“I dance, therefore I am.” this is what sums up Abhilasha – the heart and soul of Naach.
Naach is a dream come reality for Abhilasha, as she founded the company to spread the passion and awareness of dancing. She’s a senior instructor for Latin American dance forms, which includes Salsa, Jive, Cha cha cha, Rumba & Bachata and also a certified trainer for “Zumba”- the fitness fever that is catching up around the world.
From getting trained in Kathak for 4 years from Indore Gharana, to swaying on Latin American beats now, dancing has always been a part of Abhilasha’s life.
Extracting music through movement has always been her main inclination towards dancing.
‘I have always been an ardent follower towards this creative form of art from my childhood days. No matter
your level of mastery, there is always more to discover and that is exactly what I teach my students. It is not mandate that everyone should be a stage performer but dancing should go deep down your veins and enumerate your style and make you a head turner. When I started my career I had always developed a knack towards the various dance styles. Mastering the form of Kathak I took onto Salsa and other Latin dance styles. An important trade secret that I would love to share with my young followers would definitely be that knowing the beats and sense of musicality is very important to master any dance form. It is the base.’
She also adds lot of focus on basic body movements, which not only makes one fluid and flexible, but also helps a person to mature as a dancer. She admits teaching is her highest passion and sharing the joy of dancing with others is her biggest desire.
Abhilasha is the host of the most loved dance festival in India ‘ International Dance Festival Pune- IDFP’ which brings a remarkable line up each year from across the world to the people of Pune.
Abhilasha is also the Editor-in-Chief of India’s first dance magazine ‘ Naach ‘ which is a yearly issue and a must read for all dance enthusiasts around the country to update themselves on Dance news around the globe.
Being a perfectionist, Abhilasha strongly emphasizes on technique, musicality, expressions and attitude, as every bit of it holds a lot of importance, while you dance.
Akram Shaikh has been performing and choreographing contemporary dance, since the very beginning of his 8 year old dancing career.
Akram started his training in Sadhya under Santosh Nair in year 2005, in Mayurbhanj Chhau & Contemporary Dance. He is also trained in Kalaripattu and has a style of his own in Hip Hop and Breakdance. A very focused artist, his creativity gets reflected in his choreographic work.
Akram has been a part of various festivals at national level, a few of them being National School of Drama’s – International Festival, Narendra Sharma Dance Festival, Samrachna Choreography Festival of Dance – Bhubneswar, Chhau Parva – Bhubneswar & Nritya Katha – Kolkatta.
He also performed in ‘If I were King’ and assisted in the choreography of the famous musical ‘Hair’ presented under the aegis of Neemrana Music Foundation showcased at Old Fort, Delhi.
Amongst the many other achievements, Akram is recently featured in India’s First 3D dance movie – Anybody Can Dance(ABCD).
Saloni is a highly energetic, enthusiastic, experienced and patient individual specializing in the field of dance and fitness.
Saloni was part of the ‘Special Potential Batch’ of Shiamak Davar’s Institute for 2 years and has achieved her Diploma in Dance from Terence Lewis Academy. She has received scholarship as best dancer in Vidya Bhavan High School in 2005 and 2006 and has also judged various dance competitions.
Saloni’s genre for training at Naach are Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Bollywood.
Siddharth being a natural dancer has been dancing for last 15 years.
He has performed in various professional shows and was amongst the top finalist in Boogie Woogie Group Dance Championship.
Some of the prominent shows where Siddharth has performed are Indian Idol with Abhijeet Sawant and Prajakta Shukre, Pune Festival and Hero Pleasure Bike Launching event with Hrithik Roshan as brand ambassador.
He has choreographed for many corporate including KANBAY, AXA and colleges including Cummins, M.I.T, Sinhgarh and COEP.
Siddharth is known for his flair for Salsa and Bachata and masters the music.