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). Ms. Hetal has always performed under her name as choreographer or submission as well. See our collaborations here.
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 dance institutes, schools and some had taken actual school credits in their ISD programs such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hiphop, Contemporary, Theater and Lyrical.
- Other students were bharatnatyam students from other styles, kathak dancers and odissi dancers or were trained under Hetal herself.
- What inspired to create these fusions ? Her own daughter’s experiences in non-indian dances.
- For those who don’t know, Ms. Hetal’s own daughter has full 5 years of trainings in institutional/educational/dance school/non-commerical – tap, jazz, ballet as pre-competitive and competitive dancer/teams/city and state level before she moved to Indian Dances and recreational-hiphop training.
- Her daughter’s main reason to leave non-indian dances were that she was the only Indian there and was feeling left out as she moved to higher levels. Her daughter left the trainings in all the non-indian dances in 2011 and moved to Indian dances from 2011 onwards. She made wonderful friends throughout her journey of non-indian performing arts and collaborations continued for the fun of it with full trainings & safety, from 2011 and onwards.
- Right after that in 2011 & 2021, Ms. Hetal met lot of other parents who were in same boat as her own daughter and Grace Creations was formed in 2013 considering Ms. Hetal straight background and wonderful healthy -friendships.
- It made a very strong impact on Ms. Hetal’s existing institutional knowledge and expertise that she had gained in India with her own teachers. Having worked with institutional performing art schools & institutes/their choreographers in non-indian performing arts – so often;here in USA, she gained several insights. Diversity has always been part of her life right from her school and college days. Read below the rest of story. 2020 Accomplishments.
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 under Hetal Nagaraj.
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/international guests/faculties activities other than routine dance lessons on social media. This was in association with speciality dance & theatre businesses too. Initial Journey of Dhamaal Events – 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.
- 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 Officially with first set of batches.
- 2019 December, 2019 – Rang Indian Folk Dance Productions were announced
- First set of our graduates were launched as professional artist in Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances, Filmy Dances (Bolly/Tolly/Kollywood) in our various dance productions. – Click Here for their respective Reachh Mediaa Since 2013.
- Grace And Grooves Successfully Completed 10 YEARS OF NON-STOP 1st 3 PRIZES IN Dance Competitions From Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances & Fusions for ALL AGE GROUPS FROM AGE 5 yrs to Teens and Adults. (Non Voting Competitions).
- 2 of our students received scholarships with full ride. Mini, and Shweta. Congratulations. This makes total of 3 students so far who took that path.
- Grace And Grooves Opens its doors to stay at home or working parents to apply for our performing teams, paid events and morning hour trainings.
- International Dancers visit Grace And Grooves LLC to take Indian Folk Dance Trainings for master technique workshops & corrections in Indian Folk Dances with full theory. See here Dhamaal Events.
- Grace And Grooves Announces it’s first annual show(Not dance production) March 28,2020 – Saturday @ 12 to 2pm. Venue : Plano Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074 —- Postponed and later completed with Video Shoot due to Covid 19 Lockdowns and Later – Virtual Lessons.
- Our International Artist For Navratri Garba/Dodhiya Visits us again at Dhamaal Events for Workshops Series – Click Here.
Jan 2020 to December 2020:
- 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.
- In 2020, g2 dance factory was formed as DBA and venue-papers were signed in Arlington, Texas, USA. The brand was created by Hetal Nagaraj to create our own teams for Grace Creations Fusion Dance Company and to enter the world of Non-Indian Performing Arts with full trainings for those who are well-settled in USA and have embraced the culture as well as diversity in their life.
- For those who don’t know, Ms. Hetal’s own daughter has full 5 years of trainings in institutional/educational/dance school/non-commerical – tap, jazz, ballet as pre-competitive and competitive dancer/teams/city and state level before she moved to Indian Dances and recreational-hiphop training. Read About Grace Creations Fusion Company Above! 2013.
- Read Above Grace Creations-and this is the link of Fb Page .
- From 2012 itself, several collaborations continued with her own hiphop/jazz/contemporary teachers under the leadership and other contributions/participations of Hetal Nagaraj from 2013 to 2019 with indian dances for the love of performing arts and create fun-fusions for those students who are 2nd/3rd generations in US. Some recreational batches and performances of hiphop and contemporary also happened in Irving, Lewisville/Carrollton and Southlake from 2013 to 2015 by her own teams who were fully trained under various faculties hour by hour/year by year by her or by teachers she had hired from Coppell Dance Center and other freelance institutional-non-commerical-choreographers. See here and read above Grace Creations-how and why it was formed.
- Those teams in 2013 to 2015 won hiphop competitions as well and in 2016 the program was kept on-hold because same teams/students were in the curriculams in Indian Dances. Other than that, their trainings in other hiphop technicalities were required to go to next levels as well.
- From academic year of 2019, Grace And Grooves/G1 and Hetal Nagaraj again started her exclusive batches of Hiphop and Contemporary again from they left(with same students). And g2 was then finally established!
- G2 dance factory doors are expected to open very soon, estd. date is Oct 1, 2021.
- Renovations are going onn as the venue was owned by other business who left place/for a very long time(about 8-10years). For these many years, the venue was unoperative/unused and that has caused lot of distress to the property. Thus, lot of superficial remodeling is required to make it safe place for families/students and has to be done in phases, as and when problems may emerge with minor repairs.
- Ms Hetal was looking for right venue from 2018-2019 itself right before the pandemic of Covid started. Covid sort of slowed down the plan and getting a right venue was important to her. The place that fits her budget, requirement of performing arts studio, properties that meet certain criteria to avoid too much of structural remodeling and other factors as first timer. Getting right people was other issue too. These criterias were her priority because she did not have partnership or big capital but had enough to start off as she aims for very long terms!
- Till date, each of our venues/city had atleast 10 years of operations and thus the graduates!
- See our Graduates by Location, Genre and Programs too!
- 2020 marks the year of Grace And Grooves Group 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.
- December 2020 : Grace And Grooves Group’s very first video shoot for our dancers who wanted to have videos for themselves and for various event submissions as well as dance competitions! VIDEO SHOOTS FOR SHOWS AND LIVE SESSIONS BEGINS!
- December 2020 : Our 2020 Year Ended With Several Achievements from Dance Competitions, Students’ In-house achievements, national awards, and international awards. Read More – Here.
Year 2021 :
- January 2021 : Our very first LIVE EVENT And That too : Arangetram of Our Elite : Nirja Setty. Read About Her.
- February 2021 : Congratulations To Hetal Nagaraj, Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty aka Setty Siblings and Ashna Pethe on ther international awards for bagging Solo & group Awards at international level. Read More – Here.
- March 2021 : NEW : Hetal Nagaraj to receive her 3rd International Award, this time for not only dance but for leadership. Read More about it : International Women’s Award for 2021 | 43:48 | Click here | Country-India, Award Media Location – Gujarat.
- April-May 2021: NEW : Congratulations to Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty & Aahana on getting their international awards nominations cleared. Awards were declared in May 24th week of 2021 & will be shipped to their address. More details – here. Country-India, Award Media Location-Mumbai.
- May 2021 : NEW : Congratulations to Hetal Nagaraj on nominations & being selected for International Award in the list of inspiring enterpreneurs in business and performing arts in month of May. Country-India, Award Media Location/Hyderabad. Award Announcement & Release: June 2021. See Here – NEWS India Today – The Impact.
- June 2021 : NEW : Hetal Nagaraj Dance, Hetal Nagaraj featured in The India Today-THE IMPACT as her 4th International Award in the list of inspiring entrepreneurs in business & performing arts. Award will be shipped to Ms. Hetal. Here is the link of the specifics & award. Non-Voting. This is her 4th international award.
- August 8, 2021 : Hetal Nagaraj broke her own several records & made a history in Entire Performing Arts:
- Exclusive by genre – 3 dance productions in 1 day (Anantha Classical Dance Production, Rang Folk Dance Production & Sarva Cinematic Dance Production) featuring Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu-Dance, Kalaripayattu- Martial Arts, Chhau Dance & Martial Arts, Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood, Tollywood, Theater/Drama, Dance Drama by genre, Literature and Language Series by Genre, Hiphop, Indian Hiphop, Contemporary, Fashion Show by her teen groups! Each of her production were non-stop 2 hours. First production started at 12 noon and last one ended at 730pm.
- Longest Danceathon of straight 19 Mins featuring our pre-competition teams and her national level elites – by genre.
- Hetal herself performed a full dance routines with/without her students in Bharatanatyam, Hiphop, Folk Dances, Contemporary, Kalaripayattu, Chhau, Fusions and Fashion Show Routines.
- Hetal started her first show w/her students at 19 years under her teachers. Hetal broke her own record of that too when her 18 year old’s first set of students performed flawlessly – that signedup exclusively under Ashna’s own name – NOT under Hetal’s name :). Ashna Pethe.
- Otherwise, Hetal had her first intern at the age of 15(Mansi Chauhan-see what she graduated in) under Dance/Learn as Your Earn/Paid Internships – Program of Texas All Star Talents.
- Hetal’s Graduate Samarth Setty(Age 13) had his first solo student who performed beautifully on stage(Age 7).
- Hetal’s own graduate Nirja Setty(15) had her first set of intern classes in Bharatanatyam. Her own student – a 12 year old started her sub-internships as well for those who needed help.
- For volunteer assignments, Hetal’s first direction was at DFW Temple,Irving-Texas-Intern Age was 17 for Traditional-Fashion Show Bollywood Theme. See here.
- Hetal as well Grace And Grooves Altogether broke our own record this time for having maximum number of LIVE Shoots during the show itself – Outdoor and Indoors as part of our own show on August 8, 2021 without having you-tube channel.
- Theater Series Part 2 went LIVE on stage with full dialogues, acting, music/sound and light effects under Hetal.
- We broke our own record of having several virtual students – who went on stage as is with full costumes and routines!
- Record Breaking 300 people visited as running audience that were our dance school parents-just her own students’ strength and more than 70 students participated in this event. Outsider artists, teams, guest artists etc and texas all star activities were strictly prohibited this time due to Covid.
- From March 2020-Aug 2021 : Over a dozen shoots happened for the shows that got cancelled.
- Record breaking 8 shows were cancelled due to COVID-19 from March 2020 to August 2021 for which advance planning was done including international artists and several of our own teachers-who visit US often. They all live here & travel often.
- Lot of our other developments : Check 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 her experiences of over 17 years in 10+ fields.
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.
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