List of Company Albums :

List of company picture albums and pre-dominantly Hetal Joshi M | Hetal Nagaraj’s Contributions :

  1. List of our Events, Shoots, Production, Projects. Executed by Hetal Joshi M, Hetal Nagaraj.
  2. Workshops Programs of Hetal@GraceAndGrooves at our locations :
  3. Hetal’s Fundraisers Events Pictures :
  4. Hetal’s sponsored events(outside of Grace And Grooves) :
  5. Hetal’s Reachh Mediaa Artists Since 2013 Program Invitees & Grads :
  6. Texas All Star Talents Program Graduates Of Hetal Nagaraj :
  7. Shot by Hetal Nagaraj – Exclusively :
    • Shot, Shoots, Model Shoots and Photography, Videography, Cinematography, Direction, Exclusive Direction with Rehearsals so that photographer can shoot exactly what Hetal want and as requested by organizers or producers, Light Shots, by Me.
    • About my experience, expertise, education and knowledge in this field and thus @TheGraceEffects : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/the-grace-effects 
    • All productions / events till date planned by me from start to finish including costumes and teaching to direction!
    • Grace and Grooves have never had a responsible full timer who pulled it off more than 0.01% – till date! 
    • All work 99.99% all mine and yep, some solo invites etc are their own and thats submission required so that others know-what’s happening. 5 years with me and this success. Hetal’s other planned choreo for the shoots and shots : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/coupleandmarriagepackages
    • Link of Pics : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.542599171201364&type=3
  8. Hetal’s Dance Workshops, per request :
    • My Various Dance Workshops Given by Me in Various Genres. Paid, Sponsored & Fundraising Activites. I perform Solo(s) as requested in these workshops.
    • Hetal gives workshops by genre because of my varied dance specialities with 100% transparency in performing arts. With more than 13 workshops for Indian Folk Dances, 4 technique workshops for Bharatanatyam, 2 Hiphop Urban, and pretty much all the rest of Bollywood/Tollywood/Customized-Traditionals and Bollyhop Fun with their choice of song! 
    • These workshops are not company workshops that we do in summers for festival folk, folk dance or 40hour or 25 hour workshops. These are seperately called by diff clients
    • Link of Pics : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4485001098248514&type=3
  9. Hetal (Solo+Key)Paid, Sponsored & In-house shows :
    • 38 years of history going Live. Hetal’s solo and key dance performances in groups in various genres.
    • ALL actual stage pictures, performances in workshops with full costumes etc.
    • Paid, Sponsored and a few Volunteer participations. We do all types of events.
  10. Hetal’s Lecture, Demonstrations, Research/Thesis :
  11. Hetal’s Couple/Marriage Packages :
    • ** Each pic resembles a diff package for diff events within event such as engagement, sangeet, marriage, reception, anniversary party and a min of 5min routine.
    • We thank all our couples who made an effort to perform in our company events as our invited guests or representing our company as a whole in other culture events, by genre or category. Much Love! This is one of my favorites too. I love it so much. 
    • Who knew, Hetal would learn it for herself and it will benefit so many people 🙂. Come and fall in love with love!!! More about my couple dance category by genre : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/coupleandmarriagepackages
    • Link of Pics : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4560240470724576&type=3
  12. Hetal Nagaraj’s On-Stage In-House Dance+Model Productions :
  13. Hetal’s Show announcements and flyers, dates and venues :
  14. Hetal’s Fitness & Women Wellness Workshops :

Pictures by our The Grace Effects Team That Made A Difference! – International Entries.

Pictures by our The Grace Effects Team That Made A Difference on international submissions!

Strictly under the guidance or direction of Hetal Joshi M because of her speciality and request of submissions. Amazing, isn’t it ? We love our crew w/their amazing success with us!

Because at the end of the day a good picture from a good angle is worth a 1000 words 🙂

Ofcourse, our people at Grace And Grooves Group of Companies work really hard to be at a level where it is worth taking their pictures too. After practicing so much by the rules/techniques & creativity, we can not afford to look like a mess or miss those amazing dances and routines. We provide our crew all the gears/camera/cards/gadgets, trainings as required, depending on their ability and availability of our own gears as our activities are on-going!

Ms. Hetal actually directs these. Hetal Joshi M, Hetal Nagaraj Dance, Hetal Nagaraj

Nruthyakala Folk Dance Academy by Hetal Joshi M / Hetal Nagaraj. The only Indian Folk Dance School, Academy & Company to offer by category folk dances to offer the most successful program in Indian Folk Dances in USA with graduates in each, theory and practicals a full curriculam.Mirchi Dance Academy by Hetal Joshi M / Hetal Nagaraj. The only Bollywood/Tollywood/Cinema Dance School, Academy & Company to offer the most succesful program in entire USA by category, and with graduates and a full curriculam with theory/history.Kalasri Institute of Classical Dances by Hetal Joshi M / Hetal Nagaraj. The only classical institute/school/academy and company to offer the most successful program in entire USA by category, and with graduates and a full curriculam with theory/history. Graduates or Advance students in Kalaripayattu/Kalaripatt as well from 2019.

Photographers whose pictures made the difference to our Grace And Grooves Company/Group with their amazing work as directed by Hetal Joshi M / Hetal Nagaraj. These pictures were selected again and again in mainstream media during international news/articles, commercial suppliers and publishing houses to represent Grace And Grooves Group or at times for Ms. Hetal Joshi M / Hetal Nagaraj herself : Hetal Nagaraj, Stephen Powell, Phani Pydimarri, Nagaraj, The Settys(www.thesettys.com), Nandika, Padmesh, Isha K, Pandya Brothers, Priya and Mahesh.

Here’s our best – shots in mainstream media(s). More than 5million views on an average per upload in one-mainstream media, without any voting or without any sharing on social medias.

More about our crew : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/reachh-mediaa-artist-management

Ms. Hetal’s exclusive shots : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.542599171201364&type=3

Ms. Hetal’s exclusive shots : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.542599171201364&type=3

Book your shoots with us !! Be it for event at The Grace Effects or for protfolio/commercial at The Reachh Mediaa Since 2013.

Get your pictures done with some of the best mainstream people under Hetal Joshi M (An eye that knows how/what/when/why/where to click and by which angle).

Pictures posted above are either past or present students or clients of Grace and Grooves & their pictures are shared based on their exclusive photo sharing rights and approved by parents when shared/transferred to Grace And Grooves for the purpose of Grace and Grooves ONLY.  

**Mainstream Media = News, Interviews, Awards without voting, by gerne and by category without social media interference.

And yes, we pay too :). depends on projects.

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In-Person (hybrid) Class Schedule – Grace And Grooves Performing Arts, DFW Texas USA | 972 979 2559.

  •  Irving : Rockbrook Montessori Monday:  
    • 530pm to 630 pm: Bharatanatyam Ages 5 to 9 : NEW.
    • 630 pm to 730: Traditional & Folk : 9 to Teens
    • 730 to 830 : Adults : Teens/Adults Mixed Genre Trained Dancers/ Transferred Students: 16+
  • Irving : Rockbrook Montessori Tuesday :
    • 515pm to 615pm : Bharatanatyam Ages Open- NEW.
    • 615 to 715pm : Bollywood Ages 7 to 14 : Mixed Genre
    • 645 to 745pm : Ages 7 to 14. Hiphop.
    • 715 to 815pm : Adults/Teens 14+ & Adults Mixed Genre Trained Dancers/ Transferred Students
  •  Lewisville : Wednesday:
    • 545pm to 645pm: Bharatanatyam Ages 5 to 8pm
    • 615pm to 715pm: Bharatanayam Ages 8 to 13. Adv Adavus & Jathis
      • Online Class-New Refreshers Students-Hybrid Welcome.
      • In-person @Lewisvile.
    • 630 to 730pm Adults Bharatanatyam : Adv.Adavus & Jathis
  • Lewisville : Satuday :
    • 10am to 11am : Bharatanatyam : Hybrid | In Person @Flowermound & Lewisville : Advance Only. Varnam + Jathis by Names –
      • Refreshers Welcome – Must share the clips of previous margam-performances, if any.
  • Lewisville : Sunday:
    • 530 to 6:30pm: Bollywood Ages 8+ Hiphop
    • 630pm to 730pm : Bollywood 10+ to 16
  • Frisco FM 423: Nexus Fitness : Sunday
    • 10am to 11am : Mixed Genre : 5 to 10 years : Transferred Students
    • 11-12 : 10+ : Bharatanatyam : Mixed Ages. NEW Ages 7+.
  • Frisco FM 423: Nexus Fitness : Wednesday
    • 745pm to 845pm : Adults : Mixed Genre : Trained Dancers/ Transferred Students / Refreshers: 16+
  • Frisco FM 423: Nexus Fitness : Friday
    • TBD.
  •  Allen: Cindy’s School of Dance. Sunday:
    • 1pm to 230: Teens to 16 years : Mixed Genre : Bollywood, Hiphop
    • 2 to 3pm : Indian Folk : 8 to 16.
    • 230 to 330: Bharatanatyam Ages Mixed Age : Intermediate Only. Adv Adavus & Jathis.
    • 330pm to 430pm : Mixed Genre Adults/Teens. Trained Dancers/ Transferred Students
  • Flower Mound: Saturday:
    • 2pm to 315pm: 10 yrs to 18yrs : Folk
    • 315pm to 415pm : Bharatanatyam – Mixed Age : Kids & Adults
    • 415 to 515pm : Bollywood Ages 6 to 13, 13+. Bollywood.
    • 515 to 615pm Mixed Genre Teens/Adults : Trained Dancers/ Transferred Students: 14+
  • Arlington : Schedule on http://www.g2dancefactory.com

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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 !!

Join us NOW to inquire about fun ways to work : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/career-inquiry-form

Register for Classes or complete your trainings or just convert your talents to skills : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/indiandanceclasses

Our Accomplishments Of Our Gradutes by Genre : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/our-graduates

News, Awards & Accomplishments : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/news

Indian/Non-Indian Dance Competition Awards (Non-Indian for Hiphop): https://wp.me/p7EbkV-1Ch

Phone : 972 979 2559.

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Terms & Conditions : Dhamaal Events by Hetal Nagaraj.

Click here on the acquisitions of Dhamaal Events by Hetal Nagaraj from November 2020 & Onwards.

  1. Under an event when the workshop or the event does not happen or there are less attendees to carry forward the event, a FULL Refund will be processed.
  2. ALL events are recorded for quality purposes! Online streaming LIVE events may be an option, please be on time.
  3. Dvd or online streaming may be purchased for the LIVE events, PAID subscription for our channel or blog! CALL 972 979 2559. Consent depending on availability.
  4. ALL events are eventually posted on our youtube or social media channels when asked by organizations or media people except for not immidiately after they are aired LIVE;as these students may be using them for various competitions or other titles or awards.
  5. ALL workshops or events are non-refundable for any last minute cancellations, from your side. You are welcome to transfer to somebody with prior notice of 24 hours and use it. See our refund policy, below! All waivers with full forms must be signed in FULL.
  6. For ALL Online events or Workshops, Zoom or Online Video ID & Password will be given ONLY after payment is received. We ask that if you have signed-up last minute, call the number on the flyer and get it. Online payment system may not send notification right away resulting in delays for everybody, please chase it through.
  7. ALL workshops or events will require full details as asked, when asked and full watsapp details are strictly required to carry forward easy communication.
  8. As soon as you sign up for any workshops or events with Dhamaal Events or any other affiliated brands or businesses or artists, you automatically waive ALL of them from any injury caused, either physically, mentally or any other as it is public event OPEN to all.
  9. Some workshops may require additional insurance waivers and such other waivers as requested by artists, themselves. These will be send to you by email, pls fill them for everybody’s safety.
  10. ALL workshops are to target particular work, please read & understand if it is right for you and then ONLY join. Please do not join if it is not of your level. Level & Intensity of workshop is mentioned for a very good reason!
  11. In any event of for-see emergency, please inform at-least 36hours before the event time to receive a full refund.
  12. ALL refunds are processed IN FULL ONLY when workshops are cancelled by us/our teams or artists. We give up-to 3 months to reschedule the events and give NEW dates in case of international events.
  13. Fees that are refunded may have deducted amounts of pay-pal and such other payment portal deductions unless otherwise, it was via zelle or venmo. We ask you pay likewise to avoid unnecessary fee deductions. 
  14. ALL classes/workshops are to be taken with your own due diligence. Ask whatever details you would want, before paying for it. There will not rescheduling of event just for you! Take it or Lose it.
  15. No Other reminders will be send for any workshops unless there is change in workshop timings or instructor or change of any other details. Basic notification or reminders for payments in process, or received or online ids etc may be given as applicable for type of event or when artist may change or there is time change. Upon change of artist or timings, you are welcome to request refund! You will receive it in FULL. ALL of our events will announced, IN PUBLIC.
  16. For Online events, technical difficulty reminders will be send. Please keep an eye on those. Due to online events, there may be few minutes that may be spend on those-when so, workshop hour will be counted is counted keeping in mind those technical difficulties.
  17. Recording of entire work will be given as is. Entire work is not FULL class recording. There is no guarantee if you will receive full hours and hours/class recording as it requires breaking up from master file and you will be required to pay for the labor. 
  18. Other Notifications : There will also be notifications of other exciting opportunities that may be announced before or after the event that you signed-up for. And all enrollments are strictly by payments received. Please let the organizer know if you would choose not to receive those or you would want to register for the other.

Call NOW To Book Your Other Events at +1 972 979 2559.

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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 ? 

Look !! Type of Competitions We Do !!!

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.

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