About Sarina Jain : MB's founder & the Jane Fonda of India
Coined as the “Indian Jane Fonda,” Sarina Jain is the creator of the original Masala Bhangra® DVD series. An AFAA® certified fitness instructor for over 21years, she teaches classes ranging from step aerobics, total body conditioning, and many more. She successfully moves, touches and inspires many people around the world with her knowledge and passion for Bhangra and Bollywood. Recognized as a global game changer, Sarina has over 12 workout videos under her belt with Masala Bhangra® classes offered in over 20 countries around the world.
Check out her amazing work on https://www.masalabhangraworkout.com
About Shivani Badgi
Shivani Badgi is a New Jersey/New York based dancer with 20 years of combined dance experience in Kathak, Ballet, Bollywood, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She began her training in dance at the age of five under Guru Padma Khanna at Indianica Academy. She furthered her dance education at Joffrey Ballet School, Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, and Broadway Dance Center. She has had the opportunity to perform on reputable stages at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center during the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center, at Warwick Castle and Island Gardens for the American Alliance of Performing Arts London Invitational, and NYU Skirball Centre.
Rohit Gijare is a New York city based Choreographer/Dancer. Rohit has choreographed and performed for audiences globally from Los Angeles, New York City, India, South Africa, Bahrain & more. A few of Rohit's notable accomplishments include being a Dance India Dance: Runner Up, So You Think You Can Dance Assistant Choreographer, choreographing & performing Vishal-Shehkar, performing at IIFA 2014, and being the Director of Choreography for Bollywood Boulevard, the first Bollywood Touring show to debut at the prestigious Lincoln Center. Rohit is excited and humbled to be a part of this great cause and is looking forward to working with Vibha.
Since the age of 3 Aindrila started intensive training of Bharatnatyam and graduated with "Double Visharat" while pursuing her Engineering Degree. She completed her Bollywood Certification from Pune Dance Institute in India. She has performed worldwide at various Platforms like India Town Hall, Indian Consulate, TV Asia, New York Dance Parade and FIA. She has choreographed dances for many organizations and her students of ADF Dance Academy. She is the Founder / Artistic Director of Aindrila's Da-Fit " Dance and Fitness Studio"
Versatility, projection and perfection define his choreography style. He has about 10 years experience in the field of Bollywood Fusion and freestyle He has performed at several shows including India Day Parade and Indian Consulate in US. Presently, he is working For Aindrila's Dance Studio, where he has already excelled himself as Senior Bollywood Dance Choreographer.
Lana is a trained contemporary and Kathak dancer, who studied classical dance in New York, Kiev and Washington DC. She started her dance training at the age of 9 and her style has evolved ever since. She currently dances with Silk Road Dance company and Suntali Dance Collective in Washington DC. She is also preparing for her examination in Benaras garana of Kathak with Nrityanaad Academy of Kathak. Lana is a big fan of Madhuri Dixit and never misses an opportunity to attend a concert by Anoushka Shankar or a jam session by DC Raga, where she draws immense inspiration.
Katie Homer is a professional dancer, Bollywood instructor, copywriter, and published author in NYC. She has over 20 years of training in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, theater, Latin, West African, and Indian dance. In 2014, she trained in Mumbai, India with top Bhangra masters and served as the resident dance instructor at Rising Star school in Chennai, India. She is currently touring in the production of Mystic India: The World Tour and performs and teaches with AJNA Indian Dance Company in NYC. Katie is also the founder of an arts-based ministry called GODWAY, which aims to inspire and educate artists on how to thrive in the industry with integrity (http://tinyurl.com/lx4pw22). She is honored to be a part of this incredible charity event and can't wait to see her dance partner, Megha, light up the stage!
Whether it is singing, dancing to any music, or mimicking Bollywood actors and singers, entertainment is a way of life for me. While studying engineering at Penn State University, I continued to dance in a competitive college team and performed at various national level Bollywood Fusion dance competitions. Currently, I am a Dance Captain for Exodus Artistry (that is outside of my day working as Drug Safety Specialist for Pfizer).
I am also an independent choreographer and teacher for young dancers from age 4 to adults in Center City, Philadelphia area. I have performed alongside some of Bollywood's biggest names like Sukhwinder Singh, Atif Aslam, Terence Lewis.
Shivani Mathur is currently a junior at NYU Stern School of Business studying Finance. She graduated in Kathak after 10+ years of training under the renowned guru Prashant Shah.
Shivani is now the captain of NYU Nasha, a premier fusion competitive dance team. She has placed at competitions nationwide, and continues to explore new styles including hip hop and contemporary in NYC!
Anu has been dancing since age 4 and has been teaching dance since she was 15. She joined AUM Dance Creations in 2011 and has since been working as a senior instructor, teaching in several of their NJ locations and has brought home several awards as a lead choreographer. Anu has had the honor of performing and choreographing for performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. She has earned praise for her unique choreography and her expressions and versatility as a dancer. In addition to being a dancer and choreographer she is also an actress and a singer. She holds a BA in Theatre Acting from Pace University and has performed in many plays and musicals. Anu is excited to be a part of this wonderful event and is happy to be dancing for a great cause!
About Pooja Manhas
Pooja is a New Jersey based dancer and choreographer that has over 13 years of experience with Bollywood, bharata natyam, belly dancing, as well as contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Pooja is an instructor at AUM Dance Creations and is also a member of their senior dance company. She has performed in the United States at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney World.
She has also performed at Disneyland Paris and aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. In addition to all this dancing, she is pursuing degrees in Business and Psychology at Drew University. Pooja is excited to dance and choreograph for this amazing event and is looking forward to working with Vibha.
Asmita is an investment banker by profession and dancer by passion. Asmita is a trained Masala Bhangra ambassador and has been performed at reputable stages of Alvin Ailey, Times Square Diwali performance among a few. She enjoys teaching and choreographing bollywood dance, and is very humbled and excited to be dancing for a great cause.
Passion, dedication, caring and commitment are words defining Naina Goel. She developed love of this beautiful form of life, called dance since the age of 4 years. She got trained under well-known professionals like the master Saroj Khan Ji, and other famous Bollywood choreographers. After completing her Bachelors in science from Rutgers University, Naina decided to give up mainstream profession and take her passion as a profession. She started her own dance school Dance4Ever in Central New Jersey. From a single location in North Brunswick, she now operates 8 locations in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. She specializes in Bollywood form of dance, conducting group and private classes from 4 years kids to adults. Naina also runs boot camps for special events like marriages, sweet sixteen, cultural events etc.
Naina has received presidential award for actively severing the community with various organization. Naina’s students, under her school banner of Dance4Ever have won several competitions and have performed event openers for several Bollywood star studded shows. Her school have been invited to several prominent cultural and social events in NJ/NY like NYC Parade, NYC consulate, charity and other cultural events. Naina is committed to grow her dance school and developing a lot of healthy and confident kids.