Our Instructors

Sasha Singh

Head Choreographer

Sasha Singh’s journey in dance has been one of true passion and determination. She has been learning various forms of dance since she was four years old. She started western classical dance form at an early age. She learned Ballet, Modern, and Jazz for four years at Hathaway Academy of Ballet. She is currently learning Hip Hop. She understudied Bollywood with her mother, Sasha Singh and is co-teaching some classes now at Masti Dance Academy.

Sasha takes pride in her comprehensive approach to varying genres of dance and constantly searches for opportunities to further her own education. She attended classes with a famous choreographer from India, Terence Lewis, summer of 2010 not only for personal growth, but to better develop her dancing skills with a more diverse range of knowledge.

She loves to devote time to her passion for dance, acting and modeling. She won the best dance award at Miss Asia Texas 2011 and loves to look for opportunities to express herself through performing arts.  Sasha participated in Miss Asia Texas in 2013 and won the title for Miss Asian American Texas. Her new life aspiration is to do more films after the release of her first Telugu film “Appatlo Okadundevadu” starring Nara Rohith, Shree Vishnu and Tanya hope on December 30th, 2016 (Premier December 29th). Sasha hopes to make her name in the film industry through her hard work and talent.


Madhu Peshwani

Founder, Director

Madhu Peshwani is the founder, Director and Head Choreographer of Masti Dance academy in Plano, Texas. She teaches at Mast Dance Academy along with her daughter Sasha Peshwani.

Madhu is a Plano ISD Teacher who combined her passion of dancing and teaching. She is highly experienced in working with children and this has enabled her to broaden her career from teacher to dancer to choreographer to “experience creator”.

Madhu has been teaching Bollywood dancing for seven years now. In 2010 she travelled to India to learn at trained by Terence Lewis’s Dance Academy and was very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn with the Maestro himself. She is highly experienced in this dance form due to previous dance training of Bharatnatyam for three years. She has also active and extensively learning Jazz and Latin Ballroom at Collin Community College.

Madhu has successfully done a number of projects in annually organizing and producing shows for India Nite since 2004. Her team has also performed at various other events including community events such as Diwali functions for Sindhi Association, Asia Fest, World Fest, and Vaisakhi Mela. She incorporates Indian Classical, Bollywood, Fusion and Bhangra dance styles in all of her performances.

Madhu believes that in order to be successful in dancing, one needs to find discipline to work hard and at the same time be willing to share their knowledge, passion and enjoyment to their community.

At Masti Dance Academy, they believe in having Masti plus learning. The students just adore her!!


Bhavna Mistry Potdar

Dance Instructor

Bhavna Potdar is a dance instructor at Masti Dance Academy in Plano, TX. She currently teaches with Madhu Peshwani and Sasha Peshwani.

Bhavna started her dance journey at the age of 5 with Nrutyashala School of Indian Classical and Folk Dance. At Nrutyashala, Bhavna learned various Indian Dances, which included Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, Garba/Raas and folk dance. Since 1990 she has participated in numerous dance performances including, India Nite, Fogana, Diwali Mela, SMU Talent show and UT Indian Talent Show. Bhavna completed her Aranagetram in 2001, which was her graduation from Bharatanatyam. In 2006 Bhavna began learning Kathak under Bratati Saha. She performed a Kathak piece at a National Women’s Conference.

In 2013 Bhavna decided to start dancing again and joined Masti Dance Academy as an instructor. Her love for classical dance is mixed with Bollywood. Bhavna has taught all age ranges and enjoys the children very much.

Bhavna received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2012. She currently works as an Account Manager at Prime Therapeutics. She resides in Frisco, Texas and with her husband Sachin Potdar. Bhavna enjoys dancing and running in her free time.


Astha Khiani

Dance Instructor

Astha Khiani started dancing at the young age of 5. She began learning Bollywood dance at the age of 7. At the age of 11, she decided to pursue Indian classical dance. She has learned Kathak for 6 years from acclaimed teachers in DFW and India. Astha has performed at many events and community programs over the years including Portland's India Independence day, India Nite, Dallas International festival, and Spring Ridge Diwali. She enjoys choreographing and has choreographed dance for local Diwali events.

Astha is currently a freshman at UT Dallas. She is excited to be a part of the Masti team!


Aarti Prasad

Dance Instructor

Aarti Prasad has been dancing since the age of 4. Although she did not take any formal classes until the age of 10, she choreographed and performed for various events throughout her early childhood, and quickly became known in her community for her dancing and energetic facial expressions. She briefly studied the basics of tap, ballet, and jazz but always focused on improving her Bollywood, hip hop, and bhangra techniques by watching as many videos as possible,
Throughout high school, a major part of her community service was to teach dance to younger children in her Indian community in Denver, Colorado. She helped choreograph popular songs such as ‘Chak Dhoom Dhoom’ and ‘Jai Ho’ which were later performed on many occasions. She also collaborated with other dancers her age to create performances for Diwali and Ganesh festivals. Her goals have been to inspire creativity in others through dance and increase cultural awareness, especially in younger generations.

In her freshman year of college at the University of Texas at Dallas, she joined Chalak Indian Dance Team, the first competitive Bollywood fusion team at that school. Within two years, as a junior, she became Vice President of the 17 member team and helped manage choreography, costumes, and team finances. In those two short years the team performed multiple times at UTD and SMU Diwali, as well as Diwali Mela and Raas Rave Bhangra Blitz at SMU. Chalak also won third place at their first competition at OU India Nite and later went on to compete at Nasha at the University of Houston.


Simi Gotewal

Dance Instructor

Simi Gotewal has been dancing since the young age of 5. After learning nearly four years of Kuchipudi, she went on to train in the basics of the rest of the classical forms—Bharatnatyam, Odyssey, and Kathak—with none other than Bollywood actress and talented dancer, Meenakshi Sheshadri. After her training with Meenakshi, Simi went on to learn various dance forms with various teachers to get a more holistic experience. She learned Bollywood from Vandita Parikh, Folk/Garba/Raas from Indu Mangrola in FOGANA, and went on to participate in India Nite for many years. More than dancing however, Simi soon realized that she had a true passion for choreography. She took a pause on learning for a while and started choreographing on her own. Not only did she perform herself, but taught, led, and choreographed for different groups of dancers of her age and caliber to perform at various venues for DCICA, DFWICS’ Diwali Mela, and IANT’s India Nite.
After entering into her second year of college at UT Dallas, Simi started her own Bollywood Fusion Competitive Collegiate Dance team, “Sharara.” Not only is she Head Captain, but is also the founder and teacher of this group of fourteen ladies and three men. In their first year, they performed for the Dallas Mavericks. In her last year at UTD, her goal is to get them to state and national competitions.

Simi’s favorite dance forms are Bollywood and Lyrical hip hop, but she also excels at Bhangra, Raas/Garba, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. She believes that there is always more to learn, and is currently interested in learning Contemporary and Ballet. This next year, she is thoroughly studying Jazz and Ballet at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has also been offered a job to be a Bollywood dance instructor for the University and head a huge annual project called “Dancing for a Cause.”
She is currently a student at UT Dallas in the accelerated combined pre-medical program, UT-PACT. She is a Biology major, and will be attending medical school at UT Southwestern next year.


Riya Chopra

Dance Instructor

Riya Chopra is a dance instructor at Masti Dance Academy in Plano, TX. She started learning dance at a tender age of five and right from her first stage performance, she had a spark in her eye! Riya has been trained in Bollywood as well as Indian folk dance forms by her esteemed teachers in California and Texas. Riya has participated in numerous cultural events including India Nite, Diwali Mela, Vaisakhi Mela and SpringRidge (her community)Holi &Diwali events. One of her group dance performances was featured in San Jose’s Evergreen Times newspaper.
Dancing and choreographing comes naturally to Riya and have gradually become her passion. Riya quickly became known in her community for her energetic dancing and people continuously look forward to her performances.Riya has a flair for creative dance choreographies that are very refreshing and she thoroughly enjoys performing for her audience. She recently choreographed & performed a spectacular number for a SpringRidge Diwali event.
Besides dancing, Riya enjoys acting in high school theatreplays asshe shines in public speaking. Her goal is to spread the art of dance through her innovative steps and inspire students to perform with confidence.
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Nikitha Reddy

Dance Instructor

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Alisha Jha

Dance Instructor

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Shrinkhala

Dance Instructor

Shrinkhala started dancing in 3rd grade on a girls dance team and performed at IAWW which was an huge Indian talent show in Seattle Washington and she did that for 3 years. Then after that she just danced for fun at weddings and later on began to teach the little kids in her neighborhood. Soon after that she joined Sharara which is a Bollywood fusion dance team at UTD and is still currently on it. She loves to come up own choreography or get inspiration from others or movies. She loves teaching little kids and enjoys working with them since she is majoring in child development and psychology.

She is excited about joining Masti as for her it’s like putting two things that she loves doing the most together. Working with children and teaching dance.


Viraj Patel

Dance Instructor

Viraj Patel, is 19 years old and has been dancing since she was the age of 6. She has previously worked as an assistant choreographer for Arya dance academy. She also worked as a Bollywood dance fitness trainer at Turbo Nutrition, for about a year. On top of that she is the captain of a Bollywood dance team at The University of Texas at Dallas. Being a captain requires me to choreograph numerous songs, for competitions. She has worked with little children, and has taught them how to dance.

In her Bollywood fitness class, she has worked with adults and has taught them how to dance also. Dancing is her passion, she has danced her entire life, whether it was a performance for India night, or a state competition, or a solo performed for a wedding. She is looking forward to this opportunity to work with kids that also enjoy dancing just as much as she does, and hopefully make their love for dance grow, just as her teachers and choreographers did for her.


Bani

Dance Instructor

Bani’s attraction to dance started as early as she can remember. That attraction quickly blossomed into love, as she started attending the Nrutyashala Dance School of Bharatanatyam and Folk Dance when she was four. Throughout the years at Nrutyashala, she participated in garba,raas, and folk competitions at FOGANA and performed at local shows such as India Nite and Diwali Mela. Under the tutelage of Smt. BelaVasavada, Bani became a natural talent and attentive learner. She began choreographing bollywood and bhangra dances at the age of 13.

After completing her Arangetram in 2006, she began teaching Bharatanatyam at Nrutyashala. On top of school and dance, Bani also began working at a physical therapy clinic. Inspired by dance, she was fascinated by the process of healing through movement. Along with learning physical therapy, she is also a certified 500 RYT yoga instructor with expertise inVinyasa and Hatha yoga.
In 2007, Bani joined a traditional Punjabi folk dance team, HK Gidha, that pushed her to explore a profound appreciation of the art and culture. Her team went beyond Texas to participate and win numerous accolades in California, Chicago, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Over the years, Bani has performed with various bhangra teams at the Dallas Vaisakhi Mela that has kept her culture and tradition very much alive and true.

In 2009, she performed with Team Aakraman and won first place in a bollywood dance fusion at the Festival of India. After her tenure with the team, Bani then went on to serve as a liaison for the RAS All-Stars 2010-12, and was also honored as an official Bhangra judge at the highly-acclaimed R2B2 dance competition. Her passion for dance took a much more impactful turn when Bani decided to study Bharatanatyam at ChinmayaNaadaBinduGurukul of Classical Indian Performing Arts (in Pune, India) under legendary guru, Mrs. RamaaBharadvaj. Over the course of a full year, Bani’s talents and skill gained an invaluable amount of experience and knowledge.

Through the numerous lessons dance has taught her in life, one of the most valuable lessons she gained are the fruits of teaching. Bani’s eagerness and excitement to impart her own knowledge and experience is readily visible to everyone, as she constantly impacts everyone around her with the art of dance.

We are so excited to have these instructors on our Team. As our team grows, we are proud to say our Masti team has grown stronger by the day.