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Minila Shah

Ajna Dance Company Founder, Director Events New York, NY
About Minila
Hi! I am a Canadian born (and raised) Indian-American who also lived in London for a stint with some extended stays in India so I feel a bit like a citizen of the world. I have a business/strategy background but always danced growing up. While living in London I had the opportunity to run an Indian dance company that changed the trajectory of my life. I moved to NYC in 2010, worked for 2 years while I figured things out and then quit to start Ajna - an Indian performing arts organization. We work extensively in schools sharing dance and culture with students and we have performance company that presents authentic and artistic Indian dance. Ajna was my first baby but I had my first human baby almost 2 years ago. Leila is so much fun these days and I am embracing the role of mom and entrepreneur.

Be present, be positive, love, laugh a LOT and have gratitude.

How many kids? Ages?

Leila / Female / 1 year old

Interested In

Collaborating, Finding a Mentor, Friendship, Networking, Playdates, Starting a New Company

Words you live by/quotes you love

Be present, be positive, love, laugh a LOT and have gratitude.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the community?

I am a very gifted dance teacher and I love working with people of all dance levels - professionals to people with two left feet. I also perform and I specialize in various styles of Indian dance - classical, folk and Bollywood. I also have completed my yoga teacher training in India.

What is your biggest business challenge right now?

Leadership & Scale

What do you want to achieve in 2018, personally and professionally?

Continue to grow my business, plan for 2019 and be present with my family when I am not working.

Why do you want to be a part of heymama?

Connect with other like minded mommas and see how we can help and support each other.

xx Minila Shah

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