
    • Super Machi:Adults(Half). Traditional-Tollywood-Telugu Movie Dances.(Movie-S/o Satyamurthy)
    • Vachinde:Adults. Traditional-Tollywood. Telugu Movie Dances (Movie-Fida).
  • Solo Performances as performer for Grace And Grooves LLC : 
    • Enthoru Mahanu Bhavulu — Devadoothan : Pure Bharatnatyam
    • Woh Hai Kisna : Kisna : Traditional Creative Bollywood.
    • Shabdam- Ayar Sheriyar – Krishna : Pure Bharatnatyam-Shabdam.
    • Subhalakshmi – Natesha Kauthuvam : Pure Bharatnatyam.
  • Personalized Page on http://www.graceandgrooves.com : Click here. 
  • Deepthi’s Last Day of Work : Jan 19, 2018.
  • Deepthi Joined Grace And Grooves LLC again September 2018.
  • Performed For Grace And Grooves w/her own solo work for Mor Bani(Ram Leela).
  • Team Participant at RG2 First Launch Dance For Navratri Tribute.

Deepthi’s Update : Nov 15, 2017,  Feb 1 2018, Oct 3 2018,

{Will be updated as required}.

Choreography With Buvaneshwari Murugan: BuvaneshvariPic

  1. Jatiswaram : Students. Asst. Hetal Nagaraj.
  2. Ganesha Kauthuvam: Students.

Updated : Feb 1, 2018. {Will be updated as required}.

Choreography With Raghu K: Coming Soon.

All the other updates such as coming soon will be updated VERY SOON…

Phone : 972 979 2559.
Email : info@graceandgrooves.com

Blog Post Update: Feb 1 2018. October 3 2018.

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Time-Line of Grace And Grooves LLC

Group & Private Classes without registered business name.

Below are the various Names Used Prior To 2012 for all Indian Culture Dances, Ethnic Dances of India, Bollywood Fusions(College Level), Classical Fusions(Advance College Levels), Indian Folk Dances, Folk Dances of India’s regions or states and all Community as well as private events.

Dallas Sitare, Dallas Dance, Irving Gals, Dallas Dancers, Desi Dancers, Naach, Dallas Boys, Desi Beats, Nach Le, Dallas Desi, Groovy Boys, Graceful Girls, Dallas Stars, Irving Boys, etc. and many others.

Other times, no names were used as it was not required or asked (Updated March17, 2018)

More About Our History : Several Blog Posts..

2012 : Grace And Grooves LLC was established and registered in State of Texas by Hetal Nagaraj.

  • Indian Folk Dances and Bharatnatyam were the only programs offered. 
  • Private Groups as in Couple Dances, Therapy Dance Lessons For Couples, Marriage Parties, Mehdi Nights, Birthday Parties, Sweet 16 Parties, Bollywood Fusion with Classical Dances continued as they were since 1999 by Hetal.
    • Most clients were NRIs(Non-Resident Legal Indian Residents of United States) settled here in Dallas-Metroplex Areas such as Vidya Vikas Hindu Temple Classes, Northlake College & several other colleges while a few were Non-Indians such as Mexican, Italian, African-American and few students from other religions-to take guidance on dance dramas that included Indian Dances. (Similar to Hetal Nagaraj’s schooling).
    • Number of students registered 50+.

2013 : Grace Creations performing team was formed

  • Grace Creations performing team was to encourage fusion of various Indian as well Non-Indian dance forms and styles for experienced trained dancers who wanted to go an extra mile in creativity and for those who wanted to performed on regular basis.
    • All students were trained exclusively in their own dance forms and styles. These were exclusively with artist collaborations. Coming Soon-Hetal’s Website.
  • Bollywood classes were for private groups to friends only targeting specific performances or if there was competition. Students were signed-up likewise as in group enrollment.
  • Pre-Elementary Bharatnatyam Classes were introduced in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Keller-Texas and Southlake-Texas exclusively taught by Hetal.
  • Around 15 students registered for Grace Creations exclusive program that were trained in various Non-Indian performing arts such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hiphop, contemporary and Lyrical. Other students were bharatnatyam students from other styles, kathak dancers and odissi dancers.

2014 : Bharatnatyam was introduced with structured curriculum.

  • Pre-Elementary Elementary to Advance Levels exclusively taught by Hetal.
  • Curriculum was reinforced and revised as per university guidelines and meet latest trends in creativity.
  • Professional Bharatnatyam Lessons were introduced to advance students with little classical or competitive background.
  • Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.

2014 – 2015 : Choreographers joined as interns or volunteers.

  • Choreographers as in volunteers joined as Assistant.
  • Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances were introduced as a independent program by levels.
  • Choreographers(beginners/interns) teaching guided choreography of Hetal during the class with strict supervision and in presence of Hetal for all dance forms and styles. This included practice classes.
  • Mansi and Deepthi joined for all performances and Elite Level was formed in Bollywood Dance Lessons.
  • Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event Continued) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
  • Structured Programs in Bharatnatyam as full course was offered for Kalakshetra Style with enrollment of 8 students.

2015 : Bollywood, Tollywood, and Indian Movie Dances was introduced.

  • Recreational Classes were introduced in Bollywood and Bharatnatyam(Southlake) for those who don’t want to perform or do it strictly for recreational purpose.
  • Structured Program was further enhanced for Bharatnatyam, Folk Dances of India, and Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances.
  • Bollywood/Tollywood Dances got Level by Level structure to focus on body mechanics, movements, ability level as per age and was successfully implemented.
  • 2015-2016 – All Elite Students were trained separately –
    • For Targetted Indian Folk Dances by Hetal,
    • Professional Bharatnatyam by Hetal,
    • Professional Kathak Workshops by Mansi and then further by Hetal.
  • Choreographers started teaching independently their own works with minimal or no supervision or with/without direction from Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Artist Collaborations : Coming Soon-Hetal’s Website. 
  • Skype Lessons were introduced for Bharatnatyam, Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances and successfully implemented and continued. Choreographers : Hetal, Buvaneshwari.
  • Professional Bharatnatyam And Kathak Choreography Classes were introduced for students with background of advance dance forms or dance styles exclusively for competition and special feature purposes.
  • Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.

2016 : Musical Dance Dramas were added to Annual Programs.

  • This was to encourage dramatic elements of Dance (Natya and Navarasa as in dance-skits) under the strict supervision of Hetal with a full 4-8 Minute of Dance Routines depending on organizers requests.
  • Grace And Grooves aims in completing all the Navarasa by the end of year for all students in all dance forms, styles and dance categories.
  • Grace Creations Program was kept on hold.
  • Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas(Recreational Classes), Frisco(Private Lessons, Workshops, Recreational Classes), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
  • Recreational Classes for Bollywood continued for those who don’t want to perform regularly aiming encouragement for recreational dancers.

2017 September And Onwards :

Dance Forms and Bollywood was separated with seperate DBA to submit in different competitions and audiences.

  • Nruthyakala Dance Academy : For All The Classical Dance Forms and Dances within Categories.
  • Mirchi Dance Academy : For All The Bollywood-Tollywood and Indian Movie Dances w/or without remixes. We do ALL dances that happens in movies.

Date/Month this post was updated : November 7, 2017. 

2018 February :

  • Kalasri Classical Dance Academy : Bharatnatyam Program made it to seperate DBA to submit to different competitions, audiences and to demanding trends of creative Bharatnatyam choreography works from university trainings & past trainings of Hetal Nagaraj’s Mother – Lt. Smt. Daksha Trivedi Joshi (D.M Joshi), Guru(s), Institutes & Schools. Exclusive to Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Standard, Creative and Accelerated Bharatanatyam Dances.
    • Bharatnatyam Theme & Dance Dramas will dance under Kalasri.
    • Name is inspired from Kala as in art and Shri/Sri/Shree written as “श्री” in Devanagari. Wherein, Sri is salutation given in tamil language with regards to Bharatnatyam where sri is most acceptable layman term for shri or shree or “श्री”. Likewise in Sanskrit.
  • Nruthyakala Dance Academy will serve to Non.Classical Dance Forms & Dances within its categories or forms.
    • Semi-Classical Folk Dances will be part of Nruthyakala and dancers are trained in the following :
      • Bharatnatyam Programs for at-least 12-15 hours plus vigorous practices
      • are existing students of Bharatnatyam program & have been trained in Indian Folk Dances with Grace And Grooves LLC Or Students of any other Bharatnatyam/Indian Folk Dance Company (Must do Trial Class).

2018 August :

  • Elite Dancers of Grace And Grooves LLC named Ashna Pethe, Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty were launched to venture and step out for bigger production houses, modeling companies and various such other paid, unpaid, and volunteer projects.

2018 September : 

  • Rg2 Dance Productions was formed in collaboration with Raagaleena Dance Academy (A Premier Kuchipudi and Bollywood Indian Dance Company In Irving) for various locations to provide bigger, better and more refined quality dance works for all the Bollywood, Hiphop and related dance productions. Very First Dance Production of RG2 Productions went LIVE in LIVE audience on September 29, 2018.
    • Costume & Jewelry Exclusively Designed by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Choreographers-Swapna, Anusha and Hetal (Grand Finale).
    • Concept, Direction : Hetal & Swapna.
  • Dhamaal Events was launched in partnership and in association with several speciality dance & theatre businesses.

Call NOW 972 979 2559. or Email : info@graceandgrooves.com To See Where You Fit In With Us!

This post will be updated as required with dates/months.

Date/Month this post was updated : March 16 2018. October 3 2018.

All Coming Soon Are Work In Progress.

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Training Vs Non-Training Approach To Indian Performing Arts by Hetal Nagaraj.

BHARATANATYAM, INDIAN FOLK DANCES OR BOLLYWOOD…..Trained, Not Trained : How does it matter ?

Story is all the same….So what’s the difference ? Just read and understand. It is for your child – not for me 🙂
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Inspired works from one of my past trainings but this performance is in Bollywood!

Over the past several years we have come across plenty of untrained dancers/teachers. We needed help too for private groups as our assistants and thus we had an opportunity to get this straight! My job was to not allow them to do those mistakes if they worked under me so they were strictly supervised. Some made it to choreographer’s list while others’ couldn’t because they choose to do it wrong. Thought it will be wonderful way to educate our community to understand what is right and what is wrong—and most importantly-why…..!

How does it matter ?  Why not ? Dancethat’s why ? Why don’t you care about HOW your child spends 1 hour/a week for learning to move his body? That’s 4 hours a month we are talking about, a minimum!

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One of past works refined further with Classical, Indian Folk Dances and Bollywood.

Dance is subtle type of sport because all the body movements are cleverly put together to give a good work-out adding nothing but grace and beautiful tone to your body. Ever wondered how some dancers may not have a perfectly toned body but still are able to dance so beautifully and freely? Dance teaches their body likewise. But otherwise, an average person can burn about 100-400 calories in an hour depending on age, dance level, style or form or just be free dances; this without injuring yourself if you do it right. So, why would you NOT consider being taught safely ?

What has safety to do with Indian dances, go ahead…get the read! Here’s major differences I saw amongst 2 different types of teachers around us, irrespective of their work with us.

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Our youngest student of the year : Indian Folk Dancer.

Trained Dancers/Teachers :

  • Trained teachers will teach your child safety-FIRST so that they can dance all their life.
  • Trained teachers know practice routine protocols.
  • Trained teachers will know in and out of forms, styles and variations or will make efforts to educate themselves even for creative dances.
    • Bollywood, Tollywood, Movie Dances, Creative Folk etc. are all creative dances and do not rule out a style or form.
    • Do not mistake these as Indian Folk Dances or any means of representation for specific culture or community.
  • Trained teachers will never allow their students to go out of form or style in designated dance category.
  • Trained teachers will spark your creativity, challenge you and still NOT allow you to get lost in the name of creativity. A fine-line on when you should stop being creative or well–just change the category and name it something else.
  • Trained teachers will never allow your child to take a leap when they are not ready.

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    Our choreography works from past trainings. When the trained dancers in Bollywood, Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk Dances Met !

  • Trained teachers will stick to techniques, rules of the art-forms, styles and thus will follow the protocol of teaching right stuff at right time and this will automatically increase the quality of dance with least work. No dance was ever-made to ruin the fun of it or harm anybody.
  • Do not mistake curriculum or concepts with fundamentals!
  • Trained teachers are often taught performance techniques, stage presence, personality and many such performance attributes as most Indian Performing Arts follow vedas and shastras as their rule book or for inspirations. Amazed to know that our vedas and shastras have these ? YES-they do!
    • For the forms and styles that do not follow these scriptures, books or such guidelines-these have NOW matured to a decent level of basic rules to be met to be recognized as that form/style with or without variation and thus given that name!
  • Trained teacher’s imagination, motivation, inspirations and decisions are self-driven and will not depend on any factors (irrespective of dirty politics in the name of serving any organization). This includes from opening dance school to providing different services and all the choreography works. All of this is geared automatically from knowledge, years of training and self-made set-goals.

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    Some other works that are inspired from past trainings but in pure bharatnatyam dances.

  • Other than putting their own practice hours to their respective art-form/style or creative dance, you will not find trained dancers/teachers struggling to do a choreography. They know exactly what they are doing as it is their way of life.
  • Trained teachers will not experiment on your child without knowing the setbacks of the choreography for any complex movements.
  • Nobody ever likes it when training begins but when trained-they are in love with it & will probably never completely leave it and will be proud of those achievements.

It is not everybody’s cup of tea to stay committed in Indian Performing Arts.

Untrained Dancers/Teachers :

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Our works from our past trainings but in BOLLYWOOD

Untrained teachers are often those who love doing it and have no idea most of the times what they do in the name of forms or styles that they claim to do.

  • They often get lost in the name of creativity!
  • Some experiments are good (not beautiful);some are god knows what!
  • Some are pure acrobats, poses or formations and in that—dance is forgotten 🙂
  • Untrained teachers will challenge your kids without safety measures.
    • RESULT : By the time child reaches their teens or are in 20s-broken necks, bad hips, fundamental mistakes for not doing it in right form/style while practicing the form/styles and that will injure them in later life, wrong body movements leading to serious sprains n leg-pains/ankle pains in later life (mostly for women after marriage or kids), injured interests and certain negativity towards certain dances–all of this resulting into total chaos in their brain about the dances they learned. I come across these fresh college graduates often in various dance competitions where I judge and upon hearing, I feel horrible for them that they have so many physical injuries at such young age and all of them because of dance! Some learned it hard way-how sad.
    • And coming back to these untrained teachers, you have one more generation of students who were trained and god knows in what and how ? And they have no idea of what they are doing – Do you want to stop encouraging it, NOW?

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      When Indian Folk Dancers, Classical Dancers and Bollywood Meets. One of my past training works.

  • Untrained teachers often rely on online resources as shared knowledge & whatever they can grasp from wherever possible and thus their own knowledge is often shallow. They do not exhibit techniques in their dances.
  • I had once a discussion. I was left amazed. Everybody is attracted to beauty-it comes with sacrifices(training). Dance—-Beauty is not by looks-it is by skills. If you are stressing hard on rule 1 of dance to have a beautiful face——-Go, walk the ramp!
    • Most of dance make-up is inspired from looks described in relevant dance-characters, obviously being beautiful counts to some level but don’t rule that as first rule of being dancer!
    • If you don’t have daughter who is not very beautiful–you would just put her off the dance? really ?
    • Even the most beautiful skin color has to put the bharatnatyam makeup onn to respect it. And if you have small or big beautiful eyes–you still have to put those additional eye-liners to give dramatic effects on ur face. They all look the same when dressed up !
    • Go visit Kalakshetra Institute of Performing Arts of Rukmani Devi where Bharatnatyam was re-born (Chennai-Tamilnadu, India) and you will see how the basic level of talent will kick your pretty skin color out of your body.
    • You will not even blink once looking at the discipline in simple sets of dance sequences.

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      Recent Release Picture (2-15-2016) of Annual Show by St.Xaviers, Gandhinagar and article of how long its been happening!

  • Everything is just okay to these untrained teachers in the name of dance even when dance form/style will not give “okay” for it to be in same name. Wait, what ? Role models to kids ? Right!! 
  • This point had me nuts. I came across an untrained teacher who has this really inappropriate dressing sense on stage for students with respect to their skin color and then the lady mocks them before parents for looking hideous in those dresses. Is this a role model to kids and you are a dance teacher mocking your own kids ? right!
  • Untrained teacher don’t do human errors but they do repeated blunders in almost every performances as in fundamentals. At times, these are often not related to any means to form or style. Role model to kids ?
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    Some other works from past trainings and elite dancers are all fully trained in Indian Folk Dances.

    Must include-these are not beautiful blunders but their disastrous mistakes do not represent the dance forms or styles that claim to be so. Our students do those beautiful blunders too but in their own form or styles(LOL).

  • Ever wondered-why we NEVER end up making a mistake of stepping out of our form or style? Training….!! Nobody is perfect but come-on, you can’t get an equation right if the formula used is ALL wrong! Role Model to kids ??
  • Untrained teachers request to seek private lessons from the child for the sake of putting up their work irrespective of what they are doing. At times, it doesn’t even fall into any category. Where is learning part ?
  • These untrained teachers are confused about what they are doing esp. in Indian Folk Dances, and Indian Classical Dances(Bharatnatyam). They often relate to dance as mode of entertainment when today Indian Performing Arts has come to whole different level with enough set of rules to seperate each form, style with or without variation. Audiences were much mature back then as well and so they are now!
  • Untrained teachers don’t get things done with techniques and appropriate ways and thus result of class – lame/lousy performances that don’t even show form/style of dance(forget about everything else), Yelling and getting mad at child, shouting, bitching about child, spreading dirty talks of child, asking ur child to shut their mouth when child is expressing pain or something related to dance steps being taught. Role model to kids?? Right…!

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    Our choreography works from past trainings

  • Over-competitive for everything and then loose it. Oh yeah-blame it on kids, their moods, their personal life issues, blaming on parents forcing dance(activities) on kids and we can go on and on!
    • Our 2 cents to these kind of untrained teachersif your life is disturbing you so much then why teach dance and deal with kids & later blame their parents and kids?
    • Lack of knowledge or training will put you in such awkward situations that you just can’t handle the pressures of your own field…! Role Model To kids ?? Right.
  • These untrained teachers want to do everything that others’ do if by any chance they come across them doing them….Blind cow ?
  • Our question to these untrained teachers : Don’t do it if you can’t handle it. Just don’t do it wrong. You are hurting innocents.

Whom do you want to trust your child ? Whom do you want your child to follow as role-model ? Choice is ALL yours. 

YOU HAVE ONE UNIQUE CHILD THAT IS YOURS & your child has one body, one life.

IF YOU ARE GIVING YOUR CHILD A GLASS OF MILK AND CALLING IT AS GLASS OF MILK 
MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE YOUR CHILD Right DANCE EDUCATION; 
IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT that DANCE !
Oh yeah, don’t get me started on adding chocolate to the milk…I can easily eat that with hot jalebi and Mirchi as a side! I love my life. I can have Dussehra-everyday if that’s when you would prefer to eat this and my family is going to be perfectly fine with it…It is called freedom but I like to keep myself healthy. And it is called responsibility.
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