Maya Nehal

Maya Nehal

Co-Founder

Maya Nehal is currently an entrepreneur and the owner of DFW Print Solutions in Lake Worth. Prior to her print business, Maya worked for the City of Arlington’s Information Resource Center for 20 years and retired from the City of Arlington in 2006.

She has lived in Arlington for more than 30 years and is intimately involved in the North Texas Bangladeshi community. Maya is incredibly passionate about programs that help young Bangladeshis stay connected to their culture and heritage. Maya has been an active leader in the Bangladeshi community for several years. She is one of the founding members of the Bangladeshi Expatriate Society of Texas (BEST) and served as the organization’s President for four years.

Iffat Hasan

Iffat Hasan

Co-Founder

Iffat Hasan works as a marketing professional in the oil and gas industry. She has more than 15 years of experience in Corporate Communications and has worked in various industries such as defense, oil and gas, healthcare, local government, and non-profits. Over the past several years, Iffat has also volunteered to support cultural programs with the Bangladeshi Expatriate Society of Texas (BEST). She is slightly obsessed with South Asian music and dance, especially from Bollywood. If a Hindi song is playing, she is definitely dancing. With Milaana Dance, Iffat hopes to create an environment for people of all ages to come together and enjoy South Asian dance and culture.

Praseeda Danda

Praseeda Danda

Choreographer/Instructor

Praseeda Danda is an Instructor and Choreographer for adults and kids in the Plano studio.

Praseeda is currently a senior at Coppell High School who will be graduating in 2019. She is a former college ambassador and is a member of school debate team, the National Honor Society, and DECA where she qualified for the international career development conference.

Praseeda has been dancing since she was 3 years old and competed and performed at various places such as the Farhan Akhtar concert, Vishal and Shekhar concert, Competitions on Zee TV, National Conventions, and more. Praseeda loves dancing more than anything and also enjoys choreographing routines in her free time. Her passion for dance is a flame that never burns out and only increases as time goes on.

Shaksi Sharma

Shaksi Sharma

Choreographer/Instructor

Shaksi Sharma is a Milaana Dance Instructor and Choreographer at the Coppell studio, and teaches both the adults and kids.

Shaksi Sharma is a junior at Coppell High School. She is involved in several clubs including BPA, Student Council, and Chess Club. 

Shaksi started dancing at a young age, and continues participate in cultural programs and festivals. She performed at India Night, CHS Heritage Night, Asian festivals, and programs at her temple.  

Shaksi enjoys working with participants at Milaana and making new and meaningful relationships along the way!

Ash Nair

Ash Nair

Choreographer/Instructor

Ash Nair is an Instructor and Choreographer for adult and kids classes in the Coppell studio.

Ash started learning Bharatanatyam at age 5 at Anjali School of Performing Arts under her guru, Rathna Kumar, in Houston. She also learned hip hop and contemporary. While in high school, Ashwathi worked part time, choreographing and teaching young kids and adults for various community events.

At Texas A&M, she joined Akh Mastani, a Bollywood fusion dance team, and was captain her sophomore year. This gave her tremendous experience in choreography, formations, routines, and competitions. 

She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and now works as a Quality Engineer for Stryker.

Shamsia Yusuf

Shamsia Yusuf

Choreographer/Instructor

Shamsia Yusuf is a certified dance instructor from BulBul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) in Dhaka.

As a student of BAFA, she was a 3-time winner of the Bangladesh National Child Dance Competition, winner of the Nutunkuri Award, and also received the Manikmia Scholarship. She trained under Sukla Sharker, Kartik Shina, Rahija Kanam, and Shibli Sadi.

After graduating at the top of her class, she also served as a teacher at BAFA.