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

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

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

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

Then the real drill work of choreography had begun!

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

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

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

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

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Reasons Why We Have Graduates By Genres & Course Packages too!

Reasons Why We Have Graduates By Genres ?

  • Dances are so much fun even within the dance form that students love it until they achieve epitome or mastery over it. After that, they continue with their further journey.
  • Dances are so creative that they love to not only perform but they love to get into internships because of the way they are lead to simple steps of success. Why burn out – when you don’t have to!
  • Dance have so much to offer for techniques, variety and beautiful environment that they learn, grow and achieve by their simple once a week or twice or thrice a week participation.
  • Results, Results & Results !!!! Yep – That is why. Even once a week class has results here and so does our recreational classes.
  • Growth in performing arts that they can control and still be at the peak. To beat these graduates, others will burn out to be there!
  • Value of training with full transparency and background : Education at right places provides you with example of mistakes/pros/cons that in past several people have made in industry. Why do you want to experiment and repeat same mistakes again ?
  • Transparency and Straight background of knowledge source : From where the knowledge comes, it matters. There is science behind every single technique, why, why not and the best way to go through that – take knowledge from right sources. With transparency of straight background, your work actually reduces to half while teaching! Thus, results.
  • Economic and Resonable : Dances that anybody can afford and still earn later from it! Hetal Nagaraj has so many programs and packages for everybody that no student is left out. It is the best place for dancers who want to do – something extra and at no extra price.
  • Environment : Safe, precautionary measures, legal formalities, discipline, results and over all respectful loving environement with lot of positivity and lessson from history – to students of all age groups. For those who don’t know, Ms. Hetal specializes in youth education to young adults upbringing as certified trainer along with her 25 years of indian dance experience for teaching itself and complete trainings!
  • Costumes : Who doesn’t want to look pretty & handsome, be it boys or girls. And when that comes with pocket friendly prices, it gets even better. Our team goes that extra mile for you to make you look fabulous!
  • Pay : Flexibility to pay as you can. That flexibility allows students and parents to enjoy and yet not get stressed over complicated policies and payment plans!
  • It is how you do – matters than what more you did : It is not about trying to fit in every showmanship that you know in one dance but it is about what matters with simple guidelines. Sometimes there is a thin line that – it is not required to do that when there is better way to do it – without burning out. How beautifully you do matters most in this because there are no shortcuts to anything that requires the grooming with training.
  • Practice : Practice not because you have to but because you are NOW ready for it. See Ms. Hetal’s interview on performing arts challenges outside India : Click Here.
  • Fundamentals : Fundamentals by genre never go out of fashion! They are fundamentals. Rules by genre do not change. There are slight variations to it but otherwise they do not change. Lot of fun concepts are added to appeal newer generations. But what has concept to do with fundamentals or rules of performing arts ?
  • Fun : Fun factor is the most important factor. It is fun when it stress free. Grace And Grooves is one stop shop for all your performing art needs. Kids grow here from age 4 to teenagers and now offer classes exactly the way they were offered – generations continue and in that FUN is always pre-dominantly practiced!
  • Peace of Mind : Rest assured, when you are with us, it is our job to worry for your kids’ dance/performing arts.
  • Discipline of Dance forms : It is untouched, pure and as is!
  • Creativity in and out of dance forms : It is innovative, always trendy for newer generations to connect and do it. Even something as simple as Kalari or Bharatanatyam is fun as it is bollywood-here! All our students agree that each of our dances by genre has DIFFERENT FUN ALTOGETHER. They enjoy all the fun of each genre!
  • Professionalism and Love : There is loads of love here and lots of professional lessons to learn. It is taught.
  • Balance : There is a wonderful strike of balance, precision, knowledge, trend, fashion, innovation, creativity and not to mention unlimited use of fundamentals and rules. Be it by form, by style, by event or by competition inside the form/outside the form.
  • Struggle is yours to keep and you own it at your will. Who doesn’t like to own what they do and where they spend time at ! Time is money and it is worth it at the places where they have success streak of graduates because of the knowledge+craftmanship+fun. Just like that you don’t get that. Work for it, we have graduates because everything that happens here-changes people to something very beautiful and very handsome with right attitude and knowledge. Thus, Success is yours to keep too!
  • Freedom to choose the way you work : We give you every freedom to be yourself and guide you where we can cut the corners of all your negativities, donkey-work and lot of other setbacks that you will go through as you start working. When you work with us, we will help you lift up.
  • Build right atttitude to doing / learning : Most important of all. You can argue and fight or you can listen and understand/discuss it. Choice is always yours.
  • Pressures & Stress : To learn to handle right amount of pressures for the right type of activity and the value it comes with! Isn’t that what counts the most ? Stress where & when it is needed.
  • Do it to know it and do it often – When you as teacher do it, and have done it, you will maintain the discipline of it. You know what it takes to get it done. You will lead BETTER & WILL GIVE RESULTS because you have gone through process of learning & delivering.
  • Respect the journey from talent to skill – Everybody is born with talents, it is our job to convert your performing arts talent to skills. We love when we have talented people join us. We convert them to skills.

We will pen more until then here is our biggest secret to how our students stay with us.

We think, We can help you !!!! Let us help you succeed without your friends’ votings/likes and many such dependencies – you know what we mean :). Get out of all of that 🙂 Get Real !!

Join us NOW to inquire about fun ways to work : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/career-inquiry-form

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News, Awards & Accomplishments : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/news

Indian/Non-Indian Dance Competition Awards (Non-Indian for Hiphop): https://wp.me/p7EbkV-1Ch

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Samarth Setty

Drama & Dance Trainings : Glimpse of his LIVE Arangetram in 2019

  • Drama trainings from the age of 4.5 years onwards to graduation in 2020. (500+ hours)
  • Bharatnatyam training from age of 6 years under Hetal Nagaraj for Kalakshetra Bani/Style | Level : Nationals, USA since 2015. Graduated in 2019. (1000+ hours of training)
  • Indian Folk Dance Trainings for Over a dozen indian folk dances from Age 7 | Level : Nationals USA | List Click Here. (400+ hours)
  • Mayurbhanj Chhau – He is in 3rd Year (150+ hour) Under Training.
  • Kalaripayattu – Thekkan Kalari – 4th Year(200+ hour) Under Training | Won 1 competition – Classical Competition.
  • Drama / Theater / Theatre Graduation in  2020 : Bharatanatyam, Folk & Bollywood : Samarth Setty | With & Without Dance, Voice Over, Theater/Theatre, Acting.
    • See his journey from Age 4.5 to Age 11 | Part 1
    • Part 2 Coming Soon!
  • 12 hours-Contemporary Workshop / Broadway Artist & Bollywood Celebrity : Shakti Mohan
  • 12 hours – Contemporary Program : Applications in Bollywood : Hetal Nagaraj | Asst Intern.Mansi Chauhan.
  • 5 hours of Kathak Introduction Techniques for a 20 second Nritta in Fusion Piece : Hetal Nagaraj | Mansi Chauhan.
  • Started Hiphop(Urban) Training in 2015 as absolute beginner and recreational level with series Dhoom, Dil to Pagal Hai under Hetal Nagaraj. As he graduated to next levels, he also did 4 hours of Master Hiphop Series : United Kings – USA Tour – Workshop for Intermediate & Advance Dancers. He is currently taking his trainings in Intermediate and Advance level for the fun of it.
  • Bollywood Trainings from 2014. Graduated in 2019. (500+ hours) Teaches Bollywood for internships & Students who need help. National from 2015 onwards. Graduate and Teaches Bollywood for internships.

Other Dance Training Related Accomplishments :

  • He enjoys exploring other styles of Bharatanatyam and has done fusion dances in Bharatanatyam with multiple style jathis with our continued education students who are from different styles of Bharatanatyam at www.graceandgrooves.com.
  • His other dance dramas include : Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dance comparison in danceathons with Rabindra Nruthya Series in Anantha-1 Classical Dance Production 2019 & multi-style Bharatanatyam in Sarvaa Dance Production -1 in 2019 September with several other elites and performing teams of www.graceandgrooves.com.
  • His very first copyright permitted dance include *Bho Shamboo* edited to his own level as his training to work with choreography and techniques. See it here.
  • He performed regularly for temple/vidya vikas classes/DFW Hindu Temple-Irving, Texas, Hanuman Temple Dances-Frisco, Texas in his genre of specializations and language literature projects under these organizations and temples for dance and dramas as needed.
  • Year 2012 : DFW-Hindu Temple, Irving-Texas as part of vidya vikas annual program & fundraiser : Bollywood Fashion Show & Dance, Samarth representing different type of instruments such as Dhol-Tasha, Dumroo, Dholki, Dafli and many more representing various regions of Gujarat & Maharashtra : Volunteer Teacher : Navdha Modha | Supervisor, Planning, Costumes & Direction : Hetal Nagaraj.
  • Year 2016 Hanuman Temple, Frisco-Texas as part of temple classes annual program fundraiser as Narsimha Avataar for group dance and drama performance. Costumes : Hetal Nagaraj.
  • Performed with Elites at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple Sthapana Day(2015) with dance on Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s own composition as requested by temple to generate funds, a dance piece of Indian Folk and Classical Fusion. Represented Shiva Dances & Stotrams. Teacher/Choreographer/Choreography/Costumes : Hetal Nagaraj. Asst. Internships : Mansi Chauhan.
  • Schools & Organizations – Non – Profit with Performing Arts | Fundrasers | Giving Back To Community | No Charge for These Events & Proceeds of Prize Money or Monetary Value Proceeds go to them :
    • New Age Montessori, Irving, Texas at the 3.5 years for Valentine Dance Drama as main dancer/coupled with 4 year old girl with Ms. Hetal Nagaraj / Latin Dances & Ms. Michelle (Tap, Jazz, Ballet Elementary Dance Teacher).
    • School Fundraisers For Performing Arts : For PTO Castle Hills Elementary Fundraiser, Independence Elementary PTO Fundraiser, Universal Academy Coppell-Texas consecutive 3 years Fundraising Event. ALL costumes, choreography, teacher/choreographer and makeup, setup by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • SEWA : Yoga International Day 2016 : Dance performance : Semi-Classical(Mayurbhanj Chhau & Classical Fusion) & Bollywood Fusion(Indian Folk & Kalaripayattu & Yoga Techniques) with Samarth Setty | SettySiblings. Workshop Demonstration with Samarth Setty for Classical Drills/Warm ups for Kids & Teenagers. Venue : Frisco-Texas with Hetal Nagaraj.
    • C.R.Y Fundraiser Year 2015-2016 to 2017 January – First Time in DFW For C.R.Y America – Fundrasier as well as fundraiser activities for entire year/performances and warm ups in walkathon with Hetal Nagaraj. Venue : Irving, Texas | Carrollton, Texas | Lewisville, Texas.
    • Dallas Catholic Charities : Raise Funds for Catholic Charities of Dallas – Dallas, Texas. Media Coverage : Dallas News.
  • No Charge for These Events from Artists or Dancers. Proceeds of Prize Money of Competitions or These Events or Any Monetary Value Proceeds go to these organizations depending on student’s wish. This is how we do it at Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies by Hetal Nagaraj.

Dance Dramas & Dance Musicals :

  • With over a dozen dance musicals & dance dramas, by style and form in his portfolio, she is an elite of Hetal Nagaraj. Curriculam based by Genre, Dance Form, Theater/Theatre, Natya Shashtra & Language-Literature. She is amongst first graduates in ALL programs with our other Elites.

Competitions, Accomplishments & Performances :

National Level Elite Status For Indian Dances :

  1. Bharatanatyam – ALL Solo(s): He earned his National Level Elite Status under Hetal Nagaraj in 2015 at the age of 9. This was when he won 3nd place all over USA & was invited to compete with USA & Canada winners in Classical Category in Ohio & Chicago – USA. Winner of 4 Margam Dance Pieces in Non-Voting Dance Competitions : Pushpanjali, Jatiswaram, Kavtuvam and Thillana. Back to Back hattrick years for Jatiswaram & Pushpanjali.
  2. Anantha # 2 dances were showcase of not only his award winning dance pieces but lot of other dancers as well under Ms. Hetal Nagaraj. Anantha Dance Production is margam dance productions focused to curriculam based dances.
  3. Indian Folk Dances Solo: He earned his National Level Elite Status under Hetal Nagaraj for Indian Folk Dances at the age of 10 (Solo) when he won 3nd place in Indian Folk Dances Solo for Creative Folk, Festival Folk-Dhol/Tasha followed by last round Garba Fusion-Prachin/Traditional. Again selected for International grounds and it was requested again and again for Garba and Raas.
    • Group With Hetal Nagaraj : Later followed by group dances with Tribute to Gujarati Literature like Mor Bani / Zaverchand Meghani Series, Narsinh Mehta Series & other signature dance pieces with Elites @graceandgrooves.com under Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Group With Hetal Nagaraj : Tribute to Maharashtra Literature like Lavani Dance & Theater Series and other signature pieces with Elites@www.graceandgrooves under Hetal Nagaraj
    • Other group accomplishments were : Ghoomar/Group, Garba/Rass/Group, Bihu/Group, Garba/Group, Gidda/Group, Folk-Kavdi/Group, Kollatam/Group and many more. His List of Folk Accomplishment-Click Here.
  4. Bollywood/Tollywood Movie Dances : His Bollywood journey started in 2013 officially with Hetal Nagaraj and since then, he is winner of Non-Voting Dance Competitons in DFW-Texas to National Level.
    • His Bollywood / Movie Dance award winning dances were straight 1st place, 2nd and 3rd place was for the songs such as Dhoom Machale Series/Solo, Bahubali Mashup/Solo, Nimbooda Song/Solo & Taal Mashup with hattrick wins just in DFW-Texas and selected for several competitions in & out of USA.
    • His other group participations that won national level status were : (Dance-Drama)Krishna Leela – Fusion of Folk & Bollywood Songs(as bollywood is not considered as form but because it was bollywood song, competitors put it as fusion : Meethe Ras, Traditional Dances on Movie : Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Mashup, Nimbooda Series.
  5. Hiphop : City Level Hiphop Group Accomplishment achieved for various events in DFW-Texas specializing in Urban Hiphop to Lyrical Hiphop for Dhoom Series and Micheal Jackson Series with Hetal Nagaraj & her collaborations with Non-Indian Dance Schools.
  6. PAID Assignments : He has repeatedly won several nominations all over USA & has been invited to perform several times for PAID performances. His other PAID accomplishments include Costume Launch and Product Advertisements. His highest paid assignments ranged from 300$ to 900$ for 30mins to 1 hour for his solo dances in Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances & Bollywood Fusion.
    • His Elite Group has been quoted billing upto 5000$ by various organizers with all expenses paid – for non-stop 3 hours danceathon from states like Florida-USA, Ohio-USA, Kansas-USA and many more across USA to put up shows. ALL in the exam time of year and organizers requested only those students as submitted in video for company, so they did not go then :).
  7. He couldn’t compete to enter his International Status due to his school exams as most of the times those dates of events and competitions would fall in exam times and travelling is not possible.
  8. Samarth’s Group Arangetram at Anantha#1 at Plano Courtyard Theater, Plano-Texas. See his LIVE Group Arangetram Glimpse before 400 people and straight 3.5 hours of all major margam dances(invocations & Kavtuvam, Allaripu, Jathiswaram, Thillana, Krishna Shabdham, 2 folk dances, 1 theater dance piece as in Natya Shashtra and recitation of shlokas along with Rabindra Nruthya Danceathon on his channel.
  9. Notable Performances: Samarth Setty has been part of over a dozen in-house signature dance and musical dance productions of Grace And Grooves LLC exclusively in Bharatnatyam, Bharatnatyam Fusions, Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion with full trainings, Indian Folk Dances, Indian Folk Dance Fusions with Full Trainings along with Grace Creations Signature series with American Tap & Jazz & Hiphop.
    • Other than Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies, he has also performed in Hiphop series for American Dance Companies under collaborations with Hetal Nagaraj for Dhoom Series, Micheal Jackson’s Series and Dil to Pagal Hai series for American Born Desi/Indian students.

Current Activities in Dance – 2021 :

  • Samarth Setty is currently taking his teaching internships w/Ms. Hetal Nagaraj for Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk, Bollywood, Kalaripayatt(Hetal-online and inperson & Manoj Sir-online), & Beginners Hiphop.
  • Samarth is also taking advance trainings for Nattuvangam, Thalam, Hiphop & Advance Indian Folk Dance Trainings under Hetal Nagaraj / Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies.

He is currently 13 years old(as of 2020) and earned several accomplishments at school, city, state and national level for over a decade, non-stop and continues to take advance trainings in all he does!

Awards For Performing Arts Related Accomplishments & Achievements :

These Awards Require Full Eligibility Criteria To Be Satisfied. First Criteria: Must Be Dancer or Performer or showcase consistent results or dances by genre/form or category. ALL are Non-Voting Selections. Submissions of various dances, as asked – required by video, titles, age/year & clips.

  1. Samarth Setty Receives His Very First International Award by Hello Gujarat Media (NRI) for his achievements in Performing Arts.
    1. Age 13 : Video Link : From 10:15 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6Vd18fieM
    2. Compilation of ALL the video and newspaper clippings for this awards – Coming Soon!

Other Interests & Non-Dance Accomplishments :

  • Non-Dance Interest : His other interest include chess, swimming, drawing/painting, science and for him education is just as important. He is Former City Level USA chess player, State level USA swimmer, city/school level spelling bees, math competitions. He loves to compete for the fun of it. When free, he enjoys playing or making video games, helping his mom in kitchen, drawing/sketching/cartoons, movies, food, travel, family & friends. He has travelled over a dozen of states of USA and a couple status in India for sightseeing as family & friends trip itself.
  • School Band Player – Instrument : Flute : His interest in flute started when he was 8 years old. He started as school team player. Now he is Solo Flute Player as well as part of his education-school team(School District). He has long way to go to even enter professional soloist.
    • 2019 : Winner of several-school ISD – Flute Band Solo competitions and has won 1st place solo artist twice.
    • 2021 : Grade 8th : Samarth was recognised as outstanding soloist by his school itself amongst other 27 students for the contest by judges with highest rating! Special recognition!!! There were 170 Virtual, Virtual-PLUS, and In-Person seventh and eighth graders that participated in the contest. Of those 170 students, 125 received a rating of 1st Division from the judges. Ratings are given from 1st division through 5th division, with 1st being the highest. Judges gave WOW to these students for their outstanding performances in-spite of virtual setbacks ! Pictures below!
  • Education : He is science GT student at his school from several years now. His elementary years started in gifted classes. At very young age, he exihibited qualities of having intellectual abilities.
  • Leadership Award : Samarth Setty was also nominated(non-voting) as student of the year with grace and grooves group of companies for his displaying his leadership skills, team player skills and organizing skills during his dance journey with Grace And Grooves & Hetal Nagaraj. He has been role model to students especially boys who find it hard to strike balance in all they do or even look up to dance journey as boy.
  • Parents decided to keep him off the limelight & other media exposure until he is ready on his own & with his own consent to pursue whatever he wants! According to his parents, the most precious time that you can ever take away from child is their childhood, happy state of mind & innocence that comes with the phase. Our job as parents end when you give them every opportunity to learn, grow and keep their minds excited and engaged to learn new skills in life.

Social Media For Samarth Setty :

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SamarthNSetty

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi2INGVfrRmXm3xGrlGc1UQ/playlists

Setty Siblings : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYVXztrGVzSry5NCJ7B1ww/about

Pictures and Video Compilation : Work In Progress.

Post Updated : April 14, 2021 | May 12, 2021.

This post will be regularly updated as and when he advances or developments come in picture.

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65 Reasons Why We Don’t Do Charities, Fundraisers Anymore!

65 Reasons Why We Don’t Do Charities! Oh yes, we had to mention this :

Once Upon A Time, We as Business Used to Give Alot in terms of GIVING BACK from hours of work to generating funds until the end of 2017……….

Here Is Why We Stopped From 2018 Onwards………!!!!

  1. Ever heard of American Dance Schools / Studios doing that ? NOPE ? Why do Indian Dance Schools have to do it then ? ALL they do is recitals and productions! Having dealt with so many collaborations from various walks of life, we have known this! We do lot ofother non profit projects now and then but fundraising is not our mainstream!
  2. Shortcuts in American Dance Schools ? Never heard of that. Why–asking for Indian Dance School to do it for sake of shows? How are you expecting them to GIVE – do fundrasiers when you have not made any efforts in giving them right students. So students have to stop learning and do shows?
  3. Tests/Trials & Errors : Everything is testing for people who do everything wrong so yeah – go ask them to do fundraiser. They can do anything including your endless experiments at the cost of young kids because it is experiment for them. It is not intellegence having fun! In institutionalized training centers, we cannot afford to do an experiments on students who are learning to dance or have just mastered skills or put up shows. There is no room for trials and errors when students come regularly once a week or for basic practices.
  4. Don’t mix innovations with trials/errors : To do innovations or research too-you need full knowledge to conduct experiments or the harm is dangerous.
  5. Mainstream Artists. They work 9 to 5 or 12 to 9pm. It is their job like other jobs regularly. When you do 9-5 jobs, do you do charities for that ? NOPE. You get paid by salary or contract or its hourly. And you do not do charties. Do you ? You do charities when it is your extra business!
  6. Full Time Artists. It is their job to do this work even if they do it for few hours as standard in week. Some devote their life to it! What have you given them when it comes to support financially that you are seeking donation from them? How is that fair ?
  7. Type of business. Average turnover of this business is anywhere from 12 to 16 hours to min 3months for baisc skills even student is dancer. Unless you are into choreography teaching-it is not possible to get the results that fast.
    1. More than 99% of dance schools prefer to be called as academies because of their lack of techniques or background and no techniques in focus/no training of teachers that are traceable.
    2. If teacher has not learned, what will teacher teach! Educational knowledge is very different than practical knowledge. Practical knowledge does not teach fundamentals. In schools, teachers are NOT allowed to teach without certification and there is a reason for it. There is a reason for sub-teacher and process! So for a student to learn a good piece in that time frame unless it is advance student-it is not possible to bring out results.
    3. With such a slow pace at beginners level to different levels of dances where students are still learning;charity events don’t happen even if you plan. As per school, students take their holidays. Yearly recitals bring funds to business and they are invested in infrastructure setup of students and growth of company. Focus is on learning. What are you thinking! Burning Out kids for the sake of events. No-thank You. Do you do that in proper schools ?
  8. Why should parents or dancers pay for charities after paying for fees : When you have degraded the field of institutionalized trainings asking artists everywhere to do FREE performances in the name of entertainment; why are you asking charities from them/using them again! Thats an abuse right there.
  9. Costs of Performance Makeup & Accessories : To perform, makeup to costumes-everything comes with a price. And they buy it! or they rent it. It is not free. Even makeup costs about 200$ per year on an average for most artists. Makeup is not reusable and it expires. This means they have to be discarded even when not used to fullest! Several such examples of other items that are used in dances! Just so you know. Are you giving that from govt with any perks that you are expecting them to GIVE ? What were you thinking ?
  10. Artist Maintenance : To maintain your body and health, there is lot of process that goes in it! From doing your training and other work out gimmicks. At times, taking extra trainings in fitness comes with price. For example, for several intense pieces of chhau and kalari, our owner had to go through 2months of vigourous training to give that effect. Are you paying for it ? do artists get those discounts there ? NOPE – they pay for it, they work for it, what are you giving that you are asking to GIVE. None of those fitness centers ever gave discounts on these. Our owner Hetal Nagaraj too trains herself regularly and refreshes her knowledge often-all of that is paid to various institutes from earnings. None local to Dallas Fortworth as there is nobody with that expertise here in entire USA but otherwise mostly from India-being birth country of our indian dances. Times, she has to travel to India too as requirement for local-residency-trainings for sometimes a week to 1month as it is required to be there. forcertain number of days! Who pays for it ? Not everything is possible online even in this pandemic situation after certain level of mastery. Are you considering that ? Did you ever think where that money comes from ? NOW, think!
  11. You should rather ask for charities from doctors, enginners, architects and such other 9 to 5 mainstream people since most of you think that performing arts is not a mainstream (haha). Do you think that you are giving platform or doing a favor ? In that case, artist can create on their own platform! They don’t need you for that! An artist looking for experience is different matter than an established artist.
  12. We are not choreography dance academy. We are training school with absolutely straight background and strictly curriculam based fun learning. This also means, people come to us to learn and have fun as recreational activity. They do not come here to target on fundraiser or an event and be done with it. We have had several batches who are not ready for our events sometimes. It is like that, what to do! See our choreography Based Non-profit Projects. Sure that is possibility but it depends on what we are getting otherwise it is waste of time : Coming Soon : Compilation of our projects! There is NO guarantee that our own school students will perform there. Outside students will be called seperately.
  13. What is the value you have given to institutionalized trainings : If you are somebody who has not valued what it is to take trainings and what goes behind the scenes, you will most likely be somebody who will run down artists who actually work for it. What is the value you are giving to people who work for it. Why are you sending your kids to college when everybody knows that education is not the only way to establish businesses or earn money. What have you valued about our training dance schools that you gave them business and thus, are expected to GIVE ?
  14. Earned it : Artist have earned it on their own and with their struggles — you were nowhere part of their journey. It is for theirs to keep and decide what they want to do with it. Lot of artists we have known over the years invest back in businesses or invest in their own further trainings as they do with legit business. Not just an activity. Why GIVE then. Give for what!
  15. Loans and Approvals : It is very interesting to see that lot of banks or even lenders don’t consider it as profession or profit bearing activity. So yeah, why ask performing artist to GIVE then. Go ask those businesses for whom you have given loan credits and approvals with a specified category.
    1. Why are you even considering artists to fund charity ? Go ask somebody else!
  16. Invest time and money : Ask for discounts at Indian Dance Schools and not at other places! You want cheap – works – go to passionate people who teach you dance of absolutely NO VALUE – by heart.
    1. What value it will give you-we all know. One more you-tube channel that you may possible land.
    2. You might as well ask for charity from them in that case. Choreography is done very fast! Who cares then.
  17. Parents pay : Parents pay fees of events, students pay fees, costumes are paid by them, tickets are bought by them, and yet only teacher gets the credit. Credit for what ? What did you give ? Nothing. You got paid for everything! Even profits were % or overcharged! Who paid-parents. Who should get the credits-Parents! Why only teacher?
  18. Tax : What did you give artists when they perform and spend hours in makeup, costume and then stage performance. Any Tax Free priveledges ? NO. Artist has to pay everything & still pay for tax and then give fundraiser – No, thank you.
  19. Being Grateful and so give : Grateful To What ? Artist dances, artist spends time to work for it, artist does makeup and spends for it, artist creates their own platform, artists pay for the advertisements without any perks from any govt and then they get their business. Everything they pay for it, what are you asking them to be grateful for?
    1. Did your institution or organization or govt. gave anything to them that they are really grateful for ?
    2. Something they have not worked for it. It is their reward. Some who go for those voting competitions actually ask their friends to get them votes/they beg for it pretty much! So what are you asking them to be grateful for.
  20. Gimmick of certain sect or group : Veteran so get it done likewise – label it. Fraternity and so get it done like that. Support even if you are supporting wrong person for the sake of it. Kill other businesses no matter how good they are because they choose to not get into it. What did you give as veteran? you are a paid veteran, govt pays you to do your job, what is free ? Nothing. Where is giving part? You pay fees to fraternities to support you – what is free? Nothing. Go to them then. They will generate those support system for you to GIVE.
  21. Goals Do Not Match : Goals of giving is different, goals of teaching are different. The moment you mix them-there are no results. Just damages either to students or everything else. There are ways to give to but this isn’t one.
  22. Storage : Average cost of storage for props to everything else is anywhere between 60$ to 150$ just by month. Are storage facilities giving any perks towards this that all of sudden in fundraising, it is asked to GIVE these for FREE. Why so ? Rather would prefer renting it out, by piece!
  23. Maintnance of Dance Accessories : Maintenance part of these props and costumes, average cost about 200$ per quaterly from sanitizing to keeping them up to date. What are you as organization or institution seeking this fundrasier giving priviledges to artists that they will use these for your events ? are you paying for the rentals of these props ? When given to rentals, they could earn a minimum of 25$ per costume or per prop or accessories. Why would they use it for your event-at no cost ?
  24. Prop Making, Buying and Logistics : Most props or costumes are not made from scratch in US or are to be bought from other countries due to limited resources or unvailable sources or sometimes cost to make that. If created here, it adds to high labor. Artist pays for it to get them delivered safely. Any priviledges for it from govt or any institutions or any kind of discounts from these organizations for it ? Nope. That is it then-don’t ask for it.
    1. An average number of hour to make 1 prop is anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours. Under the leadership of Hetal Nagaraj, we teach that to our students and they make their props – it is theirs to decide what they want to do with it.
    2. Why GIVE ? They would rather put it on sale or keep it as their own keepsake or who cares, they will leave it as is in their store room for future uses. Why GIVE for free. What did you contribute to their share that you are asking for it.
  25. Venue Logistics To The Event : Loading and unloading costs are not free. It takes about 1 hour to load most shows’ props and students props or requirements. It takes labor to load & unload for it just one way. Then next is venue logistics! That adds to other hour. Per hour labor costs is 15$. What is FREE ?
  26. Stage Lights, Stage Setup and Planning : Hours of Planning. Average hours to be paid for this is $12.5 per hour and onwards. What are you as organization doing to take care of this ? What is FREE ? Nothing. Even Stage hours are calculated by slots by hr.
  27. Stage Manager and Prop Manager : Backstage mayhem, everything is charged. Who will do for FREE and how many times. We have get it done by paid services too, minimum 10, 12.5 to 15$. Volunteers always mess up the work as it is always first time for everything but for us-that show happens only once. So for me, i cannot afford to have interns all the time. Are you paying for it ?
  28. Costume Preps and Costume Manager : If you are outside India, more than 50% of parents are clueless. on how to wear and what. Inspite of videos given ahead of time. We have had costume manager in past who have helped parents or their teams go through the process. How much can intern do single handed and how many interns will you have backstage. Is it already chaos. Ask to GIVE – make it tax free for these services.
  29. Lesson Planning, Curriculam, Training Capsules/BenchMark & Notes : Hours of Planning. Average hours to be paid for this is anywhere from 15 to 30$. What is FREE ? These are not from youtube and such Freebies. Teachers have their own peers and gurus to pay too when getting these. Average time to upload videos itself is 15mins! If i were to hire somebody for this, they would charge me to create tutorials. Price. ofwhich is anywhere from 15$ to 50$ an hour. You cannot hire just anybody you want! Speciality matters.
  30. Music Compositions : While lot of these are available on-line on various music channels or streamings, which ones are legit or FULL ? About none. So what is next ? get it made or remake from it or recompose! Costs to that too. What happens when you follow half songs that as a newbie you are not aware-that half is posted ? You will continue the mistakes and teach students too to continue that (LOL, it is actually funny when that happens).
  31. Remakes & Recompositions : To compose and recompose the music dance pieces takes anywhere from minimum of 2 hours to 5 hours. Average cost if you seek expert help is anywhere from 15$ to 45$ an hour and you have to be with them! We make our music for several genres and with that, we know what it takes to recompose our own pieces from either original or from other composition to fit genre. Times we buy softwares and what not for it. As much as we absolutely love how we do it with results we get, What is FREE ? Nothing. Time is Money.
  32. Training to Students for Music : Even we instruct our students, if you do not have to or don’t have to recompose the work, don’t go for it. If you don’t know, you will make a mess out of it. Composing or re-composing those music files requires training too! You cannot go around mixing anything you want without knowing what goes in there. All that hours are time we spend. Time is money. What to GIVE ? It is really a joke in that case to GIVE when the compositions are to be made from scratch. Any benefits in that getting new compositions at no cost ? Nope. Even our teachers charge for those when we buy from them or other artists!
  33. Buying NEW Music / Compositions : While average costs of typical playlist is about 20$ for classical and folk piece collections from artists in original mp3, bollywood songs are available everywhere;some dvd with shipping costs. Big problem is when you are a dance school, even bollywood music doesn’t match the technique you want to reinforce and so we have re-compose or buy some music that is usually to be made and is not available for Free. You are not the only one owning it anyways if it is out there. A fresh piece of work to be made from scratch costs anywhere from 200$ and onwards. We have got them made and have known the drill.
  34. Music Rights are not FREE : Music rights costs money too. what are you asking artist to GIVE in that case. Shouldn’t you be willing to give the music FREE in that case? If you are user on Youtube, that monetization does not belong to you unless you take a full permission from the original creator. Go and ask for fundraisers to those who steal these and use it for their monetary benefits. They can GIVE because they have stolen and have nothing to own anyways. So they are okay – Giving what is NOT THEIRS to keep. We have not known any established artist doing that. None. Most of the items that are out there are either used extensively enough and original rights stay with owner.
  35. Practice Hours to put up show : Practice makes it perfect, once learned! Hours at times or at times days depending on model of practice sessions, dance form and dances. Not Free because instructor has to be present! Hourly cost of instructor is anywhere from 10$ to 30$ depending on level practiced or rehearsed. This is for in-house students. Out-bound students point number 64!
  36. Advertising Cost : Advertising Cost to an event and everything else in between to prepare the material. ALL asks for money. Even if its a fundraiser. Nobody in business till date gave a discount on that. Did you get that done free ? Are you saying, absolute no time was spend on it ? Word of Mouth sale is good but works in some cases. Surprisingly, our best customers and long lasting customers were the ones that came with my ads and videos! They see it and they came. Till date, it is history. Lot of times, our owner avoids even telling people about her business.
  37. Marketing Cost : Marketing cost of any event or dance school is just as time consuming as it is even for uploads! From posting ads, reaching out marketing agencies to going around and talking to businesses, texting, all of that costs time. Time is money! We have had parents do the work but yeah, that is not FREE.
  38. Printing Costs, if any : Printed Materials are still in fashion for out of the digital media world. It just looks pretty to hand out and there is cost to it! From preparing those to printing those. Any perks to artists for these events ? Nope. Least we can do is put as an expense!
  39. Venue Costs : 100s of $ and atleast advance booking of 1-2 years with deposit. Thank god that some cities do have non-profit event rates but still not alot and not enough! It is still large chunk of money about 700$ for. a decent event.
  40. Costs of Runner/Front Desk/Hall Supervisor : Part of paid package or it is seperate from city or freelancers. They are a blessing but blessing is not FREE. In that case, i would still prefer paid event and not fundraiser.
  41. Growth of Company and Infrastructure : Most artist that we know has goals of performing arts activities in giving better infrastructure to their students! Their goal is to give the finest trainings and roll out students who can handle institutionalized centers or create one or even university. NOT to do fundraisers!
  42. On-site Shoot & Video : All the time volunteers in that too…result – other 100s of passionate video and photographers and. it is always first time that somebody messesup.
  43. Photo & Portfolio of Artists : For those who know what that is, even for fun, why let it go to waste 🙂 Value !
  44. Certificates : For a fundraiser certificates and curriculam, what is the value ? Giving back, colleges don’t really ask to burn and no-value dances. Preparing for an event for the sake of it without training from right people-where does it get you ? No college ever asked you to burn out.
  45. Trophies & Medals : Value again! Who gets the main credit ? Fundraiser host – Not you as a student or participant.
  46. Event Lineup & Coordination : Hours of labor goes in it. Volunteers again, everybody’s first time and yet everybody is NOT trained. Either to handle event, either to handle people or even kids. Result-chaos and mess & you bet, some take liberty to yell and shout back stage-WOW. So much for giving at the cost of everything else. That’s not a crown worth to wear with that hate! Horrible.
  47. Social Media Setup and Announcements : All of these as well take up time, money and yet resources. Nothing is FREE even with Word of Mouth to Target right audience.
  48. Dance Targetted to Event Results : Again and Again I see this. As a business owner, how are you planning your curriculam on events ? shouldn’t it be other way round!
  49. Post Event Management : Event disengagement is anywhere from 1 hour to following days 4-6 hours. Yep, all that time you spend is money you spend. Are the Non.Profit NGO counting those for you ? Nope.
  50. Followup, Post Event Marketting : Followup to disengagement of event itself costs about 4 hours of work. Even when at Grace And Grooves we are so well organized that our wrap up time is far more less than average dance academies or events that we have seen, still it is 4 hours.
  51. Fundraising Contracts : Some Fundraising comes with contracts on funds or on other requirements. Seriously, i want to give but yeah there is contract for that. Most ridiculous part of it. Joke!
  52. Fundraising Period and Freelance : Time duration is average of 6 months on most fundraising or by event. If its by contract, we do it mostly by a year full of activities from start to finish. But otherwise,
  53. Freelance Artists and Fundraising : Hiring artists if we were to for additional highlights of the events will call for charges, or credits and other contracts are to be made depending on involvement of the artists or service providers.
  54. Credits and Freelance Contracts : They all come with a price, time and copyright as well as legal bindings! From limitations to freedom, none of it is FREE. For some credits, licenses are to be taken!
  55. Insurance and Fundraising : All the legit events asks for insurance and coverage waivers. Times, we have to use company insurance too and that is not FREE. This includes using it for Fundraising activities. The more you go commercial, insurance goes high! Risk 🙂
  56. Tickets Management & Packages : All of this is by paid services. How much a person owning business can or will choose to spend time on it. The strings of endless volunteerism, is always a first time with no trained people doing this work and handling it very badly!
  57. Sponsorship and Packages : To seek sponsorships and packages for the same, requires man power. tofollow up and trace as well as coordinate paperwork. With legit businesses, the cost goes high too. Yep-its all paid!
  58. On-site Live Sponsorships : Onsite live sponsorships comes with local contracts, insurance and other man power to set that up if there is product showcase. ALL of that costs not only the run time of the show but stage preps.
  59. Distribution of Sponsorships and Discounts : Distribution of sponsorships and discounts associated calls for somebody with expertise in field and that is not FREE. While there may be people doing it for FREE, it doesn’t usually happen so often. Following up for support itself starts at 15$ an hour. It is not front desk manager’s work and not an intern’s work either. This person has to understand not only performing arts for all the services offered but legal contracts and basic knowledge of submissions with legal matters. So if the experience doesn’t call for it in the resume or any knowledge associated to it-we cannot sit and teach you that!
    • We are not an intern school-you may take up some other facility for that. We are proper school where students learn not only to dance but as they graduate, they learn other matters and businesses being part of school. You want to enjoy benefits, please join our programs. If you do not understand it, do as you are told. Can’t pay you extra for that.
  60. Applications for city approvals for outdoor events & insurance : Lot of fundraising events call for city approvals and insurance which sometimes are requested-seperately. To pull those plugs too costs money.
  61. Event setbacks and extras : All the event set backs, delays, and extra costs money and hours. Only prob wiht volunteer events, everything is blamed on students and parents for mistakes these volunteer do. Coz its first time all the time. So, yeah, we don’t want that. When we do our events, we train out people before stepping into these matters so that mistakes don’t happen.
  62. Special Event / Celebrity or Outside projects as part of fundraising : All special event and celebrity asks for % and costs that come with it is pretty good too! None of it is FREE.
  63. Post Event Photo/Video : Post event photo and video production comes with charges and even photographers don’t do it FREE.
  64. Practices : Fundraising practices take more time than regular production practices. Because people who join these on specific purpose for short term goals are not trained in most cases that we had. Coz well seasonsed dancers have usually danced with us on paid plans which means, we value them. We cannot cancel our classes to do these. These groups don’t pay our bills :). Classes do and even our paid dancers are our assets! Not all our students are up to do fundraising. Being proper school, most of them come to learn. They are not even there to showcase enough yet.
  65. Sticking to school curriculam : Same as above. For us doing proper recital or production itself is keeping up to the pace with once a week class and we do not want to charge families for tickets for seeing their own kids for a fundraiser! It is their right to see their kids perform at no cost.

And this list grows. We soon will reach 101 as other reasons get ready :).

We pay for advertisements that we give, we spend time for the ads we give. And we are wondering what is FREE.

We get business from work we do and give ads. We don’t push or even tell our parents to recommend us EVER-even in person. We earn it by our own means. And for now, we are thankful to our own teams for doing all that hard work. So we give back to them-we invest in them.

For community, sure, we will love to do that when we get that support or whatever you want to call it when it comes to business. Our business was always independent business and whatever we have earned is purely with skills and without any experiments or innovations on students or even sponsorships(where we know some dance schools sponsor event and get the wins :).

But yeah, if we have come this far without dependency (votes or likes or sponsorships), it is only because at some point we too have had our practical setbacks and trainings too on how to handle these set-backs. Besides, our business was also affected by those fake teachers (with no background/traceability/proof of trainings) and dirty politics (that other fake teachers play coz can’t win with transparency so yeah start that:).

We sure need money for our own graduates, students and growth to excel and go forward 😉

Our time – money – efforts is that precious with our mainstream work. When we see people who do main-stream work do fundrasiers in their main-stream work-sure we can think about it! May be when people understand how important it is to spend time and money with full traceability of dance and history, and support our business. We will then be grateful and thankful And thus give back!

ALL of that happened until 2018 January quite often.

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Our Various Studio Policies – By Hetal Nagaraj.

Our Various Studio Policies – By Hetal Nagaraj.

  1. Kalasri Institute of Indian Classical Dances is under Hetal Nagaraj.
  2. Mirchi Movie Dance Academy is under Hetal Nagaraj.
  3. Nruthyakala Indian Folk Dance Academy is under Hetal Nagaraj
  4. Grace Creations Fusion Dance Company dances under Hetal Nagaraj
  5. Dhamaal Events USA is under Hetal Nagaraj.
  6. The Reachh Mediaa : Artist Management Company is under Hetal Nagaraj.
  7. G2 Dance Factory is our own non-indian dance company – Coming Soon by Hetal Nagaraj. Studio – Manager : Taylor Hayes.

About Hetal Nagaraj : www.hetaln.com | Want to Sell Your Company ? Hire her ? Contact her!

Studio Policies :

About Grace And Grooves of Dance Group / Company :

Grace And Grooves LLC is an elite-award winning Indian Dance Company based in Irving(Texas), Lewisville(Texas), Plano(Texas), Frisco(Texas), Carrollton(Texas) that specializes in authentic Indian Folk Dances, Bharatnatyam, & Bollywood/Tollywood(Movie Dances).

Grace And Grooves is honored to be the only Indian Dance School with straight background for all the offered programs. 

All our programs are certified by Master Faculties from India and have some of the best universities curriculum(s) that do not require any approval of authentication due to extensive research and degrees in Indian Performing Arts that our choreographers pursue or already have. 

Our founding member, Hetal Nagaraj has bagged 27 awards in Indian Dance Competitions for Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood And Bharatnatyam ever-since 1999 by providing freelance, technique focused, creative, & competition choreography in Indian Folk Dances and Bharatnatyam as well as her guru(s) original art-works. Click Here : Teachers.

Hetal Nagaraj has instructed over 1500 students just in competitions and won some of the best competitions not only for groups but for solos and duets as well with her signature dances specified within the dance categories and genres.

With over 2000 students in total so far being taught by Hetal Nagaraj since 1999 with just yearly commitment to dance;Grace And Grooves aims to provide not only quality indian dance instruction but also technique focused knowledge to unlimited creativity from all the right sources. By 2020, she has instructed over 2500 students.

More about the company : http://www.graceandgrooves.com | Owner : http://www.hetaln.com

Post updated : Feb 8, 2021.

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Nirja Setty

Dance Trainings : Glimpse of her LIVE Arangetram

All class hours/training hours includes all private classes taken as required for classes missed or for makeup classes.

  • Bharatnatyam training from age of 5 years under Hetal Nagaraj for Kalakshetra Bani/Style. By 2021, she completes 11 straight years of training and a FULL margam. She completed her Arangetram Online In Jan 2021 in Dallas Fortworth Of North Texas, USA. National Level, USA from 2014. (1000+ hours of trainings).
  • 300+ hours of Pandanullar Bharatanatyam, for the fun of it with Ms. Alpana (4 dances).
  • 5 Years(400+ hours) of Classical Ballet from Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell), Coppell Dance Center(Coppell), Prestige Performing Arts (Lewisville/Coppell). State Level Twice/group.
  • 5 Years(400+ hours) of Recreational to Competitive American Tap from Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell), Coppell Dance Center(Coppell), Prestige Performing Arts (Lewisville/Coppell). State Level/Group & Tap/Solo.
  • She has trainings of over 25 Indian Folk Dances in different styles with performances under Hetal Nagaraj. See her Graduate List here.
  • 1 year (60+ hours) of Recreational Jazz, An exclusive Indian Folk Dance Student from age of 4. Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell), Coppell Dance Center(Coppell), Prestige Performing Arts (Lewisville/Coppell). Group/State Level.
  • 24 hours – Kalaripayattu (Level 1) Training | Thekkan Kalari : Hetal Nagaraj.
  • 12 hours-Contemporary Workshop / Broadway Artist | Bollywood Celebrity : Shakti Mohan
  • 12 hours – Contemporary Program : Applications in Bollywood : Hetal Nagaraj | Asst.Mansi Chauhan.
  • 5 hours of Kathak Introduction Techniques for a 20 second Nritta in Fusion Piece : Hetal Nagaraj | Mansi Chauhan.
  • She started her Hiphop Training in 2018 as absolute beginner. She had done some hiphop with Tap Fusion in 2015 as part of Dil to Pagal Hai series as guest appearance. As she graduated, she also did 4 hours of Master Hiphop : United Kings – USA Tour – Workshop for Intermediate & Advance Dancers. She is currently taking her trainings in Intermediate and Advance level for the fun of it. City Level/Group.
  • Bollywood Trainings from 2014. Graduated in 2018. (350+ hours) Teaches Bollywood for internships & Students who need help. National Level USA 2014.

Other Dance Training Related Accomplishments :

  • She enjoys exploring other styles of Bharatanatyam and has done fusion dances in Bharatanatyam with multiple style jathis with our continued education students who are from different styles of Bharatanatyam at www.graceandgrooves.com.
  • Her other dance dramas include : Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dance comparison in danceathons with Rabindra Nruthya Series in Anantha-1 Classical Dance Production 2019 & multi-style Bharatanatyam in Sarvaa Dance Production -1 in 2019 September with several other elites and performing teams of www.graceandgrooves.com.
  • Her copyright permitted dance include *Bho Shamboo* edited to her own level as her training to work with choreography and techniques.
  • She has also done 4 Bharatanatyam dance pieces with Ms.Alpana under Pandanullar Bani/Style of Bharatanatyam to explore & compare Bharatanatyam style – none of which was ever used anywhere to perform or compete..
  • She has performed regularly for temple/vidya vikas classes/DFW Hindu Temple-Irving, Texas, Hanuman Temple Dances-Frisco, Texas in her genre of specializations and language literature projects under these organizations and temples.
    • Year 2012 : DFW-Hindu Temple, Irving-Texas as part of vidya vikas annual program & fundraiser : Bollywood Fashion Show & Dance, Nirja representing Gujarat & Maharashtra : Volunteer Teacher : Navdha Modha | Supervisor, Planning, Costumes & Direction : Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Year 2016 Hanuman Temple, Frisco-Texas as part of temple classes annual program fundraiser: Semi-Classical Group Dance : Volunteer Teacher, Choreographer : Ms. Shalini. Costumes : Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Performed with Elites at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple Sthapana Day(2015) with dance on Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s own composition as requested by temple to generate funds, a dance piece of Indian Folk and Classical Fusion. Teacher/Choreographer/Choreography/Costumes : Hetal Nagaraj. Asst. Internships : Mansi Chauhan.
  • Schools & Organizations – Non – Profit with Performing Arts | Fundrasers | Giving Back To Community | No Charge for These Events & Proceeds of Prize Money or Monetary Value Proceeds go to them :
    • School Fundraisers For Performing Arts : For PTO Castle Hills Elementary Fundraiser, Independence Elementary PTO Fundraiser, Universal Academy Coppell-Texas consecutive 3 years Fundraising Event, Harmony School of Innovation Program – Carrollton – Texas, Harmony School of Business – Plano, Texas – Representing India’s Culture & Food, Culture Show Fundraiser PTO. ALL costumes, choreography, teacher/choreographer and makeup, setup by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • SEWA : Yoga International Day 2016 : Dance performance : Semi-Classical(Mayurbhanj Chhau & Classical Fusion) & Bollywood Fusion(Indian Folk & Kalaripayattu & Yoga Techniques) with Samarth Setty | SettySiblings. Workshop Demonstration with Samarth Setty for Classical Drills/Warm ups for Kids & Teenagers. Venue : Frisco-Texas with Hetal Nagaraj.
    • C.R.Y Fundraiser Year 2015-2016 to 2017 January – First Time in DFW For C.R.Y America – Fundrasier as well as fundraiser activities for entire year/performances and warm ups in walkathon with Hetal Nagaraj. Venue : Irving, Texas | Carrollton, Texas | Lewisville, Texas.
    • Dallas Catholic Charities : Raise Funds for Catholic Charities of Dallas – Dallas, Texas. Media Coverage : Dallas News.

Dance Dramas & Dance Musicals :

  • With over a dozen dance musicals & dance dramas, by style and form in her portfolio, she is an elite of Hetal Nagaraj. Curriculam based by Genre, Dance Form, Theater/Theatre, Natya Shashtra & Language-Literature.
  • She is amongst first graduates in ALL programs with our other Elites.

Competitions, Accomplishments & Performances :

National Level Elite Status For Indian Dances :

Bharatanatyam – ALL Solo(s): She earned her National Level Elite Status under Hetal Nagaraj in 2014 at the age of 10. This was when she won 2nd place all over USA & was invited to compete with USA & Canada winners in Classical Category in Ohio & Chicago – USA. Bharatanatyam Dance Piece : Kavtuvam(Group). Solo: Mangalam, Pushpanjali, Allaripu, Jatiswaram, Thillana (hattrick winner w/3 different Thillana(s) w/3 different choreo – one of which learned directly from Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan here in DFW-Texas & later edited per competition guidelines. Pictures Here.

Anantha # 2 dances were showcase of not only her award winning dance pieces but lot of other dancers as well under Ms. Hetal Nagaraj. Anantha Dance Production is margam dance productions focused to curriculam based dances.

Indian Folk Dances Solo: She earned her National Level Elite Status under Hetal Nagaraj for Indian Folk Dances at the age of 11(Solo) when she won 2nd place in Indian Folk Dances Solo for her Folk Dance Ghoomar, Lavani and last round Garba Fusion-Prachin/Traditional. Again selected for International grounds and it was requested again and again for Lavani & Ghoomar.

Group With Hetal Nagaraj : Later followed by group dances with Tribute to Gujarati Literature like Mor Bani, Narsinh Mehta & many others and other signature dance pieces with Elites @graceandgrooves.com under Hetal Nagaraj. Other group accomplishments were : Ghoomar/Group, Bihu/Group, Garba/Group, Gidda/Group, Folk-Kavdi/Group, Kollatam/Group and many more. Her List of Folk Accomplishment-Click Here.

Group With Indu Mangrola: Her first group national level status was under Indu Mangrola in 2013 for fusion folk garba in Fogana – Ohio, USA. See that dance here.

Bollywood, Movie Dances : Her Bollywood journey started in 2013 officially with Hetal Nagaraj and since then, she is winner of Non-Voting Dance Competitons in DFW-Texas to National Level. Prior to 2013, she performed in IANT with her friends at the age of 5 years just for fun(Teacher : Priya Karnik).

Her Bollywood / Movie Dance award winning dances were straight 1st place was songs such as Dhoom Machale Series/Solo, Bahubali Mashup/Solo, Nimbooda Song/Solo & Taal Mashup with hattrick wins just in DFW-Texas and selected for several competitions in & out of USA. Her other group participations that won national level status were : (Dance-Drama)Krishna Leela – Fusion of Folk & Bollywood : Meethe Ras, Traditional Dances on Movie : Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Mashup.

PAID Assignments : She has repeatedly won several nominations all over USA & has been invited to perform several times for PAID performances. Her other PAID accomplishments include Costume Launch and Product Advertisements. Her highest paid assignments ranged from 300$ to 900$ for 30mins to 1 hour for her solo dances in Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances & Bollywood Fusion. Her Elite Group has been quoted billing upto 5000$ by various organizers with all expenses paid – for non-stop 3 hours danceathon from states like Florida-USA, Ohio-USA, Kansas-USA and many more across USA to put up shows. ALL in the exam time of year and organizers requested only those students as submitted in video for company!

International Status In Dance Competitons :

She couldn’t compete to gain her International Status for dance competitions due to her school exams as most of the times those dates would fall in exam times and travelling is not possible during those days/times or those weeks.

Arangetram : Nirja’s Group Arangetram at Anantha#2 at Plano Courtyard Theater, Plano-Texas with special guest appearance Revanta Sarabhai on March 28, 2020 was postponed due to Covid-19. Nirja decided to move on doing it online to showcase them. Watch her perform her favorite wins that have won awards all over USA over & over again with same choreography. **Dance Songs Changed. : Here.

Notable Performances: Nirja Setty has been part of over a dozen in-house signature dance and musical dance productions of Grace And Grooves LLC exclusively in Bharatnatyam, Bharatnatyam Fusions, Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion with full trainings, And Indian Folk Dances, Indian Folk Dance Fusions with Full Trainings along with Grace Creations Signature series with American Tap & Jazz. Other than Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies, she has also performed in 5 nutcracker dance productions, 4 other non-indian dance productions for Tap, Jazz, Ballet as freelance artist as well as student. For Fusion, she has been part of 2 dance productions.

Awards For Performing Arts Related Accomplishments & Achievements :

These Awards Require Full Eligibility Criteria To Be Satisfied. First Criteria: Must Be Dancer or Performer or showcase consistent results or dances by genre/form or category. ALL are Non-Voting Selections. Submissions of various dances, as asked – required by video, titles, age/year & clips.

  1. Nirja Setty Receives Her Very First International Award by Hello Gujarat Media (NRI) for her achievements in Performing Arts.
    1. Age 15 : Video Link : From 10:15 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6Vd18fieM
    2. Compilation of ALL the video and newspaper clippings for this awards – Coming Soon!

State Level Status In Non-Indian Dances:

  • Nirja is also a former state level group winner for Non-Indian Dances such as Tap, Jazz & Ballet for Group and Solo Dances.
  • Solo Dances in Tap And Jazz, in she has won several School Awards for school & recreational competitions, by genre and by her age group.
  • City Level Hiphop Team/Group Status.

Her other dance include Fusion of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Bollywood and Folk signature series that she and her friends won non-stop in fusion categories at the age 6 and 7.

Current 2021 Dance Activities :

She is currently 15 years old(as of 2020) and earned several accomplishments at school, city, state and national level for over a decade, non-stop and continues to take advance trainings in all she does!

Other Interests & Non-Dance Accomplishments :

  • Non-Dance Interest : Her other interest include chess, swimming, doing spelling bees, math competitions, mehdi classes, drawing/sketching school competitions and many others!
  • Sports : She is Former Regional Level USA chess player, State level USA swimmer, city/school level spelling bees, math competitions. She loves to compete for the fun of it. When free, she enjoys reading, drawing, movies, food, travel, helping her mom, family & friends. She has travelled over a dozen of states of USA and a couple status in India for sightseeing as family & friends trips.
  • Education : She is honor student at her school from several years now. Her elementary years started in accelerated classes.
  • Accomplishments :
    • Spelling Bees : City, School Level and 9th place Regionals : School, Institutes and South Asian Spelling Bees.
    • Drawing/painting : All grades atleast once winner 1st 3. She does drawing as part of her school program itself and sometimes at other local institutes. Some of her drawings and paintings are still in school halls and cafetaria till date(2020).
    • Hattrick – Kumon Silver Award For Mathematics for 3 Consecutive Years, and several other school fun competitions and contests.
  • Leadership Award : Nirja Setty was also nominated(non-voting) as student of the year with grace and grooves group of companies for her displaying her leadership skills, team player skills and organizing skills during her dance journey with Grace And Grooves & Hetal Nagaraj. She has been role model to students who find it hard to strike balance in all they do.
  • Nirja Setty has also been face of the year for various magazines and photographers back to back 2 times in year (not knowing the fact that she is the same girl in different costumes on stage performing flawlessly and all videographers would record them only) along with her other dance-elite Srinija. Check Our Student of the Year.
  • During Nirja’s baby years, she has been nominated as Finalist for Open-Crowd Gerber Contest In Orlando, Florida, USA (non-voting) and gift vouchers from Disney – Florida, USA. (Free Trip With All Perks Paid).
  • Parents decided to keep her off the limelight & other media exposure until she is ready on her own & with her own consent to pursue whatever she wants! According to her parents, the most precious time that you can ever take away from child is their childhood, happy state of mind & innocence that comes with the phase. Our job as parents end when you give them every opportunity to learn, grow and keep their minds excited and engaged to learn new skills in life.

Social Media For Nirja Setty :

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/NirjaSettyN/

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGtPLU1sdzbr50wP3UzE0rg/videos

Setty Siblings : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYVXztrGVzSry5NCJ7B1ww/about

Video Compilation Work In Progress.

Buy Tickets To Watch Her Favorite Wins.

  • Margam Wins-1 By Nirja Setty.
  • Genre : Bharatanatyam

Anantha 2 was showcase of all our margam wins by not only Nirja Setty but several others from group to solo. This showcase is not only her arangetram event but also her favorite wins. Dances that are very close to her heart.

** Songs are changed to avoid repetition. Rest all remains as is!

Post Updated : Jan 20, 2021 | Jan 25, 2021. This post will be regularly updated as and when she advances or developments come in picture.

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General Liability Policy, Common Guidelines, Fees Policy by Grace And Grooves

While other policies are usually send to you with your invoices/receipts, some policies are general to all our clients : 

  • As soon as you register for your dance lessons at Grace And Grooves LLC and upon receipt of payment from parents/self, this policy is exclusively effective.
  • In the case of accident or injury and in the event that you are unable to reach me, I give my permission for treatment as deemed necessary by staff or emergency personnel as required.Liability Waiver Form for Grace and Grooves LLC®: I/We realize that participation in dance classes and activities could involve some possible personal injury if you do not follow the directions given by the instructors. Despite precautions, accidents and injuries may occur.
  • By this release of this information on the public website, I/We (the dancer and the parent/guardian) agree that we waive off Grace And Grooves or their instructors of any/all risk related to the use of any and all spaced used by Grace And Grooves LLC and their affiliated venues. I/We agree to release and hold harmless Grace And Grooves LLC and its related venues including its teachers, dancers or staff members, and facilities used by both entities from any cause of action, claims or demands now and in future.
  • I/We will not hold Grace And Grooves LLC/Grace Creations or its venues liable for any personal injury or any personal property damage, which may occur on the premises before, during or after the classes.
  • Furthermore, I/we agree to obey the class and facility rules and take full responsibility for my/own behavior in addition to any damage that is caused to the facilities utilized by Grace And Grooves LLC/Grace Creations or its affiliated venues or partners. I understand that Grace & Grooves LLC or Grace Creations are licensed, accredited and insured organization. In the event that I/We should observe any unsafe conduct or conditions before, during or after my/our classes, I/we agree to report the unsafe conduct or conditions to the Executive Director/Artistic Director/Instructor/Staff Member in written by text or email or by verbal communication as soon as possible. All public policies are subject to change without any prior notice.
    We thank you for your business and participation with Grace And Grooves LLC. 

Fees For Regular Classes : What happens when students drops out without paying fees or notifying as per policy.

  1. It is company policy is a minimum 1 week in advance notice depending on program.
  2. You will be contacted several times at all your provided contact details. With no response on it or no reply, your child will NOT be allowed in class. 
  3. Last resort, we send it to collection agency as this is not a non.profit organization. 
  4. Cancellation charges will be charged for all the sudden drop outs without any notice.
  5. You have up-to 6 months grace period to re-join with no registration fees and provided you pay your previous dues.
  6. Upon return and payment of your dues, collection agency will be informed.
  7. Any costume Dues Valid up-to 1 year and 6months if you are out of program. And longer time if, you or any family member is part of program on regular basis. Please use them or get your dues cleared.

Workshop Terms & Conditions By Dhamaal Events : Click Here.

Common Guidelines For ALL our Dance Programs and Services :

  • Age 4-5 years : Please call if registrations are open. Age 5 years & Up: Open All Year.
  • All Students will learn to do dances in all languages in their category.
  • Transferred Students: Welcome, Registrations-Open All Year. 
  • Students are given every single information that they will need with every work they learn.
  • All Students may/may not perform regularly through-out the year in various events in Dallas-Fortworth cities of Texas.
  • All Students perform in competitions as an option to challenge themselves when ready.
  • All Students MUST DO Trial as well as assessment class to determine their level.
  • ALL parents whose kids are below 6 age-years are required to stay in class for rest-room visits. 
  • ALL classes are recorded in FULL for hours together for quality purposes.

Best Regards,
Grace And Grooves Team | 972 979 2559 | info@graceandgrooves.com

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Terms & Conditions : Dhamaal Events by Hetal Nagaraj.

Click here on the acquisitions of Dhamaal Events by Hetal Nagaraj from November 2020 & Onwards.

  1. Under an event when the workshop does not happen or there are less attendees to carry forward the workshop, FULL Refund will be processed.
  2. ALL events are recorded for quality purposes! Online streaming LIVE events, please be on time.
  3. Dvd or online streaming may be purchased for the LIVE events, PAID subscription for our channel or blog! CALL 972 979 2559.
  4. ALL events are eventually posted on our youtube or social media channels when asked by organizations or media people except for not immidiately after they are aired LIVE;as these students may be using them for various competitions or other titles or awards.
  5. ALL workshops are non-refundable for any last minute cancellations, from your side. You are welcome to transfer to somebody with prior notice of 24 hours and use it. See our refund policy, below! All waivers with full forms must be signed in FULL.
  6. For ALL Online events or Workshops, Zoom or Online Video ID & Password will be given ONLY after payment is received. We ask that if you have signed-up last minute, call the number on the flyer and get it. Online payment system may not send notification right away resulting in delays for everybody, please chase it through.
  7. ALL workshops require full details as asked, when asked and full watsapp details are strictly required to carry forward easy communication.
  8. As soon as you sign up for any workshops or events with Dhamaal Events or any other affiliated brands or businesses or artists, you automatically waive ALL of them from any injury caused, either physically, mentally or any other as it is public event OPEN to all.
  9. Some workshops may require additional insurance waivers and such other waivers as requested by artists, themselves. These will be send to you by email, pls fill them for everybody’s safety.
  10. ALL workshops are to target particular work, please read & understand if it is right for you and then ONLY join. Please do not join if it is not of your level. Level & Intensity of workshop is mentioned for a very good reason!
  11. In any event of for-see emergency, please inform at-least 36hours before the event time to receive a full refund.
  12. ALL refunds are processed IN FULL ONLY when workshops are cancelled by us/our teams or artists. We give up-to 3 months to reschedule the events and give NEW dates in case of international events.
  13. Fees that are refunded may have deducted amounts of pay-pal and such other payment portal deductions unless otherwise, it was via zelle or venmo. We ask you pay likewise to avoid unnecessary fee deductions. 
  14. ALL classes/workshops are to be taken with your own due diligence. Ask whatever details you would want, before paying for it. There will not rescheduling of event just for you! Take it or Lose it.
  15. No Other reminders will be send for any workshops unless there is change in workshop timings or instructor or change of any other details. Basic notification or reminders for payments in process, or received or online ids etc may be given as applicable for type of event or when artist may change or there is time change. Upon change of artist or timings, you are welcome to request refund! You will receive it in FULL. ALL of our events will announced, IN PUBLIC.
  16. For Online events, technical difficulty reminders will be send. Please keep an eye on those. Due to online events, there may be few minutes that may be spend on those-when so, workshop hour will be counted is counted keeping in mind those technical difficulties.
  17. Recording of entire work will be given as is. Entire work is not FULL class recording. There is no guarantee if you will receive full hours and hours/class recording as it requires breaking up from master file and you will be required to pay for the labor. 
  18. Other Notifications : There will also be notifications of other exciting opportunities that may be announced before or after the event that you signed-up for. And all enrollments are strictly by payments received. Please let the organizer know if you would choose not to receive those or you would want to register for the other.

Call NOW To Book Your Other Events at +1 972 979 2559.

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Time-Line of Grace And Grooves LLC

Group & Private Classes without registered business name.

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

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

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

More About Our History : Several Blog Posts..

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

  • Indian Folk Dances and Bharatnatyam were the only programs offered. 
  • Private Groups as in Couple Dances, Therapy Dance Lessons For Couples, Marriage Parties, Mehdi Nights, Birthday Parties, Sweet 16 Parties, Bollywood Fusion with Classical Dances continued as they were since 1999 by Hetal.
    • Most clients were NRIs(Non-Resident Legal Indian Residents of United States) settled here in Dallas-Metroplex Areas such as Vidya Vikas Hindu Temple Classes, Northlake College & several other colleges while a few were Non-Indians such as Mexican, Italian, African-American and few students from other religions-to take guidance on dance dramas that included Indian Dances. (Similar to Hetal Nagaraj’s schooling).
    • Number of students registered 50+ all ages from 5 years old to teenagers and young adults.

2013 : Grace Creations performing team was formed

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

2014 : Bharatnatyam was introduced with structured curriculum.

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

2014 – 2015 : Choreographers joined as interns or volunteers.

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

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

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

2016 : Musical Dance Dramas were added to Annual Programs.

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

2017 September And Onwards :

Dance Forms and Bollywood was separated with seperate DBA to submit in different competitions and audiences.
  • Nruthyakala Dance Academy : For All The Classical Dance Forms and Dances within Categories.
  • Mirchi Dance Academy : For All The Bollywood-Tollywood and Indian Movie Dances w/or without remixes. We do ALL dances that happens in movies.

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

2018 February :

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

2018 August :

  • Elite Dancers of Grace And Grooves LLC named Ashna Pethe, Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty were launched to venture and step out for bigger production houses, modeling companies and various such other paid, unpaid, and volunteer projects.
  • Grace Creations was relaunched by trained bollywood hip-hop dancers and fully trained Indian Folk Dances.

2018 September : 

  • Rg2 Dance Productions was formed in collaboration with Raagaleena Dance Academy (A Premier Kuchipudi and Bollywood Indian Dance Company In Irving) for various locations to provide bigger, better and more refined quality dance works for all the Bollywood, Hiphop and related dance productions. Very First Dance Production of RG2 Productions went LIVE in LIVE audience on September 29, 2018 with around 15 advance dancers of Raagaleena Dance Academy and Grace And Grooves LLC in total and with an audience of over 250 people.
    • ALL Costume & Jewelry Exclusively Designed, Provided by Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Choreographers-Swapna, Anusha. Hetal (Grand Finale).
    • Concept, Direction : Hetal & Swapna.
  • Dhamaal Events was launched in partnership with more than 25% share with Hetal Nagaraj and as part of Grace And Grooves regular events for all the dance related major outside activities other than routine dance lessons on social media. This was in association with speciality dance & theatre businesses too. Initial Journey of Dhamaalevents – Click Here.

2018 December : 

  • RG2 Dance Productions was dissolved with mutual agreement between Grace And Grooves LLC and Raagaleena Dance Academy due to unpredicted emergency travel dates of owner of Raagalaeena Dance Academy. ​
  • Anantha-1 Series were announced. More about Anantha-1.

2019 January :

  • Anantha-1 was successfully showcased without ANY Bollywood or other dances.
  • Costume Line launched successfully.
  • 2019 – Dhamaal Events was bought in FULL 100%.

2019 February :

  • Our friends & partners at Dhamaal Events became family of Grace And Grooves LLC under supervision of Hetal Nagaraj.

2019 August:

  • Anish Rangrej Visited DFW AGAIN and this time Dhamaal Events made a louder noise with structured level by level Navaratri Garba & Dodhiya Workshops. From Beginners To Intermediate and Advance. Lot of dancers who had started their workshops with Hetal last year as beginners or intermediate had a chance this Navaratri season to complete their Intermediate and Advance steps with Anish as the sudden dates of his arrival and workshops aligned.
  • Our Artistic Director Hetal Nagaraj Very First Non-Profit Choreo went LIVE on August 24, 2019 in 2 different categories of dances : Bollywood Traditional Dances featuring community folk and Fusion Category.
  • Our First International Artist who came for residency program on Indian Folk Dances (Not to confuse with bollywood, fusion or lok nritya/community dances).
  • 2019 September 14, 2019 – Our first Bollywood Dance Production featuring Sarvaa Dance Production featuring Bharatanatyam, Folk And Bollywood along with an exclusive Fusion Category of Dances was successfully showcased in DFW of North Texas at Killian Middle School.
  • 2019 November, 2019 – Our Very First Kalaripayattu Batches Begins…
  • 2019 December, 2019 – Rang Indian Folk Dance Productions were announced

2020 January Onwards:

  • 2020 January, 2020 – US Tour of Revanta Sarabhai (From Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad) was published officially for his exclusive US Tour Solo Dance performance as part of Anantha Classical Dance Production.
  • 2020 March 28: Anantha Classical Dance Production got postponed until further notice due to Covid 19. ALL shows postponed due to Covid-19.
  • 2020 April 1 : Grace And Grooves first time Online Classes for existing / enrolled students started (due to shutdown/lockdown due to Covid 19). Classes to her own friend circle, friends, families, dance teachers’ students has been happening from 1999 as continuation.
  • 2020 April : Several new teachers/graduates of Grace And Grooves started first time internships under the leadership of Hetal Nagaraj. Some started their first time teaching internships!
  • 2020 May : Grace And Grooves took over Reachh Mediaa, a blog & artist management company that was owned by freelancer and was taking care of company’s blog/you-tube releases – video submissions from 2013.
  • 2020 May onwards, all the classes including the NEW registration started for DFW Areas of North Texas. Online Class Schedule.
  • 2020 June End Onwards : Santosh, our pre-judgement competition team member started teaching online. He was also our featuring artist for Sarvaa Dance Production 2020 which got postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns/show cancellations. 
  • 2020 marks our year where several of our pre-judgement competition judges and team members start teaching regular basis for our online and in-person classes along with Hetal Nagaraj.
    • Including Hetal Nagaraj, all of them are International Teachers/Dancers/Artists as of 2020.
  • Dhamaal Events Website was moved to grace and grooves website. A DBA was formed under Grace And Grooves in 2020 to carry forward the legacy under same brand. Check NEW page of Dhamaalevents.
  • 2021 : NEWS : Read Here.

For Those Who Do Not Know :

Hetal Nagaraj Specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Processes & several such subjects due to her strong education background other than just her experience. About her expertise, www.hetaln.com.

Most of the above names that you read were actual businesses that were either bought from partnerships or bought from mergers and later became our DBA formed under Grace And Grooves; as and when applicable by law or by various other factors, with full rights to run business and services under the leadership of Hetal Nagaraj.

These mergers do not include the following – At- least UNTIL NOW November 2020 :
  • ANY programs offered by other artists with us  OR
  • Offered by Hetal somewhere else OR
  • Offered as the part of our teams OR
  • Offered by other institutes in % or fixed amounts OR
  • Any workshop artists who are our visiting faculties or guests OR
  • These mergers are NOT because we do not specialize in it OR
  • Part of ANY collaborations with other artists (that’s seperate — Click Here).

These are :

  • These are business mergers or acquisitions on paper with full list of products, services, assets & liabilities.  OR
  • Direct partnerships offered to/by Hetal Nagaraj   OR
  • Direct partnerships offered to/by the company Grace And Grooves LLC itself under leadership of Hetal Nagaraj.
Call NOW 972 979 2559 | info@graceandgrooves.com
We take the honors of what is NOT in our dances, it is that pure!
This post will be updated regularly as and when the developments surface! It is republished from our own original post of 2017!!
 
 
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Enjoy some of the undertakings logo(s)…..Work in Progress!!!

Dhamaal Events USA Website Now Rests at Grace And Grooves LLC

Dhamaal Events, USA Website Now Rests At Grace And Grooves LLC

NEW Link of Dhamaal Events.

A premier event management company in Dallas, Texas, USA started by a freelancer in partnership with 25% share with Hetal Nagaraj (in 2015-2016 academic year) specializing in exclusive to performing arts events.

Facebook page for Dhamaal Events was made in Feb 6, 2018 as effort to get the social media exposure as well. Dhamaal Events had its very first set of events with Grace Creations of Grace And Grooves LLC with their grand launch of C.R.Y – America – DFW events and several other educational school events/programs under Ms. Hetal Nagaraj. Facebook page will remain active as Facebook does not merge any of the business pages due to difference in services. Click Here for Dhamaal Events USA Facebook Page.

On March 1, 2019 Dhamaal Events becomes a 100% undertaking of Hetal Nagaraj under Grace And Grooves LLC. Logo was made right after then. ALL the subscriptions & website itself eventually moved to www.graceandgrooves.com by November 2020 as and when they were renewed by dates of their initial signup/setup dates. ALL the other social media remains intact as links are spread out in such a huge scale that it is impossible to merge them. We choose not to display the names of her previous partners as they are NOT in USA but they all still visit Ms. Hetal whenever they visit DFW-Texas/USA. They are LIKE her family NOW. (NOT family).

Enjoy the Pictures/Flyers of Dhamaal Events USA by their teams in below slide show. Check their Video Glimpse at This Youtube Channel.

Check their all updates, event success, and all the activities at their facbeook page. Facebook Page of Dhamaal Events USA.

Enjoy old pictures of website as screenshots album as the memoir of http://www.dhamaalevents.com Website. It was wonderful working with previous owner! As Hetal Nagaraj said, they are the loveliest people she has ever met.

NEW DHAMAAL EVENT PAGE LINK IS : CLICK HERE.

Date that this page was updated : Nov 4/5, 2020.

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