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Our Management Team

The Bollywood America Management team consists of former captains and dancers from premiere dance teams across the country. This organization was formed to ensure that a competition was organized where not only the audience members were awed, but the participants were catered to and treated like royalty. Bollywood America, unlike many other competitions, is also dedicated to supporting admirable organizations in the community. For this reason, every year we support a noble cause in the community and provide visibility for these organizations.

  • Dipen Patel

    I started dancing during my freshmen year in college and haven't looked back since. I have been organizing competitions for the past 5 years and am dedicated to growing the South Asian dance scene in the United States. Our goal is to create a structure that can be sustainable and allow new teams to develop throughout the country. I graduated from Penn State University in 2009 and co-founded Penn State JaDhoom & was also the captain of Penn State Ghaamudyaz.

  • Jenish Patel

    My dance career started during my college days just like many others. I was a captain of Penn State Ghaamudyaz and later co-founded Bollywood America in 2010.

  • Krishna Nuttaki

    While I have never danced on a team, I have been affiliated with the South Asian dance scene for the past 7 years through my experience as a manager of multiple teams. I graduated from Penn State in 2009 and have since co-founded/organized Bollywood America.

  • Dipesha Shah

    My name is Dipesha and what inspired me to dancing was, well to be honest, Bollywood movies. I started dancing when I was little whether it was Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Bollywood songs or just plain old Garba. When I started at Penn State, I joined all girls fusion team, Jawani, and was part of the team for amazing 2 years. After graduation, I joined the board and became Registration Chair for Dandia on Fire the year of its inception. After 2 years of DOF, when the genius idea of BOLLYWOOD AMERICA presented itself I couldn't resist the opportunity and have been part of for 3 years now. It's great being part of something so big and exciting!!

  • Jonathan Bosco

    Penn State Alumni Class of 2006 with a B.A. Degree in Communications, He is an aspiring & upcoming Film Choreographer who specializes in Hip Hop & Bollywood. He has done assistant work for Bollywood Choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance & MTV's America's Best Dance Crew and was featured/choreographer in Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie" Music Video. Recently he was selected as the only male dancer from US chosen by reknowned Hindi Film Director, Farah Khan, and established Indian Choreographer, Vaibhavi Merchant, to be a contestant on Hrithik Roshan's show JUST DANCE hosted by India's StarPlus. Bollywood Celebrity,Hritik Roshan said he loves Jonathan's style and that he's a very unique dancer. He's been part of Bollywood America for the past 3 years, promoting South Asian performing arts and music to mainstream media and audience. Jonathan Bosco has been hosting dance shows for the past 9 years across America. Shows involved in the past are Best of the Best, Jhoomti Shaam, Dance-Fusion, Maryland Masti, Rhythm Spotlight, and Dandia on Fire. This year he will be bringing top choreographers who have worked in the dance industry in India and USA, to teach in the 2nd Annual Bollywood America Dance workshop, where students of all ages will get to learn in an Intermediate/Advance level audition-style routine.

  • Priya Tanna

    Hi, I'm Priya! I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. When I was in college, I was a good Guju and joined Berkeley's Raas team, and the following year I joined Ishaara. We were on America's Got Talent Season 4, making it to the Top 40 / Quarterfinals. Got to say it was one of the craziest experiences of my life. I've been a part of Ishaara Dance company since 2009, and we have been fortunate enough to dance for Pepsi, Wal-mart, General Electric, DIRECTV, Raas Nationals, Masala Cruises, Madame Tussauds (sadly, Shah Rukh was not there to unveil his wax figure with us), and for other great companies and private events. I love to try new things, read, bake, hang out with friends (game night is my favorite), work out (mainly kickboxing & weight lifting), and eat lots and lots of food...and watching Bollywood movies and jam to Bwood songs in my shower, duh. I'm really excited to be on the BA team again this year. My Bollywood love story (as my friends call it) actually started at BA last year, so maybe that's one reason it's my favorite competition ;) I'm looking forward to another amazing Bollywood America weekend in Philly!

  • Shivani Sharma

    I'm Shivani and I am from the large and in charge state of Delaware. I was co-captain of Delaware Kamaal during the 2010-2011 season. I obviously love dancing and I think some of my best choreo comes when I dance while I cook. Unfortunately my mood is often dependent on how the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies perform and I will always be a faithful Philly sports fan. My top 3 dislikes are shopping, hummus, and cliches. Bollywood America was one of the best experiences of my dancing career and I am excited to share that same thrilling experience with other teams this year!

  • Mausam Kuvadia (Maus K.)

    HI! My name is Mausam. I fell in love with Bollywood at the age of 2 and started teaching Bollywood Dance in Chicago in high school. After having being trained in Khatak and having watched the Penn State Ghaamudyaz compete in Chicago, I decided that that was where I was meant to be. I joined both the Penn State Ghaamudyaz and Penn State JaDhoom as a freshman, and continued the year after on the Ghaamudyaz. I am now at Jeff Med in Philly and am extremely excited about BA 2012. The void of dancing has definitely been filled by being on the BA Management Team and I cannot wait till I get to meet new people, see new routines, and relive my competition experiences at such an awesome competition!!

  • Rohan Patel

    They call me King Tut, but you can call me Rohan. I've been on the BA Board for three years now. My Bollywood stardom began on UCLA Nashaa in 2005. I was on the team for five years, along with UCLA's Raas team. I still dance in my free time, and enjoy playing soccer. The thing I like about Bollywood America is it brings together all forms of dance and it's the ultimate competition. The best part of Bollywood America is that anything is possible...who knows you may even meet "the one". In case you're wondering, yes, I did ;)

  • Rupal Joshi

    My name is Rupal, and I began dancing at age six when I started my classical training in Bharatnatyam in Delaware. After grade school, I attended Pennsylvania State University where I joined Penn State JaDHOOM in the year of its inception. I have been on the team for the past three years and was captain of JaDHOOM for the years 2009-2011. I joined the professional dance community last summer when I began to choreograph and teach as a freelance bollywood and hip hop instructor for dance academies in the Pennsylvania and Delaware region. I've also been involved in volunteering and helping out organizing competitions such as NNR and Dandia on Fire. As a past competing member at Bollywood America last year I am super excited to join the 2012 Bollywood America board as a member of the Digital Media and Publicity team and can't wait to hang with everyone in Philly this year and meet tons of awesome people!

  • Akta Mehta

    I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2011 and like everyone else on board, I LOVE to dance. Being classically trained in Kathak and taking part in a variety of culture shows, I was inspired to continue dancing in college. I started with Ghungroo Dance Company and at the end of my Freshman year, a group of us decided to create UIUC Fizaa. Dancing and being captain of Fizaa was the most rewarding and exhilarating part of my college experience. I started working in the city at Starcom Worldwide this past summer and knew I had to find a way to fill the dance void in my life somehow - and what better way than to be on BA's Management Team and help plan the biggest Bollywood competition in the nation! -- "Whoever thinks sunshine brings happiness, has never danced in the rain." :)

  • Kamna Gupta

    Kamna, aka Sunrise, started dancing at the age of 13 with Arya Dance Academy. At Penn State University, she had the privilege of being a member of PSU Dishoom, and co-captain for PSU JaDhoom for 2 years. Currently, she works for Johnson & Johnson and is also an instructor for Arya Dance Academy. She served as the director of The Manhattan Project 3.0, a competition by dancers, for dancers. Anyone that knows Kamna very well knows that she likes to consider her life a Bollywood film. Her favorite line from any Hindi movie is from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: "Pyar dosti hai." Kamna is extremely excited to serve on board for Bollywood America this year, and for teams to hear her "funny laugh"!

  • Dipen Patel

    Hey. I m Dipen Patel. You guys are probably wondering, what, another Dipen Patel?? Don't worry, I am not at all interested in selling myself on Unfortunately, I do not remember when exactly I started dancing professionally, but all I remember is doing Govinda's pelvic thrust throughout my childhood. I entered into the intercollegiate dance competition circuit during 2008/09 Penn State Ghaamudyaaz and continued dancing on for another year. During my time on Ghaamudyaaz, I started getting attracted towards the management and organization side of the dance circuit, rather than dancing. I figured that managing and organizing was a better and easier way to meet girls than actually dancing on a team. So to begin my journey of finding my soul mate, I served three years as a finance and event chair on the Dandia On Fire Board and also as a manager of Penn State Jadhoom for the 2010-11 season. However, I haven't found my soul mate yet, so my bollywood life is on hold right now. So ladies if you are interested I will be available on April 21st weekend so come and witness not only another Bollywood America show but the true Dipen Patel.

    Challenge for ladies: If you can find me on FACEBOOK, I will take you out for dinner. It only works for people who are not already friend with me.

    Also my next BIG GOAL is to start RAAS COMPETITION in Philadelphia next year.

  • Karishma Shah

    I am currently a senior at UPenn and am also a member of the Penn Raas Team. I have many years of experience in events management and am very excited about bringing the Filmi-Fusion Championships to Philadelphia!

  • Shreya Patel

    I am very excited to be part of the Bollywood America Management Team for this year. I am from the Windy City (Chicago) and am a former captain of UIC Dhamaal!

  • Neel Patel (Neel P.)

    Neel has been dancing in front of mirrors for as long as he can remember. He entered competitive dance in the 2008-2009 garba/raas season with Penn State Ghaamudyaz. After that, he was actively involved in the organization Penn State's Dandia on Fire since 2008 and acted as overall for DOF 2011. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he continues to dance in front of mirrors every chance he gets.