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.
Kiran Shenvi, who is an information technology graduate, started dancing during his college days. He participated in various Bollywood shows, but never thought about taking his dancing beyond that. After completing his diploma in Advanced Dance Studies with The Academy of SNDA in 2013, he worked with dance instructors such as Ghislaine Carrara, James Morrow & Steve Rooks and also took on teaching assignments with SNDA. He is a Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) certified ballet and jazz teacher for preliminary programs. He has travelled extensively all over India to perform, teach and choreograph. He also travelled with SNDA to New York in 2016, to perform Dhrut’s first international premiere. He currently works as an assistant choreographer to Sumeet Nagdev.
Performing Artist, Junior Faculty
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 is currently pursuing the full-time Professional Dance Certification (PDC) program as well as training herself for SNDA’s current works. She also facilitates hip-hop and contemporary classes at SNDA, and aspires to achieve excellence in performance and teaching.
Jyoti Ranjan Nayak
Performing Artist, Junior Faculty
Jyoti graduated from Gurukul Institute of Engineering & Technology with a diploma in engineering in 2013. He has studied modern contemporary, jazz, ballet and other dance styles during his time at Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts. He has performed in SNDA’s annual shows, corporate events, dance productions and musicals. He was also a performer in the award-winning commercial Tata Tea commercial during 2017. He currently assists and teaches dance at SNDA.
Early Birds Faculty, Costumes Manager
Shruti came to SNDA as a community student in 2015 and later joined the PDC program. She is currently pursuing her 2nd year at MMK college in Bandra. Shruti seems to have already found her calling through the medium of teaching dance to kids. She holds the Eligible Teacher Accreditation (ETA) from CSTD’s pre-school enrichment program and handles kids’ programs at SNDA. She aims to excel in developing and teaching kids’ program alongside pursuing jazz as her major subject.
Interning Artist, Junior Faculty
Snehal is a postgraduate in commerce from Rajasthan University. She studied kathak from a young age, completing the visharad syllabus at India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music. She joined SNDA in October 2016 and began studying the Professional Dance Certification course. Snehal has performed in various SNDA recitals, musicals and productions. She studies contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop and she teaches kathak at SNDA.
Interning Artist, Junior Faculty
Cia studied dance at Virginia Dorothy Dance Studio in the U.S. where she majored in tap, ballet and jazz. She has also completed residencies with Complexions Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Houston Ballet Company. She moved to India and has studied contemporary dance with Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts since 2015. Since joining SNDA, she has performed in three productions. She currently teaches junior jazz and tap at SNDA.
Interning Artist, Junior Faculty
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. Six months after joining SNDA, Uddipana joined SNDA’s operations’ team and now handles the role of Operations’ Manager at SNDA, while continuing her training under SNDA’s Professional Dance Certification (PDC) program. Uddipana has also performed for the Contemporary Dance Season at the NCPA in Mumbai. She is currently an interning dance artist and is training for SNDA’s new dance production.
Digital Media Manager
Tanya Prabhu, who is a graduate in mass media, shares the longest relationship with SNDA among all the SNDA members. She joined SNDA as a student in 2008 while she was in school, and today she independently handles the role of Marketing and Social Media Manager at SNDA. In her spare time at SNDA, Tanya likes to experiment with graphic design and tries her skills in photography. She has a keen interest in editing and took on the role of video editor for SNDA's Dance Film Festival and other projects. Furthermore, her knowledge of social media marketing and strategy has earned SNDA many followers on social media portals. Tanya continues to dance in SNDA’s level 2 contemporary batch.
Interning Artist, Administrative Manager
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 assists with administrative work at SNDA. On the creative front, Shubhankar enjoys fusing b-boying and hip-hop, with jazz and contemporary.
Bhagyashree is a graduate in accounting and management from MGMM, Jabalpur. She is currently completing her masters. She has previously studied kathak at Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University in Gwalior. Bhagyashree has always had a desire to learn modern contemporary dance and ballet, therefore she applied for the Professional Dance Course at SNDA in 2017.
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