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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Anybody Can Dance(ABCD), Can Anybody Teach?

ABCD = anybody can dance. Can anybody teach?
Schools have teachers’ certifications and qualifications. Doctors have certifications and qualifications. Sports and Nutrition where extensive work out happens and the personal training/work out classes happen; they require certifications and qualifications. Dance teachers too has that – did you know? Something called background and trainings. Specialty is taken in each field.

Dance is an ART So What! Aren’t you sweating out physically? Aren’t you moving around using your body parts? Won’t you burn calories? Won’t you get hurt if you do it wrong. How subtle can you do that it is not even recognizable to define it.

Genre of Dance: Does not matter. Be it Bharatanatyam, Bollywood/Tollywood, Indian Folk Dances, Fusion Dances. It just does not matter.

Why you will need enough knowledge of dance, body, everything to go together? So that you do not harm yourself while doing it, teaching it and your students can follow through same all their life. This is irrespective of other activities they do! Balance is mastered in your routine life. You pay for the knowledge and NOT for the in-born half talent or gifted talent that is not structured or disciplined. A gifted talent needs right guidance & training to sharpen it and follow through consistently. This is why, all families in performing arts will ALWAYS have separate teachers for their kids or their parents will plan lessons as a class routine and train them depending on their priorities of learning to set a discipline depending on size of their institution. In-spite of generations in performing arts for our own artistic director, Hetal Nagaraj, she too had to do her formal trainings. From her mainstream education school/colleges itself to her own mother (fully trained and student of fine arts) and her professional/formal dance teachers & institutes. Just like everybody, Hetal also has an excellent mainstream education that allows her to capitalize her talents and make her entire business, a self-reliant machine without serving any organization. For dance, it is infused with culture and dance techniques as per form or style as & when applicable. About Her : Read HereRight techniques at right time in the dances gives beautiful results. Thus, Results are faster and finer for any genre you do without compromising the dance form. Craftsmanship without right knowledge does not lead anywhere. An unknown/unattended talent or a gift is like a diamond in the mine that is still unearthed and will eventually die with human’s lifeline. If only humans were rock, it would be wonderful because then rocks/diamonds can be unearthed anytime in million years. 

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war scene of chakravyuh. For those who do not know, art forms such as kshatriya, kallari, chau and such others are into category of martial arts, defense mechanism and war strategies.

Knowledge is power when enough time is spent in gaining it. No book or video will ever teach you any talent that has practical methods for teaching it. It is learned during process of training. No shortcuts. If only you could eat all your life’s food in one go and be done with it all your life.

An example of half-knowledge that causes harm is from history itself: Case of Abhimanyu in Mahabharata. Example is taken from an art form as well to understand it better. For those who do not know, here’s the story: He gained his knowledge on a war strategy with his psychic abilities as per plan of lord Krishna when he was inside the womb of his mother when conversation about “Chakarvyuh” war strategy started. The conversation included how to enter, form, fight and also keep winning until “you don’t die” except how to get out of it “alive”. That is where the conversation was stopped cunningly by Lord Krishna. Throughout his life Abhimanyu took all the trainings that made him a successful warrior but in-spite of reminders, he did not take full knowledge of chakravyuh-the war strategy. In the end, he lost his life to it in actual battlefield only because he did not know how to exit/get out of the formation alive. Picture is posted above for understanding. Ultimately, Dronacharya was the only one who came out alive. Here is the answer why FULL knowledge is required. Even if you debate on this story to be true or say we made a human err, it still has a lesson to learn that you should learn to master everything that you intend to learn instead of doing it half-way and most important of all, do it from the right sources.

It is a whole different story whether or not you want to capitalize on your talents later in life. If you go to right place, at-least you will save your own body to do other things !!

 

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Examples of Fusion Dances where several dances techniques from several dance forms are showed in just one dance on a music that is composed likewise. ALL dancers in this picture of fusion dances are trained in Bollywood or Folk or Bharatanatyam. Some in this dance training of fusion have completed their Arangetram too and are continuing their education with Hetal Nagaraj. Choreography, Choreographer : Hetal Nagaraj. Intern Freelance Choreographer : Yagna Pathak – Congrats on first snippet of 40 seconds choreo work.

Types of dances that you learn in dance academy/school: Dances that you learn in dance classes are the dances that you cannot learn by watching or few drop-in classes. While most people can dance easily, it all boils down to techniques after that level. Festival dances are best example for which you do not need a huge training list but after some basic level, it requires training so that you do not harm your body. Even the festival dances come with techniques depending on genre. These may be the dances that do not fall in any category per se to define them depending on culture or festival. Some may not be even a style to call it Free Style. It is thus an open category of dance without form or style to it and often recognized as street dance that exhibits regional culture and still NOT folk. Some street dances that emerge from festivals may or may not be called as festival dances as they may or may not have anything related to festival. It will depend on what is done in there. Party dances may or may not show any culture/tradition and are irrespective of any forms or style attached to it.

Creative dances are not bind to one form or style and thus it is called creative dances; these exhibit mostly interpretation of words in the songs used or some concept. Fusion comes in picture only after 2 dance forms or styles are infused.

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Best Examples of Creative & Conceptual Dances with flair of multiple dance forms as well as style. Not A Fusion because techniques are not used but movements are. Most movements are basic and do not define dance form.

Pls do not forget, we are talking about dance that can be defined even if music is not played. 

Best Examples, we showcased in our Sarvaa Dance Production.

Where Bollywood dances had categories, Fusion had so, Bharatanatyam was defined and so was folk!

Festival Folk was showed and was compared with street dances that looked like folk, creative dances were categorized as well depending on which form it took its movements from!

 

 

 

 

 

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Folk Dance : Music Composition : Hetal Nagaraj.

Bottom line, if you happen to see that your child has an inborn talent or gift or it’s a family thing to stay in the circle of performing arts or your child is coachable then it is best interest of child and parent to groom the talent with all the required fundamentals and all the formal trainings from the right sources. Pilot it to the right direction and that’s when you get results.

And we are right here to teach you to do it right, all your life! To love doing it, do it fully and from all the right sources. Do it consistently to master it. One life you have; million years not so sure but let’s give you 100 years, one body-not rock 😉

More Pictures of Sarvaa Dance Production – Click Here.

Names of Folk Dances are not shared deliberately as people are blindly copying without learning it. Do it right, to know it right. It is about how you value your time in learning it so that you can teach! CALL NOW, 972 979 2559.

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Missed A Workshop…? Relax!!

Workshops….What are they ? Did I miss one? Relax!!

Did you know ? Our owner Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj’s first workshop was for Kathak in 1999. Her craze about one of movie star Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene made her try a Kathak crash course and friends’ influence got her enrolled for both Gharaanas that were famous in her cities/region. One of which was very much taken by her own folk guru’s daughter (Kathak Dancer & Teacher) and other was from outside student at school. 40+ hours of those grilling experience changed the way she thought about kathak.

What are Workshops ? It was not called workshop back then but was called crash course or introductory course! No such word of workshop existed back then in field of performing arts and everything was always offered in full package. The concept of crash course in classical dance or folk dance was next to impossible back then with such a vast subject to cover. But something for those interested in experimenting with dance form or style was needed before the big commitment! Thus, crash courses were offered and meant for advance dancers from other dance forms to experience the new art-form and see if it is something for them to pursue if they would like to pursue in-depth. Obviously after 40+ hours of that workshop, no further trainings in Kathak ever happened for our Mrs. Nagaraj, as she had enough on her plate. Plans were to be made for those classes if she would choose to take those up. With a scholarship to maintain, full time bachelors degree in hand, I.T. Diploma test cleared and ramping up, a full time job in sales, yearly college dance competitions, and CAT(IIM-India) prep classes to be taken well in advance for masters, adding kathak classes was just next to impossible.

Thus, Ms. Hetal Nagaraj encourages all her students to experience the workshops to see if that dance form or dance style (a defined style) will spark the creativity. Otherwise, a proper/mainstream Bharatanatyam Student will not need any Bharatanatyam Workshop other than a good reason that it may invoke creativity and introduce students to varied styles. Likewise for other dance forms as well. Having a master choreographer/artist’s name on your profile is a big plus if you are already a trained dancer. After all, who does not want a new choreography. Having an extra Thillana, Varnam or any other invocation piece from a master artist never harmed anybody. Likewise for any dance form or an independent style, not only Bharatanatyam. It is sometimes a beautiful experience to take these workshops and get the in-sights. You will see Hetal’s students always taking workshops from noted artists with exceptional background in defined styles or forms to get them introduced to sort of like a run through! 

But a big question, can this run through or summary course ever teach you anything ? Yes and No depending on length, topic, choreography or technique focused in workshop. Biggest factor is age group and level of dancer. For classical dance workshops, you will never learn anything per se in those workshops; if you have never danced in that form. You will master the choreography and not the techniques. It is for advance dancers(who are already well-trained) to gain additional experience & knowledge other than their gurus so that they can think of possibilities in and out of style within form.

Indian Folk Dances will go by time and technique along with level of dancer. You will only be able to learn festival folk dances in 3-4 hours and well, do it anyways as it is not about techniques there. But, did you know that festival or community folk dances are entirely different than stage folk dances/often called pure folk dances. These cannot be learned in 3-4 hours because of techniques involved. It would be totally hard to say if anybody would learn something substantial enough to teach unless they have learned likewise from their teacher in exact manner to deliver it in that standard set of time. You will teach pretty much how/what you learned, you will reinforce the techniques, just the way you learned. How much wrong can you go in that :).

Bollywood and Movie Dances are whole new story…There is defined name for it but no form or style to it. The dances that emerged out of nowhere but movies! Funny but true that more than half of world stopped including songs in their movies and our industry still has more than 100 coming out every year. Back before 60s, classical dances were the trend but finding a classical dancer became challenge. It got more challenging when costume wearing guidelines were to be broken for entertainment purpose. Then entered the folk dances with plenty of entertainment and now everything is in the name of entertainment and folk-dance elements got lost in movies :). It started with formal couple dances to casual couple dances incorporating different mixed-up styles of salsa and latin influence and then was the disco trend and hiphop that started off to new generations. NOW, we do not know anymore what these dances are in our movies….!

Rules are meant to be broken only in the field of entertainment :). The best part of Bollywood/Tollywood dances according to our own elites is you can never possibly go wrong in those. Our elites enjoy doing Bollywood/Tollywood/Kollywood dances at a short-notice of competitions if they get selected for next round in open categories. This also replies to you on how we pick workshops for our elites, performing students and teams:).

College Level Competitions : It has been an honor for Ms. Hetal Nagaraj to have judged lot of college level competitions in USA. Even back when she started off in 1999 as part of pre-competition judging panel, her freelance career in performing arts kicked-up a notch in her field to be an exclusive focused to competitions. Every single thing mattered in those. Costumes, makeup, choreography, techniques(most important), presentation, acrobats, & lot of other things that do not seem to end the list.

Outlining Candidates in USA : So for her, outlining a certain candidate based on any USA dance team name is like a piece of cake that she wouldn’t need to slice. She enjoys all that fun and energy in all her dances and so even our Bollywood/Indian Movie Dance program has certain structured format to prepare our next generations towards it. Fun when combined with all the positive role-model from their teacher doubles the benefit. As these kids grow, nothing is going to be easy anymore, nothing will look cute after certain age anymore and that very much includes dance! It just gets more challenging & always asking for more creativity especially in Bolly/Tollywood where nothing is defined and this is what keeps our eye awake. 

This is exactly why we have been winning non-stop first 3 positions in dance competitions even in Bollywood/open categories from 2013 when we started Indian Movie Dance Program. All of this comes from our own trainings and sets each of our dances apart without any resemblances in youtube channels or pretty much anywhere :). Our recordings tells the story of dates it was recorded very first time in class :). Legacy of everything is just passed by a teacher to a student who will someday be a teacher, if he/she wishes to do so and refines to next level, if he/she wishes to do so! We take that as our blessings. Cracking a code otherwise in a bharatanatyam or indian folk dances competition has been a norm from more than 2 decades now.

So, relax and take all the workshops that you can afford to take. Open up those artistic senses!

How to select a dance workshop ? Make sure you check the background of the master instructor and what exactly they are covering in that workshop. How many hours of workshop is it going to be. Ask for dance-clips of artist, ask for details of person or dance team or choreographer if you have never heard of them. After that you go for it. Always seek the choreography clips or videos that may help you for your own dances as well. 

At the end it will boil down to only one thing, what’s was the value of this and what did you learn from these few hours with that artist ??

Best part of sharing our secrets is..To know what is right, you will need training :). 

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Guest Artists @Grace And Grooves Dance Productions | Annual Recitals | Programs

Celebrating all our guest artists who have performed with us in past in our journey of dance productions. These guest artist are invited to come and perform with their own work. The talent that they perform are not taught by us. These are not our students either. They have their own dance/talent academy at some place/city or have their own group that they perform. We pick their performance piece dance based on our dance production.

These Guest Artist are local or new artists who have just stepped in the world of Indian Performing Arts or have just started performing.

It is our absolute honor to introduce them to our audiences and as well work with them.

guestartist20162016 : Dance of Gods : Adi-Shakti. 
Event : A fundraiser for CRY America showcasing Bharatanatyam, 
Bollywood, Indian Folk Dances. 
Fusion Dances by Elites in respective categories.
Guest Artist : 
Dancer : Meghna Murali, A Bharatanatyam dance presentation on Devi.
Singer : Mala Pydimari, Carnatic Singer.

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2017 : Jalso : Celebration of Life with Dance,
Event : Nritya Ki Masti, Navarasa in Bharatanatyam, 
Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances. 
A seperate presentation of Fusion Dances was also showed by our own 
students, elites-trained in 3 different dance forms/styles.
Guest Artist : 
Dancer : Easter Bunny.
Guestartist20182018 : ABCD - American Born Cultured Desi
Event : Participating fundraiser for a private foundation-Cqunce Inc.
Dances in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood & Indian Folk Dances 
featuring Festivals of India or celebrated by Indians outside India.
A special 11 minute tribute to Shahrukh Khan - King of Bollywood.
Exclusive Fusion Dances were showcased by our elites who are trained
in 2-3 different dance forms.
Guest Artists : 
Dances : 
Mishu Shashtri with her team for Bollywood Garba featuring Navratri.
Ritu Kharbanda with her team of Rang Barse duet featuring Holi.
Instruments :
Arjun Iyer (Middle Schooler, LISD School Band)-Clarinet & Keyboard.
Kedar Golvekar : Introducing Music for SRK Tribute on Guitar.
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2019 : Anantha-1 Dance Production. Special Presentations by Rinku Das for Kathak and Manipuri.

rinkumani22019 : Anantha-1 Dance Production.
Event : An Exclusive Dance Production featuring a full 
Bharatanatyam Margam,Copyright Dances in Bharatanatyam, 
Folk Dances of India featuring North, East, West & South India.
Special presentation by Elites for Fusion dances such as Swala Jathi,
Rabindra Nruthya. Fully trained in their own dances.
Guest Artist :
Dances : 
Rinku Das for Kathak Classical Dances
Rinku Das for Manipuri Classical Dances.
Singing :
Our own elite student-Ashna Pethe representing LISD choir.

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Salutations To Our People…We love you.

We thought of compiling the list of parents who work for us as an applaud to their services and volunteer assignments when they are able to do so for all our social media, ads, flyer printing, customer service, entry submissions to our organizers, website maintenance, costumes maintenance and costumes.

They either come to us or they do it from their place. They dance with us or their kids dance with us with their own freelance group terms due to their full time travel or local jobs. There may be times when our company calls may be directed to any of them and they do not work as payroll or more than hour so they may not disclose their names and there is no remuneration involved.

It is exclusively for the love of dance. 

  • Digvijay Singh. aka Dg or Dj, Jasmindar & family
  • Hetal Shah Patel, Patel & Family.
  • Vanita Patel
  • Jinal Shah Mehta
  • Kalpana Sai
  • Shweta Jagadish
  • Deepthi Chandrasekaran
  • Sindhu J
  • Kavitha R
  • Tejaswini K
  • Mandi Parikh : intern/holidays.
  • Prushti Dave : New
  • Ketki S : New
  • Nimisha Sri : New
  • Devi S : New

Our other point of contacts are/were/have been are Mansi Chauhan, Shruti Sheladia. Other than this, we do not have anybody else who work for us!

This post is an appreciation to these lovely people for spending their precious time for us. We have received lot of rumors about who works for us or Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj. These people are very well set in their life with their full time job commitments. We trust them because of their contributions to our company and its work.

They have not worked with any other dance company so far that we know of due to our thorough background check or if they have, they have disclosed it to us about their equations. We feel thankful and blessed.

Thank you for all you do and maintaining the transparency.
We do offer part time, temporary work for seniors, stay at home moms, college students who are on legal status.
The work given to them are mostly data entry jobs that they do for 2-3 hours and get over with. None of our choreographers/these people are allowed to bring their gadgets, they usually use our given gadgets to maintain transparency and continuity.
We do not discriminate for gender/race/ethnicity/country/color and like to respect people who love to work. We do not recruit them. It is freewill one time thing. We do not ask them where they come from or where they go.
Best Number To Contact : 972 979 2559.
Updated on : May 26, 2019, July 26, 2019.

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To All Our International Artist Prospects

We will need the following if you would like us to sponsor you or even if we send invite then also we need these papers and details to apply for visa. Each country has different criteria and eligibility for artist.

  • Copy of your eligibility such as certificates, website or you-tube links, resumes with pictures, videos and such credentials. Your past or current workshop or practice video clips per artist as required for total number of people if there are more than 1 person in group.
  • Your experience details and such in the field.
  • Copy of passports, legal status in your country, local addresses of your sponsored company if you come with that, local addresses of your residence or office if you have one.
  • Picture id as per passport as stated on the immigration website.
  • More about international artist requirements : https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement
  • Please contact 972 979 2559 for all the details. Timeline and planning from start to finish to prepare for all visa or documents is anywhere from a year to 6months and depending on when you get appointment at your regional office for visa.

You can reach Hetal at : https://www.facebook.com/hetaljoshinagaraj

Hetal Nagaraj has worked in immigration field as immigration consultant in India for all kinds of visas and has experience of over 5 years in this field as an exclusive. She will be very happy to have you onboard and do shows or workshops for us and anybody who may be interested.

Grace And Grooves is fully registered company.

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Know The Dancer By Dance Name

Would You Know The Dancer By Dance Name ?? And yes, comes the answer from all our students and every dancer that we have ever known.

Bharatanatyam students who have completed their exclusive trainings by all means want to take that crown of being fully trained and be called as Bharatanatyam Dancer once they reach to performing dance level. What do these names tell you : Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan, Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai, Smt. Mallika Sarabhai, Smt. Hemamalini :), Rukmani Devi Arundale.

Students of Indian Folk Dances have always made sure to exclude themselves from Bollywood Dancers or Classical Dancers and take that ethnic crowd. Folk Dances are nothing but dance forms just not that long or lengthy as Indian Classical Forms. And so does these name : Smt. Mallika Sarabhai,  Shobhana, Smt. Hemamalini, many more…

And yes, we have Bollywood Students who proudly takes the pride of being called as Bollywood dancer as they showcase some of their favorite actors to unlimited creativity that they learn at Mirchi Dance Academy. Check these names that identify as Bollywood dancers or choreographers : Smt. Hemamalini, Madhuri Dixit, Prabhu Deva, Hritik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and many more.

And yet, all of the above people know exactly what they are doing! We are very sure that there will be more that we may not have mentioned and have established themselves as dancers. What do the names tell you though 🙂

Some dancers that dance between dance categories like Madhuri Dixit, Hemamalini, Mallika Sarabhai are still identified with their skill-set and showcase them well when done as actual dance form piece. While creative dancing is at its hype these days (not fusion), these dancers have carved differences between each of the dances that they perform. You see fundamentals in their dances, and so comes along flawless execution that comes with years of training. We all have seen them aging, staying young, growing big and small by waist in sizes :), small to long hair, becoming tan to becoming most fair of all and yet they do can do it right.

Why ? Training :). It trains your body to be able to handle that work no matter what you go through and it mentally prepares you to just do it. Your reflex by default goes to muscle memory when being said to do so and that does not happen in days. Not even in 10 days even if you dance from 9am to 9 pm for straight 10 days. First 5 days, you will be pretty much just learning the basics if so! To master dance forms, you will need to master those movements and with those, the techniques. To build that, you have to do it for over 100 hours minimum.  Life is very simple and so is dance. Even if we dance across all we have ever learned, you can outline each of dance technique, identify it and name it. And once done, next comes the dancer :).

A lot of students at Grace And Grooves dance between categories depending on commitment especially our Folk Dance Students and Bollywood Students and they all are able to outline, differentiate and flawless show what they are they are doing, with names :). They can outline creative dances as well when its done.

At Grace And Grooves, Bollywood/Movie Dance program students enjoy the liberty to attend any class they want, it is not everybody’s cup of tea to handle the dances or the technique classes of dance form. This idea was inspired from Hetal Nagaraj’s own teacher in Ahmedabad who has been following this ever since they started teaching Bollywood(past couple of years).

Now that is power of training that you would want to pay for. And this is why you do not want teachers who tell you to watch and learn. Remember one thing that everything that is online and requires physical work with techniques is for those know what it is.

One body and one life we all have and yes, we aim to do right. Our life is that precious and we want you to value your life :).

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Anantha Dance Production Series

Anantha Dance Production Series…………..

Anantha-1, a dance production series showcasing beauty, elegance, creativity, as well as infinite possibilities of Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances, Rabindra Nruthya, Manipuri And Kathak. All of this without forsaking fundamentals.

ananthaflyer2019Idea of Anantha was implanted in 2018 January when we had faced some challenges that opened doors to other possibilities. 

First announcements were made to public in various medias from Nov 2, 2018 and onwards. Every year it just happens that as Grace And Grooves LLC plan their annual programs/recitals and they come out so beautiful that it ends up in dance productions with and without dance-musical dramas.

But the idea of dance recital was not enough for Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk Students after getting ready for 30-45 mins with all that make-up and costume. These students were to be taught the possibilities within the dance form and show it off separately. So, Anantha Production Series it was!

With straight background comes unlimited (Anantha) creativity. Thus, the name of “Anantha” was given to this dance production series with each dance showcasing unlimited possibilities in each dance forms. The name and concept is inspired from several dance production houses or dance institutes like that of her mom, own teachers, formal gurus, dance exponents such as Daksha V Joshi, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Daksha M Joshi, Tanjore Brothers Original Margam, Kalakshetra Foundation, Natyavihar Kalakendra. This intense training of over 34 years has given a shape to Hetal’s own dance creations within exclusive Indian Dance Forms such as Bharatanatyam and Indian Folk Dances. Some dances have also received exclusive copyright permissions to republish under the name of Hetal Nagaraj and some have received competition awards early this year and years before as well. 

Anantha opened its door with Anantha-1 in 2019 to begin with on Jan 27, 2019 at Plano Courtyard Theater, Plano, Texas, USA from 330 PM to 730 PM and was a houseful event. The event was an introduction event to her elite students such as Ashna Pethe and The Setty Siblings who are in advance trainings from years now and Rinku Das-a budding artist of Dallas-Forth, Texas. These students roughly danced for more than 2 hours. In Anantha, their intern choreographers, performing teams got every opportunity to be creative under the supervision, direction of Hetal Nagaraj and yet feel challenged without forsaking fundamentals of each dance form. All of it with full safety on practicing it in the right way. It is not about perfection, it is about doing it right.

Hetal Nagaraj is artistic director of Grace And Grooves LLC.  This is her 4th dance program in a row showcasing A Grade Indian Dance Productions with each dance as a reflection of her experiences, trainings and now the degrees. It has been peculiarity of Hetal that her dances include Nritta, Natya and Nruthya as its basic components with balance of Tandav and Lasyam. Each dance of her has a name to define with its subject in the dance along with dance themes that are full of life, happiness, thankfulness, blessings and above all beautiful costumes that she herself designs. But, Anantha-1 is Hetal Nagaraj’s VERY FIRST exclusive dance production for Indian Dance Forms and A Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore Famous Literature and Poems which as a matter of fact matched to our production name. All the students had so much fun learning and practicing for Anantha-1 during their regular class hours itself and no additional class is required. It is not like you pay, you get to be part of it, and be done with it. It is what they have learned, they’ll showcase. 

No outside students were allowed to perform or take trainings or as part of freelance dancers. Even the guest artists are/were students of Grace And Grooves LLC enrolled in their exclusive programs. Anantha Dance Production Series is about Grace And Grooves LLC students and their team only. Hetal Nagaraj selects them for this dance production and not everybody is able to make it to her list.

We will always had a special guests like this time we had Rinku Das who will do their own dances and stick to our themes or request with their team or solo but they are our special guests.

From students who wanted the thrill got it covered along with students who wanted the fun of natyam alone still staying in their respective dance forms.

Who said dance forms are boring..Not at Grace And Grooves!

Congratulations to Students Samarth Setty(Age 11) and Tejawini(Adults) for completing their entire Bharatanatyam Margam in Anantha-1 by performing under the strict supervision, instruction and guidance of Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj. This was made possible by dancing back to back for straight 3 hours from Pushpanjali, Allaripu, Jatiswaram, Thillana, Group-Shabdam, Creative Bharatanatyam, Copyright Bharatanatyam Dance Pieces, and Rabindra Nruthya as well. This also means, that it can be very much called their own arangetram, if they choose not to do it as solo arangetrams, separately. 

This is Hetal Nagaraj’s 2nd round of completion of full margam from start to finish by teaching it to various students. At Grace And Grooves, we aim to make sure you understand everything you see while we are just doing our job. 

Every beautiful thing under this sky has a name and so do the dances. 

From the thrill of nritta, beauty as in lasyam, fun of natyam, devotion as in bhakti and tapasya as in training, power as in shakti of tandav and possibilities as in Anantha- the infinite and we are still in same dance form when we do it right!

Anantha-1 Dance Production was made possible by Dhamaal Events in association with Grace Effects ( Gopal S and Dinesh Kumar for photography and videography services).

Big Shout Out To These Young Teenagers who had their paid student assignments at Anantha-1. Aditya Sangole as our Sound Technician and Emcee Yashika Nabar for our Dance Production Anantha-1.

Anantha-2 Dance Production is next scheduled in March 2020.

Dates & Times Will Be Announced Shortly.

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Why Seperate Names For Each Programs?

We always get this questions by people who do not know the art-forms.

That why Seperate Names For Each Programs?

We thought we will pen it, finally!

Bharatnatyam Dances:

Bharatanatyam Students DO NOT want to even hear about what Bollywood/movie dance students are doing.

Funny but true that they are perfectly fine having Indian Folk Dances around during recital times but they want to hear ONLY BHARATANATYAM NEWS.

But they want something of their own that they can rule it for whole 2-3 hours. All that makeup and costumes takes 1 hour just to begin and you just can’t learn dance and leave it there. How to learn to be creative as you walk in this journey!

Thus, Anantha dance production series was started to bring out the creativity in this art form…

Here, check our Signature Bharatnatyam Program

Indian Folk Dances:

Indian Folk Dance students DO NOT want to see Bollywood/Indian Movie Dances posts anywhere happening in their newsfeed or anywhere around them. To them, culture is lost in peppy beats and those thumkas are not ok! Forget about infusing them together.

But they want something of their own that they can rule it for whole 2-3 hours. All that makeup and costumes takes 1 hour just to begin and you just can’t learn dance and leave it there. How to learn to be creative as you walk in this journey!

Thus, Anantha dance production series was started to bring out the creativity in this art form…

Here, check our Signature Indian Folk Dance Program.

We are proud of what is not in these dances 🙂

Bollywood Dances :

Indian Movie Dances/Bollywood/Tollywood/Whatever-ALL wood 🙂 students do not want to even hear the Carnatic Music! And Folk Music is not always appealing to people who have lived half of their life talking about movie stars and hearing those peppy beats!

Forget about seeing their dances on one page and don’t even talk about ta tai tai tha..

Here, check our Signature Bollywood/Tollywood Dance Program.

Grace Creations :

Fusion dances is whole new story and is not everybody cup of tea.

Whoever dives in it will have to do the trainings.

Why ?

  • So that they don’t harm their body while trying something new that their body does not identify..
  • So that they can dance all their life in-spite of all the wear and tear that their body goes through..
  • So that you can look beautiful and be exceptionally creative.

Guess what, Students of Fusion Dances at Grace And Grooves LLC can still define their dance moves with names 🙂 And yes, all of them has NAMES.

Here, check our Signature Grace Creations Program.

Still wondering why ????

Join them all for just 1 year at Grace And Grooves and you will have your answers.

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Rinku Bharttarcharya Das

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Rinku Bhattarcharya Das

Rinku Bhattacharya Das was initiated to the world of Kathak dance by her mother Smt Mallika Bhattacharya disciple of Guru Acchan Maharajji and Guru Laxminarayanji of Gunijankahana Jaipur. Ever since winning the prestigious Indian national dance scholarship from West Bengal Governor B.D. Pande at age 5 she continued her  training from Smt Bela Arnab ( Dean of Kathak dance Rabindra Bharati University).

She broadened her understanding of indian  classical dance forms by receiving rigorous  training in Manipuri Dance from  Guru Bipin Singh,Kalavati Devi and Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri. She was introduced to the world of contemporary dance by renowned Manipuri and Contemporary Dance artiste Sri Sanjib Bhattacharya .  As a solo and a performing artiste in both  classical and contemporary art forms she has performed in various prestigious dance programmes and festivals of India and USA. She is currently the Director of Nrityajyotidance Academy, North Carolina, USA which is devoted to the dissemination, training and promotion of the classical as well as contemporary performing arts based on Guru Shishya tradition and helps in promoting  them  internationally. rinkumani2

Receiving 2012-2013 Ella Pratt Fountain Emerging Artist Award from Durham Arts council NC,USA

Some of her Major Performances in India and abroad:

  • North American Bengali Conference, Las Vegas, NV, by Cultural Association of Bengal
  • National Centre of Performing Arts Dance Recital, Mumbai, India
  • Aum Sad Gurubhyo Namaha, Cary Arts Center by Hum Sub and HSNC by Vedanta Society
  • Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC, by Brunswick CC
  • International Day Festival by Brunswick Community College, Bolivia, NC
  • International Festival by Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC
  • South Eastern Center of Contemporary Arts Museum, Winston -Salem, NC
  • Basant Bahar in Cary Arts Center, by Hum Sub, NC
  • Erasing Borders Festival, Manhattan, NY, by Indo-American Arts Council
  • An Evening of Manipuri Dance, Kolkata, India, by Arati Saha
  • Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
  • American Tagore Festivals, Rutgers, NJ, and Queens, NY
  • Delhi International Arts Festival, New Delhi, India, by Pratibha Prahlad
  • Indira Gandhi National Univ. Annual Event, New Delhi, India, by IGNOU
  • Sankranthi-Pongal-Lohri Festival, Fayetteville, NC
  • ISKCON New Goloka Dance Recital, Hillsborough, NC
  • Unity in Diversity—International Night Event, Raleigh, NC, by the Wake County Democratic Party
  • Regional Bengali Conference Nashville, TN, hosted by Bengali Association of Greater Nashville
  • Heritage India Annual Dance Festival, Morrisville, NC, by Nuv Yug
  • Dhaki-Utsav, Kolkata, India, by Swabhumi Cultural Organization
  • Tanmoy Bose Special Conert, Kolkata, India, by Indian Army Command Hospital
  • Violin Brothers Concert, Kolkata, India, by Calcutta Club
  • Chris Rel Hip Hop Concert, Kolkata, India, by the United States Embassy
  • Cultural Night in New Jersey, Rutgers, NJ, by New Jersey Indian Doctors Association
  • North American Bengali Conference, Houston,TX, by Cultural Association of Bengal
  • Raindrop Festival, Mumbai, India By Uma Dogra
  • International Dance Festival, Vishaka Patam, Vizac, India
  • Durham Arts Council
  • Children’s Festival at HSNC (as Choreographer)
  • International Festival Competition, Raleigh, NC (as Choreographer)
  • Shri Krishna Parijatham, Basant Bahar, Cary, NC
  • Diwali Program for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Durham, NC (as Choreographer & Performer)
  • India Fest, Raleigh, NC, by Nuv Yug (as Choreographer)
  • Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh, NC (as Choreographer)
  • Dragon Boat Festival, Cary, NC (as Choreographer)
  • Classic Bollywood, Cary Arts Center, NC (as Director, Choreographer & Performer)

Her Gurus

Guru Bipin Singh, Smt Kalavati devi
http://manipurinartanalaya.org/manipurinartanalaya/Founders.html

Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri
http://www.darshanajhaveri.com

Smt Mallika Bhattacharya and Guru LaxmiNarayanji (To be uploaded)

Guru Parveen Gangani
http://parveengangani.com/shree-parveen-gangni

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Hetal Nagaraj.

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About Hetal Nagaraj

  • Classical Background: Formal Trainings of introducing Indian dances started at the age of 4 from her mother Lt. Daksha M Joshi. Age 6, Formal Bharatnatyam Training started with Ms. Daksha. V. Joshi (Kalakshetra Style).

    • 2018 Master of Fine Arts(Bharatnatyam) from Tiruchirappalli Diocesan Educational Society (Tamil University) under the mentorship/guide of Dr. Marie Stella (Pondicherry & Chennai-India) and Master Instructors such as KM Jayakrishnan Ambadi from Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai(India).

      • This program is most vigorous program in India for Bharatnatyam for which even students of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai(India) come to get their degrees because of extensive residency trainings and curriculum of this MFA Degree.

    • 2015: Advance Bharatnatyam knowledge from Guru.Smt.Rama Vaidyanathan(held by NrithyaDhwani-Dallas 2015).

    • 2015: Guru.Smt.Niraliben Thakore and Guru.Shri.Chandanbhai Thakore (Nrithyabharati “Bharatnatyam”-Ahmedabad-India 2015).

    • 2014 : Bollywood Workshop of 12 hours with Ms. Shampa Sonthalia,A Bollywood Choreographer visiting Dallas.

    • 2013: Fogana, assisting under strict supervision of Induben Mangrolia. 3rd prize adults/sr.folk/Garbha.

    • 97, 98: Professional Kathak Courses Lucknow and Jaipur Gharaanaa/Alternately.

  • Indian Folk Dance Formal Trainings: Indian Folk Dances Trainings of over 15 years and she teaches each Indian Folk Dance as a DANCE FORM with several styles and variations. Some of popular Indian folk dances are: Bhangra, Gidda, Dandiya, Raas, Gagar, Sambalpuri, Kshetriya, Kallaripatt-Kalaripayattu, Kolattam, Padayani, Koli, India’s Tribal Dances, KummiAdi(Kummiadi), Bihu, Chirmi, Garba-Garbha, Dodhiyu, Lavani, Tippani, Garbi, Ghummar/Ghoomar/Ghoommar, Teratalli, Tera talli, Kalbelia, Garbi, Kumari and many more.

    • 1999, 2000, 2015: Exclusvie Indian Folk-Dance Trainings from Guru. Smt. Mallikaben Sarabhai & several other respected teachers of/at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad).

    • 1999: Navrang and Sri Sharada Kala Mandir for pure folk, fusion art forms and theater plays.

    • 1999: She started her journey as a freelance choreographer and have performed/competed or choreographed successfully some of the best Indian dance competitions in exclusive folk, bharatnatyam and Bollywood since then. She started her journey from Ahmedabad, Gujarat-India, Michigan, Kansas and now in Dallas-Fortworth Areas of Texas.

    • 1980s-90s: Guru. Smt. Minalben Oza and own mainstream schools(click here for her schools) (Gujarat Folk Guru-Gandhinagar Late 80s/90s).

    • 1983 to 1998: She was introduced to non-Gujarati folk dances in her own schools-Mt.Carmel, St.Xaviers(Gandhinagar) representing various states of India where school/visiting faculties trained students with in-depth knowledge of folk dances and variations associated with it.

  • Performances/Competitions/Fundraisers (India, USA):

    • Group performances aired in Doordarshan Television Channels, received titles as in cash prizes/awards in Indian cultural competitions [1999-2003] held by non-profit organizations such as Ahmedabad-YMCA, Rajpath & Local Lions-Rotary Family Clubs located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat-India. Certificates/credentials from non-profit organizations such as Help-Age-India [1993], C.R.Y-India [2001], CRY America Inc. (2015, 2016).

    • A total of 20 awards have been awarded to her students for Folk, Fusion, Classical, Semi-Classical, Neo-Classical & Traditional Bollywood Categories

    • Most of the awards are won in pure Indian Folk Dances against Classical Dances of India, Bollywood (or Non-classical categories) in Indian Dance Competitions organized all over Gujarat(India until 2003) and all over United States of America(from 2004 to till date: Michigan, Kansas, and finally Dallas-Fortworth/DFW areas).

    • Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj takes it as her honor for the wins as the judges of these competitions had Masters In Fine arts from Indian Universities or had completed at-least 2 types of classical Dance Forms (Bharatnatyam+Kathak) with detailed knowledge of Indian Folk Dances as their main theory or practical paper in their degrees. These judges had further inspired Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj to take degree in master’s in fine arts along with family influences which she completed in 2018 with similar curriculum and specialties as in exams and practicals.

  • Specializations:

    • Bharatnatyam(Kalakshetra), Modern Folk-Fusions, Pure Folk Dances of India, Classical Fusions, Lyrical, BollyHop/BollyJazz/Bollywood-Folk/Traditional/Modern/Fusion, Semi-Classical, Neo-Classical-Modern(India)Categories and Indian Contemporary Styles (From Indian Classical & Indian Folk Dances ONLY), Bolly-HipHop/Bollyhop.

    • Hetal has showcased famous dances (some with trainings or some with exclusive copyright permits) of Guru.Smt.Minalben Oza, Guru.Smt.Mallikaben Sarabhai & Smt.Induben Mangrola’s conceptual art forms as a tribute in various dances of her own.

  • Family Background: Knowledge of performing arts and theatre is being passed through generations in her family and Mrs.Nagaraj is the 4th generation to receive it as a gift along with trainings. Grandfather was classical singer and mother was a dance-drama artist with bachelor’s in arts from Mumbai University.

    • Most or all her family members have at-least one classical/indian folk or non-classical background either in instruments, singing or dancing. It is just a family thing & Hetal being the first one to register this talent as company.

    • She is settled with family of 2 beautiful kids and loving husband. She performs for not only Grace & Grooves | Grace Creations but also competed with national level dance team (Fogana 2013).

    • Her passion is to provide not only quality dance education but also teach her students to respect culture and its values. Her students take home in-depth knowledge and love for dance/performing arts as lifelong lessons with awards from well-respected competitions. She performs regularly.

       

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