STAFF & TEACHERS AT NRITYA CREATIONS

At Nritya Creations we respect diverse, ethnic dance styles and strive to keep the authenticity and proper grammar of each dance form whether it is Bharata Natyam, Indian Folk or other Indian Classical form and Western techniques such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. We believe each form of dance requires specific skills, expertise and proper respect and thus no one teacher can be an expert to teach all diverse dance forms. Therefore members of our highly qualified teaching staff have specialized focus areas of dance expertise and certification to teach our students the correct grammar and authenticity of each unique and different style. We have teachers who are experts in teaching Bharata Natyam, Creative Classical, Manipuri, Folk and Uday Shankar Style and also teachers with their Bachelors Degree in Dance teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Modern. Our teachers collaborate with each other in creating award winning Bollywood and contemporary choreographies that blend the various styles. We also continuously offer specialized workshops to our students in various global dance styles which are taught by world renowned dance experts.

MEENA BASU NAG

President and Founder

Meena Basu Nag is the founder and Artistic Director of Nritya Creations. She has been teaching classical dance , choreographing and directing dance productions for Nritya Creations since 1994. Meena has received her formal training in various styles of Indian Dance including Bharata Natyam and Manipuri/Tagore/Uday Shankar styles of Dance from several Gurus. She received her formal training in Bharata Natyam from world renowned Bharata Natyam exponent and late Actress Padmini in the USA. Meena has choreographed and presented dance programs and dance dramas for numerous cultural events in USA and Canada including AT&T, Lucent and IBM Asian Heritage Programs, North American Bengali Conferences, Rabindranath Tagore Festivals, Indian and International Dance Cultural Programs , Dance Competitions and Charity Fundraisers. In addition to leading Nritya Creations, Meena pursues a career as a Business Development Director in the Telecommunications and IT sector and holds a BSEE and MSEE in Electrical Engineering.


Amanda Daley

Business Operations Manager

Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While studying here, she worked with choreographers Silvana Cardell, Myra Bazell, Lesya Popil, and Charles O. Anderson. She additionally completed studies in Child Psychology and Dance Pedagogy to further enhance her knowledge to better train and teach her students. Over the years she has performed and choreographed for community theater, performed with the professional entertainment company Chezzam and assisted in coaching the dance team at her alma mater, Matawan regional High School. As a young girl, Amanda began her dance training at Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel, New Jersey, where she trained in all styles of dance. It was here that she also began her exploration into the styles of classical Indian and Bollywood dance, where she was asked to join Nritya Creations performing company team. After becoming a student teacher and graduating high school, we asked her to come on board as one of our leading choreographers and fusion teachers. Now her 10th year with us, she continues working along side our award winning choreography team while still teaching our technique classes.

E-Mail: manager.nrityacreations@gmail.com


TEACHERS


TATYANA POPOVA

Bharatanatyam, Ballet, Fusion

Tatyana Popova comes from the multicultural city Almaty, Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Central Asia. Tatyana has bachelor degrees from three different universities of dance. Since taking her first dance steps at age of six, she has continued her trajectory across the world, taking part in different companies and training in prestigious dance academies including the J. Elebekov Music and Dance Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she strove to perfect her interpretations of Russian,Kazakh and World character dances & ballet. Her passion for dance led her to train in Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam at the University of fine arts Rukmini Devi Arundale “Kalakshetra”–the birthplace of Bharatanatyam. When Tatyana completed her studies at the Kalakshetra School of Dance, she next travelled to Sevilla, Spain, to enroll in the Matilde Coral School of Dance to train in Spanish dance and Flamenco; she also studied at the Manuel Betanzo Flamenco Academy. Through her career, Tatyana has been invited by numerous dance companies to perform with them and has been a part of national and international productions. Tatyana choreographed, produced and toured with theatrical dance production “Journey across the Globe” in Spain. Lastly, Tatyana holds certificate from “Bolshoi Ballet” for teaching classical ballet. She has experience in teaching different dance discipline over 15 years. Since 2016, Tatyana has been a dance instructor and choreographer at Joffrey Ballet NYC for summer intensives character dance and has been a leading dance instructor of Bharatanatyam in Nritya Creations Academy of Dance in New Jersey for the past 5 years.


Damir Tasmagambetov

Bharatanatyam

Since his childhood, Damir has been involved in the art of dance. At the age of 5 he started his first ballet classes. Since that time, he learns different styles of dance, such as: Ballet, Kazakh folk dance, Contemporary etc. and participated in different schools of art and University dance festivals, competitions, where he got first prices and awards.
Damir is a dynamic young aspiring Bharatanatyam dancer who has graduated from Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts Kalakshetra Foudation with a 1st class Diploma in Bharatanatyam. He also holder M.A Degree in Bharatanatyam from the University of Madras. He has given scores of solo and group performances at major Dance celebrations, and many
prestigious platforms in India and Kazakhstan.
In 2017, Indian Council For Cultural Relation (ICCR) has selected him to be Empanelment in the ICCR’s Reference Panel of Artistes.


SHAYONI “Mimi” NAG

Bharatanatyam, Indian Semi- Classical, Fusion

Shayoni Nag is a serious and accomplished dancer with 18 years of formal dance training in both Indian Classical Dance and Western Dance. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance at Bayshore Academy of Dance. Her Indian Classical Dance training in Bharatanatyam began at the age of 5 at Nritya Creations and she continued her in depth study of this Indian classical artform through her high school years and has completed her Bharata Natyam Arangetram (graduation) with Guru Renuka Srinivasan in 2012. She continues to compete, teach and choreograph for the Nritya Creations Performing Company specializing in fusion choreography, blending the Western dance forms with Indian classical dance forms. She has taken numerous workshops in modern dance, creative classical Indian dance, Uday Shankar Technique, Rabindranath Tagore’s Dance Dramas, Indian Folk Dance and Bollywood. Shayoni has led Nritya Creations in winning numerous trophies at Naya Andaz dance competitions held at the NJ State Theatre and has led and organized several charity benefit dance programs including American Cancer Society Cancer Ball’s India Night. Shayoni has performed to full houses as a lead dancer for the opening dance act for the Amitabh Bachchan’s Unforgettable Tour at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Arena Hall and has performed at the South Asian Theatre Festival at the prestigious NJPAC venue. She has performed at the United Nations in New York City and received recognition by UN Ambassador Puri. In addition to teaching and choreographing for Nritya Creations, Shayoni is also a first year medical student.


KIRAN RAJAGOPALAN

Bharatanatyam

Kiran Rajagopalan is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator based in the Bronx. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. Kiran graduated with a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish from Boston University in 2008, an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam from University of Madras in 2010, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015. Kiran also regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and neuroscience. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which aims to bridge disparate communities of color in New York through art. Daya Arts’ first major production, #NoTension2017, was a showcase of queer and trans artists of South Asian descent at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance.


Ramya Shankaran

Bharatanatyam

Ramya Shankaran’s journey in Bharatanatyam commenced at the very young age of four under the tutelage of Guru Sunitha and Guru Marie Stella from Kalaikaveri School of Fine Arts, Trichy, India. At the age of twelve, Ramya came under the guidance of Guru Madhavi Chandra Sekar in Trichy, India. Concurrently, she started to learn the “Mohiniyattam” classical art form of Kerala under the guidance of Kalamandalam Guru Kumari Menon for four years and graduated with a Diploma in Mohiniyattam. Ramya Shankaran also earned Master of Arts in Bharatanatyam (M.A), Tamil University, Tanjore – India with a distinction. Her gradations in Abhinayam were trained by Acharya. Vijina Vasudenvan, Chennai.
She has won the first place in district-level competitions and third place in state-level competitions conducted by Tamil Nadu Government. In 2012 she got selected in “SPIC MACAY – GURUKULAM” at Pune, India. Ramya Shankaran has also had the privilege of learning and interacting with extraordinary Bharatanatyam choreographer, teacher and legend Prof. C.V.Chandrasekar, who elevated her talent to the next level. As a performer, Ramya’s portfolio has been quite diverse and she has done numerous dance shows both in her home state of Tamil Nadu as well as other locations in India as well as the United States of America. Along with being a performer she has recently published a book on the sequence of mapping space in Bharatanatyam. She devotes time and energy to developing a new generation of dancers who are dedicated to Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam.


MELANIE CONLON

Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Bollywood Fusion

Melanie has been dancing for 19 years. She started competitively dancing at age seven. Melanie has performed in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip-hop, Musical Theater and Modern dance. She is currently completing her degree for her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at Rutgers University. During her time at Mason Gross School of the Arts she has been professionally trained in Ballet, Improvisation, Pilates, Afro-American Fusion, Yoga, and different Modern techniques, including Horton, Gaga, and Graham. She also has completed studies in Laban Movement Analysis, kinesiology, and dance composition to enhance her teaching abilities for her students. Melanie has performed in work from professional choreographers during her time at Rutgers as well as student work, including dancing with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Melanie teaches Ballet/Contemporary and Bollywood Fusion. She also works with Nritya Creations to fuse the styles of ballet, jazz, and contemporary with Bharatanatyam, to create award winning competition dances for Nritya Creations Performing Company.


AMANDA DALEY

Ballet, Bollywood, Hip-Hop

Amanda graduated from Georgian Court University with her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While studying here, she worked with choreographers Silvana Cardell, Myra Bazell, Lesya Popil, and Charles O. Anderson. She additionally completed studies in Child Psychology and Dance Pedagogy to further enhance her knowledge to better train and teach her students. Over the years she has performed and choreographed for community theater, performed with the professional entertainment company Chezzam and assisted in coaching the dance team at her alma mater, Matawan regional High School. As a young girl, Amanda began her dance training at Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel, New Jersey, where she trained in all styles of dance. It was here that she also began her exploration into the styles of classical Indian and Bollywood dance, where she was asked to join Nritya Creations performing company team. After becoming a student teacher and graduating high school, we asked her to come on board as one of our leading choreographers and fusion teachers. Now her 10th year with us, she continues working along side our award winning choreography team while still teaching our technique classes.


Kathryn Mitchinson

Bollywood, Ballet, Indo-Contemporary

Kathryn Mitchinson has been with Nritya Creations for the past thirteen years, starting as a performer. She now teaches Adult Bollywood and Kids Bollywood since 2012. In her early years of training at Bayshore Academy of Dance in Holmdel, New Jersey she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary. It was here that she was exposed to classical Indian dance forms and Bollywood dance. Soon after Kathryn joined Nritya Creations Performing Company and won first place awards at competitions throughout New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and uses her schooling to teach all ages from pre-school to adults.


Ruhi Shah

Bollywood Fusion

Ruhi has been dancing for over 15 years and has built a strong foundation in Indian classical dance – Bharatnatyam and completed her arangetram in 2015. Besides bharatnatyam she has trained in many different dance styles including hip-hop, contemporary, bollywood, and ballet.
Ruhi has also taught many bollywood classes and performed award winning dances at various competitions as well as at prestigious venues such as NJPAC. While completing her undergraduate in genetics Ruhi was a dancer and an executive board member for Jhoom Dynamix, bollywood dance team at Rutgers University. She hopes to continue teaching, training as a dancer, and sharing her passion for this art form with others.


MOUNICA NERAVETLA

Semi-Classical, Bollywood Fusion, Bollywood

Mounica Neravetla is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer who completed her arangetram in 2012. In addition to learning bharatanatyam for over 10 years, she has learnt numerous other styles of dance including bollywood, contemporary and hiphop. While an undergraduate Biology student at The College of New Jersey, she was the head captain of TCNJ Saathiya, a nationally ranke fusion dance team specializing in both modern and traditional dance styles.


Nidhi Shah

Adult and Kid Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion

Nidhi Shah has been trained in Bharatnatyam for 10 years and completed her arangetram in 2011. In addition to this, she has learnt and performed on numerous other dance styles including semi-classical, bollywood fusion, salsa, and contemporary.
She has over 5 years of experience in teaching different age groups starting from preschooler’s till adults. She also choreographs for the wedding dances like first dance and sangeet.


KENA PATEL

Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion

Kena Patel, a Bollywood fusion choreographer, was born in Ahmedabad, India where she started her dance training at a young age of 10. She is a very high-energy dancer & teacher with in-depth knowledge of dance theory and a knack for inspiring students. She pursued training in various dance forms such as Bollywood hip hop, fusion, contemporary and belly fusion. She has taken advanced technique training program from Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Dance in USA and has performed with the team as well. Kena is very fond of garba and has always been an active member of her garba group during the days of Navratri. Whilst she imparts her knowledge of dance to master the skill of students, she also continues to take advanced training programs and workshops which focus more on technique of dance forms like Bollywood hip hop and contemporary fusion Kena has executed & showcased various dance styles such as urban hip hop, ballroom dance, salsa basics, jazz & tap dance into her choreography. Kena has been working with Nritya Creations since November 2016.


DIDITI MITRA

Kathak

Diditi Mitra is trained in Kathak. Diditi began her training in Kathak at a very young age in Mallhar school of dance and music, Calcutta. In the United States, her initial training was with Janaki Patrik, followed by Satyanarayan Charka and subsequently, Pallabi Chakravorty. Diditi also trains with Sanjay Bhattacharya whenever she is in Calcutta. Previously, Diditi was a member of Courtyard Dancers, a Philadelphia based dance-theater group. As a member of Courtyard Dancers, Diditi has had the privilege of training with Gurus Bandana Sen and Kumudini Lakhia. She has performed widely in the United States. Additionally, Diditi has a doctoral degree in Sociology from Temple University. She teaches at Brookdale Community College.