Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

los angeles, CA
United States


Shivani Thakkar is a versatile dancer, choreographer and instructor. With a specialty in Bharata Natyam (Indian Classical Dance), Bollywood, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, Shivani is able to create and work in a multitude of dance styles and produce layered innovative cross-cultural fusion choreography.

She has gained international recognition for her artistry and has worked with choreographers Marty Kudelka, Jamal Sims, Mary Ann Kellogg, Ganesh Acharya, Yogen Bhagat, and the Bellytwins, to name a few. Her highly acclaimed performance credits include being the Lead female dancer in the Cross Canada production DVAYA: A Confluence of Male Female Spirits, various live shows and film shoots in India, Canada, and the US, and successful artistic, festival, and commercial work in North America. She was the 2008 winner of the National US Dance Competition “Bollypop” sponsored by Verizon Fios and Saavn Media Entertainment, is a recipient of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Arts Study Fellowship, grants from Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Canada) and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (USA). She was a nominee for the 2010 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award from the Office of the Mayor, Calgary, His Worship Dave Bronconnier.

Shivani is the Associate Artistic Director of Manu Kala Mandir Dance Productions and Academy, is the founder and choreographer for the MKM BollyStars – Canada’s Premiere Dance Troupe, and is a company member with Bellytwins International. She is a regular Guest Artist with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company performing with both their Bharata Natyam and Modern divisions.

In addition to performance and choreography, Shivani has a wide range of teaching experience. She has taught at Dance Dimensions Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, Manu Kala Mandir Dance Academy in Canada, assists veteran tapper Greg Poland, has taught master classes for various dance companies, has been a guest lecturer at Howard Community College and annually at the University of Southern California, and has taught in various summer dance intensives for pre-professional and Professional dancers.

Shivani has been featured in various magazines and News shows including interviews on Omni Televisions’ Bollywood Blvd, the covers of Desi News and Starbuzz Weekly, and regular full page coverage in the Calgary Herald. In addition to dance, Shivani is an actress and writer. She is a company member of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, was part of the CPAF celebrity staged reading of the Vagina Monologues, and is a dance beat writer for Buzzine Magazine.


Film & Television Col 1 Film & Television Col 2 Film & Television Col 3
Big Time RushFeaturedNickolodean
Bollywood's Best Top 10Choreographer/DancerOmni TV
Step Up 3DFeaturedDisney/Buena Vista Pictures
Chance Pe DanceFeaturedUTV Motion Pictures
Dance Can Do All ThatLeadUSC Graduate Thesis Film
Deewana Huye PaagalFeaturedBase Industries/UTV Motion Pictures
BBQ BillFeaturedCBS
Bollywood Blast: Workout DVDDance DirectorBellytwins Productions
Let's Dance BollywoodChoreographer
Music Videos Col 1 Music Videos Col 2 Music Videos Col 3
Free to Love MeMae MooreCracker Productions
"Wow, I can get Sexual Too"Say AnythingRed Van Productions
Industrials Col 1 Industrials Col 2 Industrials Col 3
Ethno-Cultural Dance StudiesDancerAlberta Dance Alliance
Choreography Col 1 Choreography Col 2 Choreography Col 3
CLIMAX!Jazz NumberJohn Britto Senior Dance Company
Play: Naga MandalaChoreography/Movement DirectionUSC School of Theatre
KRIA/Kriya US TourChoreography/Concept DevelopmentInduz Org
Fresh FeatsBollywoodFeats Festival of Dance
CAPL Spring Ball 2010BollywoodCEO Productions
MKM BollyStarsCompany RepertoireMKM BollyStars Dance Company
Dvaya: A Confluence of Male Female SpiritsFusion Pieces (Canada Tour)Manu Kala Mandir Dance Productions
DC Dance Festival @ Dance PlaceBollywoodDakshina Dance Company
Christmas Around The WorldBollywood NumberVinok World Dance
Let's Dance BollywoodInstructional Dance DVD
Bollywood Top TenOpening CreditsOmni TV Canada
National Intel Print Ad"Our Superstars"Intel
Dance Col 1 Dance Col 2 Dance Col 3
Dvaya (Canada Tour)LeadManu Kala Mandir Dance Productions
Bombay Bellywood (Japan Tour)Lead/SoloistBellydance Superstars
Kria/Kriya (US Tour)Lead/Soloist/ChoreographerVarious
Hooray for Bollywood (US Tour)LeadBellytwins Productions
Teaching Col 1 Teaching Col 2 Teaching Col 3
DB Dance StudioTap
John Britto Dance CompanyGuest InstructorJazz Technique
University of Southern CaliforniaGuest LecturerHistory of World Theatre
Dakshina Dance CompanyBollywood
Dance DimensionsBollywood
Dance DimensionsJazz/Ballet Combo
Feats Festival of DanceSummer Dance IntensiveBollywood
Stage Col 1 Stage Col 2 Stage Col 3
POP! A Michael Jackson TributePrincipalMusical Theatre Los Angeles
Vanitha Malayala Manorama Film Awards 2011PrincipalKerala, India
Bharata Natyam Margam Series (4 shows)Lead/SoloistChennai Music & Dance Fest., India
Naughty Noah's CalendarPrincipalHighway's Performance Space
CLIMAX!Principal/ChoreographerJohn Britto Dance Company, Chennai, India
Jambination with Abhishek BasuLead/SoloistLos Angeles, CA
It Takes a VillagePrincipal/SoloistACFCLA
Carnival: Choreographers' BallPrincipalKarmagraphy Dance Company
CAPL Spring Ball 2010PrincipalCalgary, Canada
Dance Through IndiaLead/SoloistInt. Medical Health Org. USA, Toronto, Canada
The Art of MovementPrincipalDance Fusion LA
One LovePrincipalDance Fusion LA
Dance Divas, Feats Festival of DanceLead/SoloistAlberta Dance Alliance, Edmonton, Canada
Glimpses of IndiaPrincipalGlenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
ShaktiPrincipalGlenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
Manu Kala Mandir Dance ProductionsPrincipalComplete List Avail. Upon Request
Other Col 1 Other Col 2 Other Col 3
Nominee - Enbridge Emergin Artist Award 2010
Shastri-Indo Canadian InstituteArts Study Fellowship
Saavn/Verizon Fios "Bollypop" ChampionNational US Bollywood Dance Competition
Mid-Atlantic Arts FoundationSpecial Initiatives GrantJoint Recipient
Alberta Foundation for the ArtsArts Study Project Grant


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MKM BollyStars