Gaitrie was born in Guyana, South America and was raised in the Bronx, NYC. A graduate from the University of Buffalo, she spent 8 years of her life between NYC and Buffalo as a student, dancer & choreographer, she finally settled down and made her mark in 2012 in Buffalo.
While in New York City Gaitrie trained under Founder and Artistic Director Pooja Narang of Bollywood Axion, New York City’s first reputable Bollywood dance school. Pooja recognized Gaitrie’s talent early on and she became part of the performance troupe. There she took part in countless events, recitals, fundraisers and shows, including dancing at the Crossroads in Time Square, Bollywood Hero Flash Mob and South Street Seaport Holi.
In 2009, Gaitrie joined The Sa Dance Company, under the artistic vision and ClassPass CEO, Payal Kadakia. Having previously danced together, both Gaitrie & Payal had similar visions to bring Indian dance to the mainstream and become a role model to others who have a zest and passion for the arts. With Payal’s unique style and her vision to showcase the art of Indian dance, Gaitrie developed the necessary skills she needed to become a better performer. The Sa Dance Company showcased a three day company premiere at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 2010, one of their largest sold out performances, along with many other performances including a special performance for Indian Film Director Mira Nair.
Gaitrie continues to study all forms of dance including Contemporary & Modern dance as well as Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance). In addition, she also has a passion for Yoga and incorporates her practice into her repertoire.
“Being a student and always learning helps me grow to become a well-rounded individual in both the arts and in my life” –Gaitrie
Bharata Natyam (Indian Classical Dance) is derived from the temples of Tamil Nadu in South India. Originally performed by the devadasis of the temples in respect and devotion to the deities, this is India’s oldest form of dance. This particular dance style is known for its straight lines, mudras (hand gestures) and facial expressions. In addition, the math concepts penetrate into one of the most basic aspects of dance: aduvus (footwork), which are based on geometric patterns. Bharata Natyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculptur-esque poses.
Step into the enchanting world of Bollywood. With its high energy, culture, colors, rhythm, beats and moves, Bollywood is anything but ordinary. Indian dance dates back to centuries ago from the Hindu temples of Kerala to the bustling film industries of Bombay. In these classes students will learn basic steps of various styles of dance from the different regions of India. From the high energy, masculine Bhangra dance style from Northern India, from the villages of Gujarat to Southern India where the origins of Bharata Natyam (Indian Classical Dance) were born in the temples. Students will also be introduced to each area specific style of music, while matching rhythm and movement. The art of Indian dance has long been preserved and has also adapted significantly with the changing of times. Learn about the richness of Indian dance with Buffalo’s first authentic Bollywood dance instructor.