Making a Difference: A new Ambassador Introduces Masala Bhangra to At-Risk Youth in NYC

July 17, 2018 [Carissa Sarreal]

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When did you discover MB and what were your first impressions?
I started taking cardio classes at Alvin Ailey in an attempt to lose weight. My first MB class, a recommendation from the staff, I found really challenging. I retreated to the back of the room to rest and Sarina called me out to say there was no break or something to that effect! So I said okay, you’re not ready just yet. I attended a few other classes at Ailey to build up to be able to go back to MB. The intensity of the class left an impression on me. I was determined to be able to survive a full class. While you could take it slower, there was always a higher goal you can set for yourself like do I start with low impact and then go crazy at the end, or can I jump a little higher this time, etc.

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Get to Know Master Trainer Tomoe Kaneko and How Masala Bhangra Entered Japan

June 20, 2018 [Tomoe Kaneko]

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When did you discover Masala Bhangra and what were your first impressions or thoughts about the workout? It was 2007 or 2008 at very first ZUMBA convention. Sarina presented her session and I was there. I have never seen Bhangra before that. I didn’t understand what should I move because I didn’t know the Indian culture. However, it was so much fun and I got a great workout. I wanted to know the formula of this workout and the culture.

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Meet Master Trainer Shalini Bhargava Keeping Workouts Fresh and New

May 10, 2018 [Shalini Bhargava]

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When did you discover MB and what were your first impressions? I discovered MB about 10 years back at the IDEA World fitness convention. I was curious as to what a fellow Indian was doing and what was MB all about. So I took Sarina's session and was completely blown away. Here was a dance fitness program which not only was fun, effective as a cardio routine, but was heartfelt above all. No doubt I was proud of the program as it was Indian and came to me very naturally.

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Meet Ambassador Seema Tatla: Building Community in North Carolina, USA

April 10, 2018 [Seema Tatla]

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When did you discover Masala Bhangra and what were your first impressions?
I remember way back when MB first came out, I thought what a good idea!! I even bought a couple of videos. Bhangra has always been my passion, so anything to do with Bhangra - I LOVE!!

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Meet Master Trainer Deborah Kahan Kolb, Promoting Health, Developing Friendships and Creating Poetry!

February 28, 2018 [Deborah Kahan Kolb, Masala Bhangra Master Trainer]

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When did you discover Masala Bhangra and what were your first impressions?
I first discovered MB in 2008 at Alvin Ailey. I’d recently given birth and was experimenting with a number of different dance classes in an attempt to “lose the baby weight” and also find some time for myself outside of my responsibilities as a mom. I’d been taking samba and Zumba classes pretty regularly at Ailey when I found myself peeking through the window of one of the studios, drawn to this compelling, rhythmic, exciting music I heard through the doorway. I glimpsed Sarina teaching the class and observed her captivating energy and passion. I was hooked immediately, although I was unable to attend MB classes regularly for a number of years, until 2013.

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Meet Ambassador Mimi Stella, Dancing Her Way Through Life

January 29, 2018 [Mimi Stella, Masala Bhangra Ambassador]

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Masala Bhangra Ambassadors have a unique perspective on Masala Bhangra, as they are both teachers and students. We thought it’d be helpful to share American Mimi Stella’s experience with the workout and the successes and challenges she faced as a new instructor. ~ Sarina Jain

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When/How to pursue time in your life?

September 27, 2017 [Vritika Patni & Sarina Jain]

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It is incredibly easy to feel consumed by your workload. I know the feeling all too well. At one point in time, even after hours of teaching, I would still come home to a stack of paperwork and a string of pending emails and phone calls. I found myself wondering, where is the time to pursue my personal life? And how important is doing so? I had thoroughly convinced myself that my schedule was packed as is, and there was absolutely no room—anywhere—to fit in an extra hour or so to socialize. But I think my life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur has allowed me to master the art of finding the time. I came to accept the fact that there really was no immediate way to minimize my workload (and in no way am I complaining because I love what I do); I would need to just prioritize keeping in touch with the people that mean so much to me.

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Masala Bhangra Performing at the Alvin Ailey World Dance Showcase

July 19, 2017 [Vritika Patni]

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This year was the first time I was able to work around my schedule to attend the show that I had heard so much about. I was excited tobe on the other end of a dance show as an audience member. Moreover, I knew there had to be something very special in Masala Bhangra’sability to convince the average person, someone who doesn’t dance on a regular basis, that he / she is very capable of performing. I booked a red-eye flight and managed to make it to the first production.

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Successes and Setbacks

June 01, 2017 [successes_and_setbacks]

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I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is the importance of taking risks. Everyone is constantly faced with a multitude of choices, and it is up to you to decide what defines a success versus a supposed failure. People perceive a successful entrepreneur to be someone distinguished by fame and money, but to me, success is making a difference in someone’s life.

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The Power of Dance

February 01, 2017 [Sarina Jain]

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I grew up with the culture of both Bollywood and Bhangra dance, as my father had always stressed the importance of holding onto our Indian heritage. His passing away was an eye opener for me, and it catalyzed the birth of my company, Masala Bhangra.

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No Excuses

January 01, 2017 [Sarina Jain]

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Throughout my twenty five years of intense training as a fitness instructor, it was always clear to me that I wanted a family. Today our daughter, Sahana Jain, is two months old, and it's crazy to think about how the lifestyle I was so accustomed to has changed so rapidly. My everyday routine consists of the expected diaper changes, feeding, and naps--yet I love every minute of being a mom and spending time with my daughter.

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