Known for her grace and expressions, Meenal is an avid performer and a versatile choreographer. She began learning Kathak at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Guru Shri Suresh Dharmadhikari in Jaipur Gharana style of Kathak. She completed Visharad in Dance from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya (Khairagarh University) graduating at the top of her class and securing a Gold Medal. She has been taking advanced lessons from Guru Shambhavi Dandekar since 2013.
Meenal’s dance shows a beautiful blend of the grace of Banares and vibrant energy of Jaipur Gharana. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Meenal’s Academy of Performing Arts and enjoys sharing her passion and love for Kathak with students of all age groups. Meenal’s Academy of Performing Arts is affiliated with BharatiVidya Peeth Pune and offers certificate courses in Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Tabla. Meenal has been teaching in San diego for about 10 years. Previously, Meenal was the co-founder and Artistic Director at Rhythm Studios, San Diego. Previously, Meenal was the co-founder and Artistic Director at Rhythm Studios, San Diego.
In addition to being a Dancer, she is also an orator, actor and compere. She has been involved with Drama and Theatre from her childhood days and continues to do that even today. Meenal holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from San Diego State Univ. and Masters of Business Economics from DAVV, Indore India. After enjoying a successful corporate career for 10+ years, Meenal is now completely dedicated to pursuing her passion and serving the dance form : Kathak.