Our List of Group Of Companies Under Grace And Grooves LLC Exclusive to Hetal Joshi M.
Exclusive because, on paper, these brands have requested to operate with full leadership and under the execution plan of Hetal Joshi M including the artists!
Not all programs are companies | Not all companies are programs | Not all brands are companies | Not all companies are brands
Not all brands are programs | Not all programs are brands | Not all brands are registered!
ALL are operating in their specialities. Performing / Fine Arts and Related are listed here.
Thus the list :
Grace And Grooves LLC – International. The Company itself operates seperately and independently under Hetal Joshi/Hetal Nagaraj : International. This was when we did not have other companies or when we did not buy any brands!
Grace & Grooves LLC – International. Seperately registered as well :). To save on the name. Has it’s own seperate-logo and mostly devotional dances are done under this brand – Spiritual Dances
Jazz it Up : Wholesale – Retail Costume Supplier – sold under name of hetal joshi only. USA | our own.
Theaters Of India : USA : Social Media Not Required. | our own.
4 other brands, non-dance related in partnerships : USA with own network of friends.
Total Brands Owned by Hetal Joshi : 29 as of 2021.
Un-registered brands are not part of Total Brand Count :).
Hetal prefers to start her state of affairs/partnerships within her own network first unless the proposed partnerships are from reputed company or celebrity or has straight/transparent background or brings large/huge capital.
Real Knowledge is always the power & Yes-Good Money/People Bring Good Resources aka Realtime Skills :).
Sell us your company/brand as is! We will take very good care of it and we will take it to the best places!
Come and Join US | Do it Beautifully and Do it Better
Create Your Straight & Transparent Background With Us
Contact Hetal : email@example.com
Company : Info@graceandgrooves.com | 972 979 2559
Locations from 10 years now : Frisco West – Frisco East 7th year, Plano-Allen – 6th year, Lewisville-Carrollton – 10th year, Irving-15 years, Flowermound -4th year!
NEW : Arlington, Mckinney.
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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 !!
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).
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.
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.
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.
300+ hours of Pandanullar Bharatanatyam, for the fun of it with Ms. Alpana (4 Dances – not used anywhere for any submissions or competitions-ever).
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.
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.
Notable Performances: Nirja Setty has been part of over a dozen in-house signature dance and musical dance productions of Grace And Grooves LLC exclusively in Bharatnatyam, Bharatnatyam Fusions, Bollywood, Bollywood Fusion with full trainings, And Indian Folk Dances, Indian Folk Dance Fusions with Full Trainings along with Grace Creations Signature series with American Tap & Jazz. Other than Grace And Grooves Group of Dance Companies, she has also performed in 5 nutcracker dance productions, 4 other non-indian dance productions for Tap, Jazz, Ballet as freelance artist as well as student. For Fusion, she has been part of 2 dance productions.
Awards For Performing Arts Related Accomplishments & Achievements :
These Awards Require Full Eligibility Criteria To Be Satisfied. First Criteria: Must Be Dancer or Performer or showcase consistent results or dances by genre/form or category. ALL are Non-Voting Selections. Submissions of various dances, as asked – required by video, titles, age/year & clips.
Nirja Setty Receives Her Very First International Award by Hello Gujarat Media (NRI) for her achievements in Performing Arts.
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.
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.
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 excitedand engaged to learn new skills in life.
Other Modeling and Dance Assignments : Coming Soon.
Anantha 2 was showcase of all our margam wins by not only Nirja Setty but several others from group to solo. This showcase is not only her arangetram event but also her favorite wins. Dances that are very close to her heart.
** Songs are changed to avoid repetition. Rest all remains as is!
Post Updated : Jan 20, 2021 | Jan 25, 2021, August 14, 2021.
This post will be regularly updated as and when she advances or developments come in picture.
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Group & Private Classes without registered business name.
Below are the various Names Used Prior To 2012 for all Indian Culture Dances, Ethnic Dances of India, Bollywood Fusions(College Level), Classical Fusions(Advance College Levels), Indian Folk Dances, Folk Dances of India’s regions or states and all Community as well as private events.
Dallas Sitare, Dallas Dance, Irving Gals, Dallas Dancers, Desi Dancers, Naach, Dallas Boys, Desi Beats, Nach Le, Dallas Desi, Groovy Boys, Graceful Girls, Dallas Stars, Irving Boys, etc. and many others.
Other times, no names were used as it was not required or asked (Updated March17, 2018). Ms. Hetal has always performed under her name as choreographer or submission as well. See our collaborations here.
2012 : Grace And Grooves LLC was established and registered in State of Texas by Hetal Nagaraj.
Indian Folk Dances and Bharatnatyam were the only programs offered.
Private Groups as in Couple Dances, Therapy Dance Lessons For Couples, Marriage Parties, Mehdi Nights, Birthday Parties, Sweet 16 Parties, Bollywood Fusion with Classical Dances continued as they were since 1999 by Hetal.
Most clients were NRIs(Non-Resident Legal Indian Residents of United States) settled here in Dallas-Metroplex Areas such as Vidya Vikas Hindu Temple Classes, Northlake College & several other colleges while a few were Non-Indians such as Mexican, Italian, African-American and few students from other religions-to take guidance on dance dramas that included Indian Dances. (Similar to Hetal Nagaraj’s schooling).
Number of students registered 50+ all ages from 5 years old to teenagers and young adults.
2013 : Grace Creations performing team was formed
Grace Creations performing team was to encourage fusion of various Indian as well Non-Indian dance forms and styles for experienced trained dancers who wanted to go an extra mile in creativity and for those who wanted to performed on regular basis.
All students were trained exclusively in their own dance forms and styles. These were exclusively with artist collaborations. Click Here.
Bollywood classes were for private groups to friends only targeting specific performances or if there was competition. Students were signed-up likewise as in group enrollment.
Pre-Elementary Bharatnatyam Classes were introduced in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Keller-Texas and Southlake-Texas exclusively taught by Hetal.
Around 15 students registered for Grace Creations exclusive program that were trained in various Non-Indian performing arts dance institutes, schools and some had taken actual school credits in their ISD programs such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hiphop, Contemporary, Theater and Lyrical.
Other students were bharatnatyam students from other styles, kathak dancers and odissi dancers or were trained under Hetal herself.
What inspired to create these fusions ? Her own daughter’s experiences in non-indian dances.
For those who don’t know, Ms. Hetal’s own daughter has full 5 years of trainings in institutional/educational/dance school/non-commerical – tap, jazz, ballet as pre-competitive and competitive dancer/teams/city and state level before she moved to Indian Dances and recreational-hiphop training.
Her daughter’s main reason to leave non-indian dances were that she was the only Indian there and was feeling left out as she moved to higher levels. Her daughter left the trainings in all the non-indian dances in 2011 and moved to Indian dances from 2011 onwards. She made wonderful friends throughout her journey of non-indian performing arts and collaborations continued for the fun of it with full trainings & safety, from 2011 and onwards.
Right after that in 2011 & 2021, Ms. Hetal met lot of other parents who were in same boat as her own daughter and Grace Creations was formed in 2013 considering Ms. Hetal straight background and wonderful healthy -friendships.
It made a very strong impact on Ms. Hetal’s existing institutional knowledge and expertise that she had gained in India with her own teachers. Having worked with institutional performing art schools & institutes/their choreographers in non-indian performing arts – so often;here in USA, she gained several insights. Diversity has always been part of her life right from her school and college days. Read below the rest of story. 2020 Accomplishments.
2014 : Bharatnatyam was introduced with structured curriculum.
Pre-Elementary Elementary to Advance Levels exclusively taught by Hetal.
Curriculum was reinforced and revised as per university guidelines and meet latest trends in creativity.
Professional Bharatnatyam Lessons were introduced to advance students with little classical or competitive background.
Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
2014 – 2015 : Choreographers joined as interns or volunteers.
Choreographers as in volunteers joined as Assistant.
Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances were introduced as a independent program by levels.
Choreographers(beginners/interns) teaching guided choreography of Hetal during the class with strict supervision and in presence of Hetal for all dance forms and styles. This included practice classes.
Mansi and Deepthi joined for all performances and Elite Level was formed in Bollywood Dance Lessons.
Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event Continued) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
Structured Programs in Bharatnatyam as full course was offered for Kalakshetra Style with enrollment of 8 students.
2015 : Bollywood, Tollywood, and Indian Movie Dances was introduced.
Recreational Classes were introduced in Bollywood and Bharatnatyam(Southlake) for those who don’t want to perform or do it strictly for recreational purpose.
Structured Program was further enhanced for Bharatnatyam, Folk Dances of India, and Bollywood/Tollywood/Indian Movie Dances.
Bollywood/Tollywood Dances got Level by Level structure to focus on body mechanics, movements, ability level as per age and was successfully implemented.
2015-2016 – All Elite Students were trained separately –
For Targetted Indian Folk Dances by Hetal,
Professional Bharatnatyam by Hetal,
Professional Kathak Workshops by Mansi and then further by Hetal.
Choreographers started teaching independently their own works with minimal or no supervision or with/without direction from Hetal Nagaraj.
Skype Lessons were introduced for Bharatnatyam, Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances and successfully implemented and continued. Choreographers : Hetal, Buvaneshwari.
Professional Bharatnatyam And Kathak Choreography Classes were introduced for students with background of advance dance forms or dance styles exclusively for competition and special feature purposes.
Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood(Private Group Per Event) and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas, Frisco(Private Lessons and Workshops), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Keller-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
Hiphop Classes at recreational level started in late 2015 – 2016 Jan exclusively by Hetal Nagaraj – www.hetaln.com
2016 : Musical Dance Dramas were added to Annual Programs.
This was to encourage dramatic elements of Dance (Natya and Navarasa as in dance-skits) under the strict supervision of Hetal with a full 4-8 Minute of Dance Routines depending on organizers requests.
Grace And Grooves aims in completing all the Navarasa by the end of year for all students in all dance forms, styles and dance categories.
Grace Creations Program was kept on hold.
Classes in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dances were offered separately in Irving-Texas, Coppell-Texas, Southlake-Texas(Recreational Classes), Frisco(Private Lessons, Workshops, Recreational Classes), Plano-Texas, Grapevine-Texas, Flowermound-Texas.
Recreational Classes for Bollywood continued for those who don’t want to perform regularly aiming encouragement for recreational dancers.
2017 September And Onwards :
Dance Forms and Bollywood was separated with seperate DBA to submit in different competitions and audiences.
Nruthyakala Dance Academy : For All The Classical Dance Forms and Dances within Categories.
Mirchi Dance Academy : For All The Bollywood-Tollywood and Indian Movie Dances w/or without remixes. We do ALL dances that happens in movies.
Date/Month this post was updated : November 7, 2017.
2018 February :
Kalasri Classical Dance Academy :Bharatnatyam Program made it to seperate DBA to submit to different competitions, audiences and to demanding trends of creative Bharatnatyam choreography works from university trainings & past trainings of Hetal Nagaraj’s Mother – Lt. Smt. Daksha Trivedi Joshi (D.M Joshi), Guru(s), Institutes & Schools. Exclusive to Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Standard, Creative and Accelerated Bharatanatyam Dances.
Bharatnatyam Theme & Dance Dramas will dance under Kalasri.
Name is inspired from Kala as in art and Shri/Sri/Shree written as “श्री” in Devanagari. Wherein, Sri is salutation given in tamil language with regards to Bharatnatyam where sri is most acceptable layman term for shri or shree or “श्री”. Likewise in Sanskrit.
Nruthyakala Dance Academy will serve to Non.Classical Dance Forms & Dances within its categories or forms.
Semi-Classical Folk Dances will be part of Nruthyakala and dancers are trained in the following :
Bharatnatyam Programs for at-least 12-15 hours plus vigorous practices
are existing students of Bharatnatyam program & have been trained in Indian Folk Dances with Grace And Grooves LLC Or Students of any other Bharatnatyam/Indian Folk Dance Company (Must do Trial Class).
2018 August :
Elite Dancers of Grace And Grooves LLC named Ashna Pethe, Nirja Setty, Samarth Setty were launched to venture and step out for bigger production houses, modeling companies and various such other paid, unpaid, and volunteer projects.
Grace Creations was relaunched by trained bollywood hip-hop dancers and fully trained Indian Folk Dances under Hetal Nagaraj.
2018 September :
Rg2 Dance Productions was formed in collaboration with Raagaleena Dance Academy (A Premier Kuchipudi and Bollywood Indian Dance Company In Irving) for various locations to provide bigger, better and more refined quality dance works for all the Bollywood, Hiphop and related dance productions. Very First Dance Production of RG2 Productions went LIVE in LIVE audience on September 29, 2018 with around 15 advance dancers of Raagaleena Dance Academy and Grace And Grooves LLC in total and with an audience of over 250 people.
ALL Costume & Jewelry Exclusively Designed, Provided by Hetal Nagaraj.
Dhamaal Events was launched in partnership with more than 25% share with Hetal Nagaraj and as part of Grace And Grooves regular events for all the dance related major outside/international guests/faculties activities other than routine dance lessons on social media. This was in association with speciality dance & theatre businesses too. Initial Journey of Dhamaal Events – Click Here.
2018 December :
RG2 Dance Productions was dissolved with mutual agreement between Grace And Grooves LLC and Raagaleena Dance Academy due to unpredicted emergency travel dates of owner of Raagalaeena Dance Academy.
Anantha-1 was successfully showcased without ANY Bollywood or other dances.
Costume Line launched successfully.
2019 – Dhamaal Events was bought in FULL 100%.
2019 February :
Our friends & partners at Dhamaal Events became family of Grace And Grooves LLC under supervision of Hetal Nagaraj.
Anish Rangrej Visited DFW AGAIN and this time Dhamaal Events made a louder noise with structured level by level Navaratri Garba & Dodhiya Workshops. From Beginners To Intermediate and Advance. Lot of dancers who had started their workshops with Hetal last year as beginners or intermediate had a chance this Navaratri season to complete their Intermediate and Advance steps with Anish as the sudden dates of his arrival and workshops aligned.
Our Artistic Director Hetal Nagaraj Very First Non-Profit Choreo went LIVE on August 24, 2019 in 2 different categories of dances : Bollywood Traditional Dances featuring community folk and Fusion Category.
Costumes, Jewelry, Makeup for Adults : Hetal Nagaraj. Adult Age : Young Adults to 50s. Traditional Bollywood Dances Non Profit for Mirchi Dance Academy. Intermediate to Advance.
Our First International Artist who came for residency program on Indian Folk Dances (Not to confuse with bollywood, fusion or lok nritya/community dances).
2019 September 14, 2019 – Our first Bollywood Dance Production featuring Sarvaa Dance Production featuring Bharatanatyam, Folk And Bollywood along with an exclusive Fusion Category of Dances was successfully showcased in DFW of North Texas at Killian Middle School.
2019 November, 2019 – Our Very First Kalaripayattu Batches Begins Officially with first set of batches.
First set of our graduates were launched as professional artist in Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances, Filmy Dances (Bolly/Tolly/Kollywood) in our various dance productions. – Click Here for their respective Reachh Mediaa Since 2013.
Grace And Grooves Successfully Completed 10 YEARS OF NON-STOP 1st 3 PRIZES IN Dance Competitions From Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Indian Folk Dances & Fusions for ALL AGE GROUPS FROM AGE 5 yrs to Teens and Adults. (Non Voting Competitions).
2 of our students received scholarships with full ride. Mini, and Shweta. Congratulations. This makes total of 3 students so far who took that path.
Grace And Grooves Opens its doors to stay at home or working parents to apply for our performing teams, paid events and morning hour trainings.
International Dancers visit Grace And Grooves LLC to take Indian Folk Dance Trainings for master technique workshops & corrections in Indian Folk Dances with full theory. See here Dhamaal Events.
Grace And Grooves Announces it’s first annual show(Not dance production) March 28,2020 – Saturday @ 12 to 2pm. Venue : Plano Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074 —- Postponed and later completed with Video Shoot due to Covid 19 Lockdowns and Later – Virtual Lessons.
Our International Artist For Navratri Garba/Dodhiya Visits us again at Dhamaal Events for Workshops Series – Click Here.
2020 April 1 : Grace And Grooves first time Online Classes for existing / enrolled students started (due to shutdown/lockdown due to Covid 19). Classes to her own friend circle, friends, families, dance teachers’ students has been happening from 1999 as continuation.
2020 April : Several new teachers/graduates of Grace And Grooves started first time internships under the leadership of Hetal Nagaraj. Some started their first time teaching internships!
2020 May : Grace And Grooves took over Reachh Mediaa, a blog & artist management company that was owned by freelancer and was taking care of company’s blog/you-tube releases – video submissions from 2013.
2020 May onwards, all the classes including the NEW registration started for DFW Areas of North Texas. Online Class Schedule.
2020 June End Onwards : Santosh, our pre-judgement competition team member started teaching online. He was also our featuring artist for Sarvaa Dance Production 2020 which got postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns/show cancellations.
In 2020, g2 dance factory was formed as DBA and venue-papers were signed in Arlington, Texas, USA. The brand was created by Hetal Nagaraj to create our own teams for Grace Creations Fusion Dance Company and to enter the world of Non-Indian Performing Arts with full trainings for those who are well-settled in USA and have embraced the culture as well as diversity in their life.
For those who don’t know, Ms. Hetal’s own daughter has full 5 years of trainings in institutional/educational/dance school/non-commerical – tap, jazz, ballet as pre-competitive and competitive dancer/teams/city and state level before she moved to Indian Dances and recreational-hiphop training. Read About Grace Creations Fusion Company Above! 2013.
From 2012 itself, several collaborations continued with her own hiphop/jazz/contemporary teachers under the leadership and other contributions/participations of Hetal Nagaraj from 2013 to 2019 with indian dances for the love of performing arts and create fun-fusions for those students who are 2nd/3rd generations in US. Some recreational batches and performances of hiphop and contemporary also happened in Irving, Lewisville/Carrollton and Southlake from 2013 to 2015 by her own teams who were fully trained under various faculties hour by hour/year by year by her or by teachers she had hired from Coppell Dance Center and other freelance institutional-non-commerical-choreographers. See here and read above Grace Creations-how and why it was formed.
Those teams in 2013 to 2015 won hiphop competitions as well and in 2016 the program was kept on-hold because same teams/students were in the curriculams in Indian Dances. Other than that, their trainings in other hiphop technicalities were required to go to next levels as well.
From academic year of 2019, Grace And Grooves/G1 and Hetal Nagaraj again started her exclusive batches of Hiphop and Contemporary again from they left(with same students). And g2 was then finally established!
2020 marks the year of Grace And Grooves Group where several of our pre-judgement competition judges and team members start teaching regular basis for our online and in-person classes along with Hetal Nagaraj.
Including Hetal Nagaraj, all of them are International Teachers/Dancers/Artists as of 2020.
Dhamaal Events Website was moved to grace and grooves website. A DBA was formed under Grace And Grooves in 2020 to carry forward the legacy under same brand. Check NEW page of Dhamaalevents.
December 2020 : Grace And Grooves Group’s very first video shoot for our dancers who wanted to have videos for themselves and for various event submissions as well as dance competitions! VIDEO SHOOTS FOR SHOWS AND LIVE SESSIONS BEGINS!
December 2020 : Our 2020 Year Ended With Several Achievements from Dance Competitions, Students’ In-house achievements, national awards, and international awards. Read More – Here.
May 2021 : NEW : Congratulations to Hetal Nagaraj on nominations & being selected for International Award in the list of inspiring enterpreneurs in business and performing arts in month of May. Country-India, Award Media Location/Hyderabad. Award Announcement & Release: June 2021. See Here – NEWS India Today – The Impact.
August 8, 2021 : Hetal Nagaraj broke her own several records & made a history in Entire Performing Arts:
Exclusive by genre – 3 dance productions in 1 day (Anantha Classical Dance Production, Rang Folk Dance Production & Sarva Cinematic Dance Production) featuring Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu-Dance, Kalaripayattu- Martial Arts, Chhau Dance & Martial Arts, Indian Folk Dances, Bollywood, Tollywood, Theater/Drama, Dance Drama by genre, Literature and Language Series by Genre, Hiphop, Indian Hiphop, Contemporary, Fashion Show by her teen groups! Each of her production were non-stop 2 hours. First production started at 12 noon and last one ended at 730pm.
Longest Danceathon of straight 19 Mins featuring our pre-competition teams and her national level elites – by genre.
Hetal herself performed a full dance routines with/without her students in Bharatanatyam, Hiphop, Folk Dances, Contemporary, Kalaripayattu, Chhau, Fusions and Fashion Show Routines.
Hetal started her first show w/her students at 19 years under her teachers. Hetal broke her own record of that too when her 18 year old’s first set of students performed flawlessly – that signedup exclusively under Ashna’s own name – NOT under Hetal’s name :). Ashna Pethe.
Hetal’s Graduate Samarth Setty(Age 13) had his first solo student who performed beautifully on stage(Age 7).
Hetal’s own graduate Nirja Setty(15) had her first set of intern classes in Bharatanatyam. Her own student – a 12 year old started her sub-internships as well for those who needed help.
For volunteer assignments, Hetal’s first direction was at DFW Temple,Irving-Texas-Intern Age was 17 for Traditional-Fashion Show Bollywood Theme. See here.
Hetal as well Grace And Grooves Altogether broke our own record this time for having maximum number of LIVE Shoots during the show itself – Outdoor and Indoors as part of our own show on August 8, 2021 without having you-tube channel.
Theater Series Part 2 went LIVE on stage with full dialogues, acting, music/sound and light effects under Hetal.
We broke our own record of having several virtual students – who went on stage as is with full costumes and routines!
Record Breaking 300 people visited as running audience that were our dance school parents-just her own students’ strength and more than 70 students participated in this event. Outsider artists, teams, guest artists etc and texas all star activities were strictly prohibited this time due to Covid.
From March 2020-Aug 2021 : Over a dozen shoots happened for the shows that got cancelled.
Record breaking 8 shows were cancelled due to COVID-19 from March 2020 to August 2021 for which advance planning was done including international artists and several of our own teachers-who visit US often. They all live here & travel often.
Most of the above names that you read were actual businesses that were either bought from partnerships or bought from mergers and later became our DBA formed under Grace And Grooves; as and when applicable by law or by various other factors, with full rights to run business and services under the leadership of Hetal Nagaraj.
These mergers do not include the following – At- least UNTIL NOW November 2020 :
ANY programs offered by other artists with us OR
Offered by Hetal somewhere else OR
Offered as the part of our teams OR
Offered by other institutes in % or fixed amounts OR
Any workshop artists who are our visiting faculties or guests OR
These mergers are NOT because we do not specialize in it OR
We take the honors of what is NOT in our dances, it is that pure!
This post will be updated regularly as and when the developments surface.
It is republished from our own original post of 2017 as well.
There is always an update on this page. We, at Grace And Grooves are approached very often by lot of media personnels, news, and local advertisers or performing arts students. They often use this material and our blogs for our publishings or their research or surveys and thus, it is update every other day or very often!
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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 !
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.
It teaches healthy sportsmanship…You will still be friends, classmates whether or not you got the wins or lose!
You compete so that you know what comes out of you, under that pressures!
You compete so that when you lose, it does not bother you. It becomes fun!
You learn to lose and still do it all over again & learn to never give up.
You win it and still do it all over again; as if it never happened.
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.
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.
You compete as if you are giving your post exam that is optional and fun.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ourYoutube. 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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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.
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.
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!!!)
Do not forget to sign up or subscribe ourYoutube 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.
Hetal’s My Classroom break hour between practices.
Student of the year until 2019 December
Hetal’s ConcertPaper, Folk Dance Drama
Dates these page were updated : May 1, 2020. 930am.
We thought of compiling the list of parents | students | interns | staff. They either come to us or they do it remote. ALL school/college/internships are paid to students, as applicable. Volunteer assignments are given as well. Meet our people / admin / coordinators / interns, as required, with full 99% involvement of Hetal Nagaraj : Our Accomplishments : https://www.graceandgrooves.com/home
These people are trained from all walks of life or we train them!
Rachita Umesh(Feb 2020) : Freelance short-term batches, on-board trial period & Background check – cancelledas the batches rolled off due to low enrollments. Plans to move to India.
Santosh K (June 2016 to March 21 2021) :
August 2016 to June 2020 : Our pre-judgement team for competitions for Non-Classical Dances/Genre, as needed, by task & competition.
2016-2017 : Judged for our “pricey” & “very strict” non-voting dance competition/non-classical genre as out of institute perspective and inputs esp for those kids where instructor’s whose kids were taking part.
June 2020 to March 22, 2021 : Elites (Ages 10+) Online Classes Only.
Status as of March 22, 2021 : Terminated | Date : March 22, 2021
Reason : Refused To Take Students Below 10 yrs inspite of Cleared Open Houses or Trial Classes (& took them anyways outside our institute in our business areas!),
Too Many Drop Outs Per Class For Teen Classes and the Elites from June 2020 to March 2021. Harmed the Integrity of Our National Teams.
Taylor Hayes (August 2020 to April 2021) :
Unable to handle venue related-legal formalities & on-site issues.
Was given 3 months of freedom to lead all the brands with full pay of whatever hours available with no task assigned;lead the way you want. Can only run basic 5 to 14 year olds-studio planning and not group of companies as manager, as told.
Resignation accepted, Got a new job and Moved Out of City, .
No registrations given / or students taken / or taught other than basic dance – administration – work assigned by task, in general.
Internships ended satisfactorily & teams performed in 2021 August 8th Show- Congratulations!
Internships of private classes for indian folk and bollywood hiphop, as needed from 2018 onwards and for teen groups-lewisville, texas.
Nirja Setty : 2019 to 2021 : In-home graduate of Hetal Nagaraj. Full Internships & Own Team of Folk & Bharatanatyam Beginners(with thalam & nattavagam)!
Internships ended satisfactorily & teams performed in 2021 August 8th Show- Congratulations!
Internships of private classes for indian folk and bollywood hiphop, as needed from 2019 onwards and for teen groups-lewisville, texas.
Samarth Setty : 2019 to 2021 : In-home graduate of Hetal Nagaraj. Full Internships & Own Private Class Student for Hiphop, Bharatanatyam-online classes(with thalam & nattavagam), Bollywood-who needed help & Kalaripayattu.
Internships ended satisfactorily & teams performed in 2021 August 8th Show – Congratulations!
Internships of private classes for indian folk and bollywood hiphop, as needed from 2019 onwards and for teen groups-lewisville, texas.
We Are HIRING : Managers – Who knows legal formalities, on-site issues, studio operation, product management and should be aware of performing arts formalities, for all age groups. Degree not required but will be preferred. 972 979 2559.
— We are NOT hiring at this moment —
Our other teams / staff currently under us or our trainings of various fields :
This post is an appreciation to these lovely people for spending their precious time for us. We have received lot of rumors about who works for us or Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj. These people are very well set in their life with their full time job commitments either with us or with their own college work or other commitments..
We trust them because of their contributions to our company and it’s work. Some are fresh grads or housewives or our own fresh grads!
We offer part time, temporary work for seniors, stay at home moms, college students who are on legal status or on OPT. The work given to them depends on their specializations! All gadgets are given and all training is provided.
These above candidates have not worked with any other dance company so far that we know of due to our thorough background check or if they have, they have disclosed it to us about their equations. We feel thankful and blessed. Thank you for all you do and maintaining the transparency!
We do not discriminate for gender/race/ethnicity/country/color and like to respect people who love to work. It is freewill life under Ms. Hetal. We do not ask them where they come from or where they go.
Updated on : May 26, 2019 | July 26, 2019 | Feb 26-27th 2019 | March 5, 2020 | June 30, 2020 | Feb 7, 11, 2022 | March 22, 2022.