Taal’s Executive Director, Ms. Shuchi Buch has more than 20 years of experience teaching, choreographing and performing Indian classical Bharatnatyam dance She is a classically trained, professional Bharatnatyam dancer and directed a nationally renowned dance company in India. Shuchi is Visharad and has masters in Bharatnatyam Dance, trained under Kalaguru Elakshiben Thakor, and Niraben Shah Nrityabharti, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She has also been guided by legendary dancer Guru Rama Vaidyanathan.
She has conducted classical and folk dance workshops, and has vast experience of teaching dance to children and youth. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her performances and choreographies in dance festivals across India and USA.
She is a confirmed artist of Small Plates Choreography Festival. She and her students have performed in Flower Mart Festival, Art all nights, Washington DC, Shiva Vishnu temple, Greater Temple Baltimore Maryland. She and her students have performed on television in India, in international dance festivals and have received top awards. She also teaches Bollywood, contemporary, Garba, and folk to children, teens, and adults. Her passion is dance and her goal is to share it with her community.
Taal Academy’s Outreach Director is Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins. She is trained in modern (Graham Technique) and jazz dance (Luigi and Fosse Techniques) and has danced with the Jazzing Luis Molina Dance Company, Ema Pulido, Kansas State University Repertory Dance Company and REACH…a movement collective inc. She performed and choreographed for two decades in Mexico and the United States. Nabeeha is currently a Taal Academy student and performer. She handles Taal community outreach and performances, and student programming. When she isn’t dancing, she is directing an international development agency in Washington, DC, spending time with her children and travelling around the world.