Anuja Samant

 

Anuja first started taking classes in 2004 in Naach with instructor Montre Bhiwandiwala. She also had the opportunity to perform at Youthsava in 2006 with the Naach Teens group. After a hiatus of a few years she resumed taking classes in 2007 and continued to do so with the Mona Khan Company. She went on to become a part of the Junior Emerging Performers Program and an assistant instructor in 2014. She became a primary instructor in 2015. She is also the Captain and Choreographer of the Milpitas High School Indian Dance team— Milpitas Masti.

 

Anuja perceives the art of dance as a stress-relieving activity. Not only does dance allow her to be free and creative with her self-expression, it allows her to test the capabilities of being a dancer and a person. She strives to be a stronger dancer and instructor every time she steps into the studio and will continue to do so in her future years.

 

As an instructor, Anuja believes that having the capability to express your self is a great quality to obtain. By teaching dance, she has the opportunity of educating the younger generation about how to use different forms of physical and mental expression through dance. Moreover, she hopes to inspire her students to become stronger dancers as well as stronger people. She also hopes to educate students about how dance is a way of life. She tries to abide by this quote when instructing, "when you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way." -Wayne Dyer.

 

Outside of her life as a dancer, Anuja attends the Milpitas High School. She is the officer of her high school club, Interact, a community service club that focuses on hosting events, shows and food-sponsored fundraisers in order to raise money for international projects such as making solar cook kits for families in Afghanistan or raising money for uneducated families in Kenya. She also plays for her school soccer team and in 2014 she won the Santa Clara County Science Fair at Milpitas High School.