Dhanashri Mirvankar, Instructor

Rudra Acharya, Instructor

Rudra started learning Kathak at the age of 8 & pursued a Kathak Visharad
(B.A) degree from Gandharav Vidyalaya in Jaipur Gharana. Rudra's Kathak education was under the guidance of Dr. Madhuri Apte from Banaras
Gharana. Her consistent passion for dancing led her to explore & participate in many dance competitions and shows.1 st prize at Gujarat youth dance
festival, 2 nd prize at Baroda local News dance competition & a string of Prizes
at Garba, just to name a few.Her strong foundation in folk & semi classical dances started her on a journey of conducting various dance workshops in different schools. Back in India she used to conduct Kathak classes as well. Having performed with the renowned singers like Rekha Bhardwaj & Sadhana Sargam. Apart from a repertoire in Kathak and folk dances she has also learned Bollywood and other dynamic dance styles at Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts.

Outstanding dancer and choreographer, Rohini began her formal training in Kathak under Guru Zafar Mulla of the Benaras Gharana, and her specialization is in Abhinaya. She has 7 years of training & excelled in the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya exams. Accompanying a strong foundation in the traditional dance styles, she has in her repertoire training in many other disciplines such as folk, western, hip-hop and contemporary from several noted dance teachers such as Shefali Lahoti, Ratnakar Shelke & president award winner Sanjeeb Bhattacharya over the years. Now a choreographer for the past 20 years, Rohini's vision reflects an amalgamation of several dance styles. With an array of awards at national and international levels under her belt, one of her most prized  moments was winning the All India Inter Collegiate Folk Dance Competition at IIT, Mumbai. While in Japan as a Japanese government scholarship recipient, she was invited to perform at several places.

Roopa has learnt Kathak for 15 years from a renowned guru of Banaras gharana. She has done her Kathak Visharad (B.A.) from Akhil Bharteey Gandharva Vidyalaya She has won All India and regional level prizes in Kathak.While pursuing classical dance she has also performed folk dance, semi classical dance and has participated in many dance shows and musical dramas. To name a few: Maharashtrachi Lokadhara, Vasundhara the musical.

She also performed in in the movie Devdas along side Madhuri Dixit and many film actors/actress in Times Awards.She has choregraphed dances for many events in Mumbai for stage & TV shows; and for stage shows here in US as well

Roopa Luktuke, Kathak Faculty

Rohini Thakkar Joshi, Creative Director

Dhanashri has completed Visharad in Bharatnatyam from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and has also completed Diploma in Bharatnatyam from Nalanda Institute . She has been pursuing Odissi Dance form at Vaishnovi Kala Kshetra since 2009 under the teachings of Guru.Ms.Asha Nambiar and currently undertaking advanced training under the able guidance of Guru Sanchita Bhatacharya.
She has participated in numerous dance ballets all over India. One of her most memorable performances was Radha Krishna and Panchatatva ballet performed with the actress Gracy Singh.

Rohini not only loves to dance herself, but is a dedicated teacher with students who have gone on to win prestigious competitions such as Boogie Woogie organized by Sony, Inc. She has also been a judge for many national level inter collegiate dance competitions. She has taught dance at several schools, colleges, non-profit and corporate organizations and also organized international level fund-raising performances in India and the US. She is also involved in theaters and has played lead roles in Marathi and English professional plays.