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Teacher's Profile


Firuzi Desai

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Lead Instructor

Firuzi Desai took her first steps into the world of dance at the age of four when she joined a school programme and trained in the Tanjore style of Bharatanatyam under Nritya Kala Guru Neela Raval, based in Gujarat, India. Encouraged and supported by her parents, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bharatanatyam under the aegis of Felicity Art. At the age of 13, Firuzi was selected to represent India in international dance festivals like Folklore Festival, Canada and Children dance festival in Turkey where she performed Indian classical dance and folk dances. Firuzi believes that the learning of a craft never ends. And in her relentless pursuit of excellence, she completed her Masters in Bharatanatyam under Guru Behnaz Todiwala of Utkarsh Dance Academy, Surat, India. 

Today, besides working as a therapist, Firuzi has been choreographing, performing and conducting Bharatanatyam classes for 18 years in Pennsylvania, U.S.A through her institution Vedanta Dance Academy. Apart from teaching, she also loves to choreograph Bharatanatyam fusion and Bollywood dances. 

Firuzi's love and passion for Bharatanatyam extends beyond the academic, and she has been spreading awareness about the classical dance form through various workshops in schools and colleges. She bas been imparting lectures as an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College. 

Prestigious events like India Heritage Day, Rising Together (in celebration of Women History Month), International Cultural Festival, Ten Tiny Dances and Yoga Fest have all supported and encouraged Firuzi's artistic vision.

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