About Ajna

Ajna Dance Company is New York’s premier Indian dance company, specializing in artistic and authentic Indian dance classes, choreography and performance . The company was created in 2012 by Minila Shah with the purpose of sharing Indian dance in all its forms – folk, classical, and film – with a global and diverse audience. The Ajna Performance Ensemble and teaching staff are trained in a broad range of dance styles and pride themselves on offering stunning performances and highly skilled instruction. Ajna’s signature style is elegant, high-energy, and blends the excitement of Bollywood with the grace and technique of classical dance. Ajna Dance Company has 3 core segments which while unique all share the company vision on sharing artistic and authentic movement and culture.

Classes

Ajna offers classes in a number of styles for dancers of all levels. These include Bollywood, Bhangra, Classical Indian dance (Bharathanatyam and Kathak) and our signature Semi-Classical Blend. Weekly group classes (available for both children and adults) teach technique, conditioning, expression, and choreography. We also offer private classes for technique and special event choreography.

Education

Ajna Dance Company has a strong focus on offering Indian Dance in schools in the tri-state area through educational workshops, assemblies and residencies. Our team of teachers are professionally trained and adept at teaching and choreographing for your skill-level, age, and preferences.

Performance

Directed by Ajna founder Minila Shah, the Ajna Performance Ensemble shares a blend of Classical Indian dance, folk and Bollywood. The unique combination with a focus on expression and grace that come from Classical styles have made our performance work stand out. Most recently, we were invited to perform at PGA The Hero World Challenge in Nassau Bahamas at an event hosted by Tiger Woods for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Ajna Performance Ensemble has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America with Priyanka Chopra, on NBC with Nick Cannon, the Food Network with Rachel Ray, Good Day New York in collaboration with DJ Rekha and the Smithsonian as well as most recently on Untitled with Action Bronson on Viceland. Moreover, we have had the honor of performing at various high profile events at the United Nations, The Rubin Museum, MoMA Film, Facebook, Google and Macy’s. Ajna also works with a number of nonprofits and professional organizations including the Women’s Education Project, New York Cares, and the American India Foundation. As a New York City based company, we believe in building strong communities through dance have participated in festivals, celebrations and dance showcases in the city including the Fourth Arts Block (FAB) festival, the India Day parade, Dance Parade New York, the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF), 8 in Show at Dixon Place and the PMT Showcase.

The Ajna Team

Minila Shah
Artistic Director

Alisha Desai
Dancer, Instructor, Educator

Ankita Ray
Dancer, Instructor

Reba Browne
Dancer, Instructor, Educator

Ashni Mehta
Dancer

Nirali Shah
Dancer, Instructor

Devon Lewis
Dancer, Instructor, Educator

Veena Vijaykumar
Dancer, Instructor

Nikita Gupta
Dancer, Instructor, Educator

Rashmi Rajendran
Dancer, Instructor, Educator

Tara Nanda
Dancer, Instructor

Ami Shah
Dancer

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