I'm a product of the Heaven's blessings,

my Gurus' teachings, and Mother Earth's

gracious stages.

Without them and

the support of my family,  I wouldn't be able to live my dreams."

THE DIRECTOR

Joya Kazi is an award winning dancer and choreographer who has dedicated her life to studying and training in all things dance. She began professionally dancing at the tender age of 4 and has since had the privilege of working with both the Hollywood & Bollywood industries. She has worked with celebrity choreographers such as Shiamak Davar and Terrence Lewis while training under the classical world’s most prestigious Gurus; Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Pandit Birju Maharaj, and Guru Bandana Sen. Her dance training lies in a strong foundation of Indian Classical Dance, including Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, and Manipuri. She went on to student Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Salsa. 

 

She attended the University of California, Davis as a double major in Political Science and Theatre & Dance with an emphasis in Production Management and Choreography.  She also Minored in Managerial Economics while founding Toofan, UC Davis’s very first competitive Hindi Film Dance Team, in 2006. She has since been quoted to be one of the “top collegiate Bollywood Hindi Film Dance Leads of all time” and “the UC Davis lead who stole hearts” as a two time “Best Female Dancer” winner.

 

Joya is the Director of Shake Dance Tour, the first touring dance convention promoting World Dance Education, which received Commendation from the City of Milpitas for “unique and unparalleled contributions of Dance Arts to the community”. Joya was recently awarded The Leela Institute for the Arts Fellowship for promising artists, teachers, and cultural ambassadors to aid in placing quality arts educational programming in classrooms.

 

Joya continues efforts to preserve classical Indian Arts while bridging the gap to modern dance styles without sacrificing authenticity and quality. Her students and company dancers are grateful for her commitment to spreading her creativity and passion for dance.

BIO

MEET @JOYAKAZI

CHOREOGRAPHIES BY JOYA KAZI | MONA KHAN COMPANY |

ON SCREEN

TV | FILM | COMMERCIALS | MUSIC VIDEOS

#KAZIOGRAPHY

DANCES BY JOYA KAZI

NBA & NFL

DANCES BY JOYA KAZI

CELEBRITY WORK 

  • Madhuri Dixit 

  • Hrithik Roshan 

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas

  • Jacqueline Fernandez

  • Siddharth Malhotra

  • Ranveer Singh

  • Allu Arjun

  • Shakti Mohan

  • Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

  • A.R. Rahman

  • Benny Dayal

  • Raja Kumari

  • Bohemia

  • Gippy Grewal

  • Anthony Lewis

  • Sahyba

  • Dave Franco

  • Christopher Mintz-Plasses

  • Nick Cannon

  • Sacramento Kings

  • Detroit Pistons

  • Denver Nuggets

  • Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue

  • Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Rob Gronkowski

  • Julio Jones

  • Antonio Brown

  • Colin Kaepernick

  • Coach Rex Ryan

CREDITS

STAGE & INDUSTRIALS

  • Disney “Festival of Holidays”

  • International Indian Film Academy  Awards - Bollywood Oscars

  • Grammys Official After Party

  • Raja Kumari LIVE, opener for Black Eyed Peas

  • Disney “Blizzard”

  • “Mystic India” World Tour

  • “Bollydoll” - Pre Broadway

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Leela Institute for the Arts Fellowship

  • Commendation from City of Milpitas for “Unique & unparallelled contributions of Dance Arts to the Community”

  • Commendation from City of Covina   Mayor, Kevin Stapleton

  • Commendation from City of Artesia Mayor, Ali Sajjad Taj

  • Founder of UC Davis’s first Hindi Film Dance Team, Toofan 

  • Two-time national title winner of Best   Female Dancer and named one of the best HFD Leads of All Time

SPOTLIGHT

for Madhuri Dixit

with dance skills

to match . . .

stunned viewers

with her speed,

grace, and

agility."

- INDIA WEST

A dead ringer 

Read the feature article Voyage LA Magazine,

"Life and Work with Joya Kazi"

and get to know a little more about her story.

The Artesia Public Library was unveiled in 2016 and showcases a beautiful mural Joya Kazi modeled for representing the community.

NBA Sacramento Kings Feature Choreographer, Joya Kazi

Joya Kazi on the Season Premiere of FOX TV's New Girl!

Miss America 2014,

Nina Davuluri

performs a Kaziography

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