About ZIND

We are an Indian Bollywood dance studio. We exist to create, teach and perform the art of Indian dance to ages 5+ to adults! We teach individuals (Most of who do not have any prior dance experience) how to dance, step by step, to your favorite Bollywood songs from a professional, enthusiastic instructor. We also provide ample opportunities to get on stage and show off learned skills and talent! We create original and energetic dance routines that wins over a crowd every time!

We also set up events/teachings for our students to learn difference aspects of the indian culture – including traditions, holidays, festivals etc. While being in America, we recognize that it is important to stay true to our roots and spread awareness of our heritage!

We teach, encourage and implement our four pillars:

  • Fierceness

  • Individuality

  • Respect

  • Empowerment

We build confidence through positive encouragement and support as well as performances on stage. If we can train a 5 year old to go on stage and perform a dance in front of 500 people, think about what they can do when they are 25 years old in front of a boardroom. We teach our students to “own your dance”, meaning to be accountable, take charge, push past any nervousness/fear, persist, show up and OWN it! As a result, in the same way, we are training them to subconsciously “own your life”; to be accountable, take charge, push past fear, persist, show up and own it. We are setting up our students for life – through the avenue of Indian dance.

Using original, dynamic and highly ENERGETIC choreography, our dance studio embraces different dance styles such as Bollywood (Primarily), semi-classical, hip hop, fusion and more; leaving its audience entertained and filled with awe.

Our students range from the ages of 5+ years to adults in their 50’s  and 60’s. We are building a community (through dance) for kids, youths, people to find a place of belonging, be a part of a team, mentor/encourage/support each other while wanting to stay in touch with their roots and to bring a part of the indian culture to their families/friends.

About Our Staff

We are people who not only love to dance but also love to impart our talents to others. Our director and our instructors come from all different dance backgrounds and from all different walks of life for ONE purpose: to spread the love and art of Indian dance. We know the value of having culture and dance in our lives and want to share our gifts with the world. Our greatest moments of pride and joy are seeing our students on stage showing off their talents and hard work. Students often come and express their gratitude to us for being instructors, but, it is us, who are grateful for the opportunity.

Nina Kottakuzhiyil
Director

I started training in Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance) at the age of 6 as a student of Kalairani Natya Salai (KNS) under the teachings of Guru Rani David. In high school, I started choreographing cinematic and folk dances and continued to teach and choreograph for local Indian community programs. I graduated from KNS in my senior year of high school. I would have loved to further my training to an Arangetram level, but put it on hold to attend St. Johns University Queens, NY to pursue a Doctorate in Pharmacy.

When I went to college, one of the first things my dad told me was to “not even think about dance”. So, of course, being an 18 year old with my first real taste of freedom, I quickly looked up and auditioned for the all female south Asian dance team (SJU Raaz) the very first week of college. After countless performances, placing in numerous competitions, judging various competitions and, oh yeah, receiving my Pharmacy degree, I returned home to Maryland.

The dancing still didn’t stop. I contacted my Guru and started to train for my arangetram. I’m sure my parents thought “omg – This girl is STILL trying to dance?!”. But, yes, I was. I finally completed my arangetram in October of 2013. About eight months later, I opened up NinaKshi, LLC on June 21, 2014 (a day before my birthday!) I still work as a Pharmacist, but dance has always and will always be my gift, my outlet, my blessing and my calling. I knew from an adolescent age that I wanted to open up a dance studio to Create dance routines, Teach dance lovers and Perform the art of Indian Dance. I am blessed enough to know what I want to do and who I want to be in this thing called life.

Stacy M.
Operations Manager & Instructor
Silver Spring, MD

Stacy has been dancing since the age of 4. She studied bharatnatyam under Shobha Subramaniam in the Jayamangala School of Dance and had her arangetram in July 2012. In high school, Stacy began choreographing and performing filmi-fusion…

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Sridevi K.
Instructor
Silver Spring, MD

Sridevi has been dancing in one form or the other since she was about four years old. Bollywood dancing, in particular, has always been her passion. Growing up, she performed in front of her family and friends at least once a year to a…

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Deepa P.
Instructor
Silver Spring, MD

Deepa started dancing Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 under Guru Rani David at KNS dance school. Deepa was always dancing with her sister throughout the years; the pair were known for their duets. But slowly Deepa began to learn Bollywood dance…

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Natasha C.
Instructor
Sterling, VA

Natasha has been dancing since the age of 7. Her interest in dance began while watching Bollywood movies in her youth. This also kept her connected to the Indian culture. She expanded on her dance knowledge and learnt Bharatnatyam…

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Nikki M.
Instructor
Baltimore, MD

Nikki and dance go hand in hand! Her dance journey started when she was five years old when she started performing at her school’s annual shows. Throughout her schooling, Nikki participated in multiple dance and Garba competitions…

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Rinal P.
Instructor
Silver Spring, MD

Rinal began her journey as a dancer at the young age of 5, right after watching Madhuri Dixit’s “Ek do teen.” Little did she know, Madhuri would become her dance inspiration for the rest of her life. Rinal has performed in various pieces showcasing Bollywood, bhangra, garba…

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Sneha H.
Instructor
Baltimore, MD

Sneha started dancing at the age of 8 years old after being forced to do so at a local event. After thinking that she would not like it, she ended up loving it. After this performance she started classical Indian dancing where she competed in local competitions doing both…

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Swapnika R.
Instructor
Silver Spring, MD

Swapnika loves all things dance. She started learning Bharatanatyam when she was 6 years old and trained in it for a few years. This is when she started learning how dance works; particularly, the importance of hand movements and facial expressions…

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