Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer
Watch Aanal's talk at TedXTysons 2017 to learn more about her background, her philosophy of dance and teaching and the journey that led to Studio Dhoom!
Aanal is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Trained in Indian classical Kuchipudi dance form and in multiple Indian folk and semi-classical dances as well as western and contemporary dances, Aanal has been dancing all her life. After earning her M.Ed in e-Learning and Instructional design from George Mason University and a career at a nationally renowned non-profit, she decided to pursue her true passion of teaching dance after the birth of her first son.
Having heard from numerous people including children learning Indian classical and other dance forms, she realized that existing dance instruction was missing one key ingredient – a personal connection with youth & motivation. She started her first dance class with 2 students and a simple motto “Culture is sacred. Preserving it should be fun!”. Combining her dance background with her instructional design skills, Studio Dhoom now has more than 400 active dancers of all age groups. Working under the umbrella of Bollywood dancing, she has helped promote the vibrant and culture-rich traditional genres of Indian dancing including folk and semi-classical dancing styles.
Aanal’s work and contributions have been recognized across the community and Studio Dhoom students have won many competitions and performed at prestigious events such as the NBA Washington Wizards half-time show, several Bollywood concerts at Warner Theater and EagleBank Arena, the Hershey Park and the National Cherry Blossom festival.
She draws strength and continued passion realizing the impact of her work on passing on the rich cultural heritage to the next generation through the medium of dance – all while having fun in a warm, friendly, cheerful and safe environment!
Meet The Team
Anu is a former Studio Dhoom parent and a licensed Zumba trainer. She loves being active and what better way than Zumba, a fun fitness class which has unique physical and mental health benefits.
Anu’s objective is to give you a great workout that is fun, entertaining and challenges you to go through various dance rhythms with a smile.
The most rewarding part of her job is helping people become aware of their body, recognizing what they are capable of and have fun in a group setting.
Since 5 years of age, Shirali trained in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, which culminated in a Visharad (Bachelors) and an Alankar (Masters) degree in Performing Arts. She is a passionate dancer and finds joy and freedom in expressing herself creatively through music and movement. Her Bharatanatyam training provides a foundation in rhythm, grace and expressiveness and she uses it to explore, choreograph, perform and teach a variety of dance styles including Bollywood, Indo-western, Semi-classical and Indian folk dances.
Shirali has choreographed and performed Indian dances for over 15 years with award-winning performances for SASA, FOGANA, Chicago Cultural Fair, Chicago International Fest, Los Angeles Cultural Fair, Indianapolis Asian Fest and many others.
Hip Hop Bollywood Fusion
Nafeesa began dancing at Dominion High School Dance Team. She
has competed at high school dance team competitions in Virginia
and Nationally during all four years in high school. Nafeesa has a strong background dancing hip-hop as well as choreographing hip-hop. She served as a co-captain her senior
year in high school and helped to lead her Dance Team to earn one of the highest national rankings in
Dominion history, placing 2nd in the nation. Nafeesa is currently attending George Mason University and has been part of the Studio Dhoom family since 2015.
Abhi started her dance career in high school with a local Bollywood fusion team. She then went to college and was a part of all three dance teams, Virginia Tech Bhangra, Junoon (fusion team), and Dhamaal (Garba/Raas team). She restarted Junoon by recruiting many talented individuals with a passion in dance and performed at numerous events. As a part of the Garba/Raas team, she attended competitions nationwide and performed alongside different collegiate teams. Having experience in various forms of dance, Abhi enjoys choreographing and teaching unique pieces for all ages. She hopes to continue her passion for dance through teaching, choreographing, and by being a part of the Studio Dhoom family.
Samruddhi is a Bollywood Performer, Choreographer and Dance Instructor with extensive experience teaching Indian Classical, Folk and semi-classical dances.
Samruddhi has a Visharadh in Bharatnatyam and she has also trained in & taught Kathak. As a Bharatnatyam dancer, she has represented the Indian Cricket team in IPL Season 2, 2013.
During her career working in Bollywood movies and TV industry, she has had the opportunity to work closely with all well known choreographers and renowned Bollywood stars such as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt and many others. Samruddhi is very excited to join Studio Dhoom family as a full-time instructor!