Meenal’s Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) is a Premier Performing Arts school in San Diego Offering classes in classical art forms Kathak, Bharatanatyam and the Indian percussion instrument Tabla. Affiliated with Bharati Vidyapeeth School of Performing Arts, Pune, India, MAPA offers certificate and Diploma course certifications in Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Tabla, and Hindustani Vocal.
I have been teaching Kathak in San Diego for 9+ years now. I am a professional performer myself. I strongly believe that to be a good teacher, one has to continue to perform. I am known for my pure dance style, my grace and clarity in movements and my energy on stage.
I am extremely proud of my students and their dedication towards the art form. I have students who have been learning with me for last 8+ years. I organize a full-length student recital every year with live music accompaniment. That is very rare these days and it sets us apart from most dance schools. Another distinguishing factor is our affiliation with an esteemed University in India. We offer a structured curriculum and offer certificate and Diploma courses and I think students and the parents value that a lot.
Most importantly I am extremely passionate about dancing and teaching. I connect very well with students of all age groups. My classes involve serious learning and a whole lot of fun. Every week, my students leave with a smile wanting for more, and I think that as a teacher, that is my success right there.
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We offer a trial class for our new stundets (completely free)
Then based on the student profile, age and schedule availability we schedule lessons for them.
I started learning Indian classical dance form Kathak at the age of 6 in India with Guru Shri Suresh Dharmadhikari.(Kathak is one of the 8 classical Indian dance styles).
I continued my Kathak education along with my Academic education with full sincerity. I completed Visharad (Bachelors of Music in Kathak) and graduated at the top of my class, securing a gold medal. In addition to Dance education, I hold a degree in Software engineering and two Master degrees- one in Business Economics and the other in Business Administration.
Since 2014 I have been taking advanced lessons with Shambhavi Dandekar in 2014.
I work with students of all age groups, from ages 6 to 60.