MUMBAI TEAM

Bhagyashree Wavikar :  Bhagyashree is a lawyer by profession, but a dancer at heart. She has learnt almost all dance forms; be it Jazz, Afro Jazz, Contemporary, Rock n Roll, Bollywood, Salsa, Latin American forms or Ballroom Dancing; she knows them all. With over 10 years of experience in performing different dances, she took to choreographing inter college shows and championships, along with teaching many celebrities from the film and television industry. Her dance skills and her choreography have won numerous awards over the years.

She has a special place in her heart for teaching dance to underprivileged people, and through Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio she has brought smiles to the faces of cancer patients, orphans, handicap children, street children and many more. She believes 'If you have a God given talent, it should be put to use by sharing it with all, especially with those who are less fortunate.' Currently she manages 3 centers for the studio in Mumbai and conducts special workshops for different associations, societies, and clubs.

Ankita Dolawat :   A graduate in Economics, Ankita desires to be an IAS officer, she took up dancing during her college days to relax from stress of exams. This relaxation made her realise her potential as a dancer and a performer. She took up teaching dance 4 years ago, so that she could make others comprehend all the advantages and positivity dance brings into peoples lives.

Ankita loves the Samba in particular and feels her personality reflects through the dance. She is lively, energetic and vivacious just like the Samba. She is a born performer and under Mr. Sandip Soparrkar's guidance she has performed at many events. She favours her actor-brother Amit Dolawat as a dance partner and she has enthralled the audience world over through her dynamic performances on television shows and live events.

Shiju Thomas :   Shiju is one of those rare dancers, who can do anything for dance. He attended a short 2 week long workshop in Latin Dance in his hometown Jaipur. The workshop left a big impact on his life and that is when he decided he wanted to dance forever. Against his parents' wishes, he moved to Mumbai to be apart of Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio. Dance gives him satisfaction and contentment and he feels when the heart is in the right place everything works in one's favour.

At the Studio he manages group classes, private lessons and infects people with his passion for Latin American and Ballroom dances.

Swapna Pandit :   Swapna has completed her Masters in Business Administration specialising in finance, but dance has always been in her blood. She was born into a family of dancers; her mother is a classical Indian dancer and her other family members are into theatre and films. So she grew up with dance around her at all times.

She enthralled the audience through her television debut at the age of 12 through song and dance based reality shows, and later with her Bollywood dance style she made her college proud by bringing home medals and trophies at different championships. She took up Ballroom dancing 5 years ago and has been engaged in it ever since. At Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio she specialises in taking corporate classes and group lessons. She is also known in the studio for her accurate technique and explanation of steps.

Sonika Shetty :   Sonika is a final year law student, with bachelors in English literature. She is professionally trained in Bharata Natyam for over a decade and has performed for many classical dance shows and events. Simultaneously she trained in Latin and Ballroom Dancing.

She joint Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio to learn dance in a more technique oriented manner. Today as an accomplished dancer, performer and a dance teacher she follows her passion and her profession at the same time. Her students love her for technique and style, she is popular in the studio for her teaching skills and knowledge of dance.

Jhinuk Alvares:   Jhinuk started dancing before she even started walking. She is a multi talented young girl, has trained in many Indian classical dances like Kathak and Odissi, she has even attained the title of 'Shivali Nritya' in 2005. She has trained in folk dances like sambalpuri dance, bhavai dance, kalbelia dance, jhumur dance, santhal dance and many more. She is a gymnast and has represented her school in many gymnastic competitions in floor and yoga category. She has even completed her 6th grade of Piano and 2nd grade in violin from Trinity Guildhall London.

Jhinuk purely justifies the meaning of her name an oyster of growing talent, her love for dance could not manage to keep her far from dance forms like Bollywood, Jazz and Contemporary. She enrolled at Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio 2 years back to give future to her dancing passion. Today as an instructor at the studio she specializes in taking workshops for children as well as classes for the adults.

Stephen Shukh :  Bhagyashree is a lawyer by profession, but a dancer at heart. She has learnt almost all dance forms; be it Jazz, Afro Jazz, Contemporary, Rock n Roll, Bollywood, Salsa, Latin American forms or Ballroom Dancing; she knows them all. With over 10 years of experience in performing different dances, she took to choreographing inter college shows and championships, along with teaching many celebrities from the film and television industry. Her dance skills and her choreography have won numerous awards over the years.

Today as a dance instructor at the studio, he dances and teaches at different branches, he believes that it keeps him out of this wicked world and keeps him happy always, it eases his worried mind and shows him the way to live a beautiful life with dance as an important part of it.