A Mesmerizing dance teacher- Mrs. Jyoti Patel

Arathi Sasidharan, IIK Young Contributor
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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It is my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Jyoti Patel, who is a sincere Guru and a good friend to all the students (including me) who learn at her dance academy, popularly known as – ‘The Dancing Divas’. Today, at this moment we will look back into the life events of my dance teacher, which has made her achieve this great height.

1.Explain about yourself Jyoti Ma’am.
I was born and brought up at Odisha. (Born 8th Jan.).I did my schooling at my City, Jharsuguda in Odisha and from childhood I developed a great interest towards dance. My family supported and encouraged me to proceed with my passion for dance. I opened my dance academy –The Dancing Divas in the year 2008. (June 2nd). I am basically an Odissi classical dancer. Before the academy had opened I was involved with two associations – KOA (Kuwait Odisha Association) and the Gujarati Samarpan. At first I just had two students in my Academy – Ishika and Purvi. Due to God’s grace now I teach many students and I have a blessed family. I opened this Academy in view of sharing my skills to interested students.

2.How does dance inspire you?
Dance has given me the confidence and courage to face the world with a smile and least stress. I enjoy teaching Kathak also (inspired by late filmstar Mrs. Meena Kumari). Wherever I go, be it Odisha to Mumbai or Mumbai to Kuwait the passion for dance has, is and will always stay with me.

3.Who is your role model?
Mrs.Saroj Khan and Mrs.Madhuri Dixit have always been an idol for me to follow. But there are many people in my life whom I can’t forget- My husband, siblings, in-laws, mother and father. There is a quote – “Behind every man’s success, there is a woman”. Well I say that in my aspect “Behind every woman’s success, there is a man”. My husband Suket Patel has been a never ending source of support and encouragement that it would not have been possible for me to come up to this level without him. My children- Sooryam and Roshni have also been very co-operative throughout my long journey. After my marriage, my in-laws have been very cooperative and supportive and they encouraged me to pursue my profession. Reaching a great height would not have been easy for me without their support. During my childhood days I and my elder sister- Manjari Patel used to go for dance classes on Sunday and Saturday. It was a one and a half hours travel and we had a half day on Saturday, so we both used to set out at 3 o’clock and reach there by 4.30 pm. It was a one hour dance class and by 5.30 pm we would go back and reach home by 7pm. That much passionate we were about dance. When I was studying at the University of Dance, I performed my first solo Bollywood dance. This was my first Bollywod item because during my childhood, there were only two important forms of dances in Odisha- Bharatnatyam and Odissi. Later on I started getting attracted to a few Bollywood songs. The first Bollywood song that struck me was ‘Ki Pag Ghungroo Bhand... from Amitabh Baccjhan’s hit movie – Namak Halal. And that was the first Bollywood item song that I danced on. I also performed on the song Satyam Shivam Sundaram. As I told you all before , I have always been a Madhuri fan and the only item song on which she performed and I haven’t danced on is ‘ Dhola Re Dhola ‘ from Devdas. Rest all, from her performance in the the movie ‘Tejab ‘till ‘Ghagra ‘, I have danced. While I was doing my final year at that university (2014-2015), I got the first prize [Sangeet Ratna] for the Odissi dance and I was the topper of my university in theories as well as practicals.

4. How do you balance your daily life and dance career?
I am fully dedicated to dance and students. I have certain basic routines. I always keep 15 mins for my maid, 2 hrs for my children Sooryam and Roshni, 30 mins for my husband, Suket, 15 mins for my relatives and so on. If I am cooking, I should be cooking. We should never mix dance with anything else. So if I’m cooking, I won’t add my dance ingredients to it. Whenever I do the duty of a mother or a wife / friend, I’m fully dedicated to it. My mind has never been distracted from my work. Next, we should always believe that when you are studying or doing anything, you are connected to God. That is the reason why always light the incense sticks before commencing my dance class. Another example – suppose, you are doing a Math problem, if you know the numbers or steps, then you can get the answer. So even our mind and heart is connected to God.

5. What has been the recent activities and developments of your dance School?
Well as recently as on 9th August 2016, I have started Zumba classes also as I am a professional Zumba teacher now. My goal is that everyone should have a peaceful mind and an energetic body. Zumba is nothing but dance in the form of exercises. So when you do Zumba, or any other form of physical fitness, you feel refreshed and energized.

Finally I would like to remove all negative thoughts and bring positive thoughts in the minds of all my students through dance.

Thank you Mam' for your valuable time.

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Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear Jyoti mam, congratulations, it's a great achievement , still remember my first class, didn't know even how to move my hand nd leg , you R the person who made me a dancer, I must say to all boys nd girls to join Thedancingdivas, love you mam, God bless you

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Congratulation jyotipatel mam, you are the best, I have seen your all performances in Kuwait, unfortunately i m in USA now, Pls open a TDD branch here, God bless you and touch the sky mam

Paresh Shah
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Congratulations , keep going with same pace , super se upper

Bishnu Das
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dear Jyothi, Congratulation !!!! . We all Oriyas are proud of your great achievement . May you keep climbing new heights of success ever and forever . I wish let Almighty God give you more power, courage and passion to overcome obstacles that come on your way .

Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016


Hearty Congratulations, Its really achievement and result of her hard work and enthusiasms. She really deserve more than this according to her heard work and dedication about dance and her students. She is really motivating all of us to do anything in Arab Country. She put a milestone with this in Gulf Country. She is simply great and salute to her about her work.

Proud on her. Ma'am keep it up. Our best wishes always with you being an Indian and Gujju also.

Congratulations once again.



Tanushree Podder
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016

Thank you for being a great teacher, Jyoti Ma'am! All the best for the Dancing Divas.

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Jyoti aunty has been an inspiration to many girls including me. She has been an excellent mentor be it dance or life. It isn't easy for a woman to handle her work and her house at the same time and she has been doing this for years. Today when I look back, I have learnt so much from her, her patience with kids, her work ethic, her ability to put up with any difficulty and hard work. These are just a few of her qualities. She is way more than this.
Love you aunty! Way to go :)

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

hello Jyoti maam !
Can i know where re your clsses held. In which area?
because even I love dancing.

Binu Nair
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hearty Congrats JP. Hope you achieve even greater and glorious feats in life. Sky is the limit for you.

Ananthapriya Vaidya
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mrs Jyoti Patel is an examplary mentor. I have watched her in action in her classes and she is an extremely inspiring teacher. Her passion toward her craft is such that she can make anyone dance- be it a reluctant 4 year old or a stiff-in-the knee 60 year old!Congrats Jyoti. May aleays keep shining.

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016


Emily patel
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Congratulation for this achivment..u r the proud of our family..keep it up ..stay blessed

Saukini Patel
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feeling proud of you my little sister.....god bless you..keep doing it

Love Nani

J.K Naik
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Congratulation my kid. Go ahead as far as you can..god bless you always....


Manjari Patel
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We are proud of you anchu......I really remember all those days wen we used to go for dancing. ..really my dear sis m proud of u......god bless u always. ..

preeti patel
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Congrats Masi for your great achievement....feeling proud of you..

Kumaresan periyasamy
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Awesome. You are the role model of my daughter. Keep it up.

Dhaval Thakkar
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Congratulations and best wishes for years to come..thanks for bringing up hidden talents and being source of inspiration.

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

I want to enroll my daughter in her dance class but dont know the address nor her phone number.Kindly post her add/numb.

Dharmaresh Patel
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Congratulations; very inspiring story. I like the way you manage time and it's very critical to succeed. Appreciate your spiritual views and see to your success. All the best on your future endeavors with your Dance school..

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Congrats Jyoti !!! Keep up your passion upbeat while imparting your skills to young aspirants.I wish all best to you Jyoti Patel, and trust your dancing academy touches new heights and bring you many more laurels.You are a pride to your mother land and to all of us. Jai Jagannath !!!

Anita DSouza
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Congratulations Jyothiji...thanks for being a perfect Guru and great inspiration for our kids, who learn multitudes from you including dance...'The Dancing Divas' studio is a must go place for all kids..May God bless you in all your endeavors..

Rash Bihari Naik
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Proud to learn about my cousin sister nick named Anchoo.A lot of best wishes ,blessing and love.you really deserve all the praise. Keep it up.your show must go on. dear sis.we r always with you.Go beyond our imagination. Rashbihari da.....

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mrs. Jyoti is a guru of holistic growth. Her tips on health, diet, hygiene and mannerism to kids is always appreciated. Best part is the communication between she & her students. Its always both ways and responsive.

Mohammad Kagdi
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Congratulations jyotidi...u really deserve it ????????..U r a great inspiration for ladies ..we r proud of you..May god give you more success

Purvi shah
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hats off jyotiji..u r really inspiring all girls and ladies who wants to learn dance..proud of u jyotiji

Kshama patel
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jyoti mam many many congratulations.very inspirational article.May ur academy touch the sky n our child trained under ur roof for many many years n learn more more from u.really great.thank u.

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016

That was real great words from u jyoti.you really rock.

Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2016


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