Meet Our Passionate Ambassadors

Lavania Hajji

Janifer Joshua

Sneh Kantilal

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Farzana Deen

Kareen Lai

Nadia Sueoka

Rajun Flo

Lavania Hajji

I’m Lavania, a freelance dance fitness instructor who always loved dancing since young but was advised against having it as a career. A decade into my passion, I now run a successful one stop dance, fitness and wellness company in Singapore, catering to individuals, groups and even corporates.

It wasn’t a planned foray that brought me to where I am today. While working with Singapore Airlines a few years ago, I was spotted by one of the instructors at a dance class that I was attending. That instructor turned out to be my driving force to pursue my dream. Not an easy decision to leave a comfortable job, take a huge pay cut and pursue my passion.

Starting off as a franchisee of Bollybeatz, years later I started Dance Embassy. From a one woman company, today I have a team of dedicated instructors, over 1000 students and counting and notable clients like Apple, Singapore Armed Forces, OCBC, Manulife, Allianz etc and I owe all glory to Father Almighty. My goal is to empower aspiring instructors and professionals in the dance, fitness and wellness realm and help them grow in their respective fields. To equip them with the necessary resources to grow their own community and following like how I’ve grown mine.

In 2020, I launched my Bollywood dance fitness program called BollyFreak in Mumbai and since then I’ve gained international traction and recognition. I believe that knowledge is powerful and it’s even more powerful when you share it with a tribe. Thus, I pivoted the business model of Dance Embassy and have positioned it as an integrated platform for dance, fitness and wellness professionals to grow their brand and community. I trust that with the support of our growing community, this will be a much fulfilling journey that I’ve embarked on.

Janifer Joshua

Hi my name is Janifer Joshua. A fun-loving individual who is always up for some dance moves on the streets.

I started my dance journey, at a tender age of 4, under the tutelage of the well-known Bollywood dance school in Bangalore. Ever since then, my passion for dance has grown and is still growing. I have honed my skills in a variety of dance genres including Hip-Hop, Locking, Popping, Indian Semi-Classical, Waacking and Contemporary.

From 2002, I have continued to grow in these genres under renowned choreographers such as Mr. Terence Lewis and Prabu Deva, Dance Academy. I have been performing and choreographing with my troupe Naach/Dance Embassy since 2005 and have performed at numerous shows for the past 18 years in Singapore and other countries.

I believe that my passion for dance and choreography, supported by training in western and Bollywood genres of dance, helps in creating a great blend as a whole to make a great performance. Dance has given me the reason to smile in life, and I want to share this love and passion for dance with everyone else. I am constantly learning and improving myself as a dancer, and I am equally interested in teaching others.

DANCE – When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. – Wayne Dyer.

 

 

 

 

Sneh Kantilal

Often described as a happy and vibrant ball of energy, I strive to always bring my A-game to my classes. I believe the energy you carry is the key to your success as an instructor.

Life is so uncertain, but Dance is the one constant that has always kept me grounded. For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for music, especially Bollywood. Play any song and I would immediately start dancing to it.

My journey as an instructor has been a pivotal rollercoaster in my life and has transformed me into the confident, independent woman I am today. The support I have received from the DE family to instructors and participants, has been foundational to my growth as a person and instructor. When Lavania (Director and Founder of Dance Embassy) created ‘BollyFreak’ it spoke to me. The program embodies all the elements of style and Desi-choreography that inspired me to start dancing in the first place.

In the beginning, not every class was perfect. Now, through regular iterations, 5 years later and all the support and lessons learnt have brought me to where I am now. It is a great privilege for me to hear that class with me has made someone’s day.

I have been blessed to have had such amazing opportunities, and look forward to uplifting future instructors with their endeavours.

 

 

 

 

Farzana Deen

Hey there! It’s me Farzana. Your go-to girl for anything that screams dance. I started dancing at the age of 6. It all began at a K2 graduation concert where I performed hilariously whilst having a poker face on the entire time. Since then, the dancing bug never left me!

I had the chance to take part in the very first Dance Talent Development Programme by National Arts Council at Lasalle and that increased my love for dance even more! I had a taste of various genres in dance such as Bharatanatyam, Chinese dance, Malay dance and Hip-Hop. Freestyle and Hip-Hop have always resonated with me and later in life, Bollywood was introduced to me.

As a growing teen, maintaining my love for dance whilst my weight fluctuated was a struggle. It took me a while to get to the stage of confidence I’m in now. This was one of my main reasons I strived to become a dance instructor.

It’s time women realise there isn’t a standard physique or size to strive for, especially when it comes to dance/fitness classes. Let’s embrace our individual journeys.

– Don’t associate dance with size or weight. You dance simply because you want to and I’ll want to share those moments with you. –

Kareen Lai

Kareen is a mum on a mission, to shape up the nation one mother at a time! She believes that every mother has the right to live a fit, healthy & confident motherhood.

Besides being a mum to a pair of lovely 11-year old twins – and recently to a 2-year old, she is also wife to an army officer. Kareen is a highly qualified personal trainer who holds accreditations by both the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

With an acute interest in postnatal fitness and health, Kareen is known for her work in helping new mothers heal safely. She also developed and launched Stronger & Fitter After Baby – a 6-week online coaching program, to help new mums learn how to recover and get stronger safely.

Kareen’s coaching style and work philosophy stems highly from her background in education. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and has taught in a prestigious college for three years. With a love for climbing, she is also a certified climbing instructor. To challenge the status quo and embrace new personal challenges, she participated in the Singapore Fitness Model Search 2014 and was placed 3rd as Miss Singapore Bikini Fitness 2014.

Nadia Sueoka

I began my bellydance journey in 2005. From a young age, I was dedicated to the art and travelled overseas to learn from the world’s finest master teachers. My most significant milestone was receiving multiple awards from international & local bellydance competitions as a soloist within 3 years. As one of the first Japanese bellydancers to win the championship at Asia Global Bellydance competition 2010, I became well-known all-throughout Asia. 

My passion for dance led me to start up my company “NADIA Bellydance Entertainment & School Singapore” in 2011. I have dedicated and diligently put my time into troupe performances and choreographies, which has gained public confidence in my creative and spontaneous dance style. I am especially proud of my production of ‘A Night of Orient’, a theatre show series which achieved popularity in 2014.

I aim to use my knowledge of bellydance and multitude of skill-sets to empower and teach individuals who hold the same principles. 

I have devoted most of my life & soul to this beautiful ancient art of bellydancing. When I appear on stage, I dance to honour the beauty and joy.

Rajun Flo

Rajun was first introduced to dance at the age of 7, where he began learning Hip-Hop dance through his Primary School CCA. His passion for performing was soon recognized by his teachers when they sent him to take part in Okto’s One Minute of Fame competition in 2009. This zest for dance followed Rajun throughout his teenage years, where he continually pursued Hip-Hop dance in AJC Dance Society and participated in countless performances and competitions there. During his time in AJC, Rajun also had the opportunity to learn Indian folk dance, which sparked his love for attending dance classes of various genres upon his graduation from AJC. Ranging from Bollywood/Indian folk, to Girls Style and Dancehall, Rajun has been regularly striving to better himself as a versatile dancer by exploring new genres regularly. While most of his interest lies in Girl’s Style and Dancehall, Rajun has been focused on finding his own unique style as a dancer.

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