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  About Our Dance Company  

LTRDance is an inclusive and thriving learning space sharing many different dance styles for everyone! From Beginners in Kathak to Advanced levels in Classical Indian Dance, LTRDance brings an exciting spin to your Dance experience! 

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Smt. Leena Chhaganlal
Artistic Director

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Leena has an exemplary foundation in Kathak Dance and Performance Art. Her Kathak education was accomplished in Fiji where she was raised. She then started her own dance school in Auckland, New Zealand. The school was a center for culture and art for the community, with an emphasis on Kathak, Garba, Bollywood & Fusion Dance styles. Leena choreographed & produced the highly praised show performed by her dance school with the dance ballet of Prahalad in Auckland, New Zealand.

In Florida, Leena has choreographed, performed, and judged for many prestigious dance shows & competitions. She continues to inspire and educate with her devotion to the art of Dance, costume design, and professional stage performance instruction. LTR Indian Dance Company proudly honors Leena's Dance Classes in Orlando, FL.

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Trisha Chhaganlal
Marketing Manager

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Trisha is an accomplished Kathak and Bollywood Dance Instructor, starting her Kathak journey in New Zealand under the guidance of her mother, Leena Chhaganlal. After her family relocated to Florida, Trisha followed her many interests at Rollins College in Arts and Dance. After pursuing further training in Kathak from Saveeta Sharma (Canada), Trisha started Orlando's first Kathak school offering dance classes in Kathak, Bollywood and Garba.

 

Upon moving to the Bay Area, she has worked in Social Media Management with a focus in growing authentic connections online with several classical dance company's.

Trisha also manages the Nonprofit South Asian Performing Arts Org which supports Kathak dance education in Orlando, FL. 

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Ritisha Khatri
Wedding Dance Choreographer

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Ritisha has extensive experience in competitive Dance and Performance. Her 

Classical Dance Education is by her mother & Guru, Smt. Leena Chhaganlal. 

Ritisha co-founded UCF Garba Knights in in 2009, in Orlando Florida and choreographed and competed with the team throughout Florida.

Ritisha had achieved her J.D. from Florida State University, and admitted to practice law in the state of Florida in 2014. She worked in Orlando while continuing to pursue her passion for Dance in Orlando, FL. She resides in Orlando, FL with her husband and 2 children. 

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Meenakshi Kalra
Administrative Assistant

Meenakshi is a first generation Nepalese, born and raised in the Northern Virginia area. She is a trained Kathak dancer, under the guidance of her guru, Smt. Asha Vattikuti.  Meenakshi has been been dancing for over 25 years with invitations to perform all around the country and the world; from Peru to Canada as well as Fiji to Nepal.  She has opened for several Bollywood concerts and performed on stage with many Bollywood artists.  


While residing in Virginia, Meenakshi founded her dance company, M D Creationz in 2013.  M D Creationz was recognized as one of area’s premier dance companies, offering event performances and dance classes which specialized in Bollywood, Kathak, Bhangra, and Classic Mujra styles.  Her involvement in the community led her to appear on her own television segment showcasing the evolution of Bollywood Dance through the movies.

 

Aside from dance, Meenakshi has been practicing Optometry since 2010, alongside her husband.  She and her family moved to Winter Garden, FL in early 2022.  Meenakshi is excited for the new opportunities to come and continuing her love for dance with her new community.

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Maha Sami
Creative Assistant

Maha Sami has been an avid dance enthusiast for several years. She has supported and participated in many dance performances since her childhood. After relocating to the Bay Area from Canada, she joined a number of Dance Classes and Events with @LTRDance before formally participating as Videographer, Videoshoot Assistant, Editor, and an all over Positive Force in every interaction! Maha is a proud special needs parent and a continues her passion for capturing positive moments on her Instagram @Maha2Bay

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