Dancer Spotlight: Vaneeta Shah

By on Jun 23, 2014


Meet Vaneeta

Vaneeta began her training as a classical Bharatanatyam dancer under the guidance of Srimathi Chitra Ramaswami. Vaneeta made her on-stage debut with a 3-hour performance in 2008. Vaneeta expanded her breadth of dancing into more modern styles while performing with the “South Asian Performing Artists” collegiate group in New Jersey. Vaneeta was accepted into The Sa Dance Company during its inception and continues to push herself to learn the art of dance through different styles of expression.


We Interviewed Vaneeta…


bio_pic_v_shah021. What is your dance background?
My parents used to make me perform Bollywood dances at our Holi and Diwali cultural shows…I loved it from the start:) I started training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 12…this is really where the structure of my dancing has come from. Just 5 years ago I made it my mission to complete my Bharatanatyam Arangetram – I’m so happy that I did this! Along the years I’ve continued my dancing with the collegiate group SAPA (South Asian Performing Artists) and am now a proud dancer for Sa!

2. Tell Us About Your First Dance Performance.
At our Diwali cultural show, I danced to the song “Thandi Hava” from the 1955 Bollywood movie Mr and Mrs 55. My mom made my lehnga from scratch…she even made a matching pointy hat to put the dupata over:)

3. Why SA?
The choreography really speaks to me…the style brings out the best dancer in me! I also appreciate the professionalism that the company is treated with. This is really important to me!

┬ęCarlton S. Chotalal Jr.4. Who are your role models?
People who are able to juggle many different aspects of their life, and still maintain a calm composure

5. Will you be dancing at 80?
Yes, I sincerely hope so!

6. If you were stuck in a room and could only do one dance move over and over again what would it be?
Tha Kita…because I like that beat

7. One work that describes dance to you.

8. Describe yourself as a dancer
Graceful yet sharp…but my favorite is connecting with my audience on a personal level with the “story” that I’m telling!