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Jaya Karan

Jaya is owner-director of Studio J and Sapphire Dance. As a choreographer, teacher, performer and entrepreneur, Jaya has been the driving force behind both companies success. She is a Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dancer, and has been performing for over 20 years. Jaya is also a physiotherapist, and she believes in the positive change that dance can bring to our mental, physical and social wellbeing. Read more about Jaya in our full interview here.

Gerard

Gerard Pigg

Gerard has the rare gift of being an equally exceptional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Trained in hip hop, Bollywood, contemporary, jazz, Latin and commercial dance, Gerard is also founder of Provokativ Dance Co. A highly sought after artist, Gerard has worked on countless shows, festivals and events throughout Australia & internationally, including the recent sell-out stage productions by BASS FAM Creative. Read more about Gerard in our full interview here.

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Erica Grove

A versatile performer, Erica has extensive training in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom & Latin, including two years’ full-time training to achieve her Diploma in Dance Performance. In 2009, Erica travelled to Mumbai as a back-up dancer, where she performed in several Bollywood movies, stage shows and film clips. Having danced on the sets of Bollywood for 6 months, Erica is our reel-life Bollywood talent!

Zoe Arsana

Zoe Arsana

Zoe began her dance journey at a very young age, training in ballet, urban, jazz and tap. Zoe’s vast experience in the dance industry, paired with her Bachelor of Education qualification, has led her to work with numerous schools & studios across Victoria. Zoe has taught, choreographed and directed several stage productions, workshops and showcases. She also currently performs with Team Dream and Provokativ Dance Co.

Shamita Sivabalan

Shamita Sivabalan

Sham is a performer, creator and theatre maker. Her foundations began with 15 years of ballet training, and she later completed her BA of Performing Arts at Monash Uni. ⁠Over the years she has picked up Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Dancehall and Vogue. When not shaking up stages across Australia, Sham works as an actor, model, dance teacher and movement director. She is an active performer in Australia’s queer scene, and is passionate about creating for the LGBTIQ community.⁠

Ida Ghatge

Ida Ghatge

With over 18 years of dance experience, Ida is a Kathak dancer who trained under guru Shri. Harish Gangani. She also attended the Terence Lewis Dance Academy in Mumbai, and later moved to Melbourne where she completed her Honours in Psychology at Melbourne Uni. An experienced performer, Ida has graced the stage across India, Europe and Australia. She currently teaches a fusion of Bollywood and Kathak at Studio J Dance.

RANVIR MARNE

Ranvir learnt Bharatanatyam for several years at The Temple of Fine Arts, Malaysia. After taking a break to pursue a career in law, Ranvir returned to dance and resumed her Bharatanatyam training under Govind Pillai. As a Bollywood & Bharatanatyam dancer, Ranvir has performed throughout Melbourne, Australia & Malaysia. She is also co-producer at BASS FAM Creative, known for their sell-out dance productions.

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Tiana Warner-Carlisle

Tiana has been dancing for 14 years, having trained in hip hop, commercial, Bollywood, jazz & contemporary. Alongside dancing with Provokativ and Sapphire Dance, Tiana is also an advanced level pole dancer. She completed her Bachelor of Education in 2020, which adds to her dance teaching experience. Tana is crazy about all things Bollywood and this passion shines through when she performs on stage!

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Joshinder Chaggar

Joshinder has been dancing, choreographing and teaching since 2002. Josh also works extensively in theatre, TV and films. She has performed Australia wide and internationally in Germany, Malaysia, Dubai, Pakistan & India. Joshinder holds an Honours in Dance Research and is currently pursuing her PhD in Arts & Education.She is also wellness manager and a Bollywood & Bhangra teacher at Studio J Dance.

Laki Vasan

Laki has been dancing since the age of 5, and is a multi-skilled Bhangra, Bollywood & Bharatanatyam artist. She co-founded & coaches Ranjhe, an all boys Bhangra team. She has performed on a wide range of stages across Australia, India & Singapore. As well as performing with Sapphire Dance & Ranjhe Bhangra, Laki also runs her own Bharatanatyam dance school, Natya Praana. ⁠⁠

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Emily Casey

Emily has been dancing for over 24 years in a range of styles including hip hop, bollywood, jazz, contemporary, ballet & tap dance. A versatile performer, Emily is currently part of hip hop crew The Legacy & Co and has danced Bollywood professionally across Melbourne. ⁠Emily is a regular guest teacher at Studio J Dance, Melbourne’s leading Bollywood dance studio.

Our Story

We have been featured in a mini documentary series as shown on the big screen at Lido Cinemas (Hawthorn). Directed by award winning Australian film director, Clayton Jacobson (known for his debut feature film, Kenny), the documentary shares our story and vision, as narrated by Sapphire Dance co-founder and Director, Jaya Karan.