Gujarat’s SS Ballet Academy receives international CID certification

The Ahmedabad-based SS Ballet Academy (SSBA) in Gujarat, has recently received certification from the internationally prestigious Conseil International de la Danse (CID); an official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (popularly known as UNESCO).

The International Dance Council CID, Paris, is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries.

“The SSBA is extremely proud to be certified by CID as it holds international value,” says Pratyusha Chhajer, the founder and director of SS Ballet Academy. “We at SSBA strive to successfully establish relationships with ballet schools and academies around the world and take India step by step forward on the international stage. This certification by The International Dance Council CID, Paris, goes a long way in boosting our confidence,” she adds.

The entrepreneur founded SSBA three years ago, to develop and train professional dancers. Starting operations in Indore, it became the first academy to introduce ballet to Central India. The academy has now moved its headquarters to Ahmedabad, an economic hub with great cultural diversity in the vibrant state of Gujarat.

Certification courses and classes are available for students who wish to excel in ballet dance. In view of the pandemic, classes are currently being conducted online on Zoom and Google Classroom. However, the academy is gearing up to resume offline certification courses soon.

Named after Pratyusha’s children Samyan and Shonaya, SSBA follows the Vaganova curriculum method of ballet. It is a style of ballet training created by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova, who became a highly renowned ballet teacher and has authored the book Basic Principles of Classical Ballet.

After Indore and Ahmedabad, SSBA plans to expand its branches to Mumbai, Delhi and other cities across the country.

Pratyusha Chhajer’s Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy makes headway in Gujarat

For a country obsessed with Bollywood, one can say it’s quite difficult for different genres of dance to make inroads in India. Indian classical dances are popular in the South, but for a dance form like ballet to catch on, we need to have a proper setup, good teachers and a commitment to excellence.

These are the very qualities entrepreneur Pratyusha Chhajer has brought to the fore with Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy (SSBA), which she founded three years ago, to develop and train professional dancers.

Starting operations in Indore, SSBA became the first academy to introduce ballet to Central India. The academy has now moved its headquarters to Ahmedabad, an economic hub with great cultural diversity in the vibrant state of Gujarat.

Certification courses and classes are available for students who wish to excel in ballet dance. In view of the pandemic, classes are currently being conducted online on Zoom and Google Classroom. However, the academy is gearing up to resume offline certification courses soon.

Named after Pratyusha’s children Samyan and Shonaya, SSBA follows the Vaganova curriculum method of ballet. It is a style of ballet training created by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova, who became a highly renowned ballet teacher and has authored the book Basic Principles of Classical Ballet.

This curriculum method is marked by a fusion of the classical French style (specifically elements from the romantic era), with the athleticism of the Italian method, combined with the soulful passion of Imperial Russian Ballet.

SSBA provides a strong professional academic program with focus on music, drama, dance, grace, fitness, nutritional diet, language, self-confidence and overall personality development, ensuring mental and physical health and balance in your life. It emphasizes on development of strength, flexibility and endurance.

The ballet academy serves as a mentorship platform to gifted children, teenagers, students with dreams, dedicated young dance professionals, securing a professional culture for dancers, teachers and dance directors. Gaining a reputation for excellence in performing arts, the academy is now at the vanguard of dance education and classical ballet training in India.

After Indore and Ahmedabad, SSBA plans to expand its branches to Mumbai, Delhi and other cities across the country.

About Pratyusha Chhajer

For the record, Pratusha Chhajer is an empathetic, versatile and multifaceted personality, with a great understanding of the influence of culture on creativity. She holds certificates in various arts including dance, photography and calligraphy.

Born in Indore, Pratusha has been part of the administrative team at Abhivyakti (a non-profit organization under the Dainik Bhaskar Group), and has helped organize and conduct many Indian cultural dance shows, business events, social events, educational events and charity fundraisers.

She has been recognized for her exemplary organizational work for fashion shows conducted by the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) and Khadi Gram Udyog.

She is the founder and director of Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy, and also a renowned fashion designer with her own label Samyan Shonaya Haute Couture; businesses under the brand name of Samyan Shonaya Group of Companies.

Dhyani Dave sought after as Bigg Boss recalls Priyanka Jagga

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International chess master Dhyani Dave is being flattered on social media for analyzing the developments in Bigg Boss just like a game of chess. Whatever she says about BB10, seems to be falling in place.

 

After Dhyani correctly predicted that contestants Karan Mehra and Lokesh Kumari would be eliminated in the double eviction on the show, her friends and fans were coaxing her to calculate more and more of the Boss’ moves.

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A few days ago, she told the media that Bigg Boss needs to prop up its TRP by recalling the thunderous Priyanka Jagga back on the show and getting her “tickled to death.”

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Some thought she was just speculating, but they got a shock when a day later, news about Jagga re-entering Bigg Boss started doing the rounds. And now the attention guzzler of the season is actually back on the show with a bang.

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“I don’t find decoding Bigg Boss such a big deal,” quips Dhyani, who once played chess simultaneously with 150 contestants. “I take a four-pronged approach. I try to decipher the game from a practical viewpoint, business perspective, drama quotient, as well as a human psyche standpoint,” she reveals.

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Given her expertise in the mind-game of chess, we can understand that. But what we are wondering about is, whether anyone currently on the show, does have the guts to “tickle” Priyanka Jagga in the first place! Unless the seemingly bold Dhyani herself agrees to do the needful!! Lol.

Dhyani Dave wants Priyanka Jagga recalled and TICKLED TO DEATH on Bigg Boss!

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Dhyani Dave is no ordinary girl. She is a 25-year-old international chess master from Gujarat who’s had lunch with President Pranab Mukherjee for being voted as one of the 100 top women achievers of India in 2016. She features in the Limca Book of Records for competing simultaneously with 150 chess players. She’s been felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modiwhen he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, and has had the privilege to play chess with Bollywood’s most intelligent megastar Aamir Khan a couple of times.

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We are not sure if the other megastar Salman Khan would take kindly to this; but Dhyani also loves to dissect India’s most popular reality show Bigg Bosslike nobody’s business. And just like a great game of chess, she watches the show every night and schemes, plots and plans moves for the contestants, hoping they would somehow (through some magical fate) be able to follow her mind.

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“Sadly, they seldom do,” Dhyani laments as she laughs. “They prefer to shout and scream, more than manipulate with their minds,” adds the wiz of chessboard mind games. So going by the low-TRP reports this season, what’s the one thing that Dhyani (or rather her mind) feels, should be incorporated in Bigg Boss 10 to prop up the programme without delay.

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“Oh Simple,” exclaims Dhyani. “BB10 had an annoying over-loud woman, whose voice sometimes failed to come out properly. Her name was Priyanka Jagga. Get her back on the show and tickle-torture her to death.” LOL. ‘Tickle-torture!’ ROTFL. Now that’s some checkmate plan. But we wonder who will accept the responsibility to execute it :p

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“And yes, Jagga needs to spend some quality time with VJ Bani and learn English,” chuckles Dhyani. Gee! ‘Quality time.’ ‘QUALITY time’ and Priyanka Jagga! This Dave girl sure has a great sense of humour which could turn BB into DiDi’s Comedy Show…. or shall we say, ‘tickling’ comedy show 😉

Dhyani Dave’s Bigg Boss predictions come true!

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India’s international chess master Dhyani Dave’s predictions about Bigg Boss 10 contestants Karan Mehra and Lokesh Kumari’s eviction have surprisingly come true.

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She had analyzed that Karan and Lokesh would be eliminated, while Rahul Dev and Monalisa will remain in the Bigg Boss house. And that is exactly what megastar host Salman Khan announced on the reality show in the weekend episode.

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Dhyani who is popularly known as ‘the calculation queen of the chessboard’ believes that Bigg Boss is a mind-game. “Once you grasp the moves in chess, you grasp the game. It’s the same with Bigg Boss,” she remarks.

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The Ahmedabad-based girl is a Limca Book of Records holder for playing chess simultaneously with 150 contestants, and has also been awarded and felicitated by none other than prime minister Narendra Modi (when he was the CM of Gujarat) and president Pranab Mukherjee this year. Her other feats include beating megastar Aamir Khan to a game of chess at the age of six.