Shivani Thakkar is an internationally recognized choreographer, dancer,
master teacher, and actress. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of
the MKM BollyStars Dance Company and Academy (
Memorable credits include: Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, Bellydance
Superstars’ Bombay Bellywood Japan Tour, Bollywood and Hollywood film and
television shows, Canadian tour of Dvaya: A Confluence of Male Female
Spirits, Girish Karnad’s Naga Mandala (USC), Vanitha Film Awards (India),
productions with Navarasa Dance Theatre, and numerous performances for
venues such as LACMA, the Smithsonian, Skirball Cultural Center and Glenbow
Museum, Calgary. She has served on Juries for the Canada Council for the
Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Calgary Arts Development Arts
Vest, and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Shivani was Genesis Artist of
the Year 2012, and is recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts,
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Shastri Foundation, and Calgary Arts

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