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Schenectady, NY

Sujoyini (Joyi) is a lifelong dancer and fitness enthusiast, starting her dance training at age 6! Her dance training is based in Kathak and Uday Shankar inspired contemporary dance styles. Her earliest guru was, and continues to be her mother who was a company dancer in the esteemed Uday Shankar dance troupe in Calcutta, India that pioneered Indian contemporary dance whilst also promoting rare nuances of classical training like the 'thali' Kathak. Joyi's Kathak training continued in Singapore and then the United States where she moved in 2011 to attend a graduate program at Harvard University - where she led the South Asia Dance Association in multiple performances.

Joyi is the principal dancer and choreographer of Rigchhandam, a non profit dance institute she co-founded with her mother in Calcutta and is now opening a branch near Albany, New York. She has performed for the Mayor of Sydney in Australia, in leadership exchange programs in Japan and the United Kingdom, at the invitation of Tagore Society Singapore, and across the US - in Boston, Cambridge and at the Alvin Ailey theater in New York. Her collaborations include Kathak Kala Kendra - New Delhi, Bengali Associations of Boston, USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Michael Braudy, a multifaceted violinist based in New York.

Joyi is currently based out of Albany, New York and is starting BollyX classes while developing her dance and music network in the Capital district.

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