“Thank you Swati C. for a fun-filled, educational evening! The Upper Dublin children and their parents had an excellent time learning about India and dancing like Bollywood dancers.
Swati is fantastic with children of all ages and engaged everyone in the room. She even had the dads dancing up a storm. I would have her back again anytime.
Thank you for a memorable evening!”
Jennifer Roberts, Head of Children’s Services
“The Bollywood Dance Program was wonderful for my students. It not only exposed them to music and dance that they rarely get to experience, it allowed them to explore elements of a culture very different from their own. It helped to instill respect and appreciation for different customs and celebrations. The best part of the program was how inclusive it was. Swati’s presence was calm and reassuring, thereby creating a safe environment for all children, regardless of skill set or talent. The majority of the 5th grade participated and looked forward to her lesson each week. They especially appreciated the opportunity to teach her a new dance or two! Thank you for giving our children an experience that they will never forget.”
Mrs. Aliya O’Neal, 5th Grade Teacher
“I’ve never witnessed the students so engaged in an assembly! Giving the shy students an extra chance to join in was so amazing. Not everyone is comfortable the first time around. You are an awesome instructor who connects with the students”
Erica McElveen, Director – Art Programs
“The fourth grade at Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Levittown had a unique opportunity to learn about the Indian culture through Bollywood Dance. Under the direction of the teaching artist, Swati Chaturvedi, the students experienced a combination of workshops spanning 10 weeks that offered an intensive looks at the music, dance, and culture. Mrs. C was a well prepared enthusiastic instructor. The students formed a meaningful relationship with her during our program. On several occasions she made adjustments to her schedule to accommodate schedule changes within our school. The Bollywood Dance and Movement Program culminated in a final assembly in which the fourth grade performed Bollywood dance for the school community. The parents and students alike found the assembly to be an infectious display of happiness. Our students will carry the memory of this wonderful experience with them for the rest of their lives. We are extremely grateful to have had this experience!”
Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. LeCloux, 4th Grade Teachers
“THANK YOU so much for your wonderful performance last night! I can’t tell you how many people remarked to me today about how much they enjoyed seeing you and your lovely children dance. And, it was not just your talent that we enjoyed, but the rapport you had with the students too!”
Sally King, ELL Teacher
“Mrs. C’s Bollywood program was an exciting, vibrant, culturally rich interactive experience! The music was great, the dancing was fun to learn and perform! Mrs. C was amazing at reading her audience and keeping our 3-6 year olds engaged and entertained. Our visiting parents were pleased with the program as well as our teaching staff. I would definitely recommend her program for everyone, and we will gladly have her return to us again!”
Yael Johnson, Director – Financial Administrator
Swati was absolutely amazing, and this was one of the most well-received programs my library has ever hosted! Booking her was a breeze, and her pricing is so reasonable considering she offers something so completely different than we have ever seen here at the library. She was great with tailoring the program to my library’s patrons, space, and budget. Swati started the group off with a dance warmup, and within minutes, she has everyone in the room dancing–adults included! The dance routine she taught was easy for everyone to pick up, regardless of age or ability, and she made everyone feel successful in learning Bollywood moves. The whole time was filled with smiles, laughter, and joy. Swati managed to help a very shy participant feel more comfortable by using her as a “helper,” and she is just wonderful at interacting with kids, even when a couple had meltdowns. Swati brought lots of clothing and cultural objects to share with the group, and it was special since it all belonged to her or family members, so she could tell a story about each item. We finished with henna, which was a huge hit for kids but ESPECIALLY for the parents! Swati was so patient and friendly with each participant as she created a work of art on their hand. She was very gracious with her time and talent and made sure that everyone (including a couple people who didn’t attend the program but were peeking in the program room) could leave with henna that day. Every single parent in attendance came up to tell me that they LOVED this program and think she should invite Swati back again–which, of course, I plan to do! I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Swati’s program to libraries or any school/community organization that wants to provide a fun, engaging, educational, and unforgettable experience!
Alison King, Children’s Librarian
“I think the program was great. It fits very well with the Montessori system because the children are able to be independent and use their imagination. They all seemed to have a great time!” – A.S
“Very interactive and easy. You had their attention and mine! Thank you!”
“What an outstanding assembly. It was educational, entertaining, and fun for all. Thank you!”
“Great cultural experience for the children. Love the student engagement” – P.L
“I loved how much you were able to integrate into one program! Thank you!” – KR
“This was an engaging program that included all participants. Our students, staff and families enjoyed a fabulous interactive experience with a beautiful message! Thank you for the wonderful event at our school!”
Dr. Matt Riley, Executive Director
“Great interaction with staff, students and grand parents!”
Missy Mundy, Federal Project Director
“Swati puts on an amazing show! She is high energy and the kids feed off of her energy. Beyond that, she is able to adapt her program to suit the needs of her audience. Just great!
Caitlyn Biddle, Development & Marketing Associate – Musicopia