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 with Sadir. Grace And Grooves Performing Arts incorporates Sadir depending on students ability to perform because of Hetal Nagaraj’s training in Sadir. Once Student reaches certain level of expertise, Sadir dances are taught as curriculam.
- 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).
- 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 from this level, 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.
- Thillana and Varnam Workshops with Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan (after audition cleared to be eligible).
- 300+ hours of Pandanullar Bharatanatyam, for the fun of it with Ms. Alpana (4 Dances – not used anywhere for any submissions or competitions-ever. Alpana does not teach thalam, nattavangam, or taal beats or by margam rules or by names of adavus or jathis). It did not matter to Nirja as to which style she learns or performs either for fun or for recreation because she was trained first hand in Sadir and Kalakshetra and was at jathiswaram by the time she took those pandanullar. Sadir is mother of all Bharatanatyam Styles.
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.
- 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. 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 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.
- Nirja Setty Receives Her Very First International Award by Hello Gujarat Media (NRI) for her achievements in Performing Arts.
- Age 15 : Video Link : From 10:15 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6Vd18fieM
- 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 :
- Nirja Setty is currently taking her teaching internships w/Ms. Hetal Nagaraj for Bharatanatyam, Folk & Bollywood.
- Nirja is also taking advance trainings for Nattuvangam, Thalam, Hiphop & Advance Indian Folk Dance Trainings under Hetal Nagaraj / Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies.
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.
- Other Modeling and Dance Assignments are listed here : www.thesettys.com and here.
Social Media For Nirja Setty :
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Setty Siblings : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYVXztrGVzSry5NCJ7B1ww/about
Setty Siblings : https://www.facebook.com/thesettys
Twitter : https://twitter.com/thesettys
Video Compilation Work In Progress.
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- 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, August 14, 2021 | Aug 10, 2022 | Aug 26, 2022
This post will be regularly updated as and when she advances or developments come in picture.
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