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

Reasons Why We Have Graduates By Genres ?

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

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

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

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Samarth Setty

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

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

Other Dance Training Related Accomplishments :

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

Dance Dramas & Dance Musicals :

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

Competitions, Accomplishments & Performances :

National Level Elite Status For Indian Dances :

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

Current Activities in Dance – 2021 :

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

Awards For Performing Arts Related Accomplishments & Achievements :

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

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

Other Interests & Non-Dance Accomplishments :

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

Social Media For Samarth Setty :

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

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

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

Pictures and Video Compilation : Work In Progress.

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

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

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Nirja Setty

Dance Trainings : Glimpse of her LIVE Arangetram

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

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

Other Dance Training Related Accomplishments :

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

Dance Dramas & Dance Musicals :

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

Competitions, Accomplishments & Performances :

National Level Elite Status For Indian Dances :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Status In Dance Competitons :

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

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

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

Awards For Performing Arts Related Accomplishments & Achievements :

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

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

State Level Status In Non-Indian Dances:

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

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

Current 2021 Dance Activities :

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

Other Interests & Non-Dance Accomplishments :

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

Social Media For Nirja Setty :

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

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

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

Video Compilation Work In Progress.

Buy Tickets To Watch Her Favorite Wins.

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

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

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

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

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Why Compete!!! Where does it get you ?

We are asked this lot of times, sometimes when people call……..Why Compete!!! What does it get you ? Do you compete because you are not confident…LOL NO…!

Here is why we have culture to compete, perform and do educational activities.

You heard that right, culture to compete is encouraged but not necessary. Our job is to inform you, tell you pros and cons. You do it or you do not it, there is no compromise in dance 🙂 You will still learn the same exact thing even if you do not compete and in same number of classes!

Competitions that we go to are : Healthy, Fun, technique focused/education field/ and lot of them come with really good $$, some are strictly amateur level while some are really good/tough/hard/strict/competitive on techniques and other rubrics. Read about rubrics!

Benefits of competing or even giving the best performance, if you were to give !

  1. You compete because it is not always for the win….! Some competitions will teach lot of other things that even education mainstream will not give you that exposure. It is about being there, feeling it, going through it that will give you the experience.
  2. It teaches healthy sportsmanship…You will still be friends, classmates whether or not you got the wins or lose!
  3. You compete so that you know what comes out of you, under that pressures!
  4. You compete so that when you lose, it does not bother you. It becomes fun!
  5. You learn to lose and still do it all over again & learn to never give up.
  6. You win it and still do it all over again; as if it never happened.
  7. You do competitions to understand life is not about competing. It is about giving your math exam after losing 5 different competitions and still get “A” without a cry. Oh, you bet, elites have gone through that a lot of times. Just like that you do not win. Times they have not won…and still had their exams later next week…Read About them here.
  8. You do competitions so that it gives you a refined audience who knows what you are doing and they have every right to comment or critic on your performance that you will not get in culture or festival audiences or even in those reality show competitions.
  9. You compete as if you are giving your post exam that is optional and fun.
  10. You compete so that when you are there, you do not lose it, no matter what happens on that day. It is the process that teaches you.
  11. You compete so that you learn to trust your trainings..from laughing, smiling, crying, moods or whatever that may come….even if you had worst day of your life.
  12. You compete so that when you get feedback (some competitions come with educational feedback), you do the fixes and do it all over again. It is the pressure under which things will happen that may surprise everybody!
  13. You compete so that the girl or boy you just met took your 2nd place or 1st place or 3rd place and that life is all about how best you did and for what. You get to judge yourself, understand + and – of it. And what could have got you that 1st place, if you would have prob listened to your teacher. Mind you, sometimes too much/over practice too causes failures!
  14. You compete so that you learn to balance everything. It is like a dart board, you hit or miss, you will play it again until the board or the dart is available!
  15. You compete to lead and take charge of your groups’ decision for changes that may happen or support as team member when required. It is not always about you.
  16. You learn to let go your ego and learn to respect others and you learn to never laugh at others. You know what it takes to be there. It is the process.
  17. You learn to get tired, exhausted under pressure and still do a flawless job just as trained without letting audience know of how bad your day was.
  18. Some competitions comes with perks/well most that we do…some $ that students earn for themselves and pay off their own fees and we do too, some give other benefits. It just depends on type of competitions.

Competing in competitions fosters not only healthy environment for sportsmanship between students, teachers, parents, and their own friends but also lot of times depending on rubrics or type of competitions, you will amaze yourself. We have had sweet surprises when our elites forgot their dance moves and made up something(surprise-their own genre steps!) and still got 1st place. Our teachers wondered that time as to where did this step come from and yet the genre suffices and gets them 1st place. Nobody knew till date if it was mistake! While there were days when we had “oppps” moments too then back to point 10. Finish the dance even if you lost that split of the second….get back to it, right away!

Do you know, not all our students compete. While not all our students perform either and yet they all learn the same exact dance/technique and routine. We did it from over a decade just in DFW of North Texas ….and will continue to do so :). 

This is the magic of training…And that is why whether or not you compete, there is no difference in what we teach you or these learning skills! With us, under Hetal Nagaraj, you get a guarantee of technique focused & creativity with all that straight background that we speak of…..Your child or yourself will learn same exact steps in same number of classes, no matter what the level is. See for yourself on our Youtube. The videos are clipped from master recording files of entire recording of non-stop classes.

Competing in educational competitions exposes you to educational field and not to entertainment field. Both are different and so are the dances. The entire choreography changes & techniques are far off. You will know when you will do it separately. We have them both under us for seperate category of dance requirements and they all are seperate. They are like two parallel lines that will NEVER meet or agree to each other. And for sure, that is something not to be compared or discussed. You compare when they have something in common!

Only Best Part about all the educational field dancers is that they fit very well and succeed in entertainment world of their genres because of strong knowledge, techniques/originality in them and the process of the trainings that they go through comes with its pros that no education or experience will teach. While entertainment dancers find extremely difficult to fit in educational field and related state of affairs. It becomes difficult for them to understand concepts, techniques and choreography too. Either way, this is just our experience whenever we had choreographers from entertainment field or direct industry who do not know this process of education. While who are we to argue when it comes to parallel lines. Those who have never done it will not know it!

Call NOW…Learn your life skills from sportsmanship to leadership skills with us and let dance allow you to beat the crap out of everything. 972 979 2559 is the right number. Our owner Hetal Nagaraj ( www.hetaln.com ) has a certifications in those too other than her trainings of 35 years background in Indian and Non-Indian Performing Arts. For those who do not know, she was trained exclusively under her teachers’ complete trainings, internships, guidance, mentorship, amongst the most mature and strongest leaderships and was launched by one in 1999.

Do you know ? In order to at-least get 1 win for 1 genre, you have to submit at-least 1 student or group or for audition for at-least 1 dance in 1 category/genre ? Do the math, how many of our students must have submitted per competition & per genre to create a record of 10+ years of history in all genres with technique based non-voting educational competitions 🙂 .

This just tells how much we love what we do, how we succeed in all we do…and why! try it, you will achieve it too. #trainingsrequired

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Secret To Winning Indian Dance Competitions For Dummies!!!

Winning 1st 3 prizes for solo(s)/group(s) in Indian Dance Competitions for over a decade in our genre of specialization for non-voting Indian Dance Competitions sounds like a big thing. It actually isn’t if you follow curriculum and keep it fun. For us, it has been a norm for Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances & Bollywood/Some Tollywood and from 2013-Fusion!

HOW ? We love to share how we have been winning from over a decade in all the “stage dance competitions” and how our elites have come this far with such good paid commitments.

So, here’s our HOW TO Win Indian Dance Competitions for Dummies…! Our Fool Proof guidelines and tips for those interested.

One of main attributes in stage competitions/for all genres are : Techniques. Techniques also means right amount of expressions required at certain techniques or mood used in the dance, coordination if group, comfort level of dancers with respect to dance, stage presence and personality, choreography, costumes, makeup and drama aspect. To do it right, you have to feel it and go through it which at Grace And Grooves is a norm! Because our owner herself comes from that background of competitions from over 2 decades! Read About Ms. Hetal Nagaraj.

To begin with, what are the types of dances ?

Be it Bharatanatyam, Indian folk dances or Bollywood/Movie inspired dances; usually these dances are non-commercial dances. For bollywood or tollywood dance industry genre, there is level of dance and name of dance as well. As we all know that bollywood dances emerge from various forms or styles or certain drama attributes and thus will always have name.

However, there are certain category of dances within bollywood that do not have name because they do no follow a form or style and are purely for entertainment or let’s just say – NO RULES thus, these dances makes them commercial dances and usually gets disqualified in first round itself if you do it in-spite of rules given. Open category of competitions usually accepts these for example – most reality show competitions are based on this! That dance industry/world is entirely different than education studio. Education world competitions are to encourage the dancer to follow the rules, get finer in it and excel with feedbacks and let’s just say prepare them for higher grounds of possibilities within the form or with fusions later, if trained. Then, break the rules-it is completely dancers wish and instructor’s wish! None-the-less, our students have won these open category dance competitions with their actual dance forms itself or with fusion depending on what is allowed. Usually it will depend on judges, number of rounds in competitions and students training level in that genre. Everything goes in there…

For Bharatanatyam/Classical Dances & indian folk dances, the category is always non-commercial and standard as it is dance form. Even for entertainment, creativity is out of this world if used within the form. Most classical dances are actual dance formats/margams itself and then there are dance dramas. Not to confuse with dance musicals!

There is this entire category of exclusive Indian Folk Dances that is entirely different than the dances that are into Community stage dances/cultural dances/regional dances/bollywood inspired folk dances/ethnic dances/creative folk dances. Why ? Because of rubrics of judging and rules that go with it is entirely different for both these categories. You cannot possibly compare Folk Dances rubrics to Bollywood or with Bharatanatyam. With Bollywood having different types of techniques and some folk dances do not even have expressions as their main factor. Likewise, Bharatanatyam nritta if done will lack several attributes of nritya or natyam itself. So rubrics are often kept in % by the genre or type of entries.

Depending on competitions, they categorize fusion dances or they put them in open category. Concept of fusion dances is very simple! Some go by dance done on other music to be considered as fusion because their argument is that if dance is not danced on its actual/real music then it is not that dance. That is true but if u do not consider music at all and see the dance without music; what will you name it? That raises lot of fundamental questions. So these occurrences have been very rare in over 10 years of history that we have participated. We had 2 such competitions that we came across in entire history of 10+ years where they had that kind of rule! We got 1st place in both anyway. The only argument to this was you cannot name that dance as fusion unless 2 or more dance form or styles are used. Rest are very clear about categories & thus you’ll know it well.

Then comes the judges. First experience is always a question for you because these competitions do not tell you who the judges are and some do not specify the rubrics either but when you test waters, you’ll know! We had tested some waters — we decided not to waste time there as they were bias to one team based on their friendly relations! Then be it that way, you should call only them!

Some competitions are very transparent to names of judges and their experiences and that is fun! Last but not the least, whether or not there it is any voting. If voting then how many % is counted towards total judging points. What age group we are competing in one category/genre is also important factor for stage like dances!!

Then comes, prize money if there is one or something of that sort. Then it is motivating for students who are doing competitions regularly or something of that equivalent value. Nobody wants a 10$ trophy after spending money on hours of practices, competition fees, costumes and that just adds to a collection without a meaning!

For us at Grace And Grooves, it has been other way round. Our students have earned more, earned bigger opportunties than what they put money in! It is just boring for our students who have competed from over 10 years now to go for $10 trophies without the meaning to it. They rather spend money 50 to 60$ and do shows with us where they know they are going to get recognition, feathers to wear that they can own as skill-set, showcase as their own, perks, discounts and many more fun things to take home. A beautiful memory to take home. Budget is very important factor too!

Alas, comes the winning part after all that! Most difficult & unpredictable of all!

Just like that you do not get the wins in 1st 3 places & $$$ prizes. Here are some standard points that we have come across for rubrics in judgement & we would absolutely love to share with you:

1. Expressions 40% depending on genre. Some genres strongly requires that this element isn’t the part of dance because of restrictions on costumes, mask, type of song/pure technique competitions, or certain type of dramas. so % is then distributed.

2. Techniques 50% & % is distributed

3. Comfort level of dance & body movements-rest % divided, solo or group and as per difficulty level.

4. Coordination to music-rest % divided, if solo or group.

6. Costumes-rest % divided

7. Makeup / Dramatic effects of dance : % is divided by genre.

7. Props & usages

8. Choreography and Innovation in dance form without losing genre category—-some competitions have this highest! some have these 2 seperate.

10. Culture aspect depending on dance (if required depending on competitions since we have been to some of most difficult & strict competitions too!!!)

Sounds easy ? See you there..!!!!

Congrats to all our elites Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty, Setty Siblings, Ashna Pethe, Hetal Nagaraj, and lot of our graduates who have won them through a decade as they grew with us by balancing not only personal life but studies too.

Check out their real dances & results as they have been doing it beautifully and gracefully like cute little swans! Click Here.

Read about these budding stars : Here.

See their dance trainings at : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/our-graduates

Our Performing Teams too have won several such auditions/competitions or are called for special paid appearances : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/our-performing-team

Do not forget to sign up or subscribe our Youtube Channel Playlists.  You will find lot of videos of our competition students, recreational dances, party dances, margam dances for classical dances, audition videos, our program videos, media releases & videos of different age groups starting from 3.5 to 5 years onwards to Adults 50+, and many more!!! Do not miss the Teenagers tribute of fun dances they do.

 

Dates these page were updated : May 1, 2020. 930am.

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