Dance teachers and Instructors of Twist N Turns.
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."