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."

“Kazi's career path presented a conundrum in line with Hollywood's own struggle to make space for South Asians and their art. Gigs that would have made perfect sense for her — like that entire list of attempted Bollywood numbers on American TV — fell into less qualified hands when Kazi's name should have been at the top of the pile...but perhaps the most skillful thing Never Have I Ever does is to turn the scene on its own head, presenting the dance not as a 'crazy TV moment,' but something completely normal.”

THE DIRECTOR

MEET @JOYAKAZI

Joya Kazi was born in Mumbai, raised in the Bay Area where she began professionally dancing at the age of  8 and launched Joya Kazi Unlimited at the age of 16. She moved to LA in 2012 to continue her professional career in dance & choreography after studying Theatre & Dance with an Emphasis in Choreography & Production Management with a double major in Political Science and a minor in Managerial Economics at UC Davis. She has been training in Indian Classical Dances for 27+ years and has come to be known for her ability to bridge the gap between Indian Classical and Commercial dance styles without sacrificing authenticity or quality. 

 

She has taught for the Commercial Dance Program at the Orange County School for Arts, at Stanford, FIDM, and has performed and taught her Master Classes internationally. Joya is named as DissDash's Top 50 Coolest South Asians of 2019, is a Top 5 nominee of Hollywood's Universal Dance Awards for Favorite Concept Video and her Madhuri Dixit Tribute has been featured on the Bollywood legend's TV show "Dance Deewane" and "Dance with Madhuri". Joya's credits span Hollywood to Bollywood and include TV/Film, Music Videos, and Commercials for Disney, Dreamworks, FOX New Girl, Netflix Never Have I Ever by Mindy Kaling, International Indian Film Academy awards, Grammys, DJ Snake, The Strokes, and Raja Kumari. She was Top 8 on Reality TV show "Dance Plus" and has worked with and trained Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jaqueline Fernandez, Madhuri Dixit, and Hrithik Roshan.

Book Joya to Speak, Judge, Teach or Perform at your next event.

Resume & Media Kit available upon request.

BIO

Joya has worked with celebrity choreographers such as Shiamak Davar, Punit Pathak & 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 study Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Salsa. 

 

Joya founded 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”. She was 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, a first for any dancer in the commercial entertainment industry.

CHOREOGRAPHIES BY JOYA KAZI | MONA KHAN COMPANY |

ON SCREEN

TV | FILM | COMMERCIAL | MUSIC VIDEO

#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

FILM/TV

COMMERCIALS

  • Google

  • Wow Skin Science

  • Walmart

  • Radio Shack ft. Nick Cannon’s   NCredible Flips Headphones

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Top 50 Coolest South Asians of 2019

  • Top 5 Universal Dance Award Nominee

  • Netflix's Women's Leadership Forum

  • Leela Institute for the Arts Fellowship

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

  • CommendationS from City of Covina   Mayor, Kevin Stapleton & 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 & 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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GALLERY

Sunny Manucha Photography

Sunny Manucha Photography

Betsy Newman Photography

Betsy Newman Photography

Swati Photography

Swati Photography

Betsy Newman Photography

Betsy Newman Photography

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Betsy Newman Photography

Betsy Newman Photography

Sunny Manucha Photography

Sunny Manucha Photography

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Sunny Manucha Photography

Sunny Manucha Photography

Swati Photography

Swati Photography

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Sunny Manucha Photography

Sunny Manucha Photography

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Fantasy Hip Hop

Fantasy Hip Hop

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Asian Media USA

Asian Media USA

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

On set for "Dil Le Chala"

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

Photo by Sunthar Premakumar

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