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MOVEMENT ADDICTS

  Meet the Talent  

Despite the dancers busy lifestyles and demanding day jobs, they are committed to Ameya and continue to have an insatiable appetite for dance, creative growth, and excellence.

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MONICA RAJDEV
MONICA RAJDEV

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Day Job: Director, State Programs & Data Integration Years Dancing: 30 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bhangra, and Raas/Garba College Dance Teams: Maya Dance Troupe, Michigan Bhangra Team Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Favorite Non-Dance Activity: Nacho Bar Crawls

SAMY SIMHA SHAH
SAMY SIMHA SHAH

MARKETING DIRECTOR Day Job: Senior Manager, Product Strategy & Implementation Years Dancing: 23 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bhangra, Modern and Bollywood College Dance Team: MSU Nasha and MSU Bhangra Favorite Dancer: Shahid Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit Hidden Talent: I have an abnormally flexible pinky finger.

MASUMI AMIN JADIA
MASUMI AMIN JADIA

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Day Job: Event Designer Years Dancing: 26 Training: Bharatnatyam & Kuchipudi, with additional training in Ballet, Jazz & HipHop College Dance Team: Michigan State Raas Favorite Dancer: Hrithik Roshan Could Eat Forever: Dark Chocolate Anything!

SNEHA BHATTACHARYYA
SNEHA BHATTACHARYYA

FINANCE DIRECTOR Day Job: MBA Associate Manager, Strategic Finance Years Dancing: 23 Training: Bharatnatyam, Bhangra, Fusion, Bollywood College Dance Team: Maya Dance Team and Wolverine Bhangra Favorite Dancer: Pandit Birju Maharaj and Willdabeast Favorite Dessert: Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

NISHA KISHORE
NISHA KISHORE

SHOWCASE DIRECTOR Day Job: PharmD - AbbVie, Global Medical Affairs Years Dancing: 26 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bollywood College Dance Team: Purdue Raas Team and Purdue Bhangra Team Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit If I Had One Superpower It Would Be: Time Travel

BIANCA SURTI BHUNGALIA
BIANCA SURTI BHUNGALIA

Day Job: Optometrist Years Dancing: 22 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bollywood, Bhangra, Contemporary, Ballet, & Hip-Hop College Dance Teams: SLU Raas, SLU Shakti Favorite Dancers: Chris Brown, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh My Stress-Relieving Activity: Baking

PRIYA BADHWAR
PRIYA BADHWAR

MEDIA COORDINATOR Day Job: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student Years Dancing: 23 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bollywood, Bhangra College Dance Teams: SLU Bhangra, SLU Raas, SLU Shakti Favorite Dancers: Madhuri Dixit, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson Will Never Say No To: Coca-Cola & French Fries

POONAM DESAI
POONAM DESAI

Day Job: 2nd Grade Teacher Years Dancing: 26 Training: Bharatanatyam and Folk College Dance Teams Wayne State Warrior Jhatka Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Bucket List Item Completed: I climbed to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in July 2018

SUJAATA DWADASI
SUJAATA DWADASI

Day Job: Gastroenterology Fellow at University of Chicago Years Dancing: 26 Training: Bharatanatyam, Bollywood College Dance Teams: Purdue Raas Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit, Beyoncé, Deepika Padakone Fun Fact: My guilty pleasure is watching mindless TV shows such as Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules

RONAK VASHI PATEL
RONAK VASHI PATEL

Day Job: Physician, Gastroenterology Fellow Years Dancing: 24 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Garba College Dance Teams: Northwestern Anubhav, Northwestern Raas, Northwestern Bhangra Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Favorite Poem: "Don't Quit"

KHUSHBOO RAMI PATEL
KHUSHBOO RAMI PATEL

Day Job: Director of Major Gifts Years Dancing: 26 Training: Bharatnatyam, Folk, Bhangra, Bollywood College Dance Teams: Michigan Bhangra Team Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Dream Job: My Own Travel-Based Food-Focused Show

ANITA PATTANI
ANITA PATTANI

Day Job: Physician (Hospitalist) Years Dancing: 32 Training: Padmalaya School of Dance (Bharatanatyam) College Dance Teams (if any): Taal, Bellytwins Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Bucket List Item: Santorini sunset Most Unusual Item at Home: Nosefrida (to suck the boogers out of my babies’ noses)

PRIYA SHAH
PRIYA SHAH

Day Job: Account Manager Years Dancing: 25 Training: Classical, Folk, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Modern, Bollywood College Dance Team: MSU Bhangra Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough Favorite Vacation: Greece

PUJA BHAGWAKAR
PUJA BHAGWAKAR

Day Job: Dentist Years Dancing: 21 years Training: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Bharatnaytam Favorite Dancer: Shakria, Madhuri Dixit, Beyoncé Bucket list: Travel all 7 continents

DIVYA ASHER
DIVYA ASHER

Day Job: PA-C, Senior medical review specialist AbbVie Years Dancing: 25 Training: Bharatnatyam and Folk College Dance Teams: U of M Bhangra and U of M Raas Favorite Dancer: Madhuri Dixit Guilty Pleasure: Binge-watching TV shows

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