PROFESSIONAL DANCE NETWORK’S 2018 FESTIVAL OF DANCE FACULTY
Meera’s musical upbringing has trained her to be an artist since the age of four. Daughter of Classical Indian Tabla player, Raj Kumar Varma, and international Indian and Oriental dancer, Zarina, at a very young age this multi-award-winning Dancer has entertained and captivated audiences reaching six different continents.
During her artistic career, Meera been featured as an actress, guest dancer and choreographer in both Hollywood & Bollywood films, television shows and commercials, and music videos internationally. Having performed for dignitaries, royalty, and worldwide audiences, she was chosen as the artist to represent ancient to modern India in the Commonwealth Games Bid for 2010.
With a stage presence that is powerful yet playful, Meera’s creativity as an artist captures the emotions of rhythm and reveals the sensuality of her soul. Her stage presence is powerful yet playful, expressing extraordinary style with grace and beauty. She has performed to a vast array of cultural music and styles, ranging from the traditional styles of the East fused together with the more modern, progressive and dub-step styles. She has trained in India, USA, Canada and Egypt with world renowned Dancers and choreographers.
With the natural essence of her East Indian heredity and technique flowing through every performance, her style of dancing is unique, focusing on fusing various Classical and Folk Dances of India, and authentic Egyptian and Cabaret style Bellydancing, with modern Urban elements, leaving you with a classical, but funky “In-Fusion” style. She has released four Instructional DVDs, including “Bellydance: The Art of Toning & Technique”, and three Dances of India Instructional DVDs – “Ancient to Modern”, “Bollywood to Bollydance”, and “Urban Bhangra Bounce”. Meera is also a Principal Dancer and Choreographer of the most prestigious, world renowned Bellydance group, Bellydance Superstars, and is a featured artist in their live DVD, “Bombay Bellywood: Live from Los Angeles”.
Today, Meera carries on the tradition of her ancestor’s musical background, and pursues her artistic career before audiences around the world, teaching her “In-Fusion” style.
FRIT AND FRAT FULLER
PDN celebrates the opportunity for Frit and Frat to arrange their busy world-wide schedule and again be a favorite faculty member of PDN’s Festival of Dance, especially their “Rhythm Steppin” classes. As the Artistic Directors for LA based KIN Dance Company, KIN has performed in Los Angeles and abroad.
Frit and Frat have choreographed for Mrs. America & Mrs. World Pageants, at theme parks and in Taiwan and London. Their jukebox stage musical, “Down Around Brown Town”, celebrating the music of Mr. James Brown, received the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director of a Musical/Local Division.
PDN is pleased that one of its favorite teachers will be returning for Festival of Dance. Josh, (also known as Josh3Thousand/J3K) is a talented hip hop teacher and choreographer whose work with Southern California dance teams and high schools are continually receiving wide accolades.
Most recently, Josh danced in Pharrell Williams’ “24 Hours of Happy” video and choreographed for Glasses Malone’s music video “Get Busy”. Josh’s goal is to be the best leader and help others pursue their dreams to be a professional Dancer/Choreographer!
Since 1984 Pamm has owned and operated DANCE/10 Performing Arts Center in Alameda, California and is Director and Creator of The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees. She has studied with famous dance legends including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Joe Tremaine and Frank Hatchett.
Her professional career includes dancing roles in Applause, Music Man, A Chorus Line and performances in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Hollywood Holiday Parade. Pamm has a BA in Dance from UCLA and a Masters Degree in choreography from Mills College and is a member of Actors Equity, AGVA and Past President of Dance Masters of California Chapter 13.
Ryan started dancing as a Pre-teen, and grew up competing at numerous regional and national competitions, winning Teen Mr. Dance of California and Dance Masters-Chapter 13. He is certified with Dance Masters of America in jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics. His strong technical background in Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical (with an emphasis on musicality) and 20+ years of dance enables him to incorporate emotion and character in his choreography.
He has been a member of The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees for over 15 years. His professional credits include Industrial shows for Yelp and Bank of America; American Gospel Music Awards and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. Ryan is a graduate of the Drama Program at the University of California Berkeley and 1st Vice-President of Dance Masters of California Chapter 13.
Teachers and adults at past PDN conferences welcomed the informative and creative approaches Sue’s classes offered. Teaching for more than 15 years at the YMCA of Los Angeles, Sue has been a fitness educator for 35 years. Her certifications include Arthritis Foundation in Aquatics and Exercise, Pilates, Yoga Stretch I and II, Restorative Breathing Development, Functional Strength and Balance Solutions and the Parkinson Foundation.
Her classes offer core focus programming, blending power, grace and building on the foundations of proper body alignment with precise cueing. Sue has a BA in Medical Social Work from Cal State University Northridge, with graduate studies in Health Sciences.
PDN welcomes Iris who always brings our dancers a perspective on World Dances and various styles of ethnic dance. She began studying dance at age three and continued her extensive training with African, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Salsa. Also dabbling in Bollywood, Polynesian and other world dance genres, Iris is known for creating exciting fusion choreographies that promote multi-cultural awareness. She had competed all over the world as both a soloist and troupe dancer.
As one of the most popular PDN instructors with the high school dancers, Germaine has been dancing since the time he could walk. In high school, his love for dance lead him to become an IKE Dancer for the Eisenhower Dance Team and lead his team to their second championship in two years! While attending Cal State Long Beach, Germaine studied many forms of dance styles, where he developed his passion for ballroom dance.
Germaine is both a warm and friendly instructor and a fierce competitor. Germaine enjoys the opportunity to teach all styles of ballroom to our PDN dancers of all ages that are passionate and excited about learning.
We welcome back to PDN Lupita, who shares with us her techniques with Argentine tango, swing, salsa, cha cha and smooth dances. Lupita has been a competitive ballroom dancer since her teens, competing in professional and semi-professional competitions in the U.S, South America and Europe.
Her exciting PDN classes include “Hot Hula”, a work-out based on Hula dance. As owner and choreographer of Limonadas Dance Company, Lupita is an adjunct dance professor at Riverside City College.