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

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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.
  • Mansi’s Personalized Page on http://www.graceandgrooves.com : Click Here.

Mansi’s Update : Nov 15, 2017. {Will be updated as required}

 

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’s Update : Nov 15, 2017. Feb 1, 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…

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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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Student of The Year….Updated Yearly!

IMG_58232017-2018 : Samarth Setty 

  • His first dance was a valentine dance with girl at the age of 3.5 where he showed his ability to act, dance & make people laugh/smile by showing his natural dance skills, dance etiquettes that were taught to him by his Montessori teachers. Stage presence was natural to him just like his sister.
  • Our little macho man had his struggles of taking breaks in learning dance because of his birth weight, body type but he never gave up. 
  • From a husky body type to making his body a lean-mean fat-burning machine, he has amazed us of what he could do with proper training, discipline and diet plans that his mom prepares for him.
  • His official journey of dance training in Indian Folk Dances started at the age of 6, Bharatnatyam at the age of 7, Bollywood at the age of 7 and then he never looked back! Prior to these years, he would appear on stage as side/back stage-dancer.
  • Amongst all our girls, at times he is the only Krishna, Shiva, captain, our Rahul who comes to save the day for lot of our group dances even when he is not dancing for full song. At times he is not instructed of what he needs to do except for dance steps if they were to match with group..it comes out naturally to him, without training and knowledge of dance forms/styles.(Environment)
  • From group dance dramas to Solo(s) in Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances and Bollywood/Movie Dances, he has done it all. He has successfully performed, competed and won competitions as solo artist from 2nd place to 3rd place with only 1 hour a week of dance lessons.
  • His training teachers are : Buvaneshwari Murugan & Hetal Nagaraj for Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances-Hetal Nagaraj, Bollywood-Hetal Nagaraj and Mansi Chauhan. His workshops include : Intermediate-Advance Workshop with Shakti Mohan.
  • He is a perfect example of perseverance, inherited natural talent, stage presence and a best example for kids who feel like giving up, only because of body-type.
  • He receives photo-shoots worth $250, competition discounts and several other perks from our participating businesses.
  • Updated-Feb 13, 2018.

Ashna Pethe – 2016-2017

  • From recreational dancer(Age-10) to now our elite team dancer and this years’ 1st
    Ashna Pethe Student of the Year

    Congratulations! Student of The Year 2016!!

    prize winner in Non-Classical-Category(Bollywood). Lewisville-Texas. Now 13.

  • Locations of Workshops, Performances & Competitions : Southlake-Texas, Irving-Texas, Dallas-Texas, Lewisville-Texas, Frisco-Texas, Plano-Texas, Carrollton-Texas.
  • Ashna won A $200 gift hamper that includes a photo-shoot and a FREE professional profiling and several free perks from Grace And Grooves LLC.
  • A perfect example of no short-cuts to success and yet balancing it beautifully with unbeatable graceful performances. 
  • She has bagged 1st place in non-classical category and has cleared several competitions in state of Texas. (Update-September 29, 2017).
  • Ashna dances 1-2 hours a week Bollywood at Elite Level w/Elite Team for Grace And Grooves, paid and unpaid performances.
  • She has taken advance workshops with Hetal Nagaraj, Mansi Chauhan And Shakti Mohan for Indian Folk Dances, Professional Bharatnatyam, Professional Kathak and Contemporary.
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Congratulations! Student of the year 2015!!

Diya Kadiyala, 2015-2016.

  • First Indian Folk Dance Solo Artist under the age of 5 (under official company name Grace And Grooves other than Nirja Setty) successfully performed 3.2 minute of Indian Folk Dance. Twice!!
  • Audience : 100 People. Selected/Cleared Auditions for 2 different competitions in 2015. Irving-Texas. Age 4.5. Now 6.
  • Locations of Performances : Irving-Texas, Dallas-Texas, Frisco-Texas.
  • You are a perfect example of following directions just as taught at such a young age that too in Indian Folk Dances.
  • Diya took Free private classes(2) worth $50 during the regular classes. A Free costume rental on our elite line of costumes and a waive off on registration fees for second year. ($30).
Student of the Year 2015

Congratulations!! Student of the year 2014

Nirja Setty, 2014-2015.

  • Winner of 6 (now 6) technique focused Indian Dance Competitions in Indian Folk Dances, Fusion and Bharatnatyam(2016). 
  • Nirja won Free Costumes and Jewelry from one of our friend-sponsors worth $100. Free Tickets to concert-$30.
  • A girl known to challenge judges’ knowledge in competitions as compared to her age group. Irving, Lewisville-Texas. Age 9. NOW 11. 
  • You are a perfect example of perfect expressions/looks in Indian Performing arts-anytime a picture is taken and yet it just as graceful and beautiful. All of this with a beautiful balance in life!
  • Her average competition prize money amounted to $200-$300 by 2015 in various school competitions for Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk Dances.
  • Nirja regularly dances 1-hour a week in : Bharatnatyam(in 2 styles), Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances with Hetal Nagaraj and Alpana Jacob (outside Grace And Grooves LLC).
  • Locations of Workshops, Performances & Competitions : Southlake-Texas, Irving-Texas, Dallas-Texas, Lewisville-Texas, Frisco-Texas, Plano-Texas, Carrollton-Texas, Allen-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Flowermound-Texas, Arlington-Texas.
  • She has taken advance workshops with Mansi Chauhan, Hetal Nagaraj and Shakti Mohan for Professional Kathak and Contemporary. She has also danced National Level Competition Fogana 2013 w/Indu Mangrola-Sursangam Dance Company. 
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Congratulations!! Student of the year 2013!!

Srinija Burra, 2013-2014 :

  • Outstanding Recreational Indian Folk Dance Artist – (Solo) Recreational Folk Program.
  • Audiences from 100 to 500 People. Irving-Texas. Age 6. NOW 11.
  • Srinija won Free Customized Costumes from our elite line of costumes and Free Tickets to performances worth $75.
  • Won competitions with Grace And Grooves LLC as in group for Indian Folk Dances held Dallas-Texas at Coppell-Texas, Plano-Texas, Allen-Texas.
  • Locations of Performances & Competitions : Southlake-Texas, Irving-Texas, Dallas-Texas, Lewisville-Texas, Frisco-Texas, Plano-Texas, Carrollton-Texas, Allen-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Flowermound-Texas, Arlington-Texas.
  • Selected in several auditions and competitions for Solos. Selected by several media and top-notch family/event/corporate-dance and professional photographers for individual profiling/close-ups during our community performances without our telling them or informing them. She was also part of Fusion team being an avid gymnasts student. Click here : 
  • You are a perfect example of perfect expressions/looks anytime a picture is taken and yet it just as graceful and beautiful.

Congratulations to ALL our students of the year! 

Thank you for working hard with us…

This post will be updated once a year. Our year goes from August To May.

Post Updated History : Published First on this Blog in September 25, 2017.

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Competitions Counted On Our Lists :

A Note to Competition Organizers and Everybody Else :

As such we have won several competitions but we have only accounted in our bags that we have done it independently ourselves and have judges who are qualified in field of Indian Performing Arts-who know what to look for in dance forms or styles, if mentioned likewise.

  • Competitions in partnership with other dance schools/teachers are NOT INCLUDED in our list.
  • Participant Awards are NOT listed-obviously and that includes students who get participant awards during competitions just for participating and not winning competitions for any runner ups awards either.
  • Wins at the Competitions that misrepresented categories/competitions/malrepresentation by the organizers are NOT listed.
    • Eg-Represented as Indian FOLK Competition but it was actually a Bollywood Competition and so they are NOT LISTED HERE. We have won such competitions as well.
    • Only legitimate competitions are listed.
    • We DO NOT teach Tap/Jazz/Ballet. Students who took part in fusion dances that included tap/jazz or ballet were trained from Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell) and Prestige Dance Company(Lewisville-former Coppell Dance Center)for 2months+ or were already avid trained dancers or good gymnasts.
      • We taught them only Indian Classical Dance(Bharatnatyam)or Indian Folk Dance and the Fusion work to go together.
    • Some competitions are listed together as only 1 award was given for consecutive years win or in same year as prizes had material gifts/or gift cards for participants or same work received awards in 2 different places by different participants or same participants. There was only 1 ceremony for awards that happened.
    • Competitions where –>
      • Students are neglected, mis-treated, insulted by organizers are NOT worth of our time. We will pass their info-you are welcome to compete but keep us out of it.
      • Organizers are in favor of other dance schools and allowed several re-takes to them but not to us-for no good reason are NOT worth our time. We DO NOT want children to go through that traumatic experiences.
      • Students are questioned about their well-being priorities only because organizer couldn’t see the child winning in-spite of stopping the vote entries are NOT worth of your child’s time.
      • Organizers that offer inappropriate stage areas, dressing room areas or unsafe dance conditions are eliminated from our list for any future participations due to SAFETY GUIDELINES concerning child’s safety. We don’t come there to dance in 5-8 steps of stage area.
      • A stage or organizer who cannot respect a child’s presence while talking just about anything that they have in mind insulting kids and their parents whatsoever, esp. talking in extremely loud voice and misbehaving in front of children because you couldn’t handle pressures (while others were allowed to do same-all drama in front of child)-is not worth our attention.
      • Please learn your manners FIRST when you treat a child. Stop treating them like trash — this tells us about your parenting! Not our parents’.

      • An organizer who is bias to us in all the privileges given to other participants will not need our attention at any given point of time.
        • If you have made up your mind in not allowing us to avail the privileges then why should we make kids suffer through your misconduct and inappropriate behavior just for a trophy ?

Constructive feedbacks are very welcomed. We have come this far only because of constructive feedbacks.

All of above are NOT sarcastic humor incidents and are ruled out by experiences in recent competitions and we do not want any child to face such a traumatic experience just for a competition!

Our kids/students are very precious to us. 

Other Blog Posts where such a traumatic incident happened : Read Here.

Stop blaming parents and kids for your own issues. Open Stats @Cqunce Inc.

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Past Staff (Volunteer & Paid)

Mrs. Swathi Burra, Irving-Texas :

She was volunteering with us for about 2 full years in lieu of her daughter’s dance fees from 2011-2013 and some months post 2013. 

A fabulous lady who knows how to treat people, understands queries and at times their concerns regarding costumes, jewelry, to just about anything. She has travelled around world and knew pretty much everything that anybody had queries regarding. 

We had people from outside US such as newly moved to US due to Green-Card Lottery, some moved to US on business visa or H1 visa from other countries while some like us who were pretty much settled where we were(Irving-Coppell). Time we needed hand in backstage for costumes, makeup, ticketing, coordinating with organizers-the girl would get it all done. 

We had just registered our company and formation was still going on with lot of other paper-work during that time and our Indian Folk Dances Program was pretty well established with private groups in Irving, Coppell, Valley Ranch Areas of Dallas and Denton County. Some recreational while some only competitions but all just Indian Folk Dances and a few work out groups for moms. Recreational Folk Dances were only names as such because they would not bother to perform in US or anywhere at all or would perform only in Indian audiences in India which made us even more proud when we received compliments and in some cases, some certificates or awards as they would participate in India for various competitions during their visits.

Even after we were registered fully and almost all paper work was done, we were NOT committed to doing any community performances as Indian Folk Dances at competition level or even basic performance took us about fairly 10-12 classes for a good age group of 6 to 10 years. 

It was Ms. Swati’s decision however to prompt us to start Bollywood / Tollywood (Telugu Cinema Dances)/Indian Movie Dances. And our very first Bollywood Group had its very first official performance in IANT which was in 2013 under the name of Grace Creations-our non-competitive performing fusion company. Grace Creation was formed with an inspiration from Indian dance companies in east-coast which Ms. Nagaraj had been following in various social-media channels. Our Students were already trained in Non-Indian Dances from Ballet Academy of Texas, and Coppell Dance Center(Now Prestige Dance Center) and we already had required Indian Dance knowledge of Indian Folk and Bharatnatyam that we needed to create fusion category of dances for creative purposes only.

But that was it, the group then dissolved as nobody was interested in community performances on monthly basis for Bollywood but instead wanted to move to Bharatnatyam when they saw Ms. Hetal Nagaraj teaching some classical work to college students who had come for competition related classes. Some students moved outside city itself. These students were also taking Indian Folk Dance Lessons from us as seperate programs and few were our own existing Bharatnatyam students.

Looking back, if it wasn’t for push of Ms. Burra, we would NOT have initiated the Bollywood-Tollywood or Indian Movie Dances Program and Grace Creations wouldn’t have existed. It is still our non-competing group for Bollywood students where now, most of our Musical Theatre Dances and acts happen.

Thank you Swathi. Her daughter, Srinija Burra was a fabulous recreational Indian Folk Dancer who was accepted in several competitions as Solo dance artist(Age 6) and was important part of our team. She has also won group Indian Folk Dance Competition (Pure Folk and with respected judges/organizers with double degrees in fine arts-very proud of this young lady!). This was with our own other 10 Indian Folk Dance Students who were part of this group. Srinija Burra has also been the student of the year and received discounts on our elite line of costumes rentals and several other perks that we offered from our sponsorships of our dances that time.

Thank you Swati for being one of our best people. We Miss You 🙂 

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Early Training-Raised with Standards

Cultural diversity becomes lifestyle when you are brought up in Gujarat where business, commerce, equal rights/safety to women, and acceptable knowledge of regional language attracted educated people from all walks of life, other states of India and across the borders too! It automatically becomes a blessing when you are born and raised in such environment and obviously, dance cannot be ignored for somebody who is a lifelong student of performing arts. With all this migration of quality people, t’was a norm to hear news of some cultural association (at times not even registered) celebrating their festival every month and dance being part of it. Gandhinagar(capital of Gujarat)is place where people migrated for government jobs (strictly via entrance exams or transfers) so obviously more than 90% of population is educated to some decent level of education or had thorough knowledge of performing arts as Govt. of Gujarat had opened its doors to several non-profit organizations and associations to promote art & culture of India along with just nurturing Gujarati culture. Some migrated to Ahmedabad (main business city) for business or professional careers (esp. educated women and young girls) due to equal opportunity and safe environment for working women/college girls.

Theme Based Performances

Recent Release Picture/article (2015-2016) of Annual Show by St.Xaviers School, Gandhinagar. For over 40 years, school has been celebrating focusing to various themes. Trainings are provided by local dance teachers or professional instructors whose students study @ the school.

From small pocket size dance schools, passionate dancers w/dance academies (such as Darpana) to educational schools (such as St.Xaviers & Mt.Carmel Convent Schools), had their own events planned through out the school year such as annual day, sports day, teachers day, their inter-school competitions/Odyssey, Eid, Diwali, or Christmas. At least twice a year, schools supported major city events such as Independence Day, Republic Day or any other extraordinary events happening in city! Whole city along with renowned artists from performing arts and govt. delegates were invited so training had to be given to students. Events would either happen at city hall or helipad so the costume requirement, dance props usage was compulsory pertaining to dance. The entire show was about glimpse of India where in at least 5-8 minutes of stage time was exclusively given for each performance with a detailed description of state/region or culture (at-least one type of) identification and choreographer/trainers name if they permitted to be announced. Participation levels were close to 99% as they were absolute FUN! Schools encouraged students to participate by giving extra marks as in cultural activities. The instructors were invited to offer these classes most of times at very nominal price for schools or was free if your group/classroom chose to do it strictly under school name. The program would then end with some stunts by Indian Air-Force pilots, parades and salute to Indian heroes.

All of that doesn’t happen in day or just 10-12 classes! Folk Dances of India are not like Bollywood dances where you can have somebody dance on song and you got it! None of the techniques of Folk Dances of India has any basic movement that matches in anyway if you were to focus on learning folk dance, even it is for fun! It is not possible. As we(Ms. Joshi) remembers after-school practices 2-3 times a week for at-least an hour or two in corridors of school. That is 6-8 hours per week of commitment, at times non-stop through out the year. It wasn’t about perfection; it was about fundamentals because you were to show that in front of knowledgeable audiences and LIVE telecast by various TV channels. Those were our school years!

The dances during those times for these events were never Bollywood dances as Gujarat had a very well established line-up of events by various organizations/association and government departments that would conduct folk dance competitions and had attractive prizes as in cash prizes plus hotel discounts, household appliances and memberships to family clubs such as YMCA, Rajpath, and Rotary Clubs. We are talking of lakhs of INR rupees and not just a couple thousand rupees or a trophy with a picture! Judges were from various tourism departments to PHD holders or Masters degree holders in performing arts or were dance professors/teachers in college/universities. These events were frequently organized so any group that called for avid dancers was a grab & go opportunity for pretty much any student in college who loved to dance. At times, we planned our choreographies right after we got the win if it was 2nd or 3rd place to not miss on our bigger share of pocket money-as we called it! Creativity was an absolute requirement in choreography, techniques, and costumes along with other factors in such a tight competition without forsaking fundamental basics of dance form.

Obviously Bollywood did not stand a chance in this! Back then; Bollywood was referred as hindi movies with beautiful songs/lyrics and not really about dance due to dominance of above competitions in the field of performing arts. Nobody wanted their daughters to dance like Helen or Bobby as in Dimple Kapadia, or boys to dance like Mithun Chakravarti, Jitendra (no-way) but rather Hemamalini, Sridevi had set examples of Bollywood style of classical dances where Bharatnatyam had gained popularity and for budding artists, singing classes would go in full-thanks to our Kishor Da & Gulzar! Obviously, as we further embraced western cultures, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sridevi, Meenakshi Sheshadri and such other dancers made their way to introducing modern dance moves successfully in-spite of being trained classical dancers and we can only imagine how much work they must have put in to achieve all of that in lime-light!

None from ALL of the above is a day of work or few classes’ work! It was more than that. You’ll know when you have gone through it just as we know it and so our students learn it, just as well. This is applicable to all recreational programs or private groups as well depending on program you join at Grace And Grooves.

While competition programs such as Grace And Grooves Elite Teams are for those who want to learn how to handle it with pressures and would like to make it as their way of life, like it is ours.

Our elite dancers are trained in least 2 dance forms (Not Bollywood) for at-least a year as a routine, or at professional & competitive level to bring them at our Elite level & ignite their creativity.

After all, dance is all about having fun and we like to keep it that way!

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Our Story – How, when…. Grace And Grooves Started. And Why us ?

Any kind of Indian Dance, be it Bharatnatyam, Folk Dances of India or Bollywood was NEVER mainstream career in India and neither in Ms. Hetal Joshi’s family.  Right after 1999 when Hetal Joshi Nagaraj(Founding member) stepped in freelance private group choreography for Folk Dances of India (competitions), there was no looking back indeed. But these competitions demand creativity, dramatic appearances & intricate choreography thereby following the rules of your chosen dance form. This means that it involves hours of training even before the actual choreography work starts. You can only imagine the work required for competitions if you were to do it as a mainstream career with your own mainstream studies. So, it was once or max twice a year exclusive work for competitions only.

So, was this the reason that company was established? Nope.

Way of life made a way of life when her 3.5-year old-daughter started dancing (not moving) to Krishna Bhajans at Hare Krishna Temple of Dallas, Texas (ISKON of Dallas, Texas-USA). The crowd turned heads when she “danced” and people asked if she took lessons and when she started dancing. Her daughter happened to pick these folk dance steps while Ms. Joshi was teaching a competition group. She then started teaching her daughter just as any (trained teacher or)mother would do with proper training. But, she felt that her daughter needed more structured program of folk dances, if there was anybody doing it as mainstream. After trying a dance school/academy (for 2-3 years w/group & private in Plano & Irving) that claimed to teach authentic, creative or curriculum based Folk Dances of India, Ms. Joshi just couldn’t find ANY other in entire Dallas Fort-worth areas. You-Tube videos as Guru, copied resumes of other trained dancers & even copied choreography (Bollywood mostly)-of unpublished works of other artists seemed like a practice to this so called folk-proclaimed gifted artist. All of this @ the cost of parents and students’ who are ignorant to Folk Dances of India and would consider Bollywood or even community folk as actual folk dances! What ? The artist would then get their way out of all the blames by just doing govt. services-shocking and above all – shameful! Indeed an exhilarating & fraud experience from a senior artist it was! Not as expected when we joined folk program! A simple fact—you can’t call yourself a doctor coz you know dosage & medicine names or you saw a surgery on you-tube and thus open a clinic @ home! Can you? We wished ;).  For an untrained eye will identify community dances as pure or modern folk, the so-called—“Hey, I know Folk Dance-pride” just crashes before the trained eyes that look for basic folk-requirementsMore than 99% of videos on You-tube are entertainment videos in the name of folk & don’t reflect the right elements of folk! Content 6 History

So, with training, in-depth knowledge, and competition experiences in competition that we already had (Ms. Hetal Joshi), we opened our doors to teaching authentic, certified folk dances of India to outside students and public altogether. Grace and Grooves, name itself was a recommendation from the audience where prominent dance teachers participated and only Ms. Joshi’s advance dancers did not have name when asked. Grace and Grooves it was then in 2012 when the company was finally registered in Dallas-Fortworth (DFW) as LLC with the State of Texas, USA. Since then, Grace and Grooves is focused on providing structured programs for Folk Dances of India, Bharatnatyam and Bollywood. Certified programs are available if you want to make it a part of your life just as it is ours for generations! These programs receive continuous mentorship from lead dancers, junior & senior artists in India who do it as mainstream career either as gifted dancers (Bollywood) or as trained dancers (All genres). A consistent passion to compete in Pure and Modern Folk Dances of India to NOW a full-time certified business offering Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Folk Dances of India. This is something like “the forgotten-once upon a time vision” in performing arts that actually came true! In 2016, Grace and Grooves was accredited by BBB(Better Business Bureau) so that you learn from the right people, just the way it is, in the right way & yet be just as creative enough, wherever required! After all, we want to introduce our kids-India’s beautiful culture, so that they don’t forget their roots and most importantly love to embrace it. The Right Folk Dances of India–Not the You-Tube videos!.

So Why Grace & Grooves ?

All of above….PLUS How you want your child’s talent to be judged. Based on govt. service that a dance teacher does, their partnered businesses, and copied unpublished works of other artists ?

OR 

You want your child’s dance talent to be judged based on their own ability/talent because of training & by right people ?

Choice is YOURS!

Make your $ worth of where you spend! Common sense, culture knowledge is taught FREE with all our trainings just like the way we learned from our institutes and yet look beyond possibilities, wherever/whenever required!

God’s grace, this definitely answers as to why your child should enroll with Grace And Grooves.

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Dance Like Nobody’s Watching OR Dance Like Everybody’s Watching? 

“You’ve got to dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” — William W. Purkey.

But it had me thinking. May BE dance like everyone is watching would perfectly suit us! Aha, we have loved when we turned your heads with respect to our elite choreography works by advance dances but this could go wrong too.Reminded me of a competition in 2015.

Round 1 : We danced and had more than 1000 video views in just couple days. Got their wows and had their eyebrows up for what a trained 9 year old can do when she competed with one of the Pure Folk Dance of India – Rajasthani Ghoomar(Ghumar/Ghummar).

This competition included some of the premier dance businesses in Dallas-Fortworth areas that claim to teach folk dances of India for years and several freelance choreographers in Dallas Fortworth(Texas).
Judges : Judges of this dance competition were local dance teachers who did not have a clue in Folk Dances of India while rubrics was made by one of their partnering folk-dance company.

The form was very much shown to them with the details announced as well. It was NOT FUSION or Bollywood that was announced! No mistakes were made not because of perfection was a factor but because that is how trained form is! Ouchy! These ego(s) were hurt when pure trained form was shown to people who were just shown until now all the you-tube inspired dances in name of folk dances and most of which do not have techniques or do not even represent culture at all. A fine-line was ruled then based on who teaches what! All went well and until Round 2.

Round 2: It was round 2, when the politics started and organizer entertained it.

Take-1 : Our student as if tripped & something was stuck in her feet. She cried and stopped. So we requested several times that please allow a re-take, as we didn’t quite notice as to what might have gone wrong when the same dance and costume was worn by student several times in several competitions prior to this competition. 2014 Wins Pictures. We didn’t understand what had happened until take-2 when the whole thing surfaced up!

During the performance, the organizer tells us that we are pushing our students to compete (What? is he dreaming in day-time ? He cannot see what happened? If that was the case why did you take our entries and wasted all this time!).

Take -2 : The whole bottom lace came off half way and student fell. The cameraman and organizer did not think of even assuring the child of being okay instead called on next performer and denied third-try arguing about us pushing child and what not in front of child. Ms. Joshi ran to Walgreens and got the safety pin boxes or stitching kit to see if something temporary can be done if in case things work out. We got the entire costume skirt fixed with 100s of safety pins there itself.

Several requests were made and just one of the team members/organizers allowed re-take 3 provided we get it done before all participants videos are over. We were able to get it done. so take-3 happened.

Take-3 : Went 100% successful and just the way it should be, and the way performer was trained. No mistakes were made, and it was actual work that had won several awards/prizes in competitions in past.

Issues : It was shocking for us that they allowed re-takes for other dancers for simple-costume changes without being protocol of competition (as conveyed to us) and yet did not make a fuss about it but he had problems with us doing re-take..based on what ? valid reasons ? The organizer was under the influence of other dance school as whole thing was a set-up.

If they couldn’t stop us there, read yourself what happened :

  • Public voting –
    • our parent’s email accounts on competition website were frozen.
    • our videos were not allowed to be voted. In spite of repeated requests to the organizers and phone calls where we were told the system will be up shortly. Some parents even gave their email account passwords to Ms. Joshi to see if she could login to their account but that didn’t work either.
    • If system was a problem, how come others were allowed to vote on their videos and write comments too?
    • Includes our own users who were able to vote for other friends’ videos and informed us that they couldn’t vote to our videos until last 2 hours…how do you explain that?
    • When told about an issue and information that our parents know that it is happening, the organizer told us as to what happened to Kruti Dance Academy in America’s Got Talent. We will get you a wild card, what is the big deal. My friend, you are not even there where you can issue wild card to us, not after all this dirty politics.
  • It didn’t end there. Later when we checked about selection process for third round, we were told expressions were a problem and blaming it on accident that happened.
    • The organizers were informed on stage itself that she is doing Advance Rajasthani Ghoomar(Ghumar/Ghummar)and so expressions are NOT a factor as for this folk, the face is covered half way to nose and in some variations all the way to neck!
    • Obviously stage being too small even for a solo-artist (-unsafe), covering a child’s face isn’t practical thing to do. But does that change the way, a dance is taught? NO. Common Sense.
    • She did what she was taught and what we learned.(Bio of Ms. Hetal Joshi-Blog, In Making). 
  • We then checked expression of those who got in for non-classical categories as that is what ours was–none of participants had it on their face and were just blank open eyes, then how is it they got in? Interesting-right? 

It was a public competition. These students are budding artist and they are very precious to us because they work hard all year round to learn something authentic, take certified trainings in it.

  • Even when we walked out, the competition organizers couldn’t stop another 1000 views in second round with beautiful comments from other dance company owners, how could they;later they had to shut down the comments/likes-too bad you couldn’t stop that.
  • Egos were hurt again when they realized that our performer delivered what she was trained in, just the way it was supposed to be done, all of that after accidents and with nearly a hundred safety pins in her skirt.Can your child do that without training? 
  • Point added August 5, 2017 : From all the conversations that were downloaded from our records from various friends and family, it has come to our notice that we were not allowed to vote for our videos, or comment on our videos while votes and comments on other videos were allowed and open until the last day. While for us, it was shutdown periodically as soon as the username was created. Watch out for such competitions. They are reported to Cqunce Inc. A non profit that keeps a close watch on authenticity of these dance competitions.

That is power of commitment and training, NOT FORCE !

If you don’t know what dance form it is and how it is to be judged then don’t allow!

However, we would like to extend our thanks to Manohar Nim during this competition for keeping things light for our performers when accidents happened and allowed us to do retakes.

  • The whole idea of the competition was as well taken from Grace And Grooves December 2014 face-book post when one of our student’s relative got prizes in pure folk dances of Gujarat after doing one of our choreographer’s lessons. If you don’t know how to implement other’s ideas, don’t do it!

Obviously, with this kind of attitude towards the students and parents from the organizers for our dance team and online politics that was never answeredwe then exited the competition because it was not worth spending time or wasting our precious students’ energy over a competitions where it was all pre-decided! It is a stupidity to argue with a fool.

It’s a fact; a quality product is always compromised for a trashy piece in the name of giftedness or best alternative is – just do service as you’ll have your kind standing up for all the wrong things you’ve do/done or continue to do at the cost of innocent kids and real people with authentic straight backgrounds.

As matter of fact, we take it as our honor that we got all our competition wins without serving anybody or doing any partnerships. We are not at your mercy to seek your competition awards with all this politics and dirty humiliation that you had put our students through/non-stop while they were doing competition screening. All of that in an open media and when other dance school parents were present. 

But, altogether this is a perfect example of Wrong Audiences with partnered businesses influenced by other businesses for their own personal benefits/politics.

So, did it matter here on whether dance like nobody is watching or dance like everyone’s watching?

N……….O……….P……….E ! 

Sometimes it’s just NOT WORTH wasting your time at some competitions.

SO, how we ruled out to exit from this competition: All of the above PLUS:

  • The very same Folk Dance of India (by Grace and Grooves) and Bollywood Fusion of Hip Hop and other styles (by Grace Creations) that competed in this local competition in Dallas-Fortworth had already won several awards in Indian Dance Competitions (with costume guidelines) in Dallas Fortworth, Texas as well as in India where judges had Masters Degree from some of the finest universities in Kathak & Bharatnatyam as their main dance forms and folk dance of India as their secondary subjects.
  • The wins were not just against Folk Dances of India that compelled us to make that decision at right time but it was our wins were against pure classical choreography by some of finest artists in Dallas-Fortworth Areas that they chose to categorize in non-classical categories. Pictures! Click Here;considering the latest! 
  • We take these artists as our inspiration and today also we follow their media pages because we love what they do. We know the originality in their work because we know the work involved for competitions.
  • Grace and Grooves with Grace Creations touches the heights of creativity where and when it is required depending on dance form, style, fusion or call it our favorite Bollywood that you may choose to join. It is ALL about what goes where and at what time.

When your child competes with Grace and Grooves | Grace Creations, we take responsibility of your child from start to finish so that it is worth turning heads of right people at right place.

Your child is not a showpiece for entertainment and is very precious to us. After all this competition experiences, we are at a point where we are able to judge the competition judges and marks given by them! 

None of the awards listed on our website are won by doing any kind of partnerships/sponsorships in competitions, or in lieu of issuing tickets or any services to any kind of agencies. For fundraising competitions as well, the sale of tickets was kept totally anonymous to organizer to get a clean win.

Please feel free to comment, we are absolutely glad that we made this decision in second round itself…It saved us further humiliation and dirty politics! We saved millions in those minutes-our time is precious just as our students. We hugged them twice after this competition for NOT participating in this competition.

This was our very first competition in our entire history that went like this. Let’s face it, when you see the coin-it has head and tail. This did not have any! Not all that glitters is gold, thus worth a buy!