Core Team

Arundhati Baitmangalkar

Founder, Creative Head, Master Trainer, Yoga Instructor, and Blogger 

Favorite Bollywood Dance style - contemporary
Favorite Bollywood actor - Shahrukh Khan
Favorite Bollywood movie - Zindigi Na milegi doobara, Jodha Akhar, DDLJ, Padman, KKHH and many more...

Arundhati is a leader in fitness and wellness. She teaches, creates, and runs all things BollyWorks, including the fitness program and Project Bollywood, our annual show, as well as running successful yoga studio. Before starting BollyWorks, Arundhati worked for over 7 years as a professional Bollywood dancer and instructor with the prestigious Shiamak Davar Dance Company in India. She has taught Bollywood dance classes to all ages and abilities and performed with international celebrities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, AR Rahman, Rani Mukherjee, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Saif Ali Khan, Shreya Ghosal, Shankar, Eshan, Loy and othersShe brought her passion for Bollywood dance and fitness with her when she moved to the Seattle area in 2013, where she noticed a lack of authentic Bollywood dance opportunitiesBollyWorks allowed her to keep in touch with her Bollywood dance roots and share it with others. Word of our fun, inclusive, professional Bollywood dance classes spread quickly, eventually leading to the creation of Project Bollywood. In early 2018 we formally launched BollyWorks Fitness (BWF) to keep up with the demand for Bollywood-danceinspired fitness classes. Today, in addition to teaching yoga and training yoga teachers, Arundhati teaches Project Bollywood classesis a master BollyWorks Fitness trainer, and blogs about yoga, dance, and living mindfully. When she’s not teaching, Arundhati loves to work out, engage in DIY projects, and hang out with her dog, Munch. 

 

Soumya Gogula

Regional Co-ordinator and Master BWF Instructor 

Favorite Bollywood Dance style - folk, contemporary
Favorite Bollywood actor - SRK
Favorite Bollywood movie - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Soumya started dancing at a young age, trying various forms of dance but falling in love with Bollywood dance. She joined BollyWorks in July 2014, initially as a student looking for a Bollywood class—but she quickly grew to become a BollyWorks troupe member and full-fledged BollyWorks instructor. Today, Soumya is an integral part of all things BollyWorks both on the front end and behind the scenes: running classes and show productions, managing the various BWF locations and instructorsengaging in editing and content creation, and moreWhen she’s not dancing, Soumya is a project manager with UW Medicine. She loves to travel and explore the world and secretly dreams of being a full-time dancer and instructor. 

Jamie Meeks

Studio Administrator, BollyWorks

Favorite workout - running, lap swimming, yoga

If you have any questions or queries, she is the best person to reach out to - [email protected]

Jamie joined team BollyWorks in May 2019 and is our backend superhero. She keeps all our administrative tasks organized, communicates with customers, is our resident problem solver and manages the BollyWorks studio so we can keep on dancing! Although she’s the only non-dancing member of our team, we hope to get her to love dancing in the years ahead. ;) When she's not working, you can find Jamie spending time with her husband, friends, and two sweet puppies. 

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