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Pooja Uberoi

Founder and Creator of BollyJazz & IKIGAIUSA

New York, Miami, FL, Virginia and India

Pooja Uberoi is now recognized globally as a Bollywood dance director and choreographer and has been responsible for some of the biggest Bollywood musicals in India and the US. She has been part of some of the best Bollywood films such as Tamasha, Jab We Met and No one Killed Jessica. 


Classical Indian Dance is the South Asian science of dance, just as ballet is in Europe. Bollywood dancing fuses Classical Indian Dance with Jazz and Hip-Hop. It includes the popular Bhangra. It’s a mashup of many South Asian traditions, just as India is a mashup of traditions and so is New York City. Uberoi’s life dream is to put authentic Bollywood Dance choreographed and performed by South Asian Artists on Broadway.


Pooja born in Tamil Nadu [southern India] and grew up in New Delhi. Later she moved to Mumbai to work in the Bollywood film industry. From Mumbai, she came to New York to bring Bollywood to the world platform.

Her company IKIGAI USA is working on expanding the Artistic Dance and Movement classes and setting up a school in Florida after establishing work and classes in New York City and India.


IKIGAI USA aims to develop and spread Indian Cultural and Bollywood Dance, Yoga and Movement through classes, workshops and events. IKIGAI USA was created to foster artistic collaborations and help artists follow their passion without being short of the resources or finances.

Our Teachers

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Josephine Madhuri Verghese

Classical and semi-classical

Miami, FL

Josephine teaches in Miami.

Nidhi Jhaveri

Bollywood Dance and Indian Music

New Jersey

Nidhis story with dance began very early in life. She started learning classical dance as a hobby. She has trained for 2 years in intensive Jazz at The Danceworx, India. 

After moving to NYC, she had the opportunity to attend workshops and master classes at Broadway Dance Centre (BDC), Steps On Broadway, Peridance Centre to name a few. At the same time, she completed her Sangeet Visharadh and teaching as a professional classical music instructor.


She swears by clarity, technique and individuality and aspires to create movement every single day!

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Pranoti Kikale

Bollywood Dance, Kathak and Lavani  

Northern Virginia

Pranoti teaches in Northern Virginia.


IKIGAIUSA is always looking for new and exciting opportunities. We are hiring Dance teachers in New York and Florida. Let's connect!


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