Sheetal Gandhi

Bio

Sheetal Gandhi is a National Dance Performance (NDP) award-winning choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA.  Her work has been described as "eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater" by the Philadelphia Inquirer utilizing "incisive commentary offset by brilliant touches of humor" (Narthaki).  Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, and playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams.

Gandhi is an MFA graduate in dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. She is a recent proud recipient of a 2016 MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Past choreographic support has come from the James Irvine Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. 

Her solo and group work has has toured to over 15 cities in the U.S. and in India, Norway, Israel and Amsterdam. Visit her at sheetalgandhi.com.

Class Descriptions

Tap: This course introduces basic and intermediate tap technique and styles (including rhythm tap and Broadway tap).   The course focuses on fundamental skills, complex syncopated rhythms, tonal clarity, speed, short and long combinations to various styles of music, and improvisation.  Students will also learn basic music notation and time signatures and their relationship to tap dance.  Tap shoes are required.  

Repair-Prepare: A Pilates-based Somatic Class:

This course addresses the “whole” artist/performer, by teaching a balanced understanding of the inner and the outer dimensions - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - that contribute to the delivery of quality artistic movement.  Students will develop strategies for a healthy lifelong engagement with their bodies and with movement by focusing on: breath-work, body awareness, balancing patterns of overuse, core-activation and stability, release and mobility, and self-massage.

 

Bollywood Dance: 

Bollywood dance is a fusion of various styles from around the world such as salsa, hip-hop, and jazz with Indian folk and classical dance styles.  Participants will learn choreography to popular Bollywood and Bhangra songs, with a focus on learning important story-telling skills through dance.  Rhythm, musicality, energy, nuance and character come together to create a full-bodied dance experience!  This course will culminate in a performance.