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Hetal's Master in Fine Arts Margam and Non.Margam Practical Exams with Natavungam

Hetal's Master in Fine Arts Batchmates and fun times
With Tamil History
Hetal's Margam with Guru Smt. Dr. Marie Stella, her university guide for Masters
Hetal's all-time guru who still guides her,
Lt. Daksha M Joshi 

Bachelors in Arts from Mumbai University with psychology and fine arts(theater)

Hetal's Formal Bharatnatyam Teacher : 
Smt. Guru. Daksha V. Joshi
Hetal's Folk Trainings And Gujarati Sahitya with Smt. Guru Minalben Oza
 Hetal Nagaraj : Artist Director Of Grace And Grooves LLC
  • Classical Background: Video Glimpse.

    • Pre-Elementary Bharatanatyam : Dance Dramas Classical Repertoire 1982 : Age 4 : Formal Trainings of introducing Indian Drama started at the age of 4 from her mother Lt. Daksha M Joshi(Non-Commercial Classical Drama Artist - Dance Drama)

    • Bharatanatyam : 1984 : Bharatanatyam Trainings From her mother Lt. Daksha M Joshi (Non-Commercial Clasiscal Drama Artist - Dance Dramas): Style: Sadir/Sathir/Ancient Bharatanatyam. Completed in 1990.

    • Bharatanatyam : 1984-85 : Age 6 : Formal Bharatnatyam Training started with Ms. Daksha. V. Joshi. Style : Kalakshetra Style. Completed & Started Internships in 1996.​​

    • Professional Kathak :97, 98: Professional Kathak Courses Lucknow and Jaipur Gharaanaa/Alternately. 40 hour trainings / Choreo, Application for Fusion.

    • Bharatanatyam : 2015: Advance Bharatnatyam Knowledge from Smt.Rama Vaidyanathan(held by NrithyaDhwani-Dallas 2015). Thillana & Above, Post Arangetram Dances.

    • Bharatanatyam : 2015: Natyam & Nritta Knowledge from Smt.Niraliben Thakore and Shri.Chandanbhai Thakore (Nrithyabharati "Bharatnatyam"-Ahmedabad-India 2015).

    • Kalaripayattu : 2015 : Kalaripayattu - Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad-India. Beginners To Intermediate, Intermediate to Advance. (Style : Thekkan Kalari). Dance & Martial Arts Form.

    • Chhau : 2015 : Completed Chhau with dance drama props and costumes with Full trainings of 20years.

      • ​Styles : Purulia Chhau & Mayurbhanj Chhau. Dance & Martial Arts Form.

    • Degree : Masters in Fine Arts. Year of Completion: 2018. Status : Awaiting Certificates. University : Tamil University-Chennai, India. Education Level : Masters. Check - Dance Linkedin. Education Type : Sponsored Education. Specialization : Bharatanatyam, Theaters/Theatres of India, Dramas, Dance Dramas & Theory of Dance. College : TDES - TiruchirappalI Diocesan Educational Society, Trichy & Tamil University. Branch : Don Bosco School Of Arts & Technology-Kilpauk-Chennai, India. Program Info  : 2 Years Masters Program. Visiting Residency Program : Must come for 25-30 full days at-least 1 of the year (9am to 8pm class - attendance, theory, full costume concert in Bharatanatyam and Musicals, practical dance exams margam and non-margam, nattuvangam, thalam, 2 exam papers and 2 practicals on Folk Dances of India, Creative Dances and Theater/Theatres with thesis & research to one of their locations in India.)

      • Instructors / Teachers & Rehearsals : Jaykishan/Jaykrishnan Ambadi : Graduate of Kalakshetra Foundation-Chennai, India. MFA/same university. Thesis & Dissertation Mentor & Program Guide : Dr. Marie Stella - PHD/Scholar at Tamil University & Owner of Kalai Aalayam Dance Institute, Pondicherry, India. Examiners : PHD / Scholars / Double PHDs From various universities & Stella Ma'am. Program often compared to Harvard Level when it comes to intensity of dances, dance materials, thesis, practices and requirements to get in program.

      • Journey of my Master in Fine Arts : Click Here.

  • Indian Folk Dance Formal Trainings: Video Glimpse.

    • Indian Folk Dances Trainings of over 15 years(non.stop) and she teaches each Indian Folk Dance as a DANCE FORM with several styles and variations. Some of popular Indian folk dances are: Bhangra, Gidda, Dandiya, Raas, Gagar, Sambalpuri, Kshetriya, Kallaripatt-Kalaripayattu, Kolattam, Padayani, Koli, India's Tribal Dances, KummiAdi(Kummiadi), Bihu, Chirmi, Garba-Garbha, Dodhiyu, Lavani, Tippani, Garbi, Ghummar/Ghoomar/Ghoommar, Teratalli, Tera talli, Kalbelia, Garbi, Kumari and many more. Trainings did not stop after 15 years either with continuous mentorship.

    • 1999, 2000, 2015: Exclusvie Indian Folk-Dance Trainings from Guru. Smt. Mallikaben Sarabhai & several other respected teachers of/at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad)

    • 1999: Navrang and Sri Sharada Kala Mandir for pure folk, fusion art forms and theater plays.

    • 1999: She started her journey as a freelance choreographer and have performed/competed or choreographed successfully some of the best Indian dance competitions in exclusive folk, bharatnatyam and Bollywood since then. She started her journey from Ahmedabad, Gujarat-India, Michigan, Kansas and now in Dallas-Fortworth Areas of Texas.

    • 1980s-90s: Guru. Smt. Minalben Oza and own mainstream schools(click here for her schools) (Gujarat Folk Guru-Gandhinagar Late 80s/90s).

    • 1983 to 1998: She was introduced to non-Gujarati folk dances in her own schools-Mt.Carmel, St.Xaviers (Gandhinagar) representing various states of India where school/visiting faculties trained students with in-depth knowledge of folk dances and variations associated with it.

    • Collaborations : 2013: Fogana, assisting under strict supervision of Induben Mangrola for multiple Fogana Age Groups And Categories. 3rd prize adults/sr.folk/Garbha. Video - Click Here.

  • Bollywood / Movie Dance Trainings : Video Glimpse.
    • 2014 : Bollywood Workshop of 12 hours with Ms. Shampa Sonthalia, A Bollywood Choreographer visiting Dallas. Level : Instructors Training. Understanding Bollywood Dances from Dance Forms, Creating Choreographies that cater to commercial stages & entertainment. Learned 2 Master Level Dances of 3mins.

  • Non-Indian Dance Trainings 2011 to 2018 :

    • Couple Dance Instructors' Training Lessons for 6 months (Salsa, Mambo, Ballroom-learned all separately-techniques ONlY. Beginners to Intermediate, Intermediate) from Tony Gavinito (Former Arthur Murray Instructor, Plano-Texas, USA). Venue : Sundanga Dance Center, Carrolton.

    • Hiphop Journey : 2012 started journey of bollywood hiphop by teaching strength & conditioning class of well-versed break-dancers(Hritik Series/Dhoom Series) at Mustang Recreation Center for Adults(Irving), Disco - Boys Only, and then hiphop from recreational levels to pre-competitions. 2014-2015 Mastered Hiphop/Urban, Jazz, Creative Movements - Dance Council, Coppell Dance Centre - Beginners to Intermediate, Intermediate.Instructors : Keith Green, Ms Kim, Marcella. By 2016, she mastered intermediate to advance with various master level workshops, practice at dance council of North Texas. Keith Green's ALL workshops. Video : Hiphop - NEW - Uploaded!!!!

    • 2015 : Zumba Certifications. Location : Lewisville, Texas

    • Contemporary 2017, 2018 : Christopher Vo (A Broadway artist/NY).Venue-Booker T Washington, Dallas-Texas. See his participations : Here.

    • Non Indian Dance Collaborations : Click Here.

  • Specializations, Showcases : Videos.

    • Bharatnatyam(Kalakshetra), Modern Folk-Fusions, Pure Folk Dances of India, Classical Fusions, Lyrical, BollyHop/BollyJazz/Bollywood-Folk/Traditional/Modern/Fusion, Semi-Classical, Neo-Classical-Modern(India)Categories and Contemporary (Indian & Non Indian), Bolly-HipHop/Bollyhop, Hiphop(urban).

    • Hetal has showcased famous dances (some with trainings or some with exclusive copyright permits) of Guru.Smt.Minalben Oza, Gujarati Literature/Sahitya, Tamil Literature/Sahitya, Telugu Literature, Annamacharya Keerthis, Rukmani Devi Arundale, Guru.Smt.Mallikaben Sarabhai & Smt.Induben Mangrola's conceptual art forms as a tribute in various dances of her own.

  • Performances/Competitions/Fundraisers (India And USA): Videos/Pictures/Links

    • Group performances aired in Doordarshan Television Channels, received titles as in cash prizes/awards in Indian cultural competitions [1999-2003] held by non-profit organizations such as Ahmedabad-YMCA, Rajpath & Local Lions-Rotary Family Clubs located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat-India. Certificates/credentials from non-profit organizations such as Help-Age-India [1993], C.R.Y-India [2001], CRY America Inc. (2015, 2016).

    • A total of 20 awards have been awarded to her students for Folk, Fusion, Classical, Semi-Classical, Neo-Classical & Traditional Bollywood Categories

    • Most of the awards are won in pure Indian Folk Dances against Classical Dances of India, Bollywood (or Non-classical categories) in Indian Dance Competitions organized all over Gujarat(India until 2003) and all over United States of America(from 2004 to till date: Michigan, Kansas, and finally Dallas-Fortworth/DFW areas).Videos of these competitions-Click Here.

    • Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj takes it as her honor for the wins as the judges of these competitions had Masters In Fine arts from Indian Universities or had completed at-least 2 types of classical Dance Forms (Bharatnatyam+Kathak) with detailed knowledge of Indian Folk Dances as their main theory or practical paper in their degrees. These judges had further inspired Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj to take degree in master’s in fine arts along with family influences which she completed in 2018 with similar curriculum and specialties as in exams and practicals.

  • Family Background: Knowledge of performing arts and theatre is being passed through generations in her family and Mrs.Nagaraj is the 4th generation to receive it as a gift along with trainings. Grandfather was classical singer and mother was a dance-drama artist with Bachelor’s in arts from Mumbai University.

    • Most or all her family members have at-least one classical/indian folk or non-classical background either in instruments, singing or dancing. It is just a family thing & Hetal being the first one to register this skilled talent as business / company.

    • She is settled with family of 2 beautiful kids and loving husband. She performs for Grace & Grooves | Grace Creations regularly. Her past collaborations include exclusive gujarati dance competitions with Sursangam in 2013 for Fogana Only.

    • Her passion is to provide not only quality dance education but also teach her students to respect culture and its values. Her students take home in-depth knowledge and love for dance/performing arts as lifelong lessons with awards from well-respected competitions. She performs regularly.

  • Education : www.hetaln.com | Business Linkedin : Click Here. 

  • Social Media(s): Dance Linkedin: Click Here.

  • Hetal Nagaraj's Artist Collaborations Outside Grace And Grooves LLC - Click Here.

  • Hetal Nagaraj's Artist Collaborations with own team - Click Here  | Video Clips.

  • Social Media Links : Facebook, Youtube.

  • Nicknames : Often known to her friends as hets, hetvi, hetal, heetal, hethal, heta or hetu, she is never usually called Ms. Hetal unless parents are new.

Hetal's recent performance of Indian Folk Dance Technique in Bollywood Dance
Hetal's Trainings with Mallikaben & other instructors of Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad, India

Hetal's Trainings with Rama Vaidyanathan, Thillana

Hetal's Training @Nrityabharati, Ahmedabad, India _ Jatiswaram & Natyam

Hetal's Bollywood Workshops 12 hours Shampa Sonthalia

Hetal's latest bharatnatyam performance on works of Natyavihar Kalakendra

2013 Fogana with Indu Aunty (Induben Mangrola) learning about Fogana

2012 to 2020

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