I.D.E.A is about giving Excellence back to the community
Endorsed by the area’s best recreational establishments, you can safely assume you are getting a quality-stamped service when you enroll in one of our programs. Accredited by certification from stalwart institutes of source country India, licensed by top-notch fitness organizations in the U.S.A (AFAA & AAAI), and endorsed by international press and media, our legacy goes back over 25 years to the first dance school opened by veteran founder Priya Chellani in Bombay, India in 1986 and the global communities served since then.
Priya Chellani – Founder
Veteran international dance tutor of 25+ years, choreographer, performer, show producer, theatre actor, former dance finalist of India and dance judge panelist, Priya Chellani is the driving force at Indigo.
An award-winning teaching artist, Priya hails from the birthplace city of Bollywood cinema: Bombay, India, where she conducted a thriving academy of pupils in India’s financial and entertainment capital, for a decade and a half, choreographed for upcoming Bollywood stars and created prize-winning student entries at reality TV dance shows.
Between India and U.S.A
Migrating offshore to global destination Dubai towards the millennium, she coached a multitude of cultures, working with international event and educational organizations, for such famous brands as Reebok, Splash, Giordano, Esprit, and presented events for government entities such as UAE Chambers of Commerce, Dubai Shopping Festival, UAE Airports Authorities, and the esteemed Royal Family of UAE, along with fashion stores such as Splash Iconic & fast food chains like KFC Americana.
Later in New Zealand, she represented Bollywood Dance with students at shows, workshops, competitions & cultural demo’s in live theatre, retail, hospitality, fitness & education industries, within the Indian diaspora as well as mainstream audiences, that included performing in honor of the then Prime Minister inside the Parliament.
Now in Research Triangle Park
Since making her home in the United States, Priya certified as a Group Fitness Professional with nationally accredited institutions AAAI-ISMA and AFAA USA and developed her own Bollywood fitness workout style. Priya started Indigo Dance Evolution in the Triangle area, offering regular coaching round the year in both dance and dance fitness to Bollywood and Indian culture lovers, with outreaches at the City of Raleigh, Towns of Morrisville and Cary, as well as corporate employee fitness centers, guest workshops at schools/colleges in the area. Since then, she has led over 150 showcases in the Triangle area alone for a wide client base: in hospitality, retail, public recreation, corporate, health & education.
Rich knowledge + Experience= Great Value for learners
Priya brings a rich knowledge base as an international artist in the Indian performing art industry to North Carolina. Trained in a gamut of styles and a lifetime experience of 30,000 hours teaching, creating and performing, her versatile experience is unique to the realm of Bollywood Dance in the Triangle. She specializes in providing core dance training to everyday people from all walks of life, helping them achieve their goals, whether it be winning competitions, refining their performance skills, contributing their talent to charitable /multicultural community causes, getting fit, or just surprising their friends and family at social events. With her no-judgment outlook, learners from all levels and diverse nationalities feel comfortable with her, inspired by her teaching style and her devotion to dance as a way to holistic fitness. Her methodology which she constantly develops, helps her to satisfactorily meet the needs of eclectic, diverse students. Follow her prolific Youtube Student Dance Channel with more than 1,100 global subscribers & more than 350 dance videos – from just North Carolina!
Some “firsts” in Raleigh-Durham:
Priya’s efforts in popularizing the Bollywood genre to a diverse American society, actively imparting to local communities, academic institutes, corporate and public recreation centers, whilst promoting her students, has seen a growing awareness of Bollywood Dance in the region.
- Introduced Bollywood Dance Fitness for the first time to employee-members of Fortune 500 corporates in the RTP such as Cisco, Lenovo, and NetApp, 2015
- Introduced Bollywood Dance to Senior Citizens through City of Raleigh programs, 2013
- Introduced structured Bollywood workshops at Wake County schools, 2013.
- Within just a year of starting up, helped won Silver for students in a Group Entry at the International Dance Contest, Raleigh International Festival 2014, her Adult group comprised of just everyday local women.
- Indigo’s Teen Category dance students won Grand Prize- First Place at the Teen Triangle International Contest in Raleigh, 2015
- Brought a live-wire, entertaining & engaging Bollywood Interactive fare to the Triangle, 2013
- Starting her daily growing Youtube channel – a live testimony of Priya’s successful work in the Triangle today – it is now the largest followed Bollywood Dance studio channel in the Carolinas, with global fans as far away as India!
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A gifted actor, Priya also dabbles in theatre and on-screen appearances during her spare time from dance.
Priya has to her credit a number of testimonials from happy students and clients globally. Read more above.
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Local & international press & media / TV have written about and mentioned Priya favorably, in whichever country that she professed. Read more in links above.
- Certified in Aerobics Personal Fitness Training, from AAAI-ISMA, U.S.A, and Certified in Group Fitness, AFAA, U.S.A
- CPR, First Aid, and AED certified
- Certified in Katthak Classical and Indian Folk Dances, Nateshwar Institute Guru Gopikrishna Bombay, India.
- Certified teacher of Yoga to Young Adults from The Yoga Institute, Bombay India.
- Awarded Top Four Dance Finalists in Bombay, India and award-winning choreographer at several Inter-Collegiate Competitions in Fusion Dance.
- Multi-lingual, Native fluent speaker of Hindi and other Indian dialects, fluent in English
- HIPAA – trained in health/fitness industry principles in USA
Priya was among very first pioneer teachers to introduce Fusion Dance as a PE activity in western Bombay’s academic schools, and one of the fore-running industry leaders to recognize and put gifted children in the spotlight at public events in the city, on TV, in theatre and competitions. Priya’s students often featured in prominent media, including children’s & youth theatre, they featured on satellite TV reality dance shows and national Indian TV, also represented their school or college at highly popular festivals of culture and art competitions at high profile auditoria in Mumbai such as Sophia Bhabha, Prithvi, Bhaidas, Rangsharda.
Training to Bollywood’s rising stars
Priya also provided core foundational training to some of Bollywood’s rising stars today:
She was often invited to local dance competitions as a judge on celebrity panels including directors of other famous schools such as Shiamak Davar Institute of Arts, Mumbai.
Dance Finalist twice in a row at all-India Fusion Dance Championships, she placed alongside peers such as now-famous Bollywood choreographers Farah Khan (Director of blockbuster Bollywood films), Longines Fernandes (choreographer of “Slumdog Millionaire”), Ravi Behl – Naved Jaffrey (producers of “Boogie Woogie” India’s longest running TV dance reality show), Ken Ghosh (Bollywood movie director/producer) & DJ Akbar Sami (world-class Bollywood DJ) Priya went on to perform at several hi-profile events in Mumbai along with above artists. Those became her stomping grounds where Priya avidly pursued jazz, break-dance, aerobics, dance theatre, scripting & direction of musicals for youth and children.
Whilst simultaneously completing her Bachelor’s, she led her college’s Dance and Drama program at the University of Mumbai, winning several awards each year by representing with her group at major inter-college annual competitions such as Malhar, Mood Indigo etc.
Additionally, she trained in Indian folk & classical Indian dance Kathak under Padmashri Guru Gopikrishna, India, (a maestro choreographer whose school coaches some of the best talents in India) to enrich and balance her dance training with traditional forms.