Mansi Chopra

 

Mansi has been training and performing since she was merely five years old. She studied Bharatnatyam with Sonal Jarecha for four years and garba, Bollywood, salsa and hip hop for seven years. She competed at Navratri festivals in Mumbai for multiple years and also won the Queen award at Mumbai Samachar and Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj in 2008. After moving from Mumbai to San Diego at the age of twelve, she trained at the Academy of Dance Arts for two years and competed in ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop and won multiple awards as part of several teams. She also continued learning Bharatnatyam from Alka Shah for two years. In addition, she joined Nakul Dev Mahajan’s company, trained under Jonathan Bosco and performed at his showcases for two years.

 

After moving to the Bay Area, she joined Mona Khan Company in 2011 and became a part of the Junior Emerging Performing program in 2012. She also joined Feel Projection Dance Company and studied urban dance styles in 2014. In addition, she founded a Bollywood fusion dance team, Ishaara, at her high school, which performed at multiple cultural shows across the Bay Area. She also choreographed Bollywood and bhangra performances for her school's Homecoming and Multicultural Weeks.

 

Mansi became an assistant instructor with the Mona Khan Company in 2014 and a primary instructor in 2016. As an instructor, she believes that anyone and everyone with a goal either in dance or in life can achieve it with strong determination and positivity. She has been fortunate enough to learn different styles of dance from multiple instructors, and each one of them have inspired her to believe in herself, improve while accepting her mistakes, never give up, help others, have fun but to have discipline and respect what you already have as a dancer. The same way, she hopes to create a fun and supportive ambiance for her students where she can pass on her knowledge and experience. She also hopes to motivate her students to push themselves out of their comfort zones, bring out their creativity and help them feel the movements through their soul.

 

Dance for her has not just been a hobby but a lifelong passion. It liberates her from stress and unexpressed emotions. It allows her to be herself and makes her feel at home when she steps into in the studio and on stage. She is currently studying Dance along with Business at Ohlone College. On most weekends, you can find her catching up on Bollywood movies, hanging out with friends and family, and trying out new skills in photography. She also enjoys competitive sports and adventurous activities. She had won the Best Girl Athlete award at her school in 2008 after winning the maximum number of gold medals for 50 meters, 100 meters, long jump and relay!