Dance teachers and Instructors of Twist N Turns.
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."