PARUL SHAH

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Parul Shah is working as a Microbiology Laboratory Technologist in Ann Arbor. Dance is her second nature. She graduated from Nritya Bharati Dance School in Ahmedabad, India. After immigrating to USA she started her Microbiology Career in Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with her career she wanted to pursue her other passion and started an Asian-Indian dance group in Cleveland. As word spread, her dance classes began growing larger. Groups were divided into Minor, Junior, Senior and Adult groups. She began to participate in the FOGANA (Federation of Gujarati Association in North America) dance competitions yearly. Her groups traveled all over the US to participate in Regional as well as National competitions. In these competitions, the groups won several first place awards for their choreography, costumes and overall performance. After her experience with the FOGANA dance competitions, she was invited to hold a spot as a judge for other teams. Throughout all of these competitions, Parul started getting invitations to perform in International Folk Festivals organized by city of Cleveland and also was invited to teach dance classes at the Art Center in Willoughby by Fine Arts Association.

These competitions connected Parul with other teachers who shared her same passion and she had the opportunity to meet dancers from all over America. These connections allowed her to continue teaching the classes when she and her family moved to Detroit, Michigan. Here, she is still teaching various classes and different dance styles including, raas, garba, Bollywood, and folk. In Michigan she continues to take her dance groups to perform annually at the International Folk Festival, Liberty Festival, India Day, and Holi programs organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Detroit.