Mokshaa used to be a small school in a small town near Atlantic City, NJ. However, with the dedication of its founding director, Ruchi Chowdahary, Mokshaa now spans across the tri-state area with eight current locations and many more on its way. Ruchi has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been trained in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood Fusion, Hip Hip and many other styles. She started teaching and choreographing at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since! To Ruchi, dance is an electric formation of unspoken thought and she is devoted to show all of her students how amazing dancing is. However, Ruchi teaches her students more than just dance. She has trained many young dancers to become leaders in the school and has instilled in them patience, discipline, and commitment. She enjoys being a mentor and role model to her students and cherishes watching them blossom into not only better dancers, but into better versions of themselves. Ruchi has taken her students to participate in local community events as part of her dedication to sparking an interest of dance and Indian culture in today’s generation. Winner of the Best Youngest Choreographer award through Naach Revolution, Ruchi has led her students to take home trophies at major competitions, and has participated as a judge at many competitions herself. In addition, she has worked with well-known celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, and Preity Zinta and has choreographed for the Bollywood movie Haste Haste. Ruchi is also the founder of Mokshaa Fitness and the supervisor of MokshaaTalks. Ruchi has built the world of Mokshaa from the ground up. She is very proud of every student who has learned from her and grateful to every member of the Mokshaa team who has helped her along the way.
Kamna has been dancing since the age of 12. She was trained in the classical form of dance called Kathak. She pursued her love for dancing in college where she founded and became captain of a nationally competitive Bollywood-fusion dance team. Upon graduating, Kamna became Director of The Manhattan Project Dance Competition, Inc. She ran this organization alongside her team of 30 members, and successfully hosted intercollegiate dance competitions for 4 years. Kamna joined Mokshaa Dance Academy as a teacher in September 2016. She is also certified as a BollyX (Bollywood dance fitness) instructor. Kamna is thrilled to be a part of a dance family that is able to provide an outlet of Indian culture and Bollywood dance to children and adults alike.
Priyanka Patel has had a passion for dance from a very early age. Since then, dance has become an essential part of her life and she has grown to express herself through dance. She started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of 4 under the guidance of Guru Smt. Shilpa Mehta and Guru Pooja Mehta. After joining dance, Priyanka was given several dance opportunities all over the tri-state area at places such as: Senior Citizens at Summerville Assisted Living, Gujrati Samaj Anand Mela, I.T.A., I.A.S.J., and Zee-Heritage. While learning Bharatnatyam, Priyanka decided at age 9 that she wanted to test herself and mastered the art of Bollywood Fusion. In 2010, she performed her Bharatnatyam Arangetram, and currently is proud dance teacher at Mokshaa Dance Academy. She hopes to uphold the traditional values of dance and teach them to the younger generations.
Neelam has been apart of Mokshaa Dance Academy since 2009. Since she joined Mokshaa, Neelam has been exposed to a world in which she has flourished, the world of dance. Mokshaa Dance Academy’s fusion style has further encouraged Neelam to train in styles combining contemporary, hip-hop, jazz funk, ballet and more. Neelam’s personal goals as a teacher are to instill students with a sense of teamwork, yet help them develop their individual style in dance, to encourage the students to become versatile dancers, and become modern representatives of Bollywood Fusion. Throughout her time with the Academy, Neelam has embraced the joy of educating children and strives to be a positive role model for the Mokshaa babies.
Paromeeta is a Penn State Student who joined Mokshaa with high hopes of learning as well as help teach dance to young students. Starting at the age of three she learned Bharatnatyam in US, as well as in Kolkata for eight years under the guidance of Guru Pillai at Bani Chakra. She has performed for several Not-for-Profit Organizations and fund raising shows in the Tri-State, including Ekal Vidalaya, CHOP, Sankara Eye Foundation and Unicef, to name a few. Paromeeta enjoys choreographing to Bengali folk songs and Rabindra Sangeet, and have staged several shows with her friends in multiple events and International days celebrated in different schools, and Cultural events. Dancing is her passion and she is keen on learning different forms and styles of dance and envisions that the opportunity of being a part of the Mokshaa family is 'IT', the next step to fulfill her dream of being, Paromeeta the dancer.
Jasneen has been dancing since she was three years old. She has always had the passion for dance. Jas has done a variety types of dances such as Ballet and Hip Hop, but Bollywood is for her. Jasneen joined Mokshaa when she was nine. She has enjoyed her journey in Mokshaa and is excited to see what lies in front of her. Mokshaa has taught her many things such as confidence, posture, expressions, and most importantly passion. She loves to see her students every week ready to learn something new. In short, Jas loves to dance and hopes to teach her students the same!!