2012 Diwali – Just Dance – South Street Seaport Performers

Anjuli Bhattacharyya
Anjuli is a dancer, choreographer, visual artist and graphic designer from New York City. Anjuli is also the Creative Director for Cre808 Studios, a creative space for artists based in Brooklyn, NY.

Anjuli Bhattacharyya, a contemporary/modern dancer and choreographer, was a top contestant on India’s number 1 reality dance show, “Just Dance.” Anjuli has also been featured in Music videos like Maroon 5, Felix Snow, and Clifton as well featured in various commercials and film roles from her work as a freelance performer. She has taught jazz, modern, contact improvisation and street jazz classes for 10 years in both Kentucky and New York, most notably at NY City center for the Fall For Dance program in 2010. She danced as full-time company member for Manhattan based Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance Theater, a contemporary ballet and modern mixed media dance company from 2009-2012. Anjuli is currently producing live concert dance and music productions for Star TV entitled Just Dance Live.

Anjuli received her Bachelor’s in Marketing Business Administration and Dance minor from the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2007. She was president of and has choreographed over 15 pieces for the UK dance ensemble. In 2004, Anjuli received the Mary King Montgomery Kouns Choreography Award. In 2006, she received the R.D. and Caroline Kirkpatrick Scholarship, and in 2007 she was honored with the Founder’s Scholarship for significant contribution to dance at UK. Also in 2007 and 2008, she was granted a full scholarship to American Dance Festival’s summer intensive where she served as Assistant to Charles Reinhart, Director of the ADF. She worked as the Managing Editor of Movmnt Magazine in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011, she danced at both APAP performing arts festivals and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with Eyes of a Blue Dog. Anjuli has performed pieces choreographed by Jose Limon, Leymis Bolanos, Barry Youngblood, Jerry Rose, Dalia Carella, Rodger Belman, and Gaspard Louis of Pilobolus. She has also performed with Kinesis Dance Project at the Judson Church and Gaspard and Dancers, a Durham, NC based dance company.

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Julia Jurgilewicz

Julia Jurgilewicz was raised in Massachusetts where she trained in modern, ballet, and contemporary at The Gold School. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where she had the pleasure of working with choreographers Sidra Bell, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, and Gus Solomons Jr. Since graduating Julia has performed in Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera, with LEVYdance at Joyce SoHo, and with The Anata Project in San Francisco, California. Currently Julia dances in and choreographs for RedCurrant Collective and is the administrative consultant for The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation.

Jun Lee

Jun Lee was born in Singapore and has received dance training throughout her childhood in Singapore, England and Thailand. Professional performance credits include Finite and Infinite Games with Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, He Who Burns with Anikai Dance, InsectInside with Grounded Aerial Dance Theatre, XIII with Murray Spalding Mandalas,Pressing Empty with Kinesis Project Dance Theater, Perhaps Now Perhaps Never with Eyes Of A Blue Dog Dance Theatre; God of War and A Story and A Song with Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater and The Council with AndaryDance, in which she was the soloist. She has performed at the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, Judson Church, Danspace, Brooklyn Lyceum and numerous fringe festivals, parks, avenues and fountains. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory with her BFA.

Amy LeNoble

Amy LeNoble is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Los Angeles, CA. She received a BA in Dance at Loyola Marymount University. There, she studied under amazingly talented professionals not limited to Holly Johnston, Paige Porter, Chad Michael Hall, and Michael Esperanza. Her senior year she performed a solo in Chad Hall’s piece, Multiplex, which got nationally recognized at ACDFA; winning fourth place in the nation. Amy was also a member of B-Boy Status, performing with America’s Best Dance Crew winner & SYTYCD star Phillip Chbeeb. After college, Amy went on to dance commercially landing gigs with artists including: Omarion, K Smith, Ashley Tisdale, Lil Keesha, Fatal Mack, BoA, and Jupiter Rising. She also performed with dance companies Keshet Chaim, under the direction of Beyonce’s choreographer Kobi Rozenfeld, and Blue 13 with Bollywood legend Achinta McDaniel. Later, she went on tour with the Urban Poets Dance Company to perform at the Fringe Festival in Scotland; dancing alongside SYTYCD star Phillip Attmore, and finalist Kathryn McCormick. Now Amy is currently residing in New York where she plans to take on the dance world! She has done promotional performances with Flash Mob America for vendors such as Suave, Arby’s, and Charmin. She performed with the very talented Michael Avila in his music video “Forbidden,” as well as went on tour with pop sensation Jim Linehan as one of his dancers. Amy recently starred in a new short dance film, “Fractures,” directed by Rich Lugo in which she plays the supporting role.  Now Amy is currently partnering with the amazingly talented American Idol star, Joanne Borgella, as choreographer for her upcoming Europe Tour. Amy is an artist who values perseverance, honesty, and faith. Do what you do best, step forward, and believe!

Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh is a Colorado native currently residing in New York City. She started her dance training at Miller’s Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance for 6 years. After graduating high school, she attended Colorado State University receiving a BA in dance and BS in fashion merchandising. While at CSU she had the distinct pleasure of rigorously training with faculty members Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Melissa Corr, and Judy Bejarano. Additionally, she had the chance to work with such guest artists as Gabriel Masson, Kim Neal Nofsinger, and Hannah Kahn. Beyond CSU, she attended two summer intensive programs: David Parsons in NYC, and Toronto Dance Theater in Ontario. Her studies during college cultivated her artistic desire to choreograph – leading to numerous pieces selected for CSU department concerts, a commissioned piece for the Aspen Dance Connection in 2007, and the chance to present a piece at ACDFA that same year. Inspired by the opportunities NYC had to offer, Andrea moved to the city upon graduation from CSU. While simultaneously working in fashion PR and digital marketing, Andrea danced in Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Elspeth Brown performing at APAP, Dance Theater Workshop, Greenspace, and the Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Series. The city also sparked an interest in Andrea to train in commercial and street style dance, receiving most of her training at Broadway Dance Center. She now regularly performs with entertainer Robert Taylor Jr. from Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance? By combining her technical training in ballet and modern and stylistic influences of hip-hop, she is now actively pursuing her own performance and choreographic endeavors in NYC.

Miguel Quinones
Miguel Angel Quinones III was born in New York city in 1984. He was raised in Miami, Fl were he received the majority of his dance training at the Miami Conservatory. There he studied under Ruth Weisen, and Thomas Armour. Miguel went to New World School of the Arts, for High School, were he majored in Visual Art. He would go to the same school for college to receive his BFA in dance. Miguel graduated from New World in 2005. He has worked with choreographer’s such as; Robert Battle, Donald Mckayle, Jennifer Muller, Michael Uhtoff, Monica Bill Barnes, Greg Dolbashian, Mark Stuart, and Nicholas Andre. Miguel Quinones danced with the Parsons Dance company for 6 years, and is now dancing for, “The Dash Ensemble”, “Mark Stuart Dance Theater,” and “Nicholas Andre Dance Theater.”

Kruti Shah
Kruti Shah is a dancer, instructor and choreographer from New Jersey. While intensively training in modern forms of movement (Ballet,Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern),  Kruti simultaneously pursued an interest in much more ancient Indian forms of dance, particularly Bharatnyatam and Kathak.

During her early career, she assisted award winning, MTV’s Choreographer of the Year Jamale Graves and Kimberly Tam (Former instructor at Princeton Ballet School, Owner/Director of AIM Academy). In 2007, Kruti earned attendance into the New Jersey’s Governor School of the Arts program. For her work displayed in this prestigious summer intensive dance program, Kruti received an award from the state of New Jersey in Dance Excellence.  Kruti also received scholarships from the Allegheny Ballet Company and Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund for dance education.
In 2010, Kruti joined AATMA Performing Arts, a renowned Indian dance company, where she is best known for her performances, instruction and choreography.  Some of Kruti’s work in direction and choreography can be seen in AATMA’s showcases Revive (2010) and The AATMA Experience (2012), Star TV’s Just Dance Live (2012), and several well-known competitions such as Naya Andaaz (2011, 2012), Bollywood America (2010), and Philly fest (2009-2011). Kruti displays some of  her work in AATMA Performing Art’s world tour production Mystic India (2011) and the APAP conference in New York City (2012).
In 2011, Kruti was a top 10 finalist on Star Plus’s dance reality show, Just Dance, where she earned a chance to represent the United States. Here, she also received the opportunity to train under some of the most inspiring choreographers, such as  Michelle Johnston, Saroj Khan and Terence Lewis. One of her most personal achievements was a special gesture received from the revolutionary Saroj Khan- the Rs. 101 ka Shagun, which is considered as an honor for dancers.
Kruti has also conducted workshops in affiliation with Bollywood America and FR3SH Hip-Hop Dance Troupe (America’s Best Dance Crew Season 4). Currently, Kruti focuses on instruction and choreography at AATMA Performing Arts, where she provides her students with a strong foundation of modern based techniques while preserving their cultural roots.

Melvin Varghese
Melvin Varghese is an emerging Indian Classical dancer hailing from New York City. He started training in the style of Bharatanatyam at the age of six under Smt. Radhika Bahl and later continued under the tutelage of guru Sri V. Krishna Kumar (late). He completed his arangetram in 2004 under Smt. Chandrakala Raghavan and has since learnt under several renowned gurus in India.

Melvin has been instrumental in elevating Indian dance at Rutgers University as a member on the Raas and Garba Association (RAGA), as well as co-founder of the Indian Classical dance team, Natya–both nationally acclaimed organizations.   Melvin is a company dancer of AATMA Performing Arts, and is also pursuing a career in Physical Therapy. He hopes to one day combine his passions for science and dance.

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