I" Dance, Therefore I am."
Swarali is originally from Mumbai, India - the heart of Bollywood!!! Swara started dancing at the age of 6 and trained extensively in a range of dance styles like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Indian Folk, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern and Street Jazz. Her professional career took off at the age of 8 as she traveled nationally for folk dance ballets and competed on national/international television. A regular face on TV, Swara proceeded to win India’s heart as she became the only female finalist on Asia's biggest dance reality show, Dance India Dance 4, and continued as an onscreen mentor for their future seasons.
Swarali has worked as a choreographer and performer for various other televised dance shows like Dance Plus, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Nach Baliye, IGT, and Boogie Woogie, amongst others. With 13-years of experience in the Bollywood Industry, Swarali has worked with many Bollywood celebrities like Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit. She was also an assistant to Ahmed Khan for several Bollywood movies.
In a search for more meaning to movement, Swara moved to New York in 2014 and obtained her masters in Dance Therapy. Following this, Swara approaches her work holistically by bridging the gap between commercial performance and therapeutic understanding of movement.
Her journey as an on-screen performer continued as the opening solo dancer on the Stephen Colbert show with Riz Ahmed, choreographer and solo performer with Oscar-winning music director - A. R. Rahman for IIFA 2017, and was titled International Indian Dance Icon after her victory in the USA vs. Canada dance contest. She also performed for prestigious events like Jaco’s Pillow, NYFW, Times Square Diwali, Urban Desi Con, NY Comedy Festival, Bronx Festival, Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and NYC’s Hottest Desi Dance party - Desi Saturdays at Stage 48. Excitingly enough, Bruno Mars shared her video on his official fan page as one of his favorite videos to “Finesse.”
Her corporate dance fitness sessions are extremely popular for their energy, authenticity and unique structure. She has received excellent feedback from her work with Paypal, Linkedin, Peleton, SeatGeek, Deloitte, Liv unltd, Disney India, Life Insurance Corporation of India amongst others.
She co-founded the "BOLLYHEELS" movement which is the only Bollywood dance class that combines dance/movement therapy with desi dance styles. Through her platform, Swarali continues to motivate millions across the globe empowering them to choose their own path and provides guidance assisting their dance journey.
She forms an ideal blend between a dance teacher and movement therapist making her classes accessible to everyone! You cannot escape her infectious energy and positivity that stays with you beyond the duration of the class.
Swarali truly defines the statement, "I dance, therefore I am" and continues to travel across the world spreading the joy of dance.