Dance teachers and Instructors of Twist N Turns.
Kavya believes that there is something extremely gorgeous about movement. It's like a life force that shows itself through the body and the eyes like fire. Kolkata is not only her birth place but also the very place where she realized that she belongs to a world of rhythm, beats, steps, expression and movement.
She would dance for the sheer joy of it at various marriage ceremonies and school fests. Seeing her enthusiasm her parents decided to put her into a local dance school. Hobby soon became passion and she decided to take it up professionally in the year 2012.
Her inspirations have been ibuki, kumari suraj, mia Michaels and yannis Marshall. Trained in jazz, contemporary and hip hop , she is here to make sure that the sounds produced by her steps are not lost but are remembered as creations.
I am Mrittika Datta, I was 4 years old when my Guruji introduced me to “TAAL”. My journey started back then. I have been to places like Mumbai, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha and Kolkata and gathered knowledge about different dance forms. I have been trained in different classical dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kalaripayattu and Kathak. Finally I found the dance form that defines me “KATHAK”. I have been learning and teaching contemporary dance for more than 10 years. Dance to me is an expression of self where we use not only our body, but also our mind and emotions. Dance is the visual representation of celebrating myself.
They say, ‘Dance is a way to find yourself and lose yourself, all at the same time’.
One may define dance as the movement of a person’s feet and body, usually accompanied by music. To me, however, dance means more than that. Started dancing for fun when I was young and took it professionally along the way. Dance for me is my life. It is the biggest part that defines my personality. It has taught me discipline, emotions, strength, togetherness, vulnerability all at the same time. The one thing that can always cheer me up is dancing! It puts a smile on my face and fills my heart with joy!!
Zumba! The program that has made people all over the world dance their way to fitness has been a part of my life since June 2011. As one of the first ZIN-certified instructors in the city, I was privileged to be one of the first people to offer Zumba classes in Kolkata.
Apart from fitness, Zumba has been important for me in two ways. With Zumba, I have been able to reach out and spread the sheer joy of joy of dance to many more people. This is because Zumba uses dance to bring about fitness, but it is not about performance. There is no intimidation factor, no competition, no performance anxiety. It is the joy of being able to respond to music without worrying about exact technique. Yet, this has specific goals. The only difference? The achievable is fitness.
Dancing has always been a short-cut to HAPPINESS. Born and brought up in the small town of Jamshedpur with very little avenues to explore western dance, he had never imagined he would be able to learn and teach and grow with dance as a primary profession.
But hard work and belief in himself has seen him come a long way through a journey of six years. He has choreographed and won numerous state level competitions, school/college competitions and has also been part of some reality shows.
Sumit Jha started dancing when he was eight years old. His dance training in Siliguri, his home town, started by watching TV and practising at home. He started training in Bollywood at the age of 12 and then went on to start learning specific forms like Breaking, Hip hop and contemporary.
After some years, he felt the need of professional training and so joined Twist N Turns. He underwent an intensive one year training in Hip Hop and on completion, joined the academy as a trainee instructor.
"Dance is my passion and it means everything to me. It's what I'm most passionate about in the world. Dance for me is a way of expressing myself. I dance to feel alive, I dance because it's who I am."
Sanghamitra Das is a licensed Zumba Fitness, Zumba kids and Zumba junior instructor. She is certified with AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) along with CPR and AED. She has done her functional Training with FSSA. Apart from her fitness background, she loves to dance and has trained with reviewed Bollywood choreographers, Bosco and Caesar. Apart from this, she had also been trained in Latin forms like Salsa, Pachanga and Bachata.
"Dance is strength."
Cindrella's formal induction into dance began at the age of 10, though she has been dancing since she began to walk. Her dance training began with Bharatnatyam - a challenging and sometimes, tiring journey. But as time went by, her interest in various dance genres, Indian Classical or Western, kept growing. Till the point when she realised that dance was an inseparable part of her.
Her passion for dance led her to join Twist N Turns as a trainee instructor. She feels happy to be a small part of a talented and dedicated dance team here. She feels privileged to have received training from some amazingly experienced trainersin Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.
Friedrich Nietzsche's words - "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" - sum up her feelings for dance perfectly.
"Dance, plays a most significant role in my life; it keeps me healthy. For me, dance is the language of my soul. It is silent, but it expresses itself through my body."
Swarnav is associated with Twist N Turns since long. He started his career as a student in TNT and at present he is an Instructor. He got his training from Prasanna Saikia and Tapas Das in TNT which not only helped him to enhance his dancing skills but also helped him to develop his personality . Since there is no end of learning, when ever he gets time from his busy schedule he joins as a student to other instructors, which according to him is a fun way of learning! By nature he is very friendly and can connect to kids very fast. Finally Swarnav says, "I am living my dreams".
It's been almost over a year that I'm associated with TWIST N TURNS and the experience here is just great. Being with the TWIST N TURNS family is a dream come true, especially the classes I did under Nikita Ma'am, taught me a lot. She has been an ideal role model. Her creativity and and the way she handles her classes inspired me a lot.
I started dancing when I was 18. After a year of random training I joined TWIST N TURNS. I did my diploma in Dance here.I learned under Tapas Das and Prasanna Saikia. They helped me to improve my dancing skills, and also motivated me a lot. Its been couple of years that I have been dancing, and now this is not only my passion, but rather my language. I feel alive when I dance. According to me- "Most people aren't born dancers,they evolve into dancers"- and I too am one of them. Anyone can be a dancer; all you need is something in your heart- that you want to express".