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Aeilushi Mistry

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2015 NYFA Fellow Folk/Traditional Arts Brooklyn based Aeilushi Mistry was born and raised in India. She holds a BA in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatnatyam Dance from Gandharva University in Gujarat, India. To enhance her performance, she studied with numerous renowned Bharatnatyam dance gurus. She completed her advanced degree in Bharatnatyam from the Kerala Kalamandalam, School of Performing Arts in India. She studied Arts Administration at New York University. DEL course - Foundation for Dance Education at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. In addition, to better understand and learn how different dance styles use unique movements and use of space, she studied other styles of dance such as Kathak, Kuchipudi, modern dance, and West African dance.

For the past 22 years, she has been teaching dance to children and adults. Before coming to the US, she started a dance company in India, where Aeilushi worked with hearing impaired children for 6 years. This experience gave her students confidence and the motivation to pursue dance. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and teaching abilities.

Aeilushi teaches in Brooklyn, New York but has participated as an instructor at various summer camps in New York City and classes in New Jersey. She has a very distinct approach in her teaching technique to bring out the natural talent of her students.

Aeilushi is affiliated with BAC's Arts in Education (AIE) program and BAC's Folk Arts program. Through these programs, she has conducted numerous story telling through dance workshops, residencies, performances and panel discussions. Recently, through BAC AIE, Aeilushi taught in public schools World Cultures curriculum through hands-on arts workshops. Participating students travelled to India without ever having to leave their schools. They learned traditional dances and stories and created traditional dance.

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