As a child, Sumeet Nagdev studied gymnastics and mallakhamb at Shivaji Park. Initially he was more interested in sports, however his interest in dance developed when he started his training in folk dance in Senior school. He went on to study jazz, ballet and modern dance with Oscar Unger, Veronica Balsara and Mahesh Mahbubani respectively. In 2007, he graduated with distinction in management studies and was awarded a scholarship with the Martha Graham Dance Company. The scholarship included intensive training in Graham technique and repertoire. He was also awarded a scholarship with ECNAD Singapore and studied with Tan How Choon and Chin Huat. Furthermore, he studied under Tripura Kashyap for Dance Therapy and Pandita Uma Dogra in Kathak while concurrently running SNDA.
In 2010, he was shortlisted as an international choreographer in residence for the 6-week American Dance Festival. In the festival he performed in Mark Haim's production, ‘This Land is your Land,’ and also choreographed a production named Dhwani. He continued choreographing dance productions such as Gandhi is Alive, Resonate, Talkative Dancer and Dhrut that have been performed in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Jaipur, Seattle, Lisbon, New Jersey, New York and Bali. Other than performing at dance festivals across the country, Sumeet along with his company has danced and choreographed for television projects and advertisements. He has also worked on film projects with various Bollywood celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Ayushman Khurana, Anushka Dandekar, Deepika Padukone & Hema Malini. Sumeet was also a judge on the first season of the television show ‘Dance+.’ His recent work ‘Trishna,’ that is inspired by debates surrounding female empowerment, premiered at the closing of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai on 12th Feb 2017. It was received with a standing ovation by 3000 people.
Founder of SNDA
Since the age of five, Sasha has participated in more than forty ad-commercials and three television sitcoms. She continued her love for acting and modelling in her high school and college days. In 2007, she graduated from Jai Hind College with a distinction in mass media. She then went on to create and establish SNDA with Sumeet. Post SNDA’s initiation, she took some time off and shot for a Hindi Feature Film, ‘Tere Mere Phere’ as the lead actress in 2011. She then did some collaborative theatre work with Sumeet, while continuing to run SNDA. She is now blessed with a son, and spends her spare time creating acrylic and oil paintings on canvas. Sasha also handles the television, film and large-scale projects for SNDA as a producer.
With a post-graduate degree in biotechnology and clinical research, Shraddha was initially content with a job as a health reporter at India.com’s Health Site portal. However, after Shraddha studied in the part-time professional program during 2013, she was offered an internship and was eventually selected to join SNDA. She is now a full-time dance artist, with a strong focus on teaching. Shraddha is a Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) certified teacher in jazz, ballet and the pre-school enrichment program. She has studied with many luminaries of dance specialising in gymnastics, ballet, modern dance and hip-hop. The most memorable one for her has been studying Bharatnatyam with Guru Rama Vaidyanathan for the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, in December 2016. She has conducted workshops and training sessions for students in Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, Delhi and is now the Academic Manager of Professional Dance Courses at SNDA.
Principal Performing Artist, Senior Faculty
Neeraj started dancing at the age of fifteen, but took up professional training at eighteen. He started learning with Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in New Delhi and trained in contemporary, chhau and gymnastics for two years. He came to SNDA in 2014 after applying for a two-month scholarship and later joined as a full-time student. At just twenty-two, Neeraj is a principal dancer at SNDA. He has performed in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Pune, Jaipur and New York. He also completed his residency program at the American Dance Festival in 2017. He has a strong interest in hip-hop, body conditioning and creating modern movement vocabularies through improvisation. Neeraj is also a Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) certified teacher in jazz and ballet, and mentors the Professional Dance Certification (PDC) program students at SNDA.
Grade 1 teacher, Senior Faculty Member, Principal Dance Artist
Nineteen-year-old Reshma Sharma was pursuing her SYBAF from Lala Lajpatrai college, when she was approached artistic director Sumeet at a college event. She came to SNDA in 2016 as a scholarship student, despite not having any prior training in dance. She completed her training in full-time Professional Dance Certification (PDC) program in 2018 and is currently the principal dance artist of the company. She also facilitates hip-hop and contemporary classes at SNDA as a senior teacher, and aspires to achieve excellence in performance and teaching.
Grade 2 teacher
Hailing from Assam, Uddipana Das is trained in the Indian classical dance form Sattriya that she studied at the Kala Kendra institute in Assam. Uddipana first came to Mumbai in 2016 and then joined SNDA’s contemporary program. With her determination and desire to continue dancing professionally, she worked her way to SNDA’s pre-professional dance program. She is continuing her training and is also an assistant teacher for community programs in Jazz and contemporary. On the creative front, Uddipana is inclined towards experimental work. She was selected for presenting her solo work “In search of You” at NCPA’s Contemporary Dance Season in Mumbai in 2017.
18-year-old Neha had never learned dancing before she stepped into SNDA in 2016. Her passion towards dance kept growing while pursuing the Professional Dance Certification (PDC) Program and her remarkable progress led to join SNDA as an intern in 2019. She is currently training in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop at SNDA, while continuing her academic studies in Arts. Neha has performed for over 50 shows and musicals in a short span of 2 years. She aims at excelling as a performing artist and is eager to share her knowledge through teaching in future.
Sara was inclined towards dancing in her early childhood. She trained herself in the Indian classical dance form Odyssey for 6 years before she began exploring other dance styles. Her exploration finally landed her in SNDA in 2015. After a year of learning Jazz and contemporary through community programs, she decided to join the PDC program in 2016. Today at the age of 16 years, Sara is the youngest student to join as an intern at SNDA, and perform for majority shows, events and musicals through SNDA. On the academic front, Sara is currently studying Commerce and knows perfectly how to balance her studies and dancing.
Grade 2 teacher
Inspired by the movie Breakout, Shubhankar Mehra started practicing B-boying, hip-hop and mixed martial arts at the age of thirteen. Shubhankar trained in B-boying for seven years, before participating in the Red Bull BC ONE International B-boying Championship during 2016. He came to SNDA as a PDC student in the same year, with the aim of learning newer dance styles. He was then offered a scholarship with SNDA. Alongside his training, he also focuses on fitness programs for Dancers at SNDA. On the creative front, Shubhankar enjoys fusing B-boying and hip-hop, with jazz and contemporary.
Karan graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (BAF) in 2016 from V.G. Vaze College in Mumbai. In 2017 he began his post-graduate degree, studying a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance at KC College of Management & Engineering. Karan joined SNDA in February 2018 as the Accounts Manager. In his spare time, Karan enjoys playing guitar, singing, listening to music and playing sports such as cricket and badminton.
An ardent Bollywood dancer Viren Lakum facilitated Bollywood dance sessions for several years. The urge to explore other dance styles and strengthen his dancing skills finally brought him to SNDA. He joined SNDA’s Full-time Professional Dance Certification (PDC) program in 2013 and after completion of the course, he joined as a full time dance artist and teaching faculty at SNDA in 2014. Today, Viren devotes his entire time being a part of SNDA team in the company division. On the technical front, Viren excels in music editing, videography, video editing and archiving and currently plays a major role in handling the direction of ‘dance on film’ division at SNDA.
Krunal started dancing at the age of 17 and freelanced for nearly 4 years, facilitating dance programs and workshops at schools and corporate sector. He has performed at multiple shows and events. He joined the technical division of SNDA in 2019 as the archive manager. He is keen on widening his scope of work and technical experience through assisting videography and photography division.