Founder and Creative Head at Shehnaaz Dance Academy
Shehnaaz Jagasia, a geneticist by profession, chose to pursue her passion for dance in 2009 when she began training children in Bollywood Indian dance. Shehnaaz is a trained dancer in Classical Dance form of Bharatnatyam (Dr. Swaminathan) and has learnt other dance forms (like Jazz, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha) from the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts.
Shehnaaz Dance Academy (SDA) is has been a staple for Bollywood Dance in Jersey City since 2012. We conduct lessons at various public and private schools in Jersey City, downtown studio classes and several private small group lessons. Additionally, we offer BollyHIIT classes at local studios and choreography for private events and special occasions.
Mom &Tot Instructor
Our Mom & Tot instructor Kavita is a wonderful addition to our team. Kavita has a Masters in Business Administration and Marketing. She is currently getting her degree in Digital Marketing. She has been trained in Indian Dance, Music and has worked for SaReGaMa India Ltd. Kavita is a licensed Zumbini instructor. The Zumbini program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun!
She has previously worked at a reputed Mother Toddler Activity Center and Afterschool Activity Studio in Mumbai, India. For age groups 6 months to 2 years, Kavita conducted sessions focusing on color, shape, number/alphabet recognition and phonics. She has planned out and mastered activities that are specifically designed to promote physical, mental and social development of her students through sensory play, water play, music and story telling. Kavita is also well versed with assisting students 4-12 years of age with afterschool programs in Chess, Piano, Pottery, Sanskrit, Tabla, Dance, Drawing, Cooking for the kids from 4 – 12 years. She is extremely well versed in maintaining effective communication with parents and is a dream while working with children of all ages.