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- Bharatnatyam training from age of 5 years under Hetal Nagaraj for Kalakshetra Bani/Style. By 2021, she completes 11 straight years of training and a FULL margam. She completed her Arangetram Online In Jan 2021 in Dallas Forworth Of North Texas, USA.
- 5 Years of Classical Ballet from Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell), Coppell Dance Center(Coppell), Prestige Performing Arts (Lewisville/Coppell).
- 5 Years of Recreational to Competitive American Tap from Ballet Academy of Texas(Coppell), Coppell Dance Center(Coppell), Prestige Performing Arts (Lewisville/Coppell).
- She has trainings of over 25 Indian Folk Dances in different styles with performances under Hetal Nagaraj. See her Graduate List here.
- 1 year 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).
- 24 hours – Kalaripayattu (Level 1) Training : 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. As she graduated, she also did 4 hours of 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.
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.
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 on 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. 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.
- She couldn’t compete to gain her International Status due to her school exams as most of the times those dates would fall in exam times and travelling is not possible.
- 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
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.
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 :
- Her other interest include chess, swimming, doing spelling bees, drawing/painting, maths and for her education is just as important. 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.
- 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.
- During Nirja’s baby years, she has been nominated as Finalist for Open-Crowd Gerber Contest (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!
Social Media For Nirja Setty :
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/NirjaSettyN/
Setty Siblings : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYVXztrGVzSry5NCJ7B1ww/about
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!
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