Tutor’s Bio

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.  Read more below on the founder.

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Long service in dance- with an equally impressive history

Priya Chellani – Founder

Priya is an international dance tutor since 25+ years, as well as choreographer, performer, show producer, theatre actor at different points in her dance career.  As a former dance finalist of India. Priya Chellani is the driving force at Indigo.

Priya hails from the birthplace city of Bollywood cinema: Mumbai, India, where she was born and raised. Priya 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 for exceptionally talented pupils.

Between India and U.S.A

Migrating offshore to global destination Dubai towards the millennium, she coached a multitude of cultures, collaborating with international event and educational organizations, and for famous fashion brands such 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 corporates like KFC Americana.

As a teaching artist in New Zealand, she represented Bollywood Dance with students at public shows, workshops, competitions, cultural festivals & live theatre, for retail, hospitality, fitness & education industries,  within the Indian diaspora as well as mainstream audiences. One of these included performing in honor of the then Prime Minister Helen Clark inside the Parliament

Now in the 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 while in Atlanta and developed her own Bollywood fitness workout style. In mid-2013, 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.

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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 Bollywood 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 weddings/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. Kids especially, learn volumes through her fun-based technique for young children. 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 1,200 global subscribers & more than 350 dance videos – from just North Carolina!

Recent Awards: 

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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.