SATRANGI SCHOOL OF FUSION
Started in 2001 out of a small basement in New Jersey, today Satrangi has over 4,000 students with centers in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Vancouver, BC.At Satrangi we believe in teaching and inculcating respect for dance, its techniques, and its presentation to create passionate dancers and performers.We are known for our unique fusion of dance moves, an amalgamation of Indian dance forms with western steps so that our dances not only become interesting they can communicate to audiences across the borders.Satrangi School of Fusion- the only Bollywood dance school chosen from the East coast to perform at the “OBAMA CORZINE CONVENTION” in front of 22,000 people at Prudential Arena, NJ.
PERFORMED FOR OBAMA
Satrangi has performed at some of the most coveted shows including a bollywood Dance Presentation for The President of USA Mr. Obama in 2009 while he was in office for the Obama Corzine convention in Prudential Arena in front of 20,000 audience members. Over the years we have performed at major shows/concerts and won major Dance competitions.
ABOUT ROHHEET BAXI
ROHHEET BAXI learned dance from a very young age from various Bollywood choreographers and Teachers in NY. With an experience of Free Style, Hip Hop, Jazz, Kathak and Bollywood – rohheet never wanted to be a dance teacher. He comes from a middle class family where he education and career was the most important aspect of growing up. Apart from being the Director of the Firm, he is also a professional Project Manager/Program Manager for a Fortune 10 Company and believes that Passion and Career are two choices that one should
Rohheet’s passion for dance is special because at the age of 2 he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma a type of bone cancer. With Radiations and chemotherapy he spent most of his childhood in recovery process. At the age of 10 his cancer resurfaced and at that time he was brought to Hospital For Special Surgery in NY where he had to undergo amputation of his left leg. It’s usually said that when God takes one thing he gives another gift in return. Rohheet wanted to pursue dance because it made him feel complete. After all what other activity he could do that could use 2 legs to the maximum. For him it was his way of proving to himself that he was “complete”. Growing up through teen years he went through dance schools and learned different dance forms. He dances from his heart and believes that if you are true to the stage the audience will definitely appreciate and notice your dance moves no matter where you are on the stage. He is proud of the fact that today so many kids learn the dance forms and they have the “Satrangi Style” in them.
Rohheet Bhai as he is fondly called by this dancers believes that every kid is special. Growing up he was thrown out of dance shows due to his leg, he believes that each kid has a X FACTOR and every kid should get an opportunity to go on stage. Experiencing limelight is one of the most special feelings and he wants each Satrangi student to experience it.
Rohheet lives in NJ with his dogs Cherry & Chicklet who are also the school mascots.
DANCE WITH WINGS
I had a dream the night my leg was amputated. You know one of those surreal dreams which make you feel that you are living in it. The dream was that I was dancing in a bollywood film. I woke up in cold sweat and looked around. I was alone in the hospital room and asked god why this is happening to me when I was only 10 years old. I sat up, looked for my mom and dad but I couldn’t find them. I went back to bed in pain and in tears asking God how will I ever live with one leg. I think it took me almost 30 years to learn the lesson that whatever happens in this world there is a divine reason behind it. I am not so sure if I had been a “normal” guy I would have pursued dancing with so much of passion and conviction. I think it made me even more fierce and fearless that I have nothing to lose except go up.
My student come to me not knowing my story they come to me because they want to be part of Satrangi. But in the end I want to watch them grow in to positive and creative individual. Being part of Satrangi I have seen my kids learn and inculcate the value of life. I am proud that although back in 1988 I lost one leg, I have so many kids who have become my feet. It’s true “God takes away one thing…….he gives you more in return”…. You just have to have faith in him and follow the divine plan.
I always tell my student, “Be a good human being and be humble as that is what will take you through challenges in life”. With this driving force we created DANCE WITH WINGS back in 2011.
DANCE WITH WINGS, provide free dance lesson to all special need kids in NJ. Our dream is to have such centers all over USA where these special kids can come and express their love for dance. We want them to be able to express their happiness, exuberance, joy and energy via dance. We started this institution 4 years ago and now we have group of 15 kids who come weekly and learn dance from us.
I am so proud of my volunteers and raj who meet every week and teach these kids dance. When I sit in my office and watch them dance I say to myself…. “Yep god has a plan…today we feel honored and blessed that Satrangi is a place where these kids can come and dance with us”. Dance with Wings didn’t start four years back, it started back in 1988 when I lost my leg to cancer and I had a dream to be on stage. That feeling and that urge to be a dancer is now being taken forward by so many kids who want to learn dance and perform on stage.
Hope you all enjoy the Dance with wings performance. These kids are like angels that have been sent on this earth to show us what pure love is all about.A special thanks to all Dance with Wings parents who have trusted us and are sending these kids to our academy to learn dance. If you know of any child who would benefit from this service please spread the word. Again we offer the classes free of cost for all kids in the Dance with Wings category.