Enjoy young life and dance. Rhythmaya is a beautiful school and you are in good hands with your teachers.
Saroj Khan, Legendary Bollywood Choreographer
Classes for Every Age
When you join Rhythmaya you become part of a community of not just performers but a place of culture, confidence and charisma. We accept students of all ages starting from tots and continuing with adults. All groups get a minimum of two performances with extravagant costumes included.
During the course of the year, students present in two performances: a Fall Holiday recital and a Big Bolly-Extravaganze Spring Showcase. Students and teachers may also perform at various community organizations (Local Temples, Indian and American Non Profits, South Indian and North Indian Associations, Wolf Trap Theater, Cherry Blossom Festival). While most of the semester curriculum is centered around these performances, weekly discipline and attendance is also important for the practice of Indian dance styles.
Meet Our Instructors
Nirathi Rao Kalavapudi
As founder and director of Rhythmaya, Nirathi is dedicated to providing exceptional quality in Indian dance instruction, original choreography, and performance services in the Washington, DC metro area. She teaches and manages multiple Bollywood classes spanning numerous locations at Rhythmaya. Due to Nirathi’s initiative, drive and leadership, Rhthymaya has grown from a small basement dance class to an extensive dance academy and devoted community.
Nirathi’s passion for the performing arts is a product of unshakeable southern roots that can be traced to South India’s Andhra Pradesh and Huntsville, Alabama. Due to the scarcity of dance instructors in her hometown of Huntsville, Nirathi began to master her craft by self-choreographing routines at the age of 10. In addition, she spent two summers in India under Smt. Sumathy Kaushal and learned the basics of the Kuchipudi Indian Classical Dance form.
Today, Nirathi lives with her husband, Jayant, and their three daughters in Northern Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, bringing her community together, and spending time with her VERY large family.
Since partnering with Nirathi in 2013, Sheila has helped develop Rhythmaya from a basic dance school to a full-fledged dance company by managing a franchise in Maryland and developing a unique Kathak classical dance curriculum for the diverse student base across the DC Metro area.
A Northern Virginia native, Sheila Oak Maggin is professionally trained in many forms of dance including Kathak (completing her Raangmunch Pravesh in 2002 under renowned Kathak Guru Asha Vattikuti), Bollywood, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Belly Dance, and Middle Eastern Tribal. She uses this diverse background to choreograph exceptional dances and to bring new and creative ideas/projects to the team. Whenever Rhythmaya is in need of fresh, innovative, original content, Shelia is just the woman for the job!
Sheila works full time as a manager in Finance and Security. She lives with her husband, Daniel, and two adorable sons in Maryland. Outside of dancing, she has a passion for people, family relationships, and culinary cuisine. Sheila is constantly deemed as being the “life of the party” and having a “fun, infectious energy that people constantly want to be around”. Her culture and background are also very important to her as she fully embraces her Half Punjabi, Half Marathi identity along with her newly acquired “Hinjew” culture post marriage.