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Founder Priya Chellani has had immense experience coaching internationally. 

Here is what her satisfied students & clients said:

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Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Dear Priya, I would like to thank you for your contribution to the Diwali  Festival of Lights 2007. The dedication, commitment and sacrifice made by people like you who participated is clear to see. Without it, the festival would not be the success that it is. We have received some very positive feedback and it is thanks to your generosity and willingness to support the festival that the event continues to go from strength to strength. The Diwali Mela reflects part of the wonderful city we live in and is helping to build the awareness of Indian culture and of the significance of Diwali in the minds of the wider communities of New Zealand. As the event organisor, I feel very proud to work with people such as you, and I look forward to working with you again in future. Many thanks again!- Daniel Harrison, Event Organizer, Auckland City Diwali Mela, 2007

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Dear Priya, On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your contribution towards the success of West Auckland Diwali Festival. Thank you for your efforts & dedication. The festival was a huge success with over 15000 people enjoying the activities. We were thrilled by your support displayed at the Trust Stadium. We at Waitakere Indian Association are overwhelmed by the response form diverse communities of West & Greater Auckland regions for their contribution & generosity, and value you as an important partner in working together for the wellbeing of our communities. Please accept gift vouchers for the members of your troupe, and again, our sincerest  thanks to members of the community such as yourselves who bring their valuable contributions forward to make this such a colorful and successful endeavor, year after year. Our best wishes – Manoj Tahal President, Indian Association Waitakere, Auckland 2007

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Dear Priya, Many thanks for volunteering your precious time and your groups’ talents towards the Whanau (Family) Day Out which was a huge success with over 1000 multi-cultural families from Greater Auckland joining in the fun. We welcomed your representation of the Indian community with your Bollywood showcases and thank all the members of your group for their presence on stage. Ezekiel.nz.org “Whanau Day Out” Auckland 2007

Dear Priya, On behalf of the Trustees of the AI Education & Community Trust, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your academy’s participation in the ‘Vaisakhi on the Square ” held at the Manukau Square. The event was very well received by the local community and with the support received from all entities including gifted performers such as you, we hope to make this an Annual feature on the South Auckland calendar. Thank you once again and looking forward to your continued support. Rajvinder & Hardeep Singh, Trust Committee, Vaisakhi on the Square, 2008 Auckland.

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillDear Priya, Thanks a lot for all the hard work for the dance show by your team. It was fantastic! Also the very well-attended workshop you took during Mela in the Town Hall, Civic Square.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves.  Thanks very much again. I attach a small re-imbursement to cover your costs. Look forward to your presentation at the Wellington Indian Association Diwali next week!. – Manisha Patel, Asia 2000 Wellington Diwali Mela, 2004

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillPriya, thanks for your academy’e participation in the annual Farmer’s Christmas Parade held each year in the Wellington CBD. This was the first time we introduced an entry like yours to represent the Indian diaspora living in our art-oriented capital of New Zealand. We appreciate your participation and pleased with the favorable outcome- Wellington City Council Farmers’ Christmas Parade Committee, 2004

Priya, thank you for the electric performance where I saw your energy,  passion and your discipline with how you conducted the team of children all through the rehearsals and final stage presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop too! My daughter Naomi really enjoyed working with you and I wish you the very best for the future!- Rachel Simon-Kumar, Professor, University of Hamilton, Journalist and Editor.

In a Tutor Capacity-Comments from students & parents at Education centers & Workshops over the years 

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

“Priya’s workshop was full of energy and freedom.  Loved it! – Great choreography!”

  • “Priya would be good as a gym instructor with a Bollywood twist”
  • “Fantastic teacher – highly recommended”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed your class – will miss you in Term 2!”
  • “You were a very good teacher and I will miss your class when you move to the U.S – Amanda”
  •  “Priya,You are sorely missed. I am continuing my third term into Bollywood dancing but I had really enjoyed your teaching the most. No-one to replace you suitably after you’ve gone , but I wish you the best and know you’ll shine in the United States ! ” -Kerri Howard
  • “The way everyone had so much fun shows what a fantastic inspirational teacher you are. Loved it!” – Rosie Adams
  • “Fabulous atmosphere, lots of fun & lots of great moves & dance results!” – Kate Kelly
  • “Very enjoyable, great class!” Christine Frost
  • “You are an awesome teacher!Loved it!!! ” -Lyrae Mcsweeny
  • “Thanks so much for a great class”- Kathryn Pine
  • “Thanks so much for the class- I really enjoyed it ” – Shamima Sahib
  • “Very good teacher. Do come back – would love to be in your class again. Very patient teacher and a great human. Keep it up!” Shamila Zaidi
  • “Hard to find a friend like you in a teacher. Have a nice holiday- please do come back”- Students of women’s lessons in Rutherford Adult Ongoing Community Education College, Auckland 2008

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillPriya, we were so very surprised at our children’s ability when we saw them on stage next to you in the Diwali event. In one session itself, you won them over, and have lit their hearts afire for dance, something we couldn’t quite achieve with other dances and classes we enroled them in! Thank you, we are very pleased with your efforts -Keep it up! –  Junior Students Parent group, Freyburg Community Education Center, Auckland

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillThank you for your energizing sessions at the gym – the ladies enjoyed your dancercise and the yoga classes. Please let us know your availability for the next season- Program Co-ordinator, Configure Express Gym, Auckland.    

Hi Priya, thank you so much for your workshop yesterday. I mentor teachers and model how to teach music drama and dance so I was simply  fascinated with your Bollywood moves. I would love a 1-on-1 class with you.  Cheers to extraordinary work in The Arts!   Avon Hansen-Beadle http://www.thearts.net.nz    

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Hi Priya, Thank you for your workshop, also hopefully we can find a way to bring you to our school or community. I may be able to organise it through the night classes programme /daytime weekend session is fine. You would be most welcome to stay overnight and enjoy our beautiful beach town while you are here.  Cheers, Karin Spencer, Whangamata Area School, Coromandel Peninsula

Heya Priya, Thank you for very helpful follow-up emails after the helpful and exciting workshops! I will be repeating this unit every term with the different classes I have during the year. I would love for you to come in and have a session with my dance club that I hope to start soon. I’m excited ! Thanks so much for your help again. Tupou Kolofai’I –  Sutton Park Primary, 2007

Hi Priya, I am very excited about you coming in so are the students. I am sure whatever you do will be fantastic and well received! Looking forward to Wednesday, Kind regards, Molly Nicholas- Marcellin College, 2007

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillHi Priya, Thanks for coming in today to give the girls a glimpse of your dance and session on dance presentation. I will be getting them together again another session, to give them a final touch up on their moves and item presentation. Thanks again- it was great, we really enjoyed it!- Naseem Ali-  Kelston Intermediate School

Hi Priya, I came to the Diversity Arts workshop in Three Kings recently, where I had a great time dancing!!. Please send me details as I would like to know more about the dance events you are involved in ! –Louise Williams,  Auckland 

Hi Priya, Thank you for coming out to the Fickling Center for our workshop and making it such  a runaway success! incorporating the Bollywood style in dance structured classes. – Sincerely, Susan Battye, Drama Teacher & Professional Workshop Coordinator, Auckland 

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillHi Ms PRIYA, It was a pleasure having you as dance teacher. GIIS students could develop good dancing skills under your guidance. THANKS A LOT! Please let me know if you are now available for teaching dance or leading our cultural centre activities also on week ends.  With Warm Regards– Abhay Dhoke, Director, Global Indian International School, Auckland

Hi Priya, Thank you for your time. The children thoroughly enjoyed your sessions.-Renee Purcell, Co-ordinator, YMCA Children’s Summer Camp 2008, Mt Albert, Auckland

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillMs. Priya, we are very grateful for the amount of persistence and patience you extended our children during the classes and rehearsals for the Indian Independence show at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Center. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, some of us born in India had tears in our eyes as the songs and scenes brought back our childhood memories. Please do find a note attached from all our children who took part-  ”Dear Teacher Priya, first of all a BIIIG Thank you thank you thank you for all your hard work, and secondly , sorry that we were so naughty at times and gave you a hard time! but we all soooo enjoyed your show! We had soo much fun putting on the costumes from India, learning a little about the Indian states, a little bit about Indian history & how to drape those clothes.  We made soooo many mistakes in the dance, but you were always so patient with us and we were so thrilled in the end because just like you said, nobody in the audience picked up the mistakes!! We are throwing a small party to celebrate and this is in your favor, so please do join us !”- Class of 2003, Mahatma Gandhi Center of Cultural Arts, Auckland

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillMs.Priya thanks to your training in Indian Classical dance (katthak) and other styles, we managed to create the ‘wow’ factor in our winning dance presentation at the contest and other events we participated in with your academy. We would like to express our gratitude and thanks forever for your dedication for the audience responses. We have become the most talked about students at our school! We wish to continue learning however we know that because of your imminent immigration to the U.S.this is not possible. It is with broken hearts that we wish you goodbye. If ever you do decide to relocate back, please know that you have at least four dedicated students who will welcome you with open arms. We wish you the best in rejoining your family and your further growth in the States. God Bless!- Divya Hariharan, Mallika Hariharan, Vrittika Malani, & Shiksha Shridhar , students at Lynfield College, winners of Rockerz High School Dance Contest 2007

Your dance and exercise classes bring a lot of joy and we all look forward to it each week !” – Students & parents at Wellington Indian Association, Wellington, New Zealand, Year 2004

As a Contest Judge & Guest Speaker at public events:

Dear Priya,Thank you for taking time out to come and judge the Annual Dance Contest 2003. We were grateful for your presence,  Organisor, Contest at the Logan Campbell Theatre Auckland

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Dear Priya, Thank you for your accepting my request to judge the High School dance contest on 19th April at Beaumont Centre Auckland. I also look forward to see some of your own dance students participating. I would continue to seek your support for other activities. Ashvin, Organisor, Rockerz., Logan Campbell Theatre Auckland 2007

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillDear Priya, Namaste, I trust this email finds you and family in good health and great spirits.This is to convey our grateful thanks to you for taking out your precious time to be at the Hindu Heritage Centre Camp 26-28 January and encourage the children and their families. We look forward to working with you for the well being of our community. Please give us a feed back on the camp and areas where we can improve. I am sure the children will have your blessings and encouragement for the future camps/activities. Kind regards-  Sri Mysore, Hindu Heritage Centre, Mangere(E) Auckland, NZ 2007.

Referrals from businesses in a professional capacity :

Bollywood dance classes in Morrisvillle Apex Cary Raleigh Durham Chapel HillDear Priya, Felicitations from the University of Auckland NewZealand,  on successfully participating and completing the SPARK Business Ideas Challenge of 2005.  You are among the Finalists with the top ten business plans of the year! We congratulate your commendable efforts and award you a year’s worth of free training and mentoring with our business school affiliate, The Icehouse, to assist you in steering your enterprise and your budding new business idea towards fruition and successful achievement of your vision and business goals. Good luck and congratulations from all of us at the SPARK team! University of Auckland, New Zealand, June 2005 http://www.spark.auckland.ac.nz

The spaceship on TV3-New ZealandPriya provided exceptional service during her tenure working with Space Dome Technologies Ltd. NZ, in all aspects of our simulation entertainment business . She proved to be an outstanding individual with many skills that were essential to the running of our enterprise… Priya was also our advisor to our film production department which is where her creativity was noticed the most. This includes the visuals, sound effects and post-production departments. Space Dome Technologies Ltd is grateful to Priya for giving it the contribution she provided in its early stages.  She is reliable, trustworthy, extremely efficient and an outstanding staff member.  We wish her the very best of success in her new settlement in the United States. –Dennis Hyde, Managing Director, Space Dome Technologies, New Zealand, 2008 www.spacedome.co.nz/films ; http://www.spacedome.co.nz/announcements/voyager-ii-launch-in-china

Hi Priya, I just wanted to thank you for being such a great advocate along with Spacedome Technologies, in helping to connect the dots within the organizations in NZ.  MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) is very lucky to have you as one of their ambassadors. Chat with you soon. Kind Regards, Brenda  Frisk | Education Strategist| Adobe Education Leader| Auckland

Priya has a high sense of professional etiquette, integrity and ethics. She has a creative edge that has helped us in our marketing programs. Customer-oriented, she is impeccably trustworthy, and reliable  with a high degree of commitment to her undertakings-  From business owners employing in professional events capacity

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